SCTE announces Virtual Spring Lecture

The SCTE (Society for Broadband Professionals) is hosting its annual Spring Lecture for its members and partners as part of its remit to educate and inform.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the event, which was to be hosted at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, is a virtual one this year, taking place on the SCTE’s own dedicated Zoom platform.

With an impressive roster of speakers, the event focuses on the fibre roll out taking place at a pace around the country, rising to the challenges wrought by the pandemic and the enormous reliance the general public is now placing on superfast broadband provision in their homes.

Our speakers include:

  • Clayton Nash, Strategy Director, CityFibre
  • Malcolm Corbett, CEO, INCA
  • Peter Adams, Market Manager, Amphenol
  • Chris Swires, Chair, Training Committee, SCTE

Clayton Nash, Strategy Director at CityFibre will deliver a lecture on the increasing profile that the alt-net providers are gaining on the fibre landscape, detailing the company’s achievements but focusing on the skills shortages and challenges that remain. Malcolm Corbett, CEO of INCA, will give a broader view of the industry and the commercial and technical pressures that face this roll out in such unprecedented times. Peter Adams, Market Manager, Datacenter, Amphenol will be delivering a presentation on High-Capacity Datacenter Splicing, addressing current and future challenges.

Finally, Chris Swires, Chair of the SCTE Training Committee will be discussing the training opportunities for new recruits to the industry as well as the importance of technical training in areas such as intermittent fault-finding and solving network problems.  

Costas Kyriacou, Chair of the Lecture Committee leading this programme said, “Each year the Spring Lecture addresses developments in the sector, and it is an opportunity for our members and partners to meet and learn from each other. Despite the limitations on meeting in person this year, by delivering a Virtual Spring Lecture we are delighted to be bringing the best of the industry’s thought leaders together, reaching out to our hardworking community of engineers and technicians with cutting-edge, industry intelligence and inspiring presentations.”

Watch the Spring Lecture on YouTube: Building Tomorrow's Fibre Networks

Order of events:

2.00pm Introduction - Tony Basham
2.05pm  Speaker 1 - Clayton Nash
2.30pm  Q&A
2.35pm  Speaker 2 - Malcolm Corbett
3.00pm  Q&A
3.05pm Speaker 3 - Peter Adams
3.30pm  Q&A
3.35pm   Speaker 4 - Chris Swires
4.00pm  Q&A
4.05pm  Closing notes - Tony Basham 
4.10pm End 

The Society will return to the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham for its Annual General Meeting and Autumn Lecture on October 7, 2021.

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Peter Adams
 Market Manager, Datacenter, Amphenol Network Solutions

Peter Adams is Market Manager for Amphenol Network Solutions, an Amphenol company that designs and produces industry leading fiber connectivity solutions for everyone from Tier 1 Telecom companies, to the largest Hyperscale and Colocation providers.

Presenation Summary

High Capacity Datacenter Splicing - Considerations and Challenges

Brief: In this discussion, we will talk through the history and future of high capacity splicing in a Datacenter environment. We hope to explore some common practices and questions, and address current and future challenges that datacenters face when deploying a splicing solution.

Malcolm Corbett

Malcolm Corbett is the founder and CEO of the Independent Networks Co-operative Association ( linking public, private and community organisations promoting the development of next generation fibre and wireless digital infrastructure in the UK.

Prior to setting up INCA, Malcolm ran the Community Broadband Network which he founded in 2004 to support local broadband initiatives through mentoring, advice and consultancy.

Malcolm has a background in the Internet industry. He was a director of one of the UK’s first ISPs, Poptel, and he co-invented the .coop global Internet domain. He has also been active in social enterprise and co-operative movements in the UK and internationally.

Malcolm has a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Surrey.

Clayton Nash  

Clayton Nash

Bio to follow shortly.

Chris Swires
Chair of the SCTE Training Committee

Chris trained as a student apprentice with Thorn Electrical Industries and became engineer in charge of the wired television laboratory in 1965.

He joined Teleng Ltd in 1970 where he was appointed laboratory manager and also tested and set up cable TV systems in Belgium and in Canada.

Chris left Teleng and formed Swires Research in 1976. Swires Research closed in 2017 after forty years of designing and manufacturing products for the Cable TV industry.

Chris has lectured regularly on Cable TV subjects and is the author of many technical papers. He is a member of the IBC paper selection committee and the exhibition steering group.

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About SCTE (Society for Broadband Professionals)

Founded in 1945, the SCTE is a Learned Society and non-profitmaking organisation whose aim is to raise the standard of broadband engineering in the telecommunications industry. The Society particularly concerns itself with the training and career advancement of technical professionals in the field. As a Learned Society, the SCTE provides accreditation and certification for its members, giving them professional standing within the industry. See

 The SCTE (Society for Broadband Professionals) celebrated its 75th anniversary last year and, as an anniversary gift to the industry, made a free special edition of the SCTE Fibre Optic Transmission for Technicians Course available. The Society produces a quarterly Broadband Journal and bi-annual handbook.

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