Cable Industry to Reprise Successful 'Spring Technical Forum' at The Cable Show 2011

SCTE, CableLabs® and NCTA Issue Annual Call for Technical Papers

Oct 19, 2010, 18:06 ET from NCTA

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2011 Spring Technical Forum – hosted by Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. (CableLabs®), the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) will return in 2011 as a fully integrated program during The Cable Show, June 14-16, 2011 in Chicago. A successful collaboration uniting the innovative thinking of SCTE's Conference on Emerging Technologies®", NCTA's annual Technical Papers™ program, and the thought leadership of CableLabs, the Forum will feature a full program of peer-reviewed papers and invited panels featuring the latest critical thinking on Cable's technology future.

"We're building on the success of last year's inaugural event, which boasted standing room only breakouts, exclusive updates, and special networking receptions, and have very high expectations for 2011. We're bringing together the top innovators in the broadband industry to explore new scientific frontiers and propel the industry's technical foundation forward – beyond the here and now," said Dan Pike, Chief Technology Officer, GCI Cable, and Chairman of the Spring Technical Forum Selection Committee.  

This year's Technical Forum will once again be targeted towards a broad cross section of senior-level technologists and those with engineering management, operational, and financial responsibilities, with a specific focus on innovation and the business of technology in the rapidly evolving digital marketplace.  

The three organizations announced a joint call for technical papers, which can include any topic of interest to the cable broadband engineering community.  Specific topics of interest include:

- Advanced Network Architecture  

- BSS/OSS Architectures New Concepts in Intelligent Networking

- The Effect of Unmanaged Services on the Managed Network

- Integration of Internet-based services

- Content Distribution Networks

- New Approaches in Energy Management – In-home and Headend

- Transaction-based platforms for application delivery

- Cloud computing

- Evolving Internet transport protocols

- Network safety and security

- Mobile/Wireless

- Business Services and Applications Over Cable

- Next-generation Search and Navigation for TV Everywhere (multi-device, AI, cloud-based speech recognition, Web 3.0, etc.)

- Advanced Advertising/Interactive Content

A blue ribbon panel of industry experts, led by Dan Pike, will jury the papers.  Judging will be based on the premise, reference value, content and intended audience of each paper. Multiple entries will be accepted but product pitches and previously published works cannot be considered. Prospective authors interested in preparing and presenting a paper at the Spring Technical Forum should submit a proposal using the online submission tool available at no later than January 14, 2011.  Authors who have been selected to present their papers at the Spring Technical Forum will be notified in mid-February and will be invited to present the highlights of their written work during the Forum.  The technical papers proceedings will be available for purchase during the event and thereafter online.

Admission to the Spring Technical Forum is included with a Cable Show full-program registration, however separate sign-up is required.  Registration opens in mid-December; visit for further information.  

The Cable Show 2011 is NCTA's 60th annual convention and international exposition and the cable industry's premiere U.S. event.  Events will take place June 14-16, 2011, at McCormick Place in Chicago. Prime exhibition space and sponsorship opportunities are now available.  Visit for further information, or contact NCTA Convention Headquarters at (202) 463-7905 or

NCTA is the principal trade association for the US cable industry, representing cable operators serving more than 90 percent of the nation's cable television households and more than 200 cable program networks. The cable industry is the nation's largest broadband provider of high-speed Internet access, serving more than 40 million customers, after investing more than $160 billion to build two-way interactive networks with fiber optic technology. Cable companies also provide state-of-the-art digital telephone service to more than 22 million American consumers.

Founded in 1988 by members of the cable television industry, Cable Television Laboratories is a non-profit research and development consortium that is dedicated to pursuing new cable telecommunications technologies and to helping its cable operator members integrate those advancements into their business objectives. Cable operators from around the world are members. CableLabs maintains additional web sites at, and

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The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is a non-profit professional association that provides technical leadership for the telecommunications industry and serves its members through professional development, standards, certification and information. SCTE currently has approximately 13,000 members from the U.S. and 70 countries worldwide and offers a variety of programs and services for the industry's educational benefit. A prime example is SCTE's Smart Energy Management Initiative (SEMI), an unprecedented effort to help cable operators leverage financial and environmental advantages of implementing Green strategies. SCTE has 68 chapters and meeting groups and more than 3,000 employees of the cable telecommunications industry hold SCTE technical certifications. SCTE is an ANSI-accredited standards development organization. Visit SCTE online at Follow SCTE on Facebook and Twitter.