Why Now is the Time for 10G PON

Date: Thursday, December 17, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
sponsored by
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

Jeff Brown, Director of Product & Field Marketing, Calix

Jack Burton, Principal, Broadband Success Partners

Todd Gingrass, Vice President – Solution Architectures, CCI Systems, Chief Technology Officer – Astrea

Today’s access network architecture is under mounting pressure due to a continued surge in the number of connected devices, a proliferation of bandwidth-intensive customer applications and dramatic shifts in usage patterns related to the pandemic, such as work-from-home and e-learning.

Learn why now is the right time for cable operators to build greenfield networks or expand their existing networks with 10G PON, arming customers with high-speed symmetrical broadband. Gain a clear understanding of the drivers impacting the access network and the various approaches being considered to deliver higher speed services. Plus, find out the best practices that operators are employing as they leverage the latest in passive optical technology to future-proof their networks.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Node + 0 (Fiber Deep)
  • DOCSIS 3.1, DOCSIS 4.0 (FDX/ESD)
  • FTTP and 10G PON
  • Provisioning 10G PON within a DOCSIS B/OSS environment


Alan Breznick has tracked the media, telecommunications, broadband, and consumer electronics industries for more than 20 years. Before switching over to Heavy Reading in 2007, he was the original editor of Light Reading Cable Website and founding author of Heavy Reading's Cable Industry Insider. At Heavy Reading, he primarily focuses on cable/MSO services, technologies, and networks, as well as IPTV infrastructure. Alan was formerly a broadband analyst for Kinetic Strategies and a contributing analyst for One Touch Intelligence. He previously reported for Communications Daily, Cable World, Multichannel News, Broadband Daily, Crain's New York Business, and Genuine Article Press, among other publications.

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Jeff Brown is Director of Product & Field Marketing for Calix. In this role he helps network operators including CSPs, Cableco’s, and Greenfield startups develop winning network architecture and Go-To-Market broadband strategies that leverage FTTP, Fixed Wireless, 5G, Managed Wi-Fi 6, Next Gen PON, and Software Defined Networking. Prior to Calix he ran Product Management and Product Marketing for Windstream Wholesale and was responsible for launching commercial SDN-based transport and ethernet service solutions for network operators and hyperscale content providers. He has over 25 years’ experience in leadership positions with wireline and wireless operators including Sprint, Covad, and Zayo.

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Jack is a principal of Broadband Success Partners, a consultancy focused on the technology, operations, marketing and finance needs of service providers, suppliers and telecom investors. Clients include Adtran, Calix, Ciena, Corning, GI Partners, Grain Management, I Squared Capital, InstarAGF and Vecima. Prior to co-founding the group, Jack was Senior Director of Systems Engineering for Altice USA and Cablevision Systems. Projects included Voice Over IP, Business Services, Advanced Access Networks, and Optical Transport. Jack served as Chairman of the Cablelabs Packet Cable Certification Board from 2011 to 2017, and has written for Broadband Library magazine, LightReading, and other publications. With prior posts at Lightpath, MTV Networks, Tribune/United, and Warner/Amex, he has over 35 years of industry experience.

Jack holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. An aviation and ham radio enthusiast, he lives in Kings Park, NY.

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As Vice President – Solution Architectures, Todd Gingrass is responsible for the research, development, consulting and sales of all current and future technologies that relate to all types of HFC, FTTH and Video Service Providers. He also works to surpass customer satisfaction goals, working with Sales and Operations to monitor customer satisfaction, identify problems, and take corrective action to ensure customer satisfaction.

Todd also works directly with the Business Units of multiple key industry manufacturers to give feedback on market needs and trends and helping to evolve their products and technologies. Mixing this with his vast experience working in the outside plant allows him to help operators to build strategic forward plans that blend both technical and financial creativity to assist operators in their growth.

Along with his Vice President role, Todd also holds the role of CTO of CCI Systems’ operator division, Astrea. Astrea is a fully functioning Service Provider in Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan that provides voice, video, data and managed WiFi services across HFC, FTTH and Fixed Wireless networks. Todd’s duties include overseeing the overall architecture of the entire network and planning its future capabilities and products.

As a 24 year veteran of CCI Systems, Todd’s past roles included serving as Sales Engineering Manager and Director of Network Technology. Gingrass has extensive industry experience in Core IP, Optical Transport (SONET, DWDM), CMTS, HFC, FTTx, IPTV, Fixed Wireless and other Service Provider Technologies and has authored several industry white papers.

Gingrass holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, specializing in Communications, Electromagnetics and Digital Signal Processing from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI. He has also completed rigorous training courses and earned many Cisco and SCTE certifications in areas of design, installation and configuration of IP Core, HFC, Advanced Optical Transport Networks and CMTS.

Outside of work, Todd enjoys woodworking, coaching youth tackle football and Martial Arts instruction, where he holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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