Seeking to keep the broadband dialogue going despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Light Reading is turning its Cable Next-Gen Europe conference into a virtual event next month.
Rather than produce a live, in-person conference in London as initially scheduled, we are now organizing a free, digital event over two afternoons in mid-June to keep everyone safe, secure and informed. The two 150-minute online sessions will run on Tuesday, June 9, and Thursday, June 11, starting each day at 14:00 BST (9 a.m. ET).
Sticking to the original plan for the one-day live event, the new digital symposium will cover the hottest cable and broadband tech topics in a fast-moving stream of keynote talks, panel discussions, market presentations and fireside chats. The main topics will include DOCSIS 3.1 and 4.0, Fiber Deep, Distributed Access Architecture (DAA), FTTH, PON, network virtualization, cloud services, 5G, IoT, Wi-Fi, IP video and other new broadband technologies, platforms and services.
With COVID-19 still uppermost in everyone's minds, the digital event will also examine the impact that the novel coronavirus is having on European broadband networks, along with how cable and other wireline operators are dealing with the resulting traffic surges on their networks.
Similar to our previous Cable Next-Gen Europe events, the digital symposium's speaking lineup will feature many of the continent's leading broadband technologists and analysts, including Bart Acke, Director of Access & Capacity, Telenet (Liberty Global); Leo-Geert van den Berg, Director of Fixed Technology, VodafoneZiggo; Jose Pedro Nascimento, Director of Engineering & Operations, Altice Portugal; Kjeld Balmer, Head of Network Technology, Stofa; Anders Bloom, Senior Systems Architect, Broadband HFC Development, Tele2 AB; Thomas Nogues, Senior Executive Advisor, CableLabs Europe; Maria Rua Aguete, Executive Director, Media, Service Providers & Platforms, IHS Markit (Omdia); and Alexander Adams, Managing Director & CSO, Adams Network Engineering GmbH & Co.KG. More invited speakers will be added shortly.
Plus, thanks to the virtual nature of the conference, many top North American cable and broadband technologists will participate too. This list includes: Belal Hamzeh, CTO & SVP, CableLabs; Chris Bastian, CTO & SVP, Engineering, SCTE/ISBE; Jeff Finkelstein, Executive Director, Advanced Technologies, Cox Communications; John Jason Brzozowski, CTO & VP, Comcast MachineQ: Doug Jones, Principal Architect, CableLabs; Jeff Heynen, Senior Research Director, Broadband Access & Home Networking, Dell’Oro Group; and Julie Kunstler, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure & Software, Omdia.
In other words, due to the marvels of broadband technology, the event promises to be a very international and stimulating affair. So please join us on Tuesday, June 9 and Thursday, June 11 for our first of several planned digital events on the broadband space this year. Click here to find out more information and register for the symposium.
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