The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Optical Wireless – Can it Become a Gigabit wireless alternative? Capabilities, Opportunities, Challenges and Threats

Sunday, March 19, 2017
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Event type: Workshop

Room number: 404AB


Ton Koonen, Einhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands; Volker Jungnickel, Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz Institute, Germany; Thas Nirmalathas, University of Melbourne, Australia


Optical wireless communications and networking is seeking to deliver wireless connectivity over the free-space using optical wavelengths in the visible and infrared spectrum. However, optical wireless needs to complement the existing radio technologies, including the rapidly maturing mm-wave and future Terahertz communication systems being under development and research, respectively. Optical wireless can also play a complimentary role for example offloading the burden from the radio technologies in situations such as high-capacity picocells. In the future 5G and 5G-beyond networks, optical wireless may provide crucial roles in meeting the 5G grand challenges such as 1000x throughput, ms latency, 0.01x power consumption, etc. All this needs not only further technical research efforts but also the identification of practical use cases in which optical wireless has unique selling points.
While the technology-oriented research has attracted major attention within the optical communications research community, with demonstrations of multi-Gbit/s wireless transmission and major research projects getting started, it is the use case which paves the way into the market. Besides superior capabilities like bandwidth on demand, support for user mobility and low cost, optical wireless increasingly needs to offer additional features, which are tailored to the identified use cases.
This workshop is intended as a forum that brings together competing ideas and leading experts from research and industry into a collision space and to facilitate a critical debate on the fundamental capabilities of optical wireless technologies and its chance in the very competitive wireless market. This will require putting the focus onto capabilities and opportunities of optical wireless, its key challenges and ways forward towards commercializing the outcomes of the exciting developments in the optical wireless field.

Carsten Behrens, Deutsche Telekom, Germany
Harald Haas, Li-Fi Centre, UK
Steve Hranilovic, McMaster University, Canada
Jean-Paul Linnartz, Philips Lighting, Netherlands
Dominic O'Brien, Oxford University, UK
Joanne Oh, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Maximilian Riegel, Nokia Bell Labs, Germany
Nikola Serafimovski, PureLiFi, UK
Stan Skafidas, Nitero/University of Melbourne, Australia
Ke Wang, University of Melbourne, Australia

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