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Daily Wrap - Friday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 24 March 2017

Thank you to all who attended the 2017 Optical Fiber Conference and Exhibition (OFC). The conference concluded yesterday with 663 exhibiting companies, over 1,100 peer-reviewed papers and 14,500 attendees.

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Daily Wrap - Thursday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 23 March 2017

OFC as Seen by the Analysts: IP-over-WDPM, Beyond-100G and Squeezing Long-haul Optics into an OSFP Module.

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Daily Wrap - Wednesday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 22 March 2017

The OFC Plenary Session, held on Tuesday, 21 March, offered three presentations from industry leaders on optical innovations for next-generation 5G networks, Cloud 3.0, Internet of Things (IoT), Virtual Reality (VR) and much more.

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Is the Optical Communications Market Growth for Real?

By Daryl Inniss, OFS, USA | Posted: 21 March 2017

The optical communications market is expanding as evidenced by growth in vendors’ revenues and margins. Moreover, companies are spending to increase manufacturing capacity and the outlook for growth is good. But some question the sustainability of this expansion.

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Daily Wrap - Tuesday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 21 March 2017

OFC, day three, offers the plenary session, the Exhibition, show floor activities and the always invigorating Rump Session. With all of this going on, why would you ever want to think you're somewhere else?

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Optical Communications for 5G Wireless

By OFC Staff | Posted: 20 March 2017

5G is coming to a neighborhood near you but when is the question. Mobile data consumption is soaring, but a broad set of technology advances is poised to transform what today’s smartphones and other wireless mobile devices can do—ushering in high-resolution video and fully immersive, 3D and virtual environments.

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OFC Daily Wrap - Monday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 20 March 2017

Day Two of OFC revs up with the start of technical sessions, five workshops, one symposium and two panels. Plus, it's the last day for Short Courses.

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OFC Daily Wrap - Sunday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 19 March 2017

Welcome to OFC. Learn how to access the OFC Technical Digest, browse today's program highlights and an OFC blog post on how ICPs are driving down 100G costs. 

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Ciena’s OTN Speedwagon gears up to rock out at OFC

By Molly Winans, Corporate Communications Associate at Ciena | Posted: 17 March 2017

OTN SpeedwagonThousands of people gather from around the globe, all eyes on them. A sea of fans swarm the stage, ready to jam out. The lights come up, the crowd goes wild- no, we’re not talking about Bruce Springsteen playing a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden, but Ciena’s house band OTN Speedwagon dominating the stage at this year’s OFC. However, from the way the excitement’s building, you’d think it was Bruce.

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The Path to 400 G All-optical Switches

By Casimer DeCusatis | Posted: 16 March 2017

OFC provides a venue to discuss breakthrough technologies, disruptive business trends, and the future of the networking industry. It’s hardly a surprise to find the discussion turning to higher data rates and the elimination of copper switches, but can these technologies really provide value in an increasingly competitive marketplace? At last year’s OFC, we saw an early demonstration of 400 Gbit/s technologies, and this year optical cross-connects will be discussed at OFC. Let’s take a closer look at these technologies, and discuss some of the challenges they face. 

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