Mark BurnsHFC Architect at Liberty Global
Mark Burns BSc (Hons), PhD, studied Electronic Engineering at the University of Wales, Bangor, graduating in 1988. He was awarded CASE sponsorship from British Telecom Research Laboratories to further their research into the modelling and analysis of noise in advanced avalanche photodetectors, gaining a doctorate in Fibre Optic Communications in 1993. He joined the CATV Engineering group in Telewest Communications in 1994 where he was responsible for the technical evaluation and launch of the first "Cablephone" system in the UK. In 1997, Mark played a key technical role in a new industry working group set up to promote the adoption of cable broadband technologies in the UK, leading numerous technical demonstrations of pre-DOCSIS high speed data systems for government, press and local authorities. In 1999, he joined Cable & Wireless Communications where his responsibilities widened to include: the design & type approval of new HFC transmission equipment; technical assessment and support for the subsequent launch of new interactive DTV services and the first EuroDOCSIS 1.0 Cable Modem roll-out in the UK; development of network segmentation strategies and ongoing technical evaluation of new Cable Modem & CMTS platforms.For many years he was a member of the EuroDOCSIS Certification Board and was heavily involved in the development of EuroDOCSIS 3.0 standards.Mark served for many years as Chairman of the SCTE papers committee, organising and chairing the bi-annual lecture meetings. Mark worked as an HFC Architect in the Chief Architecture Office at Virgin Media for many years up (until 2017), where he continued to focus, along with industry peers, on the evolution of the HFC network and the latest generation of DOCSIS standards. He was actively engaged in the development of the DOCSIS 3.1 specification and more recently Distributed Access Architectures. He now works in Liberty Global’s Access Network Strategy group, in the Innovation & Roadmaps team where he is responsible for mapping out the strategy for the HFC Access Network and related technologies.