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Challenges and Opportunities in 5G Transport, an ACG Research Project

By Tim Doiron, Principal Analyst, ACG Research | Posted: 15 February 2019

Many service providers and vendors have tied their future to the successful commercial deployment and evolution of 5G mobile networks and services. Unlike prior generations of wireless technology, 5G is designed to support new applications, services and industries. Mobile consumers will benefit with enhanced mobile broadband, but more importantly 5G will facilitate the launch of fixed wireless services, massive Internet of Things with billions of connected devices and ultra-reliable, low-latency services like augmented reality and remote surgery.

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WDM PON is Resurging due to 5G Network Rollouts

By Julie Kunstler, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure and Software, Ovum | Posted: 11 February 2019

Interest in WDM PON is resurging due to 5G network rollouts and the accompanying forecasted growth in the wireless fronthaul market. While WDM PON failed to reach volume deployments as an FTTH technology, its ability to support 25G bandwidth and meet strict latency requirements, while supporting fiber efficiency, is appealing.

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Silicon Photonics Becoming a System Play

By Lisa Huff, Principal Analyst, Ovum | Posted: 1 February 2019

Silicon Photonics (SiPh) has been under development for more than 20 years. And, several companies have brought products to market only to have them fail. However, there are three companies that stand out with at least moderate success – Cisco (through its Lightwire acquisition), Luxtera and Intel.

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Technical Programs Trending at OFC: Data Center Networking, Optical Interconnects and Digital Signal Processing

By Casimer DeCusatis | Posted: 30 January 2019

Anticipation is building fast as we approach this year’s OFC conference, the largest optical communication conference in the world! Don’t forget that the deadline for technical registration is coming up on February 4 so you’ll want to reserve your spot now. Technical content is at the heart of every OFC event, and you’ll find a quick summary of the week’s events in the OFC technical conference brochure.  Our social media feeds have been buzzing with all the upcoming news and rumored announcements, so in this blog we’ll take a look at the top three technical session topics currently trending for OFC

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Headliners at OFC 2019

By Casimer DeCusatis | Posted: 2 January 2019

What do fiber-to-the-cell, Netflix, photonic ASICs, and self-driving cars have in common? They’re all on the agenda for plenary and keynote speakers at OFC 2019. In this blog, we’ll preview some of the exciting presentations waiting for you at this coming OFC conference.

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Disaggregation to the Transport Layer and Beyond

By Casimer DeCusatis | Posted: 27 July 2018

Why is disaggregation receiving so much attention, who benefits from this approach, and what lies ahead in this rapidly evolving market?
 

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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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