Here’s our listing of seminars for this year’s show.  The schedule is listed first, and then an alphabetical listing by company which includes outlines.  If you click on the company name you will be directed to their website.  Stay tuned… this list can still be updated!


Seminars for Wednesday, March 7:

8 am KGPCo “Exploring SDN/NFV in the Carrier Space”
9 am Graybar Telecommunications Grounding and Protection”
10 am VETRO FiberMap Quick Tips: How to Map Fiber, Fast!  Or From Zero to BOM in 20 Minutes using a Fiber Management GIS”
11 am RepCom International “Lithium Power for Telecom
1 pm ZyXEL Whole Home Managed Wi-Fi – The Ins and Outs of providing Home Wi-Fi”
2 pm Millennium Plug and Play Solutions”
3 pm Calix “Managed Wi-Fi meets the Cloud”
4 pm Core Telecom Systems “Expanding Revenue Through Your Wifi Deployments

Seminars for Thursday, March 8:

8 am S&S Solutions “Battery Backups”
9 am P2P Active Ethernet Broadband Solutions”
10 am Structured “Smart City”
11 am Servato Ensuring Backup Power for Improved Disaster Relief”



Calix:  “Managed Wi-Fi meets the Cloud”

no further outline at this time

Core Telecom Systems:  “Expanding Revenue Through Your Wifi Deployments

Virtually every service provider has ventured down the wifi path to serve customers. Whether it’s a residential user, business, school or even public area or event, tackling the challenge to manage it can be time consuming, frustrating and sometimes simply a ‘necessary evil.’  The tools and methods are out there to securely, dynamically and systematically generate revenue and customer loyalty while tackling these challenges. Once overcome, revenue opportunities can grow along with venues to deploy.

Presented by Steve Krueger of RG Nets  “P2P Active Ethernet Broadband Solutions”

P2P Active Ethernet Broadband Solutions Outline

  1. Brief introduction of CTC Union
  2. Why Active Ethernet? (Bandwidth surge from IoT, IPTV (OTT), Smart Home etc.)

3 Advantage of active Ethernet compare to GPON or cable.

3a. Expense…

3b. Fiber manageability

3c. QoS and fine control of delivery

  1. What features are needed in the products (CO, CPE)

4a. High density access fiber switch, CSFP-1G, 10G SFP+, VLAN/QoS, SNMP management

4b. CPE switch, DHCP Auto, ACS(TR069), Smart Interrogator, IPTV Probe, Dual Power, Dying Gasp

  1. How the network is managed.

5a. SNMP / (FCAPS) Smartview for access fiber switch

5b. DHCP Auto Provisioning, MAC based Provisioning, Auto Configuration Server (TR069)

  1. Q&A

P2P Active Ethernet Broadband Solutions

“The increasing demands for data from residential customers is putting great pressure to expand the last mile capacity. With the introduction of more and more IOT smart home appliances and automation devices, affordable high-resolution ‘nanny’ cameras, over the top video, including 4k streaming, and the general desire for faster downloads with less wait, it is clear that current networks need to supply gigabit pipes to each home. CTC Union’s presentation will highlight how direct peer-to-peer active Ethernet can be deployed more economically than the competing broadband technologies of cable modem and Passive Optical Networks, using affordable and readily available commodity Ethernet switches at both the access layer and customer premises.”

Graybar:  “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 Erico.  NOTE:  You can request a powerpoint presentation of this seminar by contacting Deb Low at

KGPCo: “Exploring SDN/NFV in the Carrier Space”

Overview: A snapshot of the current state of SDN/NFV in the carrier space, proceeding to the shift to whitebox platforms and their associated cost models.  Discussion will continue on to lifecycle management, engineering, architecture, and design needs with the shift to virtualized networks followed by a use case in support of NFV.

Millennium:  Plug and Play Solutions”

Learn about the next generation of FTTX deployment using optical termination enclosures.

Rep Com International:  “Lithium Power for Telecom

No further outline at this time.

S&S Solutions:  “Battery Backups”

No further outline at this time

Telecom Sales Group/Servato:  “Ensuring Backup Power for Improved Disaster Relief”


Disaster relief is a problem with many facets for telecommunication providers large and small. Power outages from weather events pose a threat to customers who may not have access to emergency services if the electricity is down. These companies can face their own recovery complications if their own communications networks are affected. In any emergency scenario restoring power as quickly as possible is key.

Short of direct damage to the networking equipment, the biggest threat to networks are power outages. Independent providers especially must protect networks that are distributed over wide, sometimes difficult to navigate areas. Small companies may not have the manpower to cover these distances during routine maintenance cycles and especially during inclement weather.

Given these factors, these telecommunication proviers need to consider precautions that can speed recovery time and limit service outages in the first place. The first proactive step is introducing remote monitoring and management technology to manage backup batteries which are key to communications networks. Few companies have the ability to devote the necessary manpower to maintaining adequate backup power, which is where automation comes into play.

Proactive battery management offers not just more reliable power during disaster scenarios but also cost-savings through automation. Automated battery testing completely replaces technician test cycles and alerts offer more information that helps technicians prioritize everything from routine maintenance to emergency response. Insight into the site’s true state can improve response time by hours.

Servato has numerous case studies demonstrating the benefits of proactive battery management during weather events. We help companies handle many weather conditions and power outages more effectively than they can with their legacy notification systems. We’ll walk through these examples and provide the audience with ways to improve their ability to respond to disasters.

Structured Communication Systems:  to be determined

no further outline at this time

VETRO FiberMap:  “Quick Tips: How to Map Fiber, Fast!  Or

From Zero to BOM in 20 Minutes using a Fiber Management GIS”

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a common mapping technology used by broadband service providers, but how many people understand the basic principles of GIS and why this technology has become so popular? During this presentation we will provide some quick tips & tools to help you maximize the use of GIS for broadband mapping, management, and operations. We will explore some of the fundamental characteristics of the technology, how it differs from Computer Aided Design (CAD), and how utilities have come to leverage GIS for all kinds of workflows. We will also provide information about some of the different GIS platforms that are available and where the technology is headed and how to plan for these changes. At the end of this presentation the hope is that you walk away with a good understanding of what you need to consider for your own GIS implementation.

In a live demonstration of our own web-based fiber GIS, we will walk through a structured digitizing toolset in the context of laying out a small fiber project design.  You will see how straightforward digitizing and design features make it simple to get right to work and end up with an actionable fiber network design complete with maps, equipment costing and a bill of materials (BOM).  In the process we will show how we have approached complex strand path, splicing and circuit modeling.

ZyXEL Communications:  “Whole Home Managed Wi-Fi –

The Ins and Outs of providing Home Wi-Fi”

Providing Wi-Fi is one of the key services offered by most service providers. Subscribers depend heavily on their service provider for wireless performance and coverage within their home. There are many whole home managed Wi-Fi Mesh solutions on the market, but what is the right solution for your subscribers? Is there a true service provider managed mesh solution available? Join Zyxel to learn about whole home managed Wi-Fi mesh and how it can work for service providers and their subscribers.

By attending this presentation you will learn:

  • The differences between retail consumer mesh and service provider managed Wi-Fi
  • Why a service provider should consider offering a Wi-Fi managed solution
  • What the components are in a Wi-Fi managed solution
  • How a Wi-Fi managed solution works

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