Frank Effenberger, FutureWei Technologies, Inc. USA; Thomas Pfeiffer, Nokia Bell Labs, Germany
Passive Optical Networks have seen a dramatic growth over the past decade. There are now many large deployments, such as those in the US, Japan, and China, and the total number of homes passed with PON technology is approaching 200 million. We have also seen an alphabet soup of PON technologies, including B, E, G, 10GE, XG, and TWDM. But the one constant in all of this is that PON development and deployment is as difficult as it is rewarding. This panel brings together representatives of operator and vendor companies that are the driving force behind this wave of ultra-broadband deployment. This will be a great forum to hear of their experiences, discoveries, happy accidents, and expensive lessons.