SCTE/ISBE Teams With NCTA on Tech Paper Chase

The SCTE/ISBE and the NCTA – The Internet & Television Association – said they are working together to integrate the NCTA Technical Papers into the Cable-Tec Expo, which is set to run Oct. 17-20 in Denver.

They said the collaboration, which comes after the decision last fall to sunset the NCTA-run INTX show (formerly known as The Cable  Show), will combine the elements of the Cable-Tec Expo papers and the NCTA Technical Papers within the Fall Technical Forum of those organizations, and continue with a relationship that had existed during the Spring Technical Forum that had been held at the INTX confab.


The SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo 2017 Program Committee, co-chaired by Jim Blackley, EVP of engineering and information technology for Charter Communications, and Terry Cordova, EVP and CTO of Altice USA, will review abstracts for inclusion in this year’s Cable-Tec Expo in Denver.

The organizations have set a submission deadline for written abstracts of March 1, 2017, and have posted details about the tech paper program here (PDF).

The committee is seeking technical content in key areas that include: Future Services and Technologies; Evolved Network—Wireline and Wireless; Cloud and Virtualization; Security and Authentication; Business Services; and Customer Journey.

“Our industry is at an inflection point in which technological advances and business needs are converging to pave the way for new opportunities,” Chris Bastian, SVP and CTO of SCTE/ISBE, said in a statement. “We’re delighted to be able to leverage our close relationships with NCTA and CableLabs to make the valuable insights of broadband telecommunications’ most innovative minds available to full conference attendees.”

“SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo historically has driven learning and development across every level of the cable workforce,” added Dr. William Check, SVP and CTO of NCTA.  “The integration of the NCTA and SCTE/ISBE papers will bring to Expo an added dimension by harnessing the focus on new thinking that was a mainstay of our highly regarded Spring Technical Forum partnership.”

“Innovation is the lifeblood of our industry,” said Ralph Brown, CTO for CableLabs.  “We look forward to continuing our close work with SCTE/ISBE and NCTA to assure the alignment of our organizations and maximize the impact of new technologies as they come to market.”