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ISE TECHForum delivers focused education and technology solutions for existing and next-generation networks. Educate yourself in key technical areas of the radio network, core network, densification, fronthaul and backhaul space, and more. Choose your sessions below and register today to boost your professional development and organizational contribution.
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Education Session #1 | 9:55 AM – 10:25 AM
New Innovations in High Density Fiber Cabling Systems
Presented by John George, Senior Director, Solutions and Professional Services, OFS
Optical Fiber Cabling to the Small Cell, Residence and Business must fit more fiber in smaller spaces to satisfy requirements for dense, low visibility, cost effective networks. The industry has recently developed a number of new types of optical cabling systems to meet these needs. The key drivers and service provider pain points will be described, followed by an overview of these new types of optical cabling systems. To close, an application matrix will explain the types of optical cabling systems and their suitability to meet key service provider needs for cost effective, high density, end customer accepted installations.
John George has served with AT&T, Lucent Technologies and now OFS in various engineering and marketing roles. He currently leads the Solutions and Professional Services group for OFS’s optical fiber, cable, connectivity, and solutions business. John has published and presented numerous papers and articles on fiber optics and FTTH and has been active in Industry standards. John has been active in forming IEEE, IEC and TIA optical fiber related standards, and has been an active member of the Fiber Broadband Association (former FTTH Council) from its founding year of 2001, serving on its board of directors since 2008. John has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Master of Science in Engineering Administration from Virginia Tech, and holds 9 patents.
At OFS we provide optical fiber-based solutions for communications networks ranging from access, metro, regional, long haul, and even across Oceans. We design, develop, and manufacture optical fiber, optical fiber cable, fusion splicers, fiber management and optical connectivity products. We can configure solutions to support the unique needs of each customer. We also offer Professional Services to design and install fiber to the MDU and home. Our specialty fiber division creates unique solutions for medical, defense, and industrial applications.
Education Session #2 | 10:35 AM – 11:05 AM
Thwarting the Online Barbarians – A Practical Guide for Today’s Home Cybersecurity
Presented by Patrick Moreno, Product Marketing Manager, Zyxel Communications
We live in a world where online threats were something you just read about online. However, we are now faced with a new reality that we’ve been taking for granted. No longer are large corporations the targets of cyber invasions; these online criminals are actively seeking everyday individuals and looking for ways to exploit your personal information for their own use and financial gain. How do you protect yourself from these online threats? What are the best online security options to protect your home from online attacks? Learn how to protect yourself and your home from outside online intrusions. We discuss the latest techniques for Internet protection and security options to help safeguard your online experience.
Patrick Moreno works as Product Marketing Manager for Zyxel Communications. Moreno handles product line related marketing, supporting nationwide and regional telecommunications vendors to the benefit of both Zyxel and its clients. Moreno holds numerous Zyxel Certified Network Professional certificates including FTTx, DSL, VoIP, Switch and Wireless. He is capable of speaking across multiple networking topics and often works directly with customers. His wealth of experience, focus on the customer, and true caring about the success of the organization – along with the people within it – make for an excellent combination within Zyxel.
Focused on innovation and customer-centricity, Zyxel Communications Corp. has been connecting people to the internet for nearly 30 years. We keep promoting creativity which meets the needs of customers. This spirit has never been changed since we developed the world’s first integrated 3-in-1 data/fax/voice modem in 1992. Our ability to adapt and innovate with networking technology places us at the forefront of understanding connectivity for telco/service providers, businesses and home users.
Education Session #3 | 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM
From 5G to FTTH: How to Build Fiber Networks Faster Than Ever Before
Presented by Dan Flemming, Co-Founder and Frank DeJoy, VP – Network Deployment, Render Networks
The scale and complexity of today’s networks, increasing market competition, and consumer demand are placing unprecedented pressure on delivery timelines. The industry is looking for the ultimate efficiency hack to deliver networks faster without compromising risk or cost. In this session, Render Networks’ Co-founder outlines a best-in-class deployment approach with practical examples of how network operators are delivering quality fiber networks with up to 50% efficiencies and a 20% reduction in time to market.
Key highlights include:
- The role of geospatial technology & digital workflows in significantly reducing construction duration and cost.
- A digital deployment playbook that optimizes and executes your network build strategy in line with your strategic objectives.
Dan Flemming is a senior executive with 25 years experience delivering large telecommunications networks across Australia and New Zealand, Southeast Asia and more recently the United States. As the former Head of Construction at nbn Co., Dan’s deep operational and leadership experience brings to the table a unique perspective on effective and efficient deployment management. His vision is to truly innovate the way large-scale networks are deployed and pivot the industry towards a digital future of network construction.
Frank DeJoy is a telecommunications, wireless, and IT growth executive with over 30 years of strategic expertise across broadband, fiber optics, wireless, IoT, and network management. Frank’s credentials include global business, network, and product development in executive roles at AT&T Wireless, Teleport Communications Group, General Dynamics Wireless Services, Dycom, & Quanta Services. Frank received national and global accolades in FTTH, wireless, and IT network delivery, and is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Render’s Digital Network Construction platform enables network and utility owners and construction teams to solve the complexities associated with large-scale network deployment. Today’s GIS, mobile and automation technology, eliminates manual, paper-based construction approaches to deliver higher quality networks with schedule and cost efficiencies of up to 50%.
Education Session #4 | 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM
5G Fiber Densification Challenges
Presented by Maury Wood, Business Development Manager, EXFO
Among other technical dynamics, the reliance on small cell radios to achieve good 5G coverage, particularly in metro areas, means lots of optical fibers. This trend is referred to as fiber densification. While more fibers can deliver more bandwidth and lower latency, fresh challenges are introduced. For example, front haul hub site technicians can be overwhelmed with fiber management, identification and documentation. Outages caused by fiber breaks become more common, demanding higher productivity tools to resolve service interruptions quickly and efficiently. And fiber densification drives network architects to multi-fiber connectivity and cabling, which in turn requires new endface inspection and cleaning tools. This session will propose new solutions to the challenges presented by 5G fiber densification.
Maury Wood has spent most of his career in communications technologies and businesses, progressing from V.90 dial-up, xDSL broadband, 4G/5G, to optical networking. He focuses his efforts on North American key accounts for EXFO. Outside of work, Maury enjoys climbing and playing the bass.
EXFO (NASDAQ: EXFO) (TSX: EXF) develops smarter test, monitoring and analytics solutions for fixed and mobile network operators, webscale companies and equipment manufacturers in the global communications industry. Our customers count on us to deliver superior network performance, service reliability and subscriber insights. They count on our unique blend of equipment, software and services to accelerate digital transformations related to fiber, 4G/LTE and 5G deployments. They count on our expertise with automation, real-time troubleshooting and big data analytics, which are critical to their business performance. We’ve spent over 30 years earning this trust, and today 1,900 EXFO employees in over 25 countries work side by side with our customers in the lab, field, data center and beyond.
Education Session #5 | 12:55 PM – 1:25 PM
Enabling the CO & OSP for Fiber Densification to Support 5G
Presented by Mahendra Persad, Solutions Architect, Go!Foton
Go!Foton will discuss solution insights toward the transformation of the fiber connectivity layer in existing COs in support of denser, faster, and more predictable rollout strategies which are required to support fiber rich applications such as 5G, IoT, CRAN Hub densification, and next-gen PON architectures.
Mahendra Persad is Go!Foton’s Solutions Architect supporting customer deployment of high-density fiber management solutions. Mahendra joined Go!Foton after 15 years as a Consulting Network Engineer at Verizon in Richardson, Texas, where he was responsible for creating, developing and publishing operational standards for detailed engineering, implementation engineering, and network equipment inventory for network routers, switches, and passive optical components. He was also responsible for the First Office Install of any new equipment being implemented into the Verizon network. Prior to Verizon, Mahendra worked at MCI/Worldcom where he was responsible for designing and preparing technical specifications for the implementation of various Sonet Network Architectures. Mahendra earned his BS in Electronic Engineering Technology from DeVry University Irving, Texas.
Go!Foton is a leading provider of fiber connectivity solutions for telecom and broadband access applications. Our high-density PEACOC fiber platform offers flexible support for traditional patching, equipment tie-in, monitor taps, and passive components. With over 1000 employees, Go!Foton has a global sales presence with manufacturing and R&D centers located in the U.S., Japan, China and the Philippines.
Education Session #6 | 1:35 PM – 2:05 PM
5G: More than a RAN Evolution—Essential Fiber Tests for 5G Success
Presented by Kashif Hussain, Director, Wireless Solutions, Viavi Solutions
Kashif has more than 20 years of experience in mobile networking and wireless technology. His expertise in RF, DAS, HetNets, and LTE comes from developing, managing, supporting, marketing, and consulting on major mobile communications projects. His industry experience also includes senior roles at MobileNet, Tektronix Communications, Ericsson, and Nortel. Kashif has also authored patents for wireless products.
Command the 5G network. If you’re looking to win in 5G development, deployment, optimization and beyond, VIAVI is the partner to help you take command. Since 2013, VIAVI is a driving force in 5G, partnering with the world’s top communication providers and network equipment manufacturers and delivering industry leading solutions including the CellAdvisor™, OneAdvisor™, T-BERD®/MTS, and RFVision brands. VIAVI brings deep expertise in test process automation that allows unparalleled efficiency for developing, testing, enabling, assuring, and optimizing networks with speed and success in both the lab and the field. Only VIAVI offers complete solutions for 5G validation, verification, and visibility.