02 July 2012
The Optical Society
OFC/NFOEC Named One of Fastest Growing Trade Shows by TSNN
WASHINGTON, July 2—The leading conference for the optical networking industry, the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC), has been named one of the United States’ top 25 fastest-growing trade shows in net square footage growth by Trade Show News Network (TSNN).
TSNN recently released its list of the 2012 Top 50 Fastest-growing Trade Shows in Attendance and Net Square Footage Growth in the U.S. The list calculations were based on both actual growth and percentage growth from 2009-2011. OFC/NFOEC’s total exhibit hall size grew by 20 percent in 2011, while the net square footage sold increased by more than 11 percent that year. The event’s attendance has also seen steady growth since 2009, with more than 12,000 attendees at last year’s conference and expo, and 560 exhibitors.
OFC/NFOEC organizers attribute the expansion of the show to growth in the industry. “Increased demand for more bandwidth and data storage, along with advances in cloud computing and faster broadband networks have helped drive technology and telecom businesses toward optical solutions, which can transfer large amounts of information quickly and efficiently,” said Melissa Russell, deputy senior director of corporate programs at the Optical Society (OSA), the managing co-sponsor of OFC/NFOEC. “The growth of OFC/NFOEC over the last several years is a testament to the strength of the optical communications industry.”
OFC/NFOEC will be honored for the achievement during the Third Annual TSNN Awards Nov. 2-4 in Louisville, Ky. Plans are already underway for OFC/NFOEC 2013, which will be held March 17-21, 2013 in Anaheim, Calif.
“We are pleased to maintain the momentum OFC/NFOEC has gained in the last four years as we head into 2013,” said David Coray, OSA’s director of exhibit operations. “We are honored to be recognized as one of the fastest growing tradeshows and look forward to continuing to provide the premier forum for the optical communications industry to come together to showcase the latest technical innovations, unveil new products and hear up-to-the-minute advances in this field.”
For more than 35 years, the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) has been the premier destination for converging breakthrough research and innovation in telecommunications, optical networking, fiber optics and, recently, datacom and computing. Consistently ranked in the top 200 tradeshows in the United States, and named one of the Fastest Growing Trade Shows in 2012 by TSNN, OFC/NFOEC unites service providers, systems companies, enterprise customers, IT businesses, and component manufacturers, with researchers, engineers, and development teams from around the world. OFC/NFOEC includes dynamic business programming, an exposition of more than 550 companies, and cutting-edge peer-reviewed research that, combined, showcase the trends and pulse of the entire optical communications industry.
OFC/NFOEC is managed by the Optical Society (OSA) and co-sponsored by OSA, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers/Communications Society (IEEE/ComSoc), and the IEEE Photonics Society. Acting as a non-financial technical co-sponsor is Telcordia Technologies, Inc. Visit www.ofcnfoec.org.