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Daily Wrap - Tuesday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 21 March 2017

OFC, day three, offers the plenary session, the Exhibition, show floor activities and the always invigorating Rump Session. With all of this going on, why would you ever want to think you're somewhere else?

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Optical Communications for 5G Wireless

By OFC Staff | Posted: 20 March 2017

5G is coming to a neighborhood near you but when is the question. Mobile data consumption is soaring, but a broad set of technology advances is poised to transform what today’s smartphones and other wireless mobile devices can do—ushering in high-resolution video and fully immersive, 3D and virtual environments.

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OFC Daily Wrap - Monday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 20 March 2017

Day Two of OFC revs up with the start of technical sessions, five workshops, one symposium and two panels. Plus, it's the last day for Short Courses.

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OFC Daily Wrap - Sunday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 19 March 2017

Welcome to OFC. Learn how to access the OFC Technical Digest, browse today's program highlights and an OFC blog post on how ICPs are driving down 100G costs. 

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Ciena’s OTN Speedwagon gears up to rock out at OFC

By Molly Winans, Corporate Communications Associate at Ciena | Posted: 17 March 2017

OTN SpeedwagonThousands of people gather from around the globe, all eyes on them. A sea of fans swarm the stage, ready to jam out. The lights come up, the crowd goes wild- no, we’re not talking about Bruce Springsteen playing a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden, but Ciena’s house band OTN Speedwagon dominating the stage at this year’s OFC. However, from the way the excitement’s building, you’d think it was Bruce.

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The Path to 400 G All-optical Switches

By Casimer DeCusatis | Posted: 16 March 2017

OFC provides a venue to discuss breakthrough technologies, disruptive business trends, and the future of the networking industry. It’s hardly a surprise to find the discussion turning to higher data rates and the elimination of copper switches, but can these technologies really provide value in an increasingly competitive marketplace? At last year’s OFC, we saw an early demonstration of 400 Gbit/s technologies, and this year optical cross-connects will be discussed at OFC. Let’s take a closer look at these technologies, and discuss some of the challenges they face. 
 

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Fixed Mobile Convergence: Where and Why?

By Tim Doiron, Principal Analyst, Intelligent Networking, ACG Research | Posted: 15 March 2017

The idea and the desire for a fixed-mobile converged network is one that has been around a long time – even before 2004 when the Fixed Mobile Converged Alliance (FMCA) was formed.  While each vendor and organization may have their own variation on FMC, the idea at least in part has been to utilize shared infrastructure across a range of mobile, enterprise and residential services to achieve networking efficiencies.
 

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Are Standards Becoming a Standard of the Past?

By Craig Matsumoto, Managing Editor, SDxCentral | Posted: 13 March 2017

Carefully crafted telecom standards have played an important role in building the networks we use today, but in the cloud world, where hardware is considered a throwaway commodity, standards don't carry the same importance.

Moreover, the cloud is in a hurry. Giants including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, and Baidu don't want to wait for standards.

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A Breath of Fresh Air - ICPs Driving Down 100G Costs

By Jim Theodoras, VP Global Business Development, ADVA Optical Networking | Posted: 10 March 2017

As OFC 2017 rapidly approaches, new technologies will be at the forefront of discussions. Much to the chagrin of optical fanbois everywhere and delight of those other guys on the wrong side of communication history, optical appears to be following in the footsteps of wireless in adding more and more complex modulation schemes to eke out more and more from the same amount of stuff – all the while, pretending to ignore the inevitable Shannon limit.

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OFC Presents Data Center Summit: Optics Inside the Data Center

By Lisa Huff, Discerning Analytics | Posted: 3 March 2017

The show floor session of the Data Center Summit at OFC 2017 will contain several presentations from industry experts that will discuss the current and next generation of optical technologies that are being developed for connectivity inside the data center. Evolving requirements of both cloud and enterprise data centers will be debated along with the entire optical networking value chain – including data center end user, equipment manufacturer and components suppliers.

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