The numbers (and the winners) are in. Last week’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Orlando garnered attendees from 69 countries and a total attendance for the three-day event of some 9,200. In other Cable-Tec wrap-up news, representing SCTE Region 9 and the SCTE Central Florida Chapter, James Simmons of Bright House Networks outpaced 28 competitors and captured the 22nd Annual SCTE International Cable-Tec Games, sponsored by Corning Gilbert, PCT International and SCTE. Defending champ Greg Brakefield of Comporium, representing SCTE Region 10, took second-place overall; while Justin Sanders, also of Comporium, took third-place overall this year. Doug Nolan of Comcast Cable Communications won the “Spirit of the Games” award, sponsored and awarded by CommScope. The breakdown of the International Games’ seven contests looks like this: Cable Splicing, Meter Reading, MDTR: Greg Brakefield; Fiber Splicing: Patrick Nobbman, Time Warner Cable, Lincoln, Neb., Great Plains Chapter, Region 5; Drop Connection: Justin Sanders; Cable Jeopardy: Christopher Gray, Comcast, Beverly, Mass., New England Chapter, Region 12; and OTDR: James Simmons. Next year’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo is set for Sept. 18-20 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

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