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ENERGY 2020, MSO VISION, VENDOR INNOVATION MARK SCTE CABLE-TEC EXPO®; ATTENDANCE EXCEEDS PREVIOUS NEW ORLEANS NUMBERS

OCT. 16, 2015 (New Orleans, LA)—
A strong emphasis on energy management, education around technologies that are driving cable’s future and the latest in vendor innovation highlighted SCTE Cable-Tec Expo® 2015, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced today.

Attendance at the four-day conference was more than 8,600, an increase of 5% over Expo’s 2010 stay in New Orleans.  Paid full conference registrations were up 21% over 2010, and international attendance surpassed 1,100.  The show floor featured nearly 400 exhibitors, in line with Expo 2010 and a slight increase over Expo 2014 in Denver.  In a reflection of the continued dynamism of the industry, the exhibitor numbers included 66 vendors who were at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo® for the first time.

SCTE Cable-Tec Expo® 2015 significantly advanced cable learning and education around DOCSIS® 3.1, Wi-Fi and other technologies.  The conference agenda included five tracks of unique workshop and symposium content:  Business-to-Business Solutions and Energy 2020; Next-Generation Services; Wireless and Home Networks; Wireline: Fiber and Core; and Wireline: RF.  A commanding “Cable’s Power Innovators” exhibit at the entrance to the show floor and a special session on Energy 2020 underscored the enormous progress that has been made in the Energy 2020 program in the year since it was launched at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo® 2014.

Other notable events included a pre-conference symposium that underscored the need for cable to take strong steps against cyberthreats; a “Washington Update” featuring K. Dane Snowden, chief of staff of NCTA; and special receptions for SCTE Corporate Alliance Partners and for alumni of the SCTE-Tuck Executive Leadership Program.

The Expo General Session, conducted Wednesday morning, took a sweeping view of the opportunities ahead for cable and the roles that SCTE and its global brand, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), will play in fulfilling them. The session included opening remarks by Terry Cordova, executive vice president and CTO of Suddenlink and outgoing Chair of the SCTE Board of Directors; Tony Werner, executive vice president and CTO of Comcast Cable Communications and 2015-’16 Chair of the SCTE Board of Directors; and Balan Nair, executive vice president and CTO of Liberty Global and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo® 2015 Program Committee chair.  A highlight of the session was a panel featuring Nair, Werner, Nomi Bergman, president of Bright House Networks, and Phil McKinney, president and CEO of CableLabs®.  The panel was moderated by Pat Esser, president of Cox Communications.

SCTE Cable-Tec Expo® 2016 will be conducted Monday through Thursday, Sept. 26-29 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.  John Schanz, executive vice president and Chief Network Officer of Comcast Cable Communications, will serve as Program Committee chair for the 2016 event.

“From packed educational workshops to the bustling show floor and the success of Expo Evening, the attendance and enthusiastic support for SCTE Cable-Tec Expo® 2015 showed again why Expo is among SCTE’s most valued programs,” said Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of SCTE and ISBE.  “The active involvement of Pat Esser, the guidance of Balan Nair and the support of CableLabs®, NCTA and our MSO and vendor partners helped to shape a program that brought tremendous value to all of our attendees.  We look forward to getting to work immediately with John Schanz and his team as we build on our success next year in Philadelphia.”

The cable telecommunications industry’s engineering show of the year, SCTE Cable-Tec Expo® is renowned as a venue that helps the cable industry to reduce costs, deploy new services and increase customer satisfaction. The event features industry leaders confronting key technical challenges; hundreds of hands-on, technology-centric exhibits; a full array of robust and relevant technical workshops; the SCTE IP Challenge; the International Cable-Tec Games; and valuable learning that is driven by peer-to-peer interaction and networking.

Complete information about SCTE’s industry events and member benefits is available at www.scte.org.

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