WASHINGTON, DC - Some of the cable industry’s brightest technical minds, engineering dynamics and future-focused business concepts will be on display in Washington, DC next June as part of Spring Technical Forum at The Cable Show 2013

The Spring Technical Forum is presented by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. (CableLabs®) and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE).  The Cable Show 2013 will take place June 10-12, 2013 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The 2013 Spring Technical Forum program is targeted toward a broad cross section of senior-level technologists and those with engineering management, operational, and financial responsibilities, with a specific focus on innovation, R&D and the business of technology in the rapidly evolving digital marketplace.

"Cable’s powerful networks deliver more media, entertainment and information value to consumers than any other platform in America,” said Dan Pike, GCI’s Chief Technical Officer and Chair of the 2013 Spring Technical Forum Committee.  “The demand for new services, faster delivery, and stunning anywhere, anytime user experiences is driving a whole new evolution in cable’s technology infrastructure.  This is the forum that contemplates cable’s amazing future and the scientific advancements that will shape it.” 

NCTA, CableLabs® and SCTE have announced a call for papers to be presented at the Forum.  The goal of this call for papers is to focus on new science, technology, services, algorithms and architectures for cable. While a typical deployment timeframe might be a few years, papers that explore concepts pertaining to either current or future broadband networks are encouraged.  While new thinking and advancements on any technology-driven topic is eligible, topics of particular interest include:

  • Signaling and Encoding: HEVC, MPEG4+, all-IP transport, ultra-HDTV (4K) encoding, transport, delivery and consumption; display virtualization. 
  • Backbone/Content Delivery: Cloud/unicast/OTT architectures and optimization, including content access, transport, scalability, fragmentation, Geo-diversity, coherence and QoE/QoS; higher spectral efficiency optical signaling and all-optical switching; the impact of large scale user-generated content; advanced/targeted advertising and associated infrastructure evolution;
  • Access Network: Advanced, intelligent, software-defined, heterogeneous, and distributed access network architectures, technologies and associated traffic management that provide gigabit services and beyond, to include: DOCSIS 3.1; CCAP; EPoC; community Wi-Fi; wireless backhaul; fiber to the premises; and automatic network health and performance monitoring.
  • Future Home Networks: Advanced media gateways; smart home technologies and services, including energy management; 802.11AC home Wi-Fi; managing device fragmentation/BYOD.
  • Big (or Large Scale) Cable: Beyond the rules of Shannon, Moore, and Nielsen; big software, big data, and effective data visualization; supply-side/demand-side economies of scale and the implications and opportunities within managed networks; leveraging the social graph; cost of transport vs. storage; managing innovation, shorter product cycles and the art of iterative improvement; and “consumerization” of IT/enterprise services

A blue ribbon panel of senior industry technologists will judge the papers based on the premise, reference value, content and intended audience of each. Multiple entries will be accepted but product pitches and previously published works cannot be considered.

Prospective authors interested in preparing and presenting a paper at the 2013 Spring Technical Forum should submit a proposal using the online submission tool available at www.springtechforum.com no later than January 21, 2013. Authors who have been selected to present their papers will be notified by the end of February and will be invited to present the highlights of their written work during the Forum.  The technical papers proceedings will be available for purchase during the event and thereafter online.

Admission to the 2013 Spring Technical Forum is included with a Cable Show full-program registration, however separate sign-up is required.  Registration is now open at www.thecableshow.com.