The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Los Angeles Convention Center,
Los Angeles, California, USA

Tuesday Wrap Up

The OFC Exposition Is Open!
South Tower, Exhibit Halls G, H, J & K

Tuesday, 24 March
10:00 - 17:00

South Tower Lobby
Tuesday, 24 March
07:30 - 19:00
Badges and conference materials can be picked up at Registration.

Highlights: Tuesday
OFC Plenary Session
08:00 – 10:00, Concourse Hall
The plenary session will be offered as a free live-stream session. Invite your colleagues who couldn't make it to Los Angeles to register and view the plenary speakers.
Coffee Break
10:00 – 10:30, Exhibit Hall
Event: Awards Ceremony and Luncheon
12:00 – 14:00, Petree Hall D
The ceremony honors Paul Daniel Dapkus, recipient of The John Tyndall Award; Fellows from IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Photonics Society and The Optical Society; Andrea Sgambelluri, recipient of The Corning Outstanding Student Paper Award; Victorine Muse, recipient of The Paul Anthony Bonenfant Memorial Scholarship; and Dr. Tae Joon Seok, recipient of the Tingye Li Innovation Prize. (separate fee)
Event: Poster Preview
12:00 – 14:00, Exhibit Hall K
Technical Sessions
14:00 – 16:00, 400 Rooms
Coffee Break
16:00 – 16:30, Exhibit Hall and Foyer, 400 Rooms
Technical Sessions
16:30 – 18:30, 400 Rooms
Event: Exhibitor Reception
17:30 – 19:00, Lucky Strike
Event: Conference Reception
18:30 – 21:30, Concourse Hall
Event: Rump Session
19:30 – 21:30, Room 409AB

Show Floor Programs
Market Watch
Expo Theater I
Panel I: Reality Check on Maturity of Metro 100G and Beyond
10:30 – 12:00
Panel II: State of the Market/Industry: 2014 in Review
12:30 – 14:30
Panel III: What's New in Integrated Photonics Technologies?
15:00 – 17:00

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Executive Forum Part 1: Global Perspectives on the Future of Optical Communication

Monday morning's Executive Forum panel was billed as focusing on understanding perspectives from global tier 1 carriers on several key topics in communications infrastructure, and it did not disappoint. What the audience was treated to was deep insight from three subject matter experts.

The Situation in China

Yiran Ma, an engineer at China Telecom, opened the session by talking about the current situation in that country, which is one where they are bracing for huge traffic increases in the coming years, driven mainly by video.


Executive Forum Part 2: Walking a Mile in Verizon's Shoes

Rounding out Monday morning's Executive Forum panel on key topics in communications infrastructure was Glenn Wellbrock, the director of optical transport planning at Verizon.

Wellbrock began his portion of the morning session by showing some statistics. The company has more than 100 million wireless customers, 17 million FiOS homes, including 5.6 million subscribers to FiOS TV. They also have more than 200 data centers in 24 countries.

In short, he said, it is, "a $127 billion company with a small army working for us."


The Promise of Software-Defined Networking

Software-defined networking (SDN) was the focus of technical session #M2H, "Enabling the Cloud: Unleashing the Capabilities of Emerging Flexible Optical Transport through SDN and NFV I."

Leading off the session was Dan Pitt, the executive director of the Open Networking Foundation, a nonprofit organization that just celebrated its fourth birthday. The foundation has a board that includes such industry heavy hitters as Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft, Verizon, Deutsche Telekom, NTT and Goldman Sachs, and it is dedicated to the promotion and adoption of SDN through open standards development, Pitt said.

"Open," he added, is defined by being published, being standard and not being controlled by a single party.


How Mobile Drives Optical Fiber Needs

Seventeen percent of global Web usage is accounted for by mobile traffic, said Martin Birk of AT&T Labs, Res. This trend is growing everywhere in the world, and its growing fast.

"Last year it was much less," Birk said. On Sunday he presented to a packed room the short course #SC203, "100Gb/s and Beyond Transmission Systems, Design and Design Trade-offs" with Benny Mikkelsen of Acacia Communications.

What does high-capacity fiber transmission have to do with the demand for wireless data? Everything, Birk explained.


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