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Technology for 5G and MSO at OFC

By Casimer DeCusatis | Posted: 9 October 2019

One of the topics at OFC 2019, which generated the most interest, was the development of 5G mobile technology and the cable/MSO initiative called Fiber Deep. There were 5G programs on the OFC show floor, as well as numerous announcements, product demonstrations, and prominent displays of 5G from hardware, software, and test equipment vendors. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the more prominent examples of 5G and related MSO deployments.

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The Promise and Potential of 400ZR

By Casimer DeCusatis | Posted: 21 August 2019

Developments in higher data rates and coherent communication technologies were among the most exciting new developments at OFC 2019. The most important market force driving this technology is the growing need to significantly increase bandwidth between cloud data centers within a campus or metropolitan area network. Such networks require simple topologies (often point-to-point) over distances of 80-100 km (long enough that wavelength multiplexing over single-mode fiber must be employed). To address this need and provide interoperability in coherent dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) systems, the Optical Internet Forum (OIF) has been developing a new standard called 400ZR for the past few years. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the current status of 400ZR and some of the recent innovations announced at OFC.

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Data Center Technology Accelerates with Huge Presence at OFC

By Alan Weckel, Founder and Technology Analyst at 650 Group | Posted: 18 April 2019

Cutting edge data center technology was highlighted throughout OFC last week. The industry did a good job of showcasing its progress towards 400 Gbps as well as the technologies behind it. We were also able to see what is happening next with a bright future towards 800 Gbps, 1.6 Tbps and other high-speed offerings as the industry gears up to support the incredible demand of bandwidth that will come from Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). There was excitement and buzz throughout and to the very end of the show, which indicates that OFC 2019 was a huge success in answering the biggest challenges in data center networking.

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OFC Daily Wrap - Friday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 8 March 2019

It’s been our pleasure to be your 2019 OFC General Chairs, and we hope you enjoyed this year’s event.

Every year, OFC serves as a gathering of the industry and creates an opportunity for us to grow as professionals — both in the knowledge we receive and in the connections we make. We appreciate you taking the time to join us for five days of learning, discussion and networking.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2020 OFC here in San Diego!

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OFC Daily Wrap - Thursday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 7 March 2019

On day five (and how is it already day five?), there is a wealth of technical and show floor programs. In the exhibition, 10 programs are offered, including two Market Watch panels and a product showcase featuring Huawei's Optical Network 2.0.

Technical content is supported with 20 sessions that run from 08:00 to 16:00 and a poster session. And the 2019 OFC Conference comes to a conclusion with the Postdeadline Paper Session. Technical (full conferrence) registrants can obtain the postdeadline paper digest this morning starting at 10:00 in Registration (Hall E).

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OFC Daily Wrap - Wednesday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 6 March 2019

Chance of precipitation in San Diego today is 50%. However, your odds improve to 100% that you'll find programs of interest at OFC.

On day four, a symposium on network automation is complemented with a show-floor summit for network operators; plus, a special session on quatum technology and its impact on optical communications; the first of two poster sessions and more industry-focused Market Watch programs. Also, more than 700 exhibitors want to know if you've made your way to the exhibition yet.

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OFC Daily Wrap - Tuesday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 5 March 2019

Get ready for the most exciting day yet at OFC! A full day of programming kicks off with the plenary at 08:00, followed by the unveiling of the Exhibition with its packed schedule. This evening, the ever-engaging Rump Session delves into one of the industry's key challenges.

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OFC Daily Wrap - Monday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 4 March 2019

40 technical sessions are presented on day two of OFC, including two symposia and one special session. In addition, time is...well, short, to take a Short Course — it's the last day they are offered. And, make time early this evening to attend the Open Platform Summit on the future of network infrastructures. Have a great day at OFC!

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OFC Daily Wrap - Sunday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 3 March 2019

Each morning of the conference, we'll be sending The Daily Wrap — highlighting things to note for the day ahead.

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Data Center Technology Trends at OFC

By Alan Weckel, Founder and Technology Analyst, 650 Group | Posted: 22 February 2019

OFC has become an increasingly important show for the data center networking community. Being the first major show of the year where vendors update their Cloud and next-generation platform strategies helps set the stage for the rest of 2019. We expect many vendor announcements in 2019 - lots of exciting announcements are forthcoming. In particular, we are expecting announcements and demonstrations in the following areas.

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