SUWANEE, Ga., March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ARRIS Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARRS) today announced that Christopher Skarica, ARRIS VP, Strategic Accounts, Canada has been named the 2012 Canadian Engineering Professional of the Year by the SCTE Canada. The award honors outstanding technical achievements and contributions made to the advancement of the cable telecommunications industry by a Canadian engineering professional. Skarica will be honored at a special luncheon on Wednesday, March 28th during the SCTE Canadian Summit in Toronto, March 27-28, 2012. This is the first time that an engineering resource of a technology supplier company has been honored with the SCTE Canada Award.
Skarica joined ARRIS in March, 2010 as Account VP, Strategic Accounts in Canada, and is responsible for serving strategic Canadian MSO accounts in their purchase and deployment of the complete line of ARRIS solutions. During his 24 year cable industry career, Skarica has numerous notable accomplishments. He was responsible for the first Canadian MPEG-2 digital video system demo; oversaw the active HFC setup for several major two-way upgrade projects; was instrumental in engineering the first 4-feed multi-beam satellite deployments in Canada; led the team that commercially deployed the first North American DOCSIS® 1.0 CMTS and CM system; managed RF testing and qualification of a large Canadian MSO's first 860 MHz, two-way HFC plant implementation; was instrumental in delivering the industry's first HFC outside plant DOCSIS WiFi® hotspot technology; patented the industry's first active Ethernet-based optical access network architecture and the first transport architecture to deliver streaming ITU-R601 video over a metro area storage network.
Before joining ARRIS, Skarica was CTO at Huawei Technologies, working with the North American MSO and Cable Team. Prior to that, Skarica held VP of Engineering and Sales titles at Lindsay Broadband and Broadbus Technologies. He also spent five years with Nortel as Chief Technology Advisor on the Global MSO Solutions team. Additionally, Skarica worked for several years as Cogeco Cable Ontario's Director of Engineering and, before that, as Senior Project Manager and Headend Technician at Rogers Cablesystems and as an engineering technologist for Maclean Hunter Cable's corporate engineering team.
ARRIS has a long history of service to the Canadian cable service provider market and is fully committed to its long-term success. ARRIS industry-leading solutions and products have been deployed at all of Canada's top MSOs, including Rogers Communications Inc, Shaw Communications, Videotron, Cogeco and Eastlink.
ARRIS is a global communications technology company specializing in the design, engineering and supply of communications and IP technologies that support broadband services for residential and business customers around the world. The company supplies broadband operators with the tools and platforms they need to deliver and monitor advanced video, data and voice subscriber services, including whole home video across multiple screens, ultra high-speed data, personalized advertising and carrier-grade telephony. Headquartered near Atlanta, in Suwanee, Georgia, USA, ARRIS has R&D centers in Beaverton, OR; Chicago, IL; Cork, Ireland; Kirkland, WA; Redwood City, CA; Shenzhen, China; State College, PA; Tel Aviv, Israel; Wallingford, CT and Waltham, MA, and operates support and sales offices throughout the world. Information about ARRIS products and services can be found at www.arrisi.com.
Alex Swan, ARRIS Media Relations, +1-678-473-8327 office, +1-404-307-5485 mobile, email@example.com