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OFC Plenaries: HFC on The Way Out, Moving Talk from Japan’s Sugino

By David Chaffee, Founder and CEO, Chaffee Fiber Optics | Posted: 7 March 2012

The 2012 OFCNFOEC plenary session this morning was highlighted by a vision into the future of cable TV and a very moving talk by Isao Sugino of Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications on the impact on telecommunications infrastructure of the 2011 tsunami, which he considers the worst natural disaster in Japanese history.

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Infinera's Dave Welch: People will Figure Out the Solutions

By David Chaffee, Founder and CEO, Chaffee Fiber Optics | Posted: 5 March 2012

There may be no one in the fiber optics industry who believes more in the ability of the optical technologist to figure out problems holding the industry back than Infinera Chief Marketing Officer Dave Welch.

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Optical Interconnects

By Lisa Huff, Discerning Analytics | Posted: 2 March 2012

There are some exciting new product directions that many optical components suppliers are taking. The industry has been talking about optical integration for many years and some companies, like Infinera (Booth 1158), have implemented it into their real-world products. While Infinera develops its technologies to be used internally only for its optical transport equipment, there are many more companies making similar advances. It seems we’re on the brink of some true industry breakthroughs using what many have deemed “optical engines.”

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OFC/NFOEC: Real Technology, Real Deployment

By John D’Ambrosia, Chairman and Member, Board of Directors, Ethernet Alliance; Chief Ethernet Evangelist, CTO Office, Dell | Posted: 1 March 2012

On June 13, 2002, IEEE Std 802.3ae-2002TM, otherwise known as the 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) standard, was ratified. Shortly after the ratification of this standard, the industry saw a new generation of networking and the explosion of the Gigabit Ethernet market.  These networking technologies helped fuel the likes of companies such as Google and Facebook, and the mass deployment of Gigabit Ethernet servers arguably set the bar for what the Ethernet industry identifies as a successful standard.

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Millimeter Wave Photonics: Video Made the Radio Star

By David Nugent | Posted: 29 February 2012

1 August 1981: MTV was launched at 12.01AM by broadcasting “Video Killed the Radio Star”, the chart-topping song by British synthpop group The Buggles. Yet ironically radio-over-fiber appears poised to resuscitate video-burdened networks at home and work. So has millimeter-wave photonics come of age?

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OFC/NFOEC 2013: Coherent optical intelligence takes center stage

By Steve Alexander | Posted: 28 February 2012

One of the reasons I look forward to OFC/NFOEC each year is the event’s pure collection of networking talent and insight. Attend and you’re sure to come away with a new perspective on the future of optical networks and the services that run over them.

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Exhibits Wonderland Set to Roll at OFC/NFOEC 2012

By C. David Chaffee, Founder and CEO, Chaffee Fiber Optics | Posted: 27 February 2012

The first time I ever stepped onto an OFC exhibits floor it was a kind of wonderland experience. It was right after the keynotes many years ago and there is always a rush of energy as the exhibits area opens for the first time. Here were companies I had been writing about and all were present and available to talk, explain themselves, put their best foot forward, and provide insights into where the industry and technology we shared were going.

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Optical Industry – Is the glass half full or half empty?

By Ross Saunders | Posted: 24 February 2012

The growth fundamentals of our industry are strong. The multiplicative drivers of increasing broadband penetration, demand for streaming video services and Broadband on the Go will all help drive growth of the Internet. So why are we still so nervous?

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Next Generation 100G Ethernet Review

By Lisa Huff, Discerning Analytics | Posted: 24 February 2012

Ever since the 40/100G Ethernet standard was completed in 2009, the IEEE standards group has been continuing to refine it.  While the original standard covers the minimum requirements, end users have indicated two areas for enhancement:

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OFC/NFOEC 2012: Where the Global Fiber Industry Gets Updated

By C. David Chaffee, Founder and CEO, Chaffee Fiber Optics | Posted: 21 February 2012

For Vincent O’Byrne, director of wireline access technologies at Verizon, OFCNFOEC 2012 is a place where he can check on the status of fiber-to-the-premise deployments around the world. “I am definitely interested in seeing how everyone else deploys FTTP,” says Vincent. “It is always interesting and it may help us to save on our cost structure going forward.”  You will probably find Vincent at the session on Monday, March 5 on Access System Trials, where there will be speakers from Germany, Japan, Brazil and Korea.

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