Here’s our listing of seminars for this year’s show.  The schedule is first, followed by an alphabetical listing by company with more complete outlines to give you an idea of the teaching we will be providing.  Stay tuned… this list can still be updated! We hope you use this schedule to help you make the most of your time at ITA.

Wednesday, March 6: 

Common Field Problems and How to Avoid Them
The 4th Industrial Revolution,or Digital Transformation
Home WiFi Software Mesh 2100 Solution for Service Providers
11 a.m. CALIX
Take your Smarts to the Edge
11:45 – 1:15 HOSTED LUNCH (Falls Ballroom)
1 p.m. ZYXEL
Tactics and Techniques for Maintaining
Your Subscriber Internet Experience
Telecom Power Grid – Using Copper Assets to Power New Revenue Streams
3 p.m. ENERSYS
Lithium Ion Batteries
Point to Point Wireless Backhaul

Thursday, March 7:

Documenting your Fiber Network with a  Fiber Management GIS Platform
Best Test Practices for PON Networks
10 a.m. FibNet
Affordable Broadband Solution Using Robust Lightweight Optical Cable for Closing the Urban-Rural Digital Divide
(NOTE:  We hear there are prizes involved in this one!)
Telecommunications Grounding and Protection
12 noon HOSTED LUNCH (Falls Ballroom)




Alpha Technologies

Telecom Power Grid – Using Copper Assets to Power New Revenue Streams

With the advent of fiber optics and wireless technologies, twisted pair copper cable is slowly becoming a relic of a bygone era. Copper cables are still deployed throughout the network, but service providers are systematically deploying fiber optic cables wherever feasible to support wireline broadband as well as wireless backhaul. With the exception of the last mile link for DSL of service, copper connections are no longer needed for today’s bandwidth-hungry customers. Yet there may still be life in those copper assets. In fact, they may play a vital role in the deployment of wireline and wireless broadband.

From Fiber-to-the-Home and DSL to Fixed Wireless Access and Small Cells, copper cable is making it quicker and cheaper to deploy broadband. The same cables that cannot keep up with the requirements for broadband are now being re-purposed to supply power to the broadband network elements. Using a technique called Remote Line Power, these old-fashioned twisted pair cables supply DC power from a central location, minimizing the number of points where the AC grid has to be accessed, eliminating batteries at the edge of the network, and providing a low cost, high reliability solution for broadband deployment.

Service providers have started to recognize that their copper cable networks are not assets to be abandoned; instead, they make up a built-in Telecom Power Grid. This talk will provide explain how Remote Line Power (RLP) works, show examples of its use in powering FTTH, DSLAMs, FWA and Small Cells, provide some basic engineering and deployment guidelines including how to qualify cable pairs for RLP service, and explain how providers can take advantage of the newfound life for embedded copper cables.


Take your smarts to the edge

Think about it; the access network touches every single one of your subscribers. Devices in the subscriber network are getting smarter because processing power has increased, and costs have come down. But how does the proliferation of intelligent devices at the edge affect your network? Your first thought is likely increased demand for bandwidth. True, but have you thought about how the increase in devices creates a need for a more secure network? Learn how you can simplify your network, reduce network elements and create a more secure network in the process.

Core Telecom Systems

Point to Point Wireless Backhaul

Point to Point Wireless Backhaul, Unlicensed, Licensed and Millimeter Waver 24 GHz, 28 GHz along with 60-70 GHz Bands.


Lithium Ion Batteries 

What is a lithium-ion battery?

  • Chemistry
  • Construction
  • Choices of cathode/anode materials
  • Voltage options

How does this compare to the latest generation lead-acid stationary battery?

  • Short duration discharges
  • Long duration discharges

What are the benefits of using a lithium-ion battery in an industrial application?

  • Energy density comparison
  • Space envelope comparison

Trade-offs or disadvantages

  • Operating parameters
  • Code requirements
  • BMS basics
  • Safety testing
  • Shipping requirements
  • Recycling

Fibnet Inc.

Affordable Broadband Solution Using Robust Lightweight Optical Cable for Closing the Urban-Rural Digital Divide

Connecting the unconnected is often described as an unprofitable exercise. However, the Information Society cannot be truly global, a true digital reflection of humanity’s knowledge, without connecting all the world’s people. The new ITU international standard, ITU-T L.110, defines the shape of low-cost, terabit-capable optical cable that can be deployed on the ground’s surface with minimal expense and environmental impact. L.110 was developed within the framework of Recommendation ITU-T L.1700, “requirements and framework for low-cost sustainable telecommunications infrastructure for rural communications”. They could help providing a lower-cost, “do-it-yourself” solution that helps better connect people even in the world’s most remote areas.

Cost-effective, practical implementation is the standard effort’s top priority. Reliability is the second most important attribute. This reverses the common approach to fibre-optic cable design – reliability is usually the first prize, but with L.110, affordable implementation comes first.


Telecommunications Grounding and Protection  

This seminar will provide attendees with insight into the proper grounding and protection necessary for telecommunications networks.  Presented by Jeff Regan with nVent.


Home WiFi Software Mesh 2100 Solution for Service Providers

Key Topics:

1)  Gain visibility to TR69 compliant WiFi devices in home or business

2) Tier 1 help desk trouble-shooting tool for technicians.  See examples of those tools.

Light Brigade

Common Field Problems and How to Avoid Them

This session will explore some of the most common field problems found in fiber optic networks/links. Through the lens of training and field experience, we will explore not only the specific problems, but the root causes and what can be done to reduce/eliminate these issues. Some of the specific topics will include splicing and connection losses, avoiding bending issues, mismatched connectors, live fiber identification and more.  Real world examples will be shared and pro tips will be provided.

Rep Com International

Best Test Practices for PON Networks

What you should be testing for in a PON network to ensure reliable service.

Structured Communications

The 4th Industrial Revolution, or Digital Transformation

20 year cybersecurity veteran engineer, Brian McLean, will lead a discussion about the current state of Cyber – specifically, what the industry is calling the 4th industrial revolution, or Digital Transformation.

Organizations are adopting a wide range of new technologies such as IoT, cloud computing, and mobility.  While this increases business productivity, it also increases risk, requiring increased security.  Most enterprises, historically, turned to point products, deploying disparate products in each location or application.  Today, that approach makes security management extremely complex and time consuming.  The cyber technology industry has transformed to address this challenge by offering simplified and integrated security management platforms spanning from IoT to the corporate edge to the Cloud, designed to increase visibility and shorten time to remediation.

Vetro FiberMap

Documenting our Fiber Network with a Fiber Management GIS Platform

Designing, building, and ultimately operating a fiber optic network efficiently and effectively requires an intelligent network map. Tools such as Google Earth or CAD drawings for ‘the map’ and Spreadsheets for splicing documentation can provide a starting point, but they are not dynamic or easy to maintain and update as the network grows and changes.

Increasingly network operators are turning to GIS tools to manage both network design and inventory down to the splicing and circuit path level of detail. This session will explore how some OR and WA fiber operators are leveraging the VETRO FiberMap platform to accomplish their deployment and documentation goals online.


Will Mitchell,  CEO and Co-Founder of VETRO FiberMap

Frank Pineau, General Manager of Highland Fiber Network

Additional Guest Speaker TBD

Zyxel Communications

Tactics and Techniques for Maintaining your Subscriber Internet Experience

Learn how to benefit from remote management techniques with an auto-configuration server with features like TR-069 and TR-181, and provide preventative maintenance through analytics and speed test reporting.

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