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Mark Adams
Senior Principal Architect, Access Engineering at Cox Communications


Mark Adams is a Senior Principal Architect for Access Engineering within the Product and Technology group of Cox Communications. In this role, Mark leads the Architectural efforts around Cox’s DOCSIS 4.0 and FTTH initiatives. In addition, his responsibilities include Small Cell & WiFi engineering and lab qualification testing efforts in support of Cox’s OSP networks.

Mark is a 43-year veteran in the telecommunications industry and prior to joining Cox he held numerous positions at Scientific Atlanta/Cisco Systems including VP of Engineering, VP of Quality, VP of Applications and Sales Engineering and VP of Professional Services (SciCare). He holds several patents, authored numerous industry papers and been a speaker at both NCTA Conventions and SCTE Cable Tec Expos. While in the engineering ranks, he did extensive work in the areas of feedforward and power doubling amplifiers, fiber optic design and was one of the key contributors in architecture concepts which lead to the HFC Network we know today.

Mark is a 38-year SCTE member and currently serves as the President of the Chattahoochee Chapter and at the national level is the Chair for the SCTE Chapter Bylaws Committee and serves on the No Chapter Left Behind, Chapter Support & Membership and Chapter Leadership Conference Committees. He has been a speaker at the SCTE’s Chapter Leadership Conference and Chapter President’s Roundtable. In 2018 he was elevated to the rank of SCTE Senior Member for his contributions to the SCTE and Cable Industry and in 2021 was inducted into the Cable Pioneers as well as named SCTE Member of the Year. At the 2022 SCTE Cable Tech Expo, Mark was inducted into the SCTE Hall of Fame.

Mark majored in Physics at Georgia State University and holds an Executive Master of Business degree from Georgia State University. He is a PMI certified PMP.

In his spare time Mark enjoys playing golf, musical instruments (guitar, drums, and keyboards) and is a huge Civil War buff. His absolute favorite thing however is rooting on the Alabama Crimson Tide!

Agenda Sessions

  • Panel II – Dialing Up DOCSIS 4.0