The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Panel IV: Optical Fiber Plant Infrastructure - Technologies and Markets

Wednesday, 06 March
15:30 - 17:00
Expo Theater I

Moderator: Lisa Huff, Principal Analyst, Ovum, USA

Panel Description:

Optical fiber continues to attract a huge amount of research interests due to the extensive number of applications it supports. Markets that bolster the use and innovation of optical fibers include optical communication, data centers, amplifiers, lasers, sensors, and many more.

Traditional higher capacity and longer distance transmission is still a very important target of next generation optical fibers; however, the requirements from these applications are quite different. Optical fibers continues to play a key role in many emerging technologies, such as 3U (Ultra-high speed, Ultra-high capacity, Ultra-long distance) transmission, 5G, SDM, quantum communication, data center, and silicon photonics. During this session, the various types of optical fibers, their needs in communication and how they are being addressed will be discussed. The invited speakers will focus on the following:

  • What are the needs for optical fibers in the forthcoming 5G era?
  • How do the different types of data center connections influence the requirements for fibers?
  • How is the 3U transmission driving new generations of optical fibers and interconnects?
  • What are the current technologies for beyond 400G and the requirements for fibers?
  • What are the new connecting technologies being developed for silicon phonics?
  • How is quantum communication driving new generations of optical fibers and interconnects?
  • How can new types of fibers work better together with legacy fibers?


Merrion Edwards, Director, Global Market and Technology Development, Corning Optical Communications, UK
Mattias Fridström, Vice President & Chief Evangelist, Telia Company, Sweden
Takanori Inoue, Sales Manager of NEC Submarine System Division, NEC, Japan
Jing Li, Senior Technical Manager, R&D Center, YOFC, China
Robert Lingle, Director Fiber Design and Transmission Simulation, OFS, USA


Lisa Huff, Principal Analyst, Ovum, USA

Lisa Huff is the chair of the N5 subcommittee for OFC 2019. This subcommittee is responsible for developing the content of the Market Watch, Network Operators Summit and Data Center Summit. Lisa joined Ovum as a Principal Analyst in March 2018. Prior to that, she had her own market research and consulting firm, Discerning Analytics, LLC (DA). Lisa is a Certified Data Center Management Professional (CDCMP®) and degreed electrical engineer with over 30 years experience. Her expertise is in data centers, optical components, data communications cabling and connectivity and networking equipment. She has authored over 50 technical papers and market research reports. She has presented at many industry conferences including 7x24 Exchange International, Data Center World, ECOC, OFC, Transport Networks for Mobile Operators and Next Generation Optical Networking.


Mattias Fridström, Vice President & Chief Evangelist, Telia Company, Sweden

With over 20 years in the telecommunications industry, Mattias Fridström can be considered a veteran – but his enthusiasm hasn’t faded.

Mattias combines expert knowledge with anecdotes from behind the scenes and deep insight into the networked economy: What are the challenges of tomorrow for network providers? How can we meet ever-increasing traffic demand and customer quality expectations within the same cost frame?

Mattias holds a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Wollongong, Australia. Since joining Telia in 1996, he has worked in a number of senior roles within Telia Carrier and most recently as CTO. Since July 2016 he is Telia Carriers Chief Evangelist.


Takanori Inoue, Sales Manager of NEC Submarine System Division, NEC, Japan

Takanori Inoue’s career in the submarine tele-communication industry started in 2000 at KDDI-SCS. After moving to NEC in 2008, Takanori became in charge of development of ultra long-haul transmission technology. For the past 18 years, Takanori engaged in development of submarine cable transmission systems and relevant advanced products, from 10Gb/s to 100Gb/s and beyond. Takanori received his Bachelor and Master in Information Science from Hiroshima City University in 1998 and 2000, respectively.


Jing Li, Senior Technical Manager, R&D Center, YOFC, China

Ling LI is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in the R&D group at YOFC, China. She has focused on fibre and cable testing technology and standardization works for more than 10 years. She is an active member in IEC, ITU-T and Chinese domestic standard organizations. 



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