About Optical Summit
Optical Transport Networks are a means of connectivity that uses signals encoded in light. It is renowned for being very fast with fiber optic having speeds of 10Gbps per second. The growing demand for fast and reliable internet in addition to the commercialization of 5G are thought to be two of the biggest drivers of market growth. ISPs still face some challenges relating to deployment maintenance costs.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 29
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET
DELIVERING ON THE PROMISE OF OPTICAL TRANSPORT NETWORKS – CURRENT PROGRESS & OVERCOMING CHALLENGES
In 2022, the optical networks market was valued at $14 billion and is predicted to grow beyond $28 billion by 2029. Evolving consumer needs and the evolution of wireless infrastructure are cited as common factors fueling market growth. Recent technological advancements, such as increased data center interactions and improved network access have enabled operators to offer ultra-low latent and reliable connections needed to provide the connectivity needed for data-rich use cases, such as IoT and AI, in addition to being a vital component of global 5G deployment. However, the industry still needs to address challenges relating to cost, scalability and security before optical network potential can be fully realized. As such, what role will optical networks play in next-generation use cases? How vital is it for 5G deployment, and what considerations do operators need to take when deploying their network?
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM ET | Keynote Speaker: Jimmy Yu, VP for Optical Transport Research of Dell’Oro
11:15AM - 12:00 PM ET | Moderator: Rick Talbot, Principal Analyst of ACG Research / Panelists: Zac Cronauer, Fiber Network Manager of Blue Ridge Communications / Lauren Sanders, Chief Financial Officer of Big Bend Telephone
TUESDAY, AUGUST 29
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM ET
THE EVOLUTION OF COHERENT PLUGGABLE OPTICS – THE STATE OF PLAY OF 100G, 400G & 800G
Since the release of the 400ZR standard by the OIF in 2020, coherent pluggable optics have come on in leaps and bounds in meeting the growing demands of consumers. To date, much of the coherent pluggable discussion focuses on the newer 100G rate. At first glance, this may seem a downsize from its 400G and 800G predecessors, however it is said that the 400G and 800G rates carry too much capacity and cost to meet increased traffic at the edge. A recent survey published in Heavy Reading cited that over 75% of operators surveyed believed that 100G coherent pluggable optics to be important for their edge and access evolution strategies. As such, how far along are each of these transport technologies and how do they compare to one another? What are the pros and cons of the varying rates and what lessons have been learnt?
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM ET | Keynote Speaker: Dr. Steve Jia, Director of Advanced Optical Technology of CableLabs
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM ET | Partner Keynote: Fady Masoud, Senior Director of Solutions Marketing of Infinera
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM ET | Moderator: Jack Burton, Principal of Broadband Success Partners / Panelists: Karl Gass, Physical and Link Layer Working Group – Optical Vice Chair of OIF / Dan Dorin, Consultant TPM of Telefonica Germany / Harj Ghuman, Vice President of Strategic Products of Precision Optical Transceivers, Inc./ Kody Gentry, Transport Network Engineer, Big Bend Telephone
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET
WHAT NEXT? IP CONVERGENCE, DISAGGREGATION & BEYOND
As with all other areas of the connectivity industry, the optical sector is already evolving fast. Disaggregation promises greater flexibility, allowing operators to better manage OPEX and automate parts of their network. Likewise, IP Convergence, or coherent routing, is a hot discussion as it is said to allow operators to increase capacity easily and reduce costs in their networks. What are the most promising developments in the area, and what challenges need to be overcome to maximize the potential of optical networks? Join this session as we discuss what is next for this sector.
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM ET | Keynote Speaker: Filippo Cugini, Head of Research of National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM ET | Moderator: Linda Hardesty, Editor-in-Chief of Fierce Wireless / Panelists: Zac Cronauer, Fiber Network Manager of Blue Ridge Communications / Pablo Castillo,Technology Innovation Manager, Izzi Telecom