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SCTE 2011 Canadian summit showcases next-generation services and Tony Werner keynote


March 11, 2011
By Alyssa Dalton

March 11, 2011

Approximately 700 attendees-including us!-came out for the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers’ (SCTE)’s annual Canadian Summit in Toronto this week to display and discuss the technologies, services and approaches that will power cable into the future.

The two-day event attracted 10 first-time vendor exhibitors and an
increased number of representatives from countries outside North
America, said organizers.

"The SCTE Canadian Summit continues to evolve as a focal point for the
technology and engineering innovation that will drive our businesses
forward," said Chris MacFarlane, senior director, video business
development, service provider sales for Cisco Systems Inc.-Canada and
program chair for this year’s summit.

Beginning with "Broadband Video: Challenge or Opportunity," a keynote
address by Comcast Executive vice president and CTO Tony Werner, the
event looked at what is on the horizon for the industry. Next-generation
panels addressed Video Architectures, Access Platforms and Provisioning
and Management; other presentations targeted topics as business
services, fiber to the home, home networking and gateways, optimizing
upstream capacity, and the coming transition to IPv6.

A multi-screen video streaming solution from SeaChange International was
named the "Technology Most Likely to Succeed" following the annual
Technology Challenge.

"We’re grateful to Tony Werner for setting the tone for this year’s
event, and we are gratified at the commitments of our presenters, our
vendors, our program committee and our attendees to create an
environment of learning and sharing that will help to drive new services
and increase revenue," continued MacFarlane.