Technology Webinar Series

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Through a series of webinars, our presenters will cover all aspects of Wi-Fi.  These informative webinars, moderated by SCTE training and engineering professionals, will enhance your understanding of the key issues and insights around Wi-Fi, as well as trends, challenges and lessons learned from recent deployments.


The SCTE Technology Webinar Series is sponsored by:

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Wi-Fi Technology Webinar Series:

The following resources, sponsored by Cisco, provide a comprehensive overview of Wi-Fi to prepare you and your workforce.

Cisco WiFi101 300x199Wi-Fi 101

June 20

Learn the basic principles of Wi-Fi RF technology and engineering, including:

  • Basic RF concepts (SNR, RSSI)
  • 802.11n concepts (MIMO, spatial-streams, etc)
  • Determining actual throughput
  • Capacity/coverage trade-offs
  • SLA parameters
  • RF link budget
  • General antenna & AP selection
  • Sample planning with Excel tools


Malcolm Smith, Cisco Systems
Malcolm Smith

Malcolm Smith, Msc. EE, is a Technical Marketing Engineer in Cisco's Wireless Networking Group (WNG) and is responsible for Systems Performance/Engineering and consulting with SP customers on RF technology & deployment. He has over 20 yrs experience in the wireless space including licensed radio (2G/3G/4G) and unlicensed (WiFI).


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5 Fundamentals5 Fundamentals of Integrated Licensed and Unlicensed Small Cell

July 11

Small cells have become a proven and vital element in mobile networks, helping operators increase coverage, capacity, and services. Effective small cell networks take advantage of both licensed and unlicensed (Wi-Fi) technology to handle the exponential growth in mobile data traffic. During this webinar, you will hear about the 5 fundamentals that are needed to integrate licensed and unlicensed small cells, and interestingly enough they are not all technology related.

Mark Grayson, Cisco Systems
Mark Grayson
Mark Grayson is a Distinguished Consulting Engineer in Cisco’s Mobile Internet Technology Group CTO’s Office, where he currently has broad responsibility for leading Cisco's small cell architecture strategy.
He has over 20 years of experience in the wireless industry, ranging from the development of military HF systems, cellular handset RF/DSP design, the definition of mobile satellite communication architectures, the evolution of traditional cellular systems through to the creation of the latest small cell solutions.
He holds a first class Honors degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the University of Birmingham (England) together with a PhD in Radio Communications. Mark has been granted over 60 patents in the area of mobile communications, with another 40 pending, and is the co-author of IP Design for Mobile Networks (2009) and Building the Mobile Internet (2011), both published by Cisco Press

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RF Plan RF Planning, Deployment Challenges and Considerations

August 1

Attendees will receive an overview of the RF planning process as well as hear a detailed discussion of the various stages in RF planning. Attendees will take away RF planning considerations, lessons learned, and understand how product capability relates to the RF planning process.

Leigh Chinitz, Cisco Systems
Leigh Chinitz

Leigh M. Chinitz is a Solutions Architect in Cisco’s Service Provider Wi-Fi Advanced Services team. He joined Cisco in 2011. He has worked in wireless and data communications since 1993, addressing areas such as macrocellular network design and simulation, femtocell network architecture, and Wi-Fi solution design. His areas of focus include wireless network simulation and design, overall solutions architecture, business development, and policy and regulation.
At Cisco Dr. Chinitz focuses on the solution architectures for service providers looking to deploy Wi-Fi networks. Prior to that he was a solutions architect for a UMTS femtocell company, a solutions architect for a CDMA femtocell company, CTO for a Wi-Fi company, and a systems technology researcher for Motorola, where his work in areas including CDMA networks, push-to-talk, wireless system simulations and digital TV resulted in several patent awards. He was later was responsible for coordinating Motorola’s participation in FCC proceedings.
Dr. Chinitz is the holder of 16 US patents, an experienced speaker at industry conferences, and a participant in IEEE, TIA, and ITU standards activities.

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Lessons LearnedLessons Learned from Cable Deployments

August 15

During this one-hour webinar attendees will join a discussion of Cable/DOCSIS challenges. These challenges include modem RF and plant powering. Additionally, the webinar will review IP Services and key stress points such as DHCP and NAT. Wireless RF planning and post installation testing will also be discussed as well as additional service offerings, voice, video, and location aware.


Vince Pandolfi, Cisco Systems
Vince Pandolfi
Vince Pandolfi in his current role is working with several large MSO’s on Wi-Fi deployments He has 26 years of wireless deployment experience including VSAT, Microwave and Wi-Fi. He has 17 years with Cisco as a Consulting Engineer and 13 years with the US Postal Service as a Process Controls Systems Engineer. He has 14 years of Wi-Fi deployment experience including indoor, outdoor, large Venue, Enterprise, Retail, Manufacturing, Mobile and Rail environments. He has been working exclusively for the past 7 years with several major MSO’s on deployment and operation procedures.


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Managed ServiceHospitality WiFi Networks

September 12

Wi-Fi is now probably the most important thing a hotel can provide after a bed, so why after all the technological advances over the last decade, is it still one of the poorest services offered by the hotels today and probably the most complained about?  Find out how the Cable Providers can come to the rescue of the Hotel Industry with a comprehensive and competitive WiFi solution with upside.


George Manuelian, Cisco Systems
George Manuelian

George is responsible for Worldwide sales and business development of mobility solutions for Cisco. Including  Small Cell Technologies (WiFi, Femto, Pico).  In addition to leading Cisco’s WiFi technology efforts in the Hospitality Industry George is focusing on policy management, location based analytics and mobile advertising.


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High Density DeploymentsHigh Density Deployments: Stadium and Arenas

October 3
Free for SCTE members; $29 for non-members

This session will cover the details required to successfully deploy high density Wi-Fi within sporting and other large public venues. Many of the concepts, challenges, and strategies discussed in this session can be applied to high density networks in general; however this session will have a focus on the sports and entertainment market. The attendee will receive detailed information on the use of various required features such as RF profiles and how they are used to address common challenges within these environments. Other topics will include Wi-Fi network consolidation, interference (detecting and finding, as well as commonly seen interference sources), client issues, and much more.


Matt Swartz, Cisco Systems
Matt Swartz
Matt Swartz is a Technical Leader within Cisco's Advanced Services Wireless Practice.  He delivers scalable designs that enable mobility solutions across many verticals for Cisco's largest customers.  Matt's most recent focus is on high density wireless as he drives new technology to expand capacity in these environments.  Prior to joining Cisco in 2003, Matt held Network Engineering positions with a number of service providers and enterprises.  He is CCIE #13232 (Routing/Switching & Wireless) and CWNE #57.  He also holds a B.S. degree from Old Dominion University


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