SCTE•ISBE creates COVID-19 track for Cable-Tec Expo 2020

April 9, 2020
Abstracts are due May 8 for the 'Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic' workshop.

SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo announced that it will feature a program centered on perspective gained from the coronavirus crisis, during a special workshop track announced today.

The special track will be part of the consortium's Fall Technical Forum workshops, produced jointly by SCTE•ISBE, CableLabs and the NCTA for Cable-Tec Expo 2020, which will be held October 13-16 in Denver.  

The Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic workshop will examine new strategies for managing work forces and maintaining operational performance amid shifts in usage, as well how cable and new partners can foster cross-industry innovation to leverage new health and safety applications during public emergencies. 

The due date for all Fall Technical Forum abstracts has been extended to Friday, May 8. Abstracts can be submitted at

Per a press release, suggested topics for the new track include:

Track: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Pandemic 

  • Critical components of a connected community for managing a public health crisis
  • How NOCs and customer-facing teams can collaborate more effectively
  • Maintaining a workforce’s focus on network performance during a crisis
  • How home and business connectivity is a lifeline during a crisis
  • Shifting capacity for an at-home population
  • The importance of creating business continuity plans, before the crisis
  • Future pandemics with a 10G network
  • Implications for telehealth and telemedicine
  • Smart Cities and future global health pandemics
  • IoT for patient tracking and patient management
  • IoT for capacity and asset tracking in hospitals
  • Connectivity and limiting disease transmission points
  • Supporting an aging population with connected devices

“Cable’s outstanding performance and its support for connected technology partners during the current crisis provides a solid foundation on which to build a playbook of strategies and procedures for response to future emergencies,” commented Chris Bastian, senior vice president, engineering and CTIO of SCTE•ISBE.

Bastian added, “Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic will focus our attention on implications of changing usage behaviors, ideas for remote operational protocols, and the value of collaborative partnerships that will result in new applications – all of which can lead to safer, more connected communities.” 

Among the largest telecommunications and technology tradeshows in the Americas, SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo is known across the industry as the preeminent venue for thought leadership, engineering innovation, and deal-making within the broadband telecommunications sector. More information is available at

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