The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Los Angeles Convention Center,
Los Angeles, California, USA

Convergence between Submarine and Terrestrial Networks

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Event type: Panel

Room number: Room 303C


Howard Kidorf, Pioneer Consulting, USA


Until recently, independent groups have engineered terrestrial and submarine networks with different design rules and with separate supplier ecosystems.

Advances in coherent modems and other agile devices for submarine and terrestrial applications are now merging the functionality of submarine and terrestrial networks.

This groundbreaking panel will explore how the resulting new equipment ecosystems and modified network architectures offer increased agility to both network engineers and equipment suppliers.

We will hear views of this transformation from new network investors (e.g., Google, Facebook, Microsoft), the challenged traditional carriers, submarine system suppliers throughout the supply chain, and terrestrial equipment suppliers.

This panel will tackle the elimination of sub-sea backhaul, “open” undersea cables, commercial and contracting difficulties, upgrade economics, and the new technologies that will challenge yesterday’s view of network architecture.

Speakers: Tim Stuch; Microsoft, USA

Olivier Courtois; Alcatel-Lucent, France

Herve Fevrier; Xtera, USA

Scott Jackson, Infinera, USA

Glenn Wellbrock, Verizon, USA

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