2017 Educational Opportunities

Roundtable TOPIC TBD

 2017 Technical Seminar Sponsors

10AM Technical Seminars


11AM Technical Seminars

CLASSROOM 1    Comtech Sales/ Megger

Grounding and Ground Testing
This is a telco-specific presentation that covers considerations in designing the ground system as well as installing grounds according to the rules of several standards-making bodies such as RUS, IEEE and NEC.  It also covers the two methods of testing grounds; stake and clamp-on, how to use them and when to use and NOT use each type.


Facilities Management Software
We will demo our software, CrescentLink. It is a facility management tool. This includes fiber capacity down to the DWDM level. It also works with copper and coax plant. It is an open architecture that runs on top of ESRI, the leading GIS platform in the industry. Also can interface with back office systems such as billing systems.

CLASSROOM 3    Ericsson / ECI
Networking Trends: Latest Innovations in Optical and Packet Technologies
You’ve heard the terms. Perhaps you are familiar with some of them. Perhaps you’ve just seen some in passing. In this course, we will provide an introduction and overview of the latest trends in optical and packet technologies including flexible optical networking (100G and beyond, advanced modulation, ROADM, optical encryption, etc.), elastic packet networking (carrier Ethernet, MPLS-TP, etc.), programmable networks (SDN, NFV, and related technologies), and others. The course is designed to be interactive and cater to the needs of the attendees. By the end, you should have a workable, relatable, real-world understanding of the latest trends and how to prepare for the future of networking.

CLASSROOM 4    FailSafe Communications
Generating Revenue from Emergency Communication as a Service.
Landlines, CABS, and long distance once comprised 78% of Independent Telephone Company (ITCO) revenue, but money from these services has plummeted by 2/3.  But wait.  Those same reductions mean you have spare capacity to help users in trouble.  Welcome to Emergency Communications as a Service (ECaaS), the hottest new ITCO opportunity in a decade.

CLASSROOM     5    Juniper Networks
SDN and NFV: Transforming the Service Provider Organization
With agile competitors entering the market, traditional telecommunications service providers must be able to respond quickly to competitive pressures and rapidly evolving customer demands. Learn how new technologies such as Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) will enable competitive advantage, continued customer relevance, and higher quality of earnings for service providers who embrace these technologies to continue their relevance in the market.

CLASSROOM 6    KGP Logistics
A better way to qualify DSL lines and measure real throughput to understand and improve the end customer experience. Learn from a Viavi (formerly JDSU) test expert how to better qualify DSL lines with proven test methods and measure true throughput speeds. OneExpert TrueSpeed will be presented and how it’s used to measure real customer throughput, reduce repeat truck roles, and improve customer satisfaction.  What’s your real throughput?

CLASSROOM 7    Tel Rep Marketing
Getting the most out of your Wi-Fi
Meeting the customer’s WiFi experience expectations and overcoming WiFi challenges  by, solving the problem not just finding the problem. A better experience for the customer and reduced costs for the provider are achievable.

Simply Better Broadband;  Amplification Solutions in the last mile (actually last 5 miles)
Positron Access will present the options that exist in the market for extending the reach of both VDSL and ADSL based services. Recent developments in this market have resulted in a portfolio of solutions that will double existing CSAs and deliver throughput improvement  of 100% – 400%.

CLASSROOM 9    Sencore
Adaptive Bit Rate Transcoding:  Adding Local Broadcast Channels to Mobile Devices
Sencore/WellAV will review the technical requirements  to inject Local Broadcast Stations for Mobile Device reception into your system.  ABR Transcoding is the process that will allow your customers to view these local broadcast channels on their Mobile Devices.  The Seminar will include the basics of ABR transcoding, Headend design & signal flow.  Included will be the receiving and processing of the digital video broadcast channels,  Transcoding,   ABR Profiles and options to add them into your network.   An ABR Platform can be used as a first step in offering mobile video services to your customers or to add the local channels in conjunction with any ABR transcoded National Channels already offered on your system.

CLASSROOM 10    Solara Technical
How Evolutions in Communications Networks and Fuel Cell Power Have Changed the Site Paradigm
The convergence of modern site infrastructure requirements and fuel cell development offers network operators highly reliable, cost-effective power options that also significantly reduce carbon footprint.


















CLASSROOM 1        Adtran, Inc

Broadband Network Trends and Evolution
Discussion on recent advancements in Fiber, Copper, Wireless and Cable Networks.

CLASSROOM 2        AirSonics

The Next Wave of Wi-Fi Mesh

Coverage Efficiency, bad apples, Client Steering, Rogue APs…
It’s a revolutionary world of Wi-Fi complete with new
terminology, disruptive architectures, troubleshooting tools, and innovative performance enhancement techniques which all translate into monthly recurring managed Wi-Fi revenue and truck roll reduction. In this session, AirSonics’ illustrates the real problems with Wi-Fi and how traditional all-in-one Swiss Army Knife products, Extenders, and legacy “home run” designs fall short in resolving them. We articulate the 3 key elements – Mesh design, Client Steering, and RemoteView – required to transform this chronic issue into a profitable service which will expand your broadband revenues and subscribers.

CLASSROOM 3        CommScope
Alternative FTTX architectures to economically serve low density population markets

Harvesting Solar to feed your Network Devices

Do you need to power ONTs, wireless, or other equipment where utility power doesn’t exist? Join Chris and Paige with ESPi as they teach how to power any remote devices using solar energy. Learn how to calculate proper Solar panel array, battery size, panel angles, and site location to power any device using only harvested solar energy Learn the different types of batteries available for solar to keep your units running 24 X 7 X 365.

Ensuring the Consistent Delivery of Quality Data
Ensuring the Consistent Delivery of Quality, Real Time Services such as VoIP, IP video and high priority data services comes with numerous challenges. These include increased network complexity, specific QoS Configurations, bandwidth demands, and the performance sensitivity between these applications. Because they are critical to business operations, these voice and data communication services require specific network performance levels (SLA’s) and verification. In this session, participants will learn the importance of Ethernet Testing, Turn-up and Troubleshooting incorporating best practices and specific uses of RFC2544, Y.1564 and RFC6349 test methods.   

811 and Underground Facility Damage Prevention
811 is the single, 3-digit, national Call Before You Dig number.  This session will focus on requirements of contractors, operators and all stakeholders when digging will take place in Texas.   Elements of Texas’ damage prevention law, Utilities Code Title 5, Chapter 251, as well as Texas Administrative Code Title 16, Part 1 Railroad Commission, Chapter 18, will be discussed along with the One Call process in Texas and other safe excavation best practices.

With the exhaustion of assignable IPv4 Internet addresses, there is no question that Internet Service Providers will all soon need to acquire, assign and manage IPv6 addressing.  Learn the key differences between IPv4 and IPv6, the benefits of adopting IPv6 now, how the implementation may affect your network and key transitional strategies to consider before you make the move.   

LTE is not only for Mobile!
Learn how LTE solutions can be both efficient and affordable for you and your customers, while expanding your network.

CLASSROOM 9        Tejas Networks
Modernizing Rural Optical Transport Networks
Today’s network solutions tool kit gives you the power to pace the rate of network migration with customers’, capital and operational requirements.   The latest generation of powerful software and flexible hardware provides more solution combinations than ever before.  For example; better management of DS1s from optical broadband networks, more flexibility for updating SONET networks, low touch provisioning of packet services and cost effect transformation to the latest Packet, DWDM and OTN technologies.  In this session we will discuss how to best leverage these tools and strategies.

CLASSROOM 10        Local Backhaul Networks
Service Assurance for Hybrid Physical/NFV networks
Carriers are analyzing virtual services. How can you insure that you select the proper apps? How will these affect service delivery? LB Networks is an independent PMR and engineering services provider. The session will leverage our Proof of Concept lab results highlighting:

  • An NFV Service chain comprised of orchestration, VNFs, VCPE, router and physical network components. 
  • End to End Service Chain Measurement and Assurance.
  • Segment and VNF measurements in service chains.
  • Visualization of metrics and interelationships.
  • How to leverage today’s service assurance as a foundation for NFV and Orchestration assurance.
  • CTBH, AT&T Wireline, MEF LSO, Customer Portal, etc.

OcularIP is in use by 90 independent operators in the US to meet their service assurance and customer portal demands.