The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Panel 1: The Access Network-Next Generation PON, Mobile and Cable Network Upgrades

Wednesday, 06 March
11:00 - 12:30
Expo Theater I

Moderator: Julie Kunstler, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure and Software, Ovum, USA

Panel Description:

We seem to be in a unique point of time in the evolution of the access portion of the telecommunications network. Next-gen PON deployments for FTTx continue for traditional telecom providers in North America (Verizon and AT&T), China (China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom) and Japan (NTT), while cable MSOs continue to upgrade their Hybrid-Fiber Coax (HFC) Networks with the ultimate goal of replacing that coax with fiber. In addition, we are on the cusp of deployment of 5G radio networks to support the burgeoning data traffic from mobile devices. It seems to be a perfect storm to facilitate massive and quick transformations in the access network.

This panel will discuss case studies of next-gen PON deployments and deep fiber strategies of MSOs and mobile network operators from the network operator’s point of view.


Vincent O'Byrne, Director - Technology, Verizon Communications, USA
Chengbin Shen, AVP of Shanghai Research Institute, China Telecom, China


Julie Kunstler,  Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure and Software, Ovum, USA

Julie Kunstler is a principal analyst at Ovum specializing in wireline/fixed broadband access, focusing on next-gen broadband technologies, deployments and monetization strategies. With more than 30 years of industry experience, Julie examines the success of new technologies and the challenges in adoption and deployment. She focuses on components, equipment and SDN/NFV for fiber (PON), copper (xDSL and Gfast) and coax (DOCSIS, CCAP, DAA). Prior to joining Ovum Julie served as VP Business Development for Teknovus, a PON MAC chip start-up.


Vincent O'Byrne, Director - Technology, Verizon Communications, USA

Vincent O’Byrne has many years of experience in telecommunications in both the wireless and wireline arenas covering diverse topics such as linearized external modulators for CATV systems to wireless planning tool design for early CDMA deployments. Vincent is the director of the FTTP Architecture and Design Group and his team is responsible for defining the access requirements for BPON, GPON and next generation access technologies as well as their evolution to meet the continued growth in customer demand and services. 

O’Bryne received his H.Dip.E.E from Kevin St. College of Technology in Dublin, he earned his Bachelor of Science from Trinity College Dublin, a Master of Science from the University of Essex, a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Wales, and a Master in Business Administration from Babson College.


Chengbin ShenAVP of Shanghai Research Institute, China Telecom, China

Shen Chengbin is AVP of Shanghai Research Institute of China Telecom. He is China Telecom’s Fellow in the access network. He has been highly recognized with a reputation and influence in the China broadband access industry.

After graduating with his doctorate from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Dr. Shen began R&D of optical access networks technologies in China Telecom. He and his team have developed innovations to drive PON industry, such as EPON interoperability, 10G-EPON and Combo PON. He is one of the technical key stakeholders in China Telecom's FTTX network deployment and operation. Dr. Shen has been very active in domestic and international standardization organizations, and he is the editor or co-editor of over ten international standards and China industry standards. He has received a National Excellent Patent, National Science and Technology Progress Awards, and an IEEE SA Excellent Contribution among others awards.

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