Here’s our preliminary listing of seminars for this year’s show.  The schedule is still to be determined, but this alphabetical listing by company offers a few topics and outlines to give you an idea of the teaching we will be providing.  If you click on the company name you will be directed to their website.  Stay tuned… this list can still be updated!




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 on Wednesday

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.


1)  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.

2) To be determined. 

Graybar definitely would like to teach you something, but have not yet figured out exactly what that might be.  Stay tuned…

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, i.e. 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.

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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