Cable Technologists Gathered to Explore the Most Promising New Cable Technologies and Architectures at Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies Event

Apr 03, 2014, 12:30 ET from Light Reading

NEW YORK, April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Light Reading (, the market-leading online community for the global communications sector, today announced the successful wrap-up of the Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies conference (, which took place March 27 in Denver and explored the most promising new cable technologies and architectures.  The event brought together 175 attendees, with 65% of attendees cable professionals.

This conference took an in-depth look at cable's efforts to develop, deploy, and monetize the most promising new broadband and video technologies services, and features, ranging from DOCSIS 3.1 to 4K video. Key industry trends include:

  • Cable operators are developing and deploying new technologies at a faster pace than ever before to manage an increasingly competitive environment.
  • Cable providers are accelerating their adoption of IP technologies for both video and broadband service delivery.
  • Cable engineers and other technologists are embracing technologies and open standards from other sectors, including IP, software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).
  • As Internet access continues to grow, broadband is replacing video as the core service for cable companies.
  • Cable engineers have crafted new industry tech standards to deliver even faster broadband speeds to customers, matching and exceeding what Google Fiber offers today.
  • Cable operators are developing new video services to compete in their traditional pay-TV market, including IP video, cloud-based user guides and network DVRs.
  • Cable providers are starting to seek ways to integrate Internet (or over-the-top) video content into their standard programming packages.
  • Cable companies are looking for ways to offer more appealing multiscreen video services to subscribers and make some money off these services.

"As we wrap up our seventh annual conference we are proud of our commitment to the industry," said Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading. "New ideas as well as new technologies continue to offer explosive growth opportunities for the cable industry. We look forward to continuing to provide telecommunications professionals with an environment to gather and learn."

Key event speakers included:

  • Shamim Akhtar, Distinguished Architect and Senior Director of Network Strategy, Comcast Cable (keynote)
  • Jorge Salinger, Vice President, Access Architecture, Comcast Cable (keynote)
  • Colin Dixon, Owner & Principal Analyst, nScreenMedia (keynote)
  • Allen Broome, Vice President, IP Video Engineering, Comcast Cable
  • Tom Gonder, Chief Architect, Time Warner Cable
  • Nicholas Nielsen, Principal Architect, Time Warner Cable
  • Ony Anglade, Senior Access Architect, Cox Communications
  • Steve Calzone, Director of Video Applications Development, Cox Communications
  • John Dickinson, Senior Director of Network Architecture, Bright House Networks
  • Marty Davidson, Vice President, Engineering and Network Operations, SCTE
  • Dan Rice, Senior Vice President, Access Network Technology, CableLabs
  • John Childress, Director of Product Management, Residential, WideOpenWest (WOW)
  • Ed Lee, Vice President of Content Acquisition, Roku
  • James Cahall, Chief Technical Officer, Toon Giggles
  • Bob Hunt, Principal/Strategic Advisor, BroadbandBuzz
  • Alison White, Senior Business Development Manager, Pandora
  • John Holobinko, Strategic Business Consultant

Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies 2015 will take place March 2015 in Denver. Speaking and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please contact:

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About Light Reading

Light Reading ( combines its research-led online communities and targeted events portfolio to help those in the global communications industry make informed decisions. is the ultimate source for telecom analysis for more than 350,000 subscribers each month, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content and reputation. Light Reading produces targeted communications events and focused one-day conferences each year for cable, mobile, and wireline executives across five continents.

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