ITA 2017 Seminar Schedule

Here’s our schedule of seminars for this year’s show.  If you click on the company name you will be directed to their website.  If you continue to scroll down, directly below this schedule is an alphabetical listing of this year’s seminar presenters and a more complete outline of their topics.

Wednesday, March 8:

8 a.m.  ESPi  

              Harvesting Solar to Feed Your Network Devices

9 a.m.   LIGHT BRIGADE  

Benefits and Requirements of Fiber Characterization


Carrier Grade NAT
(Managing the Decline of IPv4)

11 a.m.   ZYXEL

POTS to Broadband to Wi-Fi, and Beyond

1:15         (Falls Ballrooms)


Protect your Company and Customer Data


Ethernet Testing from 100Mb to 100Gb

3 p.m.   CALIX

Next Generation GPON

        4 p.m.   COMMSCOPE

                      “Fiber Optic Taps, an Alternative Architecture
for some Fiber to the Home Challenges”

Thursday, March 9:


                      Innovation in Extending xDSL reach

9 a.m.   ADTRAN

2017: The Year of 10G Broadband


Everything You Always Wanted to
Know About Robocall Blocking But
Were Afraid to Ask

11 a.m.   SERVATO

Going Beyond Monitoring in
Backup Battery Systems

                (Falls Ballroom)


Service Delivery with Software
Defined Access Virtual Environment

ITA 2017 Seminar Descriptions


2017: The Year of 10G Broadband

With the current maturation of 10G broadband enabling technologies, 2017 is promising to be the year multi-gigabit and even 10G Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) or business services become commercially viable. Join ADTRAN for a compelling presentation that will explore the current status, compare the performance, and outline the cost challenges of deploying 10G PON technologies — NG-PON2 and XGS-PON. We will introduce 10G PON enabling access technologies, Subscriber Edge Tunable (SET) optics and software-defined access (SD-Access), discussing how they will help drive the 10G PON cost per subscriber down to levels that rival current Gigabit GPON implementations. We will examine how these innovations support the user-driven service models needed to compete with web-scale operator(s) and what this means for the validity of today’s GPON solutions for network operators and service providers.


Next Generation GPON

The Access Network rEvolution is the heart of a broadband connected home.  Managing the end user experience and the applications that drive a successful deployment with GPON, NG-PON2,, and the only true Software Defined Access (SDA) bandwidth analytics capabilities in the industry.

Also, Calix will be presenting free of charge immediately following lunch on Thursday

Service Delivery with Software Defined Access Virtual Environment

The speed at which cloud companies and new entrants introduce services is fundamental for service providers. Rapid time to market for new services has been a promise of virtualization and a Software Defined Access solution addresses the complex to the simple.


Fiber Optic Taps, an Alternative Architecture for some Fiber to the Home Challenges

CommScope will introduce a new FTTx architecture that supports cost-effective builds in rural areas, called the CommScope Optical Tap Architecture.  This solution dramatically reduces the amount of fiber required to build the access network.  It has been successfully deployed with electric cooperatives for their FTTH services in rural areas as low as two to six homes per mile.  The presentation will address architecture applications, construction guidelines, payback models, and will include a hands-on session to show how to deploy the Tap solution in the CommScope FOSC 450 closure.

Core Telecom Systems

Innovation in Extending xDSL reach

Positron Access has introduced an xDSL extension solution that is redefining the rate and reach of DSL services. During this presentation Positron Access will present the performance expectations and lessons learned from the field with these solutions and the wide  range of use cases that are being leveraged.



Do you need to power ONT’s, wireless, or other equipment where utility power does not exist? Join Paige Wacker, with ESPi, as she teaches how to power any remote device 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. Also, learn the different types of batteries available for solar to keep your devices running 24 X 7 X 365.

Light Brigade

Benefits and Requirements of Fiber Characterization

Learn the fundamentals of fiber characterization.  We will cover why is it so important, what is measured and how.  With the advent of higher speed (10Gbs+) networks, you’ll need to understand the various options available to qualify your network.

Metaswitch Networks

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Robocall Blocking But Were Afraid to Ask

no further outline at this time


Going Beyond Monitoring in Backup Battery Systems

Telecommunications companies rely on backup battery systems throughout their networks to maintain uptime. Many sites have generators, but virtually all have lead-acid batteries that provide power during outages or emergencies. A wide range of remote monitoring technologies are now available for these batteries, including those that go beyond monitoring by managing batteries (improving battery life through proprietary charging) and allowing technicians more remote control over the site.

To recap, this session will help attendees understand the backup battery power industry and how they can implement and utilize new technologies. Attendees will learn:

  • What technologies have been available and what new technologies are here now, offering telecommunications companies greater network control.
  • Real-world examples of how advanced solutions are identifying and solving power issues.
  • Understanding the business case for new monitoring and management technologies as compared to traditional methods.

Structured Communications and NIMBLE STORAGE

Protect your Company and Customer Data

Please join us for an overview on the newest data storage technology that describes the difference in traditional spinning disk technology, Flash technology and Adaptive Flash technology. We will also touch on implementing data storage in the Cloud as well as an inclusive management platform.

Walker and Associates

Carrier Grade NAT (Managing the Decline of IPv4)

With the lack of availability of IPv4 address space from RIRs and the introduction if IPv6 as a solution, there is some confusion on what solutions are needed to continue to grow. Carrier Grade NAT (CGN)will become a key tool to use in allowing for growth as IPv6 adoption takes hold. This presentation will cover the primary CGN use case (NAT44) which is used to extend IPv4 address space as well as the complexities that come with it.

Western Systems and Services

Ethernet Testing from 100Mb to 100Gb

  1. Brief Review of Ethernet
  2. OSI Model
    b. Frame
    c. MAC
    d. IP
  3. Key Parameters in Ethernet Testing
  4. Connectivity i. Physical ii. Layer 2 iii. Layer 3 and up
    b. Throughput
    c. Latency
    d. Jitter
    e. Burstability
    f. Service Level Agreement (SLA)
  5. Testing Applications
  6. RFC2544
    b. Y.1564
    c. RFC 6349
  7. Considerations when testing “high speed” networks
  8. 10Gb/s
    b. 100Gb/s and above

ZyXEL Communications

POTS, Broadband, Wi-Fi, and Beyond

Recently, we have seen a wide variety of Broadband access options that deliver higher performing Internet service. However, what about the Internet access within the home? Having “great” Internet is one thing but, how to I get that Internet though out the entire home? Subscribers have grown more sophisticated as basic Internet service just doesn’t suffice as it once did. Wi-Fi changed the way we live and interact with each other and we want that ability though out our home. Service Providers have gone from just offering Broadband service to offering home networking as part of their Internet service. “It’s time to take advantage of this emerging Wi-Fi and home networking market by offering these services with your current Internet Broadband service.

Join Zyxel in an interesting and informative discussion on Broadband and Wi-Fi and how to bring these two world together while enhancing your service offerings.

Upon attending this presentation, you will have the chance to:

  • Learn about new and existing Broadband access technologies
  • Bridging the Wide Area Network with the Local Home Network
  • Discuss Wi-Fi home technologies and where to use them
  • How to offer manageable services with your subscribers