SCTE plans DOCSIS 3.1 and 'creating the cable generalist' events

Cable engineers will look at ways to speed the adoption of the new DOCSIS 3.1 services at an event the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers and CableLabs plan to hold in October, the groups said earlier this week.

SCTE said the DOCSIS 3.1 symposium will be held on Oct. 21 in Atlanta, before the start of its annual Cable-Tec Expo convention. SCTE first spotlighted DOCSIS 3.1, which could one day allow cable operators to offer download speeds of up to 10 Gbps, during a panel session at last year's convention in Orlando, Fla.

The 2013 Cable-Tec Expo had originally been scheduled to take place in New Orleans in September. But SCTE announced in February that it would push back the convention until October because of the timing of the IBC technology convention in Amsterdam, which begins on Sept. 12.

CableLabs and SCTE haven't yet announced the speaker list for the DOCSIS 3.1 symposium. "The seamless rollout of DOCSIS 3.1 services will play an important role in the deployment of next generation services," CableLabs CTO Ralph Brown said in a prepared statement. "Our partnership with SCTE is designed to provide the cable technical workforce with enhanced understanding of the specification early on in order to accelerate its deployment and maximize its value to the industry."

SCTE said it will also hold a symposium on Oct. 21 titled "Creating the Cable Generalist." The event will focus on ways cable operators can train their workforces to manage a wide range of residential and commercial services. "Our workforce can no longer be experts in a single silo, but must become generalists, that understand the entire view of the network, services, and the customers," SCTE said in the announcement.

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