SCTE switches Cable-Tec Expo to a virtual event

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This is the second year SCTE has had to go virtual for its conference. (Getty Images)

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), a subsidiary of CableLabs, said today that it is converting its fall show to an all-virtual event taking place October 11-13. The show had previously been planned as an in-person event in Atlanta.

The trade group said, “SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2021 will take place as a virtual experience this October due to the health and safety risks to attendees posed by the public health epidemic of Covid-19, the surge in the Delta variant, and curtailment on travel imposed by the U.S. government for international travelers, and by some corporations for employee travel.”

This is the second year SCTE has had to go virtual for its conference.

“As a virtual event last year, Cable-Tec Expo had the largest level of engagement we have ever seen, and we look forward to that same level of connection, innovation and education in October,” said SCTE CEO Mark Dzuban in a statement.

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The group is already looking ahead to next year’s conference (and undoubtedly crossing its fingers that Covid has subsided by then). Cable-Tec Expo 2022 will be held in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, September 19-22 and chaired by David Watson, CEO of Comcast Cable.

As for the remainder of 2021, here’s the status of some important telecommunications events, as of today:

The CCA Annual Convention is still on track as an in-person event taking place September 20-22 in Phoenix.

The NAB show in Las Vegas, October 9-13, is an in-person event. However, some big exhibitors including Sony and Panasonic have recently pulled out.

MWC Los Angeles is still scheduled as an in-person event from October 26-28.

AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas is scheduled as an in person event from November 28 – December 3.