TD Madison To Lead Candidate Search For Fort Collins Broadband Leadership

Virginia Beach, VA, March 1, 2018 – TD Madison, a leading provider of executive recruitment and training services to the cable and broadband industry, has been engaged by the City of Fort Collins, Colorado to provide executive search and placement for several leadership roles in the city’s ambitious new municipal broadband network.

TD Madison will identify candidates for four key roles: Director of Broadband, Broadband Network Engineer, Broadband Marketing Manager, and Outside Plant Engineer. This is an exciting opportunity for qualified executives to take a formative role in the management of a new ISP tasked with offering excellent customer service and world-beating connectivity to the residents and businesses of Fort Collins.

Fort Collins intends to take control of broadband provision within the city by building its own fiber infrastructure to provide broadband as a utility to homes and businesses. Construction of the network, which is anticipated to cost in the region of $150 million, will begin in 2018, with the first services to be delivered in 2019.

With three decades of experience as a provider of executive recruitment, technical training, and staff augmentation to the cable and broadband industry, TD Madison is the ideal choice of recruitment partner for cities and towns seeking to take control of the provision of wired and wireless broadband connectivity to consumers and businesses.

“We’re excited to be working with the City of Fort Collins to discover and assess the leaders who will shape the future of connectivity, communication, and digital services in the city,” commented Dean Madison, CEO of TD Madison. “This is an ambitious project, and finding leaders with the right expertise and experience is key to its success.”

Fort Collins will deploy a Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON), connecting homes and businesses directly to the fiber network rather than relying on existing copper cables. The network will deliver bandwidths of 1 Gbps to each premise, with additional services and dedicated connections available to businesses.

Fort Collins will build a network that prioritizes the experience of its users, with customer service, reliability, competitive pricing, net neutrality, and privacy as guiding principles.

About TD Madison
TD Madison and Associates works with clients across the Cable and Broadband Industry, providing executive recruitment, training, and staff augmentation to businesses ranging from emerging growth firms to Fortune 500 companies. With over three decades of experience, TD Madison finds exceptional leaders for exceptional companies. To learn more, visit: http://www.tdmadison.com

Wireless Is The Next Big Opportunity For Cable Companies

Wireless Is The Next Big Opportunity For Cable CompaniesFixed wireless in the form of WiFi hotspots that leverage existing wired networks and LTE-based mobile broadband has been around for a while. But it is with the rollout of 5G, starting in 2018, that the cable industry is in the strongest position to dominate the wireless space.

5G, which is capable of increased speeds and lower latencies compared to 4G and LTE, uses small cell technology which relies on a greater density of wired network connectivity for backhaul. The cable industry has invested heavily in its wired network, which puts it in a strong position as 5G fixed wireless networks rollout across the US.

The involvement of cable companies in wireless networks is not a recent innovation. Cable providers, including Comcast and Charter, have long been interested in using their extensive wired networks as backhaul for WiFi hotspots. They have also formed partnerships with Verizon to provide wireless services over its network. Industry insiders have long mooted the possibility that one of the big cable providers would buy or merge with an existing wireless operator like Sprint or T-Mobile to secure a lead in the wireless space.

Fixed wireless using WiFi or LTE has demonstrated the viability of delivering broadband over wireless. But the advent of 5G is a game changer in the wireless space, particularly where fixed wireless is concerned. Because it uses much smaller cells than 4G, 5G requires a greater density of cells and those cells require a denser wired network to connect them to the wired backhaul.

Unlike 4G, it won’t be enough to throw up a few cell towers on the tops of buildings.
The cable industry has by far the densest wired networks in the largest range of locations, lowering future CAPEX for building out the necessary infrastructure and putting them in the best position to exploit the enhanced capabilities of 5G.

It has been argued that using 5G as the foundation for fixed wireless networks that provide home broadband over the air isn’t that much different to the business broadband providers are in today. Most consumers and many businesses already connect to their broadband network over WiFi. The major difference when using 5G for fixed wireless is that the signal that supports home WiFi will arrive via 5G rather than through a wire to residences and businesses.

In the coming years, there will be strong demand for engineers with 5G expertise and fixed wireless networking experience. For a business to succeed in this space, it must cultivate a solid foundation through strategic hiring and technical training.

With over three decades of experience in executive recruitment and technical training for the cable and broadband industry, TD Madison has a vast database of relevant executives and engineers. Our time-tested recruitment and assessment strategies make us the perfect partner for any business seeking to build on 5G.

Coherent Optics May Be Solution To Increasing Bandwidth Demand

Coherent Optics May Be Solution To Increasing Bandwidth DemandDemand for bandwidth and connectivity has been growing since the first days of the internet and it shows no signs of slowing. As businesses and consumers come to rely on ever more bandwidth-hungry applications, from streaming media and games to low-latency real-time communication, the optical access network that supplies homes and businesses is put under increasing strain.

Coherent optics, once considered too expensive and impractical outside of long haul fiber connections, is becoming an economically viable solution to constrained bandwidths in optical access networks as a result of research carried out by CableLabs.

The optical fiber that connects the service provider headend with the fiber nodes that supply bandwidth to homes and businesses is already at capacity in many cases. Fiber runs originally included redundant fibers, but over time much of that redundancy has been put to work. Retrenching fiber across the US would be astronomically expensive, and, as cable companies migrate to a deep fiber N+0 architecture, the HFC network will be expected to supply more optical nodes with more data at greater speeds.

Coherent optics offers a solution without the expense of fiber retrenching. Coherent optics can use the existing fiber network but is capable of achieving higher speeds than other optical technologies. In experiments, CableLabs has been able to achieve speeds of 256 Gbps, approximately 26 times the capacity of a standard analog optical carrier.

Coherent optics achieves such impressive speeds by using amplitude and phase modulation and polarization to send data, resulting in increased speeds with lower power requirements.

In addition to improving the speed and reliability of wired networking, coherent optics is likely to be a key component of future 5G mobile connectivity. 5G, with its significantly increased speeds and reduced latencies, will put pressure on the fiber backhaul that connects mobile base stations to service providers. High-capacity coherent optical systems will increase the capacity of existing networks, allowing optical backhaul to keep pace with rapidly evolving mobile networks.

Given the rapid pace of innovation in both the wired and wireless networking spaces, cable and wireless providers, internet service providers, and any other business that seeks to leverage emerging network technology must work hard to stay ahead of the curve.

Businesses that fail to cultivate the necessary expertise and leadership will find themselves at a significant disadvantage. The current healthy economic climate provides incredible opportunities for growth, but low unemployment and heated competition will make it increasingly difficult to hire the right technical leadership.
TD Madison has provided technical training, executive recruitment, and staff augmentation services to the cable and wireless industry for over three decades. To start your search for executive candidates with the expertise you need, get in touch today.

The Goldilocks Economy Increases Competition For Qualified Tech Candidates

The Goldilocks Economy Increases Competition For Qualified Tech CandidatesAfter several years of uncertainty, the US economy is undergoing a period of stability and growth. The US Gross Domestic Product is predicted to grow at around 2.5 percent per year for the next two years, and possibly even more if executive efforts to bring about the growth of 4 percent are successful. The unemployment rate is expected to drop to below 4 percent. Inflation is stable and close to the Fed’s target.

We’re in what’s called a Goldilocks economy, which is characterized by low unemployment, low interest and inflation rates, and stable GDP growth. Not too hot, not too cold, just the right temperature for flourishing technology industry.

The cable and wireless industry and the wider technology sector can expect to see growing interest in current and emerging technologies. They will have increased the incentive to invest in new technologies and in building the infrastructure to support it. Demand from outside the sector for technology solutions and platforms will grow, fueling investment in 5G and the Internet of Things.

The immediate future is looking rosy for the technology industry. But low unemployment and business growth, coupled with a rapidly evolving technological landscape also presents competitive challenges, especially where recruitment is concerned. There will be more demand for technical expertise in executive and rank-and-file roles as businesses prepare to take advantage of emerging technologies.

The most in-demand tech jobs include data scientists, wireless engineers, optical engineers, data security architects and administrators, and technical leadership, where the need for professionals outstrips market supply.

Last year a survey from KPMG revealed that 65% of technology leaders complained that the tech talent shortage was hurting the industry, with security and cloud computing being particular pain points, alongside hiring competition for project managers and business analysts.

That’s great news for qualified professionals in those fields, but businesses will find themselves competing for top-tier candidates. We’re seeing increased demand for strategic executive recruitment, technical training, and temporary staff augmentation, a trend that will continue throughout 2018 and the next few years.

Over the last year, a lot has been said about how automation and machine learning technologies will reduce reliance on traditional workers, but as those technologies gain widespread adoption, there will be increased demand for qualified professionals who can build the products and services that turn talk into a reality.

With low unemployment, it’s a candidate’s market, and businesses that lose out on high-quality hires will be at a competitive disadvantage. Businesses can’t afford to fall behind or lose key talent to the competition. The businesses that successfully hire will have formed close partnerships with recruitment professionals with deep industry expertise.

TD Madison has thirty years of experience as a trusted provider of executive recruitment, technical training, and staff augmentation services to the cable and broadband industry.

Five Technologies Your Business Should Be Preparing For In 2018

five-technologies-your-business-should-be-preparing-for-in-20182018 will be a fascinating year as several emerging technologies go mainstream in the enterprise. Business with the knowledge and leadership to move quickly and embrace these technologies are well placed to both create new products and optimize operations.
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What Is Staff Augmentation?

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The Story of the Internet of Things

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In 1982, engineers at Carnegie Mellon University hooked a Coke machine into the local network so that they could check if the machine was empty before making the journey from their desks. Today, connected smart devices are everywhere: in our homes and our pockets, on our wrists, in factories and stores. Many of us drive sensor-laden network-connected vehicles capable of some degree of autonomy.

Over the next few years, the number of devices that comprise the Internet of Things (IOT) will multiply as their sophistication evolves, creating business opportunities and shaping consumer and industry behavior.

The name Internet of Things has been in use for less than 10 years, coined in 2009 by Kevin Ashton, the Executive Director of Auto-ID Labs at MIT, who envisioned a world of trackable objects carrying RFID tags. In the same year, the first wireless pacemakers were installed in patients, allowing doctors to monitor the condition of the device and of their patients remotely.

But it was the convergence of several emerging technologies that made the IoT as we know it possible. Improvements in miniaturization, computation technology, and power management made processor-equipped devices cheap to manufacture. Ubiquitous wireless connectivity allowed those devices to talk to each other and with servers in data centers. The cloud, big data, and machine learning provided the infrastructure and tools necessary to store and analyze the deluge of data generated by smart devices.

Our thermostats, utility meters, watches, security cameras, and home automation devices are part of the Internet of Things. In industry, the IoT is powering innovation in manufacturing, infrastructure management, agriculture, environmental management, logistics, energy management, construction, healthcare, and elsewhere.

The growth of the Internet of Things will increase exponentially as new applications are devised and the technology continues to evolve. 5G connectivity, which is likely to see widespread rollouts in the next 24 months, will have a major impact. As we discussed in a previous article, 5G provides greater bandwidth at lower energy and much reduced latency, allowing for real-time communication between devices and to data centers.

Alongside expanding investment in IoT technology for industry, we can expect to see an increased focus on security. The IoT security story hasn’t been encouraging, and the market has been flooded with cheap and insecure devices that can’t be upgraded. If the IoT is to fulfill its potential, security has to become a priority.

As you can see from our infographic. The Story Of The Internet Of Things, the IoT has come a long way in a short time, and we’re just at the beginning of the story. The Internet of Things has created business opportunities across many different industries. Forward-looking organizations are leveraging strategic executive recruitment and technical training to cultivate the expertise they need to make the most of those opportunities.


The Story of the Internet of Things

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Is Your Business Ready For 5G?

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TD Madison To Attend Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers Cable-Tec Expo

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