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March 20 - 22, 2018
Denver Marriott Tech Center,
Denver, Colorado

Tackling the opportunities and challenges facing the cable industry

Connect with 300+ attendees from across the cable industry and broker a conversation about the industry's next steps.

Leading cable and OTT executives discuss the industry's latest technological thrusts, the strategies behind them and the hurdles in front of them.



This is both an exciting and anxious time for the cable industry. It's an anxious time because consumers are ditching their pay-TV services for rival OTT fare in record numbers while demanding faster broadband speeds and better service from their wireline providers. As a result, cable operators and programmers are under mounting pressure to overhaul both their legacy service delivery networks and their traditional business models as quickly as possible without disrupting their existing offerings.

It's also an exciting time because unprecedented technological advances are rapidly enabling cable operators and programmers to carry out the changes they need to make. With new technologies like Full Duplex DOCSIS, Distributed Access Architecture, coherent optics, SDN, NFV, LoRa, cloud-based video, 5G and others all either available now or coming down the pike soon, cable engineers see plenty of promise for the future.


Back by popular demand for its 11th consecutive year, Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies is a two-day live event that will tackle both the opportunities and challenges facing the cable industry and broker a conversation about what the industry's next steps should be.

Leading cable and OTT executives will discuss the industry's latest technological thrusts, the strategies behind them and the hurdles in front of them. In the process, conference speakers will stimulate a dialogue about how to keep cable in line with market trends and ahead of the competition.


Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies lays out the technology roadmaps and business cases for the cable industry over the next few years. The event takes a comprehensive, big-picture look at cable's efforts to develop, deploy and monetize new technologies, products, services, features and apps.


of registrants were cable operators, MSOs, and service providers
different cable operators, service providers and industry organizations in attendance
of attendees rated the informational quality as outstanding, very good or good
of attendees rated the event organization as outstanding, very good or good.


What are the prospects for Full Duplex DOCSIS and how long can the cable industry keep riding the DOCSIS train?
What impact will DOCSIS 3.1, Full Duplex, Distributed Access Architecture, Fiber Deep, 5G and other new technologies have on the cable last-mile?
How can cable operators fix their broken pay-TV business model by developing and delivering new video services?
Now that virtualization standards are underway, what are the next steps for cable technologists with SDN and NFV?
How easily can coherent optics be adapted for cable and how much of a difference will it really make?
What are cable's various fiber upgrade strategies and what is the fiber-feeding frenzy fueling?
What role will cable operators play in the emerging IoT market and which applications will take off first?
Where does the industry stand in terms of virtualizing business services and functions?
What are cable's prospects for WiFi-First services, 5G backhaul and small cells?
Where will the industry's future revenue and earnings growth come from?

Making Innovation Pay Off: A Free Workshop for Cable Operators Sponsored by Ciena

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | 2:00 - 5:45 PM

Ciena and Light Reading have teamed up to create an exclusive half-day workshop before Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies 2018.

Women in Comms Breakfast Workshop: Combating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Join Women in Comms for a FREE breakfast workshop on Thursday, March 22.