FT Broadband Summit Intro

About Broadband Technology Summit

The broadband market is as competitive as ever. The next DOCSIS iteration continues to evolve the potential of cable, Fiber providers expand their business across the country and all the while, Fixed Wireless from national and regional operators continues to gain momentum. Join this year’s Broadband Technology Summit see who’s best positioned for success in 2023. View on-demand here.



11:00AM-12:00PM ET

The road to 10G - The Role of DOCSIS 4.0 

11:00AM-11:15AM: Keynote
11:15AM-12:00PM: Panel Discussion

The 10G is era is coming. This era will be defined by broadband speeds up to 10 times faster than what we have today, low latency, secure and highly reliable service. Pivotal to the success of this is DOCSIS 4.0 rollout, the next iteration in the DOCSIS standard for data transfer over coaxied cable TV connections which will allow cable companies to not only to remain competitive with fiber, but for their networks to be readily upgradable and future proofed. DOCSIS 4.0 includes both full duplex and extended spectrum networks, both of which require upgrades and costs considerations.  As such, what do cable companies need to consider when choosing whether to deploy an extended spectrum or full duplex network? How can challenges relating to component sourcing and architectural changes be solved to deploy DOCSIS 4.0 in a cost-efficient way? Join this session to hear how people are answering these questions. 

2:00PM-3:00PM ET

Delivering efficient access networks - the role of DAA

2:00PM-2:15PM: Keynote
2:15PM-3:00PM: Panel Discussion

Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) increases bandwidth and helps to virtualize the network by relocating select functions from the headed hub to intelligent fiber nodes. Essentially it helps to improve limitations often faced in cable networks, such as limited capacity, reduced efficiency, and operational expenditure. It is, however, not without its challenges. Deployment must be carefully planned as node location must consider issues such as operational expenditure, troubleshooting and maintenance which thus questions how well it can serve geographically challenging locations. Some challenges may be mitigated by deploying DAA: Remote MACPHY, a DAA variant which moves more functionality to the node, but this in turn has CAPEX considerations. Therefore, what are the best practices for deploying DAA? What are the pros and cons operators must consider when deciding on the two variants of DAA?  



11:00AM-12:15PM ET

Passive optical networks - the opportunity

11:00AM-11:15AM: Keynote
11:15AM-11:30AM: Fireside Chat
11:30AM-12:15PM: Panel Discussion

The Passive Optical Networks market is growing rapidly, with a recent study led by Technavio predicting it to grow by $25.89 billion by the end of 2026. The migration of copper to fiber is one factor driving market growth, but another is the for operators to run more efficient networks in order to meet increasing consumer and business needs. Despite the potential, there are some challenges facing providers. Laying down fiber lines is an expensive task. How can operators source components and install them in the most cost-efficient way? Another question is whether to deploy 25G or 5OG networks, whilst the former may less expensive, can they support the growing needs of businesses? Join this session to understand the considerations providers need to take when planning to deploy PON networks.  

2:00PM-3:00PM ET

Rural broadband deployment strategies - funding, the last mile & technology

2:00PM-2:15PM: Fireside Chat
2:15PM-3:00PM: Panel Discussion

The COVID pandemic highlighted a more than ever a detrimental connectivity gap faced by those in rural areas of the country. The federal government has since then committed billions of investment dollars to bridge this gap. Undoubtedly this will be beneficial, but it hasn’t seemed to do much to stem incumbency. Fiber “overbuild” coupled with smaller populations has left many fiber providers concerned about ROIs. But Fiber is of course only one solution. Perhaps Fixed Wireless Access offers a more feasible way to deploy rural broadband. What considerations do these communities need to take to fund rural broadband projects? Is FWA a long-term solution, or just a short term one whilst we wait for fiber?