The Case for Coax Capability

Ric_Johnsen_ektron Richard "Ric" Johnsen September 22, 2014

Ric_SCTE_Preso_PreviewThe evolution to a converged optical network is well underway. Service providers are transitioning to all-digital video services and even IP-based video, achieving significant capacity gains. Today, most multiple system operators (MSOs) and broadband operators, who evolved through the video service delivery business, predominantly use hybrid fiber coax (HFC) infrastructure. Operators also have Ethernet business and wireless backhaul services provided through a Metro Ethernet point-to-point (P2P) or a passive optical network (PON) solution using separate fibers from the HFC network.

Current networks still have substantial bandwidth capacity potential; however, it can be enhanced through key network changes. If operators plan to stay competitive and support future growth, they must devise a plan that evolves the network from a HFC platform to a converged optical platform delivering Ethernet/IP-based services to the user.

During this week’s SCTE Cable Tec-Expo®, I will join Charter Communication’s David Feldman and present the case for a coaxial infrastructure that has the inherent capability to support the transition to a converged optical network. Moderated by Cablevision Systems’ Pragash Pillai, the sessionThe Case for Coax Capability: The Evolving Optical Networkwill provide actionable insights that will help you take the next step in your broadband evolution. It is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 25 at 2 pm MDT in Room 205.

Click here to watch a video of me previewing my presentation. I hope you will join us on Thursday.

About the Author


Richard "Ric" Johnsen

Richard “Ric” Johnsen is senior vice president, Network Cable and Connectivity, Broadband Networks, for CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions. Previously, he was senior vice president, PLM Outside Plant Solutions. Mr. Johnsen joined CommScope in 2010 and was senior vice president of the Broadband division. Previously, he was president and chief executive officer of Alloptic. His prior work experience includes time at OFS as a vice president with responsibilities for fiber optic cable sales, marketing and product engineering. During his tenure at OFS, he led the team responsible for developing and introducing the totally “dry” loose tube fiber cable design to the market. He also worked at Alcatel where he served in numerous positions including engineering, operations and sales. His last position at Alcatel was vice president of the optical fiber business for Europe and Asia. During his time at Alcatel, he led the team responsible for developing and commercializing a colored coating for optical fiber (ColorLock). The project was recognized by Alcatel as the winner of the 1998 Alcatel “Hi-Speed” Award for speed of execution and impact to the business. Mr. Johnsen served 11 years in the United States Army, serving in numerous positions globally as a Signal Corps Officer and holding Airborne and Ranger qualifications. Mr. Johnsen has a BS degree in general engineering from the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY and an MS degree in communications engineering from the United States Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.