Cable-Tec Expo: Gearing Up for Remote PHY

A half-day seminar on Remote PHY at next week’s SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo in Denver will all facets of an emerging architecture for HFC networks that has steadily climbed atop the industry’s engineering agenda.  

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The seminar, set for Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the Colorado Convention Center (Room 401/402), is slated to get underway at 8 a.m. Below is the latest agenda (subject to change):

7:30-8:00 a.m.: Breakfast

8:00-8:15 a.m.: Welcome, Introductions and Agenda

-Chris Bastian, CTO, SCTE•ISBE

-Jorge Salinger, VP Access Architecture, Comcast

8:15-9:00 a.m.: Section 1: Why is Remote PHY useful to MSOs?

The session will cover the rationale and benefits of Remote PHY, which include reduced stress on headend space and power requirement and improved network performance and capacity. The session will also cover drivers for Remote PHY, including the growth in the number of service groups, and the concentration of headend equipment in fewer locations.

The session will also explore use-cases, such as service group segmentation, new-build deployments, how Remote PHY fits into brownfield scenarios, and discuss synergies with other initiatives such as Full Duplex DOCSIS.

Speakers and presenters:

-Jorge Salinger, Comcast

-Phil Oakley, head of access architecture, Liberty Global

-Jon Pederson, CTO, MidCo

-Jeff Baumgartner, technology editor, Multichannel News (moderator)

9:00-10:00 a.m.: What is Remote PHY?

Presenters and topics:

-John Chapman, fellow and CTO of Cisco Systems’s cable access business unit (fundamental architecture of Remote PHY and performance benefits). 

-Tom Cloonan, CTO, network solutions, Arris (Remote PHY core and device, and interoperability).

-Asaf Matatyaou, VP of solutions, Harmonic (virtualization of the core).

-David Eckard, CTO of fixed networks, Nokia (generations of Remote PHY Devices).

10:00-10:15 a.m.: Break

10:15–11:15 a.m.: Implementation of Remote PHY

-Comcast (presenter TBD): Single versus multi-core architecture; CMTS core, video core and OOB core; GCP principal core.

-Brian Kurtz, cable architect, Intel: Customizing network ops and management, and converging access technologies.

-Jan Ariesen, CTO, Technetix: Operations of Remote PHY

-Jon Schnoor, distinguished technologist, CableLabs: Remote PHY specifications, interops, testing and certification plan.

11:15 a.m. -Noon: Remote PHY Plans and Activities

-Q&A with all participating MSOs and vendors, covering vendor product plans, interoperability activities, trial approaches and service migration strategies, and deployment plans.