Ron Hranac

Technical Marketing Engineer, Cable Access

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Ron Hranac is a Technical Marketing Engineer for the Cable Access Business Unit at Cisco Systems, Inc., and is based in the company’s Centennial, Colo. office. He has been in the cable industry for more than 46 years and has worked extensively with microwave, satellite, fiber optics, HDTV, two-way and other cutting-edge technologies for cable. Ron is recognized as a technical leader in the North American cable TV industry.

Prior to joining Cisco, he was Vice President of Engineering for High Speed Access International, a division of High Speed Access Corp. Ron spent nine years as Senior Vice President of Engineering for Coaxial International, Inc., a Denver-based cable television consulting firm. In addition to his cable industry tenure, Ron also spent five years in commercial radio broadcasting. He began his cable career with TelePrompter Cable TV in 1972 and moved to Jones Intercable, Inc. in the late 1970s. After nearly 11 years with Jones in various engineering capacities, Ron served as CT Publications’ Senior Vice President of Editorial in 1990. He also held freelance roles as Senior Technology Editor and a monthly columnist for Communications Technology magazine through 2012.

Ron’s industry activities include the publication of hundreds of articles and papers, and he is past chairman of a National Cable Television Association ad hoc Subcommittee to research 75-ohm traceability at the then National Bureau of Standards. He has been a speaker at numerous industry conventions and seminars around the world. In 1997 he was inducted into the Cable TV Pioneers, and in both the 1998 and 1999 Western Cable Show issues of CableFAX magazine was named among the industry’s 100 most influential people.

Ron is a Fellow Member of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers and a past member and Chairman of the Society’s Board of Directors. He has been active at various levels of SCTE since 1979 and was inducted into Society’s Hall of Fame in 2010.


Handy eGuide for Broadband Cable Technologists: Cisco Broadband Data Book

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The cable broadband access network is extremely complex. All of these technologies have their own technical information. And, for broadband cable technologists to be effective in their jobs, they need lots of information at their fingertips. For many years, Cisco has recognized these needs by creating and keeping up-to-date a handy reference book intended to be used as a quick-reference source for topics related to broadband network technology. Read on to learn more about our Cisco Broadband Data Book available online.

How to Help Manage Outside Plant Congestion and Overall Performance

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As noted in my colleague John Downey’s blog earlier this week, unprecedented demand continues on local broadband networks. Cable operators are working to stay ahead of the curve. John’s blog includes tips for optimizing cable modem termination system (CMTS) performance. This blog includes my checklist for the outside plant. Proper operation of the optical and […]

December 2, 2019


What Are S-Parameters and Other Hot Cable Network Topics

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Read all about hot cable network topics, from DAA and 10G, to Cloud and Scalability.

September 25, 2019


16 Cable Industry Terms You Need to Know to Get Ready for Cable-Tec 2019

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SCTE’s Cable-Tec Expo 2019 is just around the corner (September 30-October 3 in New Orleans). Plan on a busy week given the wide range of technology on display.

September 5, 2019


Five Trivia Questions to Celebrate SCTE’s 50th Anniversary

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In honor of the SCTE·ISBE 50th anniversary, I thought I’d take a look back at some of the organization’s achievements and share a little trivia.