OFC 2019 Closes Strong with Focus on 800G, 400ZR, Real-World 5G and Next Steps in Network Speed and Efficiency
SAN DIEGO -- The global optical communications community assembled in San Diego 3 – 7 March 2019 for OFC (Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition). This year’s event featured the market’s prevailing topics in standing-room only business and technical sessions; technology and product demonstrations and announcements from the world’s leading companies; plenary talks that explored open networks, communications between self-driving cars, and optical integration for higher data rates; and dynamic presentations on real-world 5G deployments and network build-outs.
“As our world becomes increasingly more connected, the optical communications infrastructure that supports it needs to evolve to be more robust and efficient, and at the same time, cost-effective,” said Gabriella Bosco, Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and OFC 2019 General Chair. “The industry gathered at OFC to debate these business challenges and identify potential technical solutions to meet customer demands.”
Driving Business Solutions
This year’s OFC convened nearly 15,400 from around the world to celebrate successes, debate new opportunities and push the boundaries of innovation. The show boasted 683 exhibitors on a floor encompassing 189,607 net square feet (500,000 gross square feet). Overall, the OFC exhibit served as a platform for important industry announcements, including developments in coherent DWDM networking, silicon photonics and 400ZR advancements.
“OFC is the place to make major announcements because the whole industry comes together,” stated Yves LeMaitre, Chief Strategy Officer, Lumentum. “Whether you’re working in data centers, telecom networks or access networks, all optical technologies for communications are here.” [more]