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OFC/NFOEC 2013: Coherent optical intelligence takes center stage

By Steve Alexander | Posted: 28 February 2012

One of the reasons I look forward to OFC/NFOEC each year is the event’s pure collection of networking talent and insight. Attend and you’re sure to come away with a new perspective on the future of optical networks and the services that run over them.

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Exhibits Wonderland Set to Roll at OFC/NFOEC 2012

By C. David Chaffee, Founder and CEO, Chaffee Fiber Optics | Posted: 27 February 2012

The first time I ever stepped onto an OFC exhibits floor it was a kind of wonderland experience. It was right after the keynotes many years ago and there is always a rush of energy as the exhibits area opens for the first time. Here were companies I had been writing about and all were present and available to talk, explain themselves, put their best foot forward, and provide insights into where the industry and technology we shared were going.

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OFC/NFOEC 2012: Where the Global Fiber Industry Gets Updated

By C. David Chaffee, Founder and CEO, Chaffee Fiber Optics | Posted: 21 February 2012

For Vincent O’Byrne, director of wireline access technologies at Verizon, OFCNFOEC 2012 is a place where he can check on the status of fiber-to-the-premise deployments around the world. “I am definitely interested in seeing how everyone else deploys FTTP,” says Vincent. “It is always interesting and it may help us to save on our cost structure going forward.”  You will probably find Vincent at the session on Monday, March 5 on Access System Trials, where there will be speakers from Germany, Japan, Brazil and Korea.

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When the Service Providers Talk at OFCNFOEC, The Vendors Listen

By C. David Chaffee, Founder and CEO, Chaffee Fiber Optics | Posted: 3 February 2012

The service providers sit atop the optical transport food chain. While these days carriers come in a variety of stripes and guises, the service providers are still the big boys with the most wampum--and the system and components vendors play off their lead.

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Hot Topics at OFCNFOEC 12 Include Coherent, IP-Optical, Ng PON, Faster Speeds

By C. David Chaffee, Founder and CEO, Chaffee Fiber Optics | Posted: 20 January 2012

OFCNFOEC provides an abundance of information that can take weeks to fully process once the attendee finally gets home. Topics that those coming to the show this year tell us they are focused on include coherent optics, the maturation of IP+optical networking, next generation passive optical networking, data centers, and faster transmission speeds.

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OFC/NFOEC 2012 to Address Strong Markets, Disaster's Impact, Technology Opportunities

By David Chaffee, Founder and CEO, Chaffee Fiber Optics | Posted: 3 January 2012

At no time in the 30 years I have covered the fiber optics industry has there been this much optical fiber produced by those who can, this many lasers and detectors made from those who have the facilities, this much global demand for the stuff that makes fiber optic networks.

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The Need for Speed

By Terry Unter | Posted: 8 March 2011

The explosive growth of the Internet is driving a “need for speed” in core and access networks. User traffic is expected to increase five times between 2009 and 2014. This is being driven by video content delivery to fixed and mobile users, video gaming, social networking, and voice over IP. Bandwidth is being provided by traditional telecom service providers and new-comers, such as Google and Facebook, who are creating their own captive networks.

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What’s That Buzz?

By Jim Theodoras | Posted: 4 March 2011

With OFC/NFOEC just around the corner, I thought it might be fun to guess at what the big news might be on the show floor. While predicting buzz can be a hazardous endeavor, the steady ramp up in press releases leading up to the big event, plus the program guide give pretty good hints.

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Coherent Optical Processing: Let's Think Big

By Rick Dodd | Posted: 3 March 2011

Conference Program. The buzz around this subject is justified – the benefits of coherent optical transmission will allow tremendous increases in capacity while simplifying planning and deployment. However, let me go out on a limb and say that I think the concept of coherent may be underhyped. Coherent is such a fundamental shift in optical networking that it allows an opportunity for the industry to "think big" about the possibilities.

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The Virtuous Cycle: From Research to Application

By Atul Srivastava | Posted: 1 March 2011

OFC/NFOEC is widely recognized as the premier conference in the field of optical communications. What I find is a real distinction for OFC/NFOEC is that the conference also features a strong trade show. The entire virtuous cycle connecting optical research with product development and then applications is represented. The combination of both the frontline research being presented at the conference and the presence of the latest products that are being released on the trade show floor give a full package to any person who comes and attends this conference.

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