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San Diego Convention Center,
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March 2018

OFC Daily Wrap - Friday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 16 March 2018

.OFC, the largest global conference and exhibition in optical communications and networking, wrapped up an impressive and stimulating week in San Diego, California, showcasing the latest innovations in the field, with more than 15,500 attendees, 700+ exhibitors from 65 countries and over 850 peer-reviewed technical sessions.

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Optical Data Center Interconnect: More Capacity, Lower Power and Easier Operations

By Tim Doiron, Principal Analyst, Intelligent Networking, ACG Research | Posted: 15 March 2018

Back in February 2018, I wrote a pre-conference blog about the highly competitive nature of the Optical Data Center Interconnect (DCI) market and especially the optical DCI small form factor (SFF) appliance category. As the 2018 OFC Conference and Exhibition wraps up, I thought it would helpful to those trying to follow this market or make purchasing decisions to review the evolutions and advancements that were announced immediately before or during the conference.

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OFC Daily Wrap - Thursday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 15 March 2018

Still so much to see and do today, with another full day of technical sessions, the second Poster Session and the Postdeadline Papers Session. In the Exhibition, the Expo Theaters feature the concluding two panels for Market Watch, one product showcase and five show floor programs.

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OFC is a buzz, 5G plays a role, which brings us to PON

By Julie Kunstler, Principal Consultant, Broadband Access at Ovum | Posted: 14 March 2018

What does 5G have to do with PON? 5G requires significant upgrades to wireline networking in order to support the bandwidth along with numerous bandwidth-intensive applications. PON, with its point-to-multipoint architecture has a role to play in supporting the massive 5G rollout and cell densification plans. In addition, WDM-PON may have found an application, finally.

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OFC Daily Wrap - Wednesday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 14 March 2018

Today's Wrap starts with a Recap of the Plenary Session presentations, then introduces three programs you shouldn't miss today. Finally, two recent OFC blog dispatches--including an assessment of the return of packet-optical convergence, driven by the coming of 5G.

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Emerging 5G Network Requirements Will Spur a Packet-Optical Transport Renaissance

By Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading | Posted: 13 March 2018

For the past several years, the optical industry has been driven by data center interconnect. We expect this trend to continue at OFC 2018 – with a host of announcements driving line rates up to 600 Gbit/s as well as boosting densities and reducing power consumption. These are good developments for the future of Webscale applications can cloud computing.

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OFC Daily Wrap - Tuesday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 13 March 2018

OFC, day three, offers the plenary program, the exhibit floor activities and the always invigorating Rump Session. With all of this going on, why would you ever want to be somewhere else?

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Network Equipment Manufacturers Push Technology to the Limit at OFC 2018

By Vladimir Kozlov, Founder and CEO, LightCounting Market Research | Posted: 12 March 2018

At the start of a busy week, Oclaro Inc. (OCLR) announced Monday morning that it has agreed to be acquired by Lumentum Holdings Inc. for $5.60 in cash per Oclaro share and 0.0636 of a share of Lumentum common stock. The transaction is valued at approximately $1.8 billion.

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Removing roadblocks on the path to 400G and beyond

By Paul Wu, EVP-Product, Adolite, Inc | Posted: 12 March 2018

​As data center and cloud providers gather at OFC 2018 to engage in discussions with vendors about getting to 400G (gigabits per second) and beyond, faster module manufacturing is a timely and welcomed capability. A new solution without time-intensive optical fiber assembly and optical alignment offers a way for providers to unblock their current supply chain bottlenecks to keep pace with increasing demand.

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OFC Daily Wrap - Monday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 12 March 2018

Day Two: the start of technical sessions (invited, tutorial and contributed talks), two symposia and two panels. Plus, it's the last day for Short Courses. Also, dispatches from the OFC Blog include a post on what comes after 400G/600G?

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Breaking the Optical Glass Ceiling – What comes after 400G/600G?

By Heidi Adams, IHS Market | Posted: 11 March 2018

Successive rounds of optical innovation and investment have delivered higher capacity networks with significantly decreased cost-per-bit transmitted.  In the near future, as we approach Shannon’s limit, gains will become more incremental, and the cost-per-bit of added capacity will become more linear. As an industry, will we be able to break through the optical glass ceiling to achieve terabit optical networks?

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OFC Daily Wrap - Sunday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 11 March 2018

Welcome to OFC. Learn how to access Technical Digest papers and get an overview of workshops offered today. Plus OFC Blogger Casimer deCustatis previews a year of innovations in 3 days at OFC.

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OFC Daily Wrap - Saturday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 10 March 2018

If you're coming to OFC on Sunday, there are two things to know in advance. There are road closures in effect in the morning. And Daylight Saving Time starts at 02:00 a.m. on Sunday.

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It’s Always Sunny in San Diego!

By James Kisner, Senior Vice President, Equity Division Loop Capital Markets | Posted: 8 March 2018

It’s that time of year again! The entire optical communications industry will converge upon one location at the 2018 Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) conference. OFC is returning next week to San Diego, California for the first time since 2010. We thought it would be interesting to compare a few facts about our world at that time (March 2010) compared to today:

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Optics to Enable 5G Mobile Networks

By Lisa Huff, Discerning Analytics | Posted: 1 March 2018

The wireless infrastructure market is evolving. While mobile operators must maintain their 2G and 3G networks, they are also busy upgrading as much of them as they can to LTE and LTE-A now and planning for 5G in the next few years. As a result, we are now starting to see entirely new types of equipment.
 

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