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.


Peter M. Sodermans, External Adviser Prime Minister Office, Luxembourg Government, Luxembourg
Frank J. Effenberger, Vice President and Fellow, Futurewei Technologies Inc., USA
Hyung-Jin Park, Principal Senior Researcher, KT, Korea 
Hongseok Shin, Senior Manager, SK Telecom, Korea
Shan Wey, Director, Fixed Network Technology Strategy and Standards, ZTE TX Inc., USA
​Jeff Finkelstein, Executive Director of Advanced Technology, Cox Communications, USA


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.

Peter M. Sodermans, External Adviser Prime Minister Office, Luxembourg Government, Luxembourg

Peter Sodermans has a track record of a telecoms entrepreneur in Luxembourg, and has served at Lambdanet and Cogent Communications as VP (NW Europe). For almost a decade Sodermans has worked in the Prime Minister office of the Luxembourg Government as an external advisor. In evolving roles, he works on strategic topics related to technological infrastructure and creating business development opportunities for the Luxembourg Government, including coordination of the Digital Luxembourg infrastructure group. His focus is to further strengthen the role of Luxembourg as a digital frontrunner within the EU with the Digital Luxembourg initiative. The 2019 topics he covers are mainly infrastructure related: 5G strategy and early development zones; IoT; LU-CiX; AI-Machine learning; datacenters; connectivity; and ultra high broadband. Sodermans is fluent in English, French, Luxembourgish, Dutch, German.

Frank J. EffenbergerVice President and Fellow, Futurewei Technologies Inc.

Frank Effenberger has worked in the optical access field at Bellcore, Quantum Bridge Communications (Motorola), and Futurewei Technologies, where he is now the Vice President of the Fixed Access Network Lab.  His team works on forward-looking fiber, copper, and coax access technologies, with several “world’s first” prototypes and trials.  Frank is the rapporteur for ITU-T Q2/15, and chair of IEEE 802.3cp, is a Fellow of the OSA, the IEEE, and Huawei, and holds over 110 US patents.

Hyung-Jin ParkPrincipal Senior Researcher, KT, Korea 

Hyung-Jin Park has worked as a Principal Engineer at LG Electronics R&D laboratory since 2002. For the past 15 years, Mr. Park has been working in KT R&D Infra Lab. as a Principal Senior Researcher. He has led projects in the area of Fixed Access Network for commercializing GiGA internet which included the deployment of 1G & 10G-EPON infrastructure and provided cost effective broadband services in the premises.

Hongseok Shin, Senior Manager, SK Telecom, Korea

Hongseok Shin is a senior manager of Network R&D Center at SK Telecom, the number one mobile operator in Korea. With 20 years of experience in R&D of wireless and wireline broadband network, Dr. Shin is responsible for developing various optical network solution for SK Telecom/SK Broadband including mobile fronthaul systems and next-generation PON. Prior to this position, he was responsible for developing optical amplifier and transport networks at Samsung Electronics (1998-2000 and 2003-2011) and at TE SubCom (2001-2002). He received his doctorate from Korea University and a master’s degree from Cornell University.

Shan Wey, Director, Fixed Network Technology Strategy and Standards, ZTE TX Inc., USA

After receiving a doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park, Shan has devoted her career to optical communications R&D, and in particular PON standardization. She is currently a Director of Fixed Networks Technology Strategy and Standards at ZTE TX Inc., USA. Her prior affiliations include Terabeam, Myrio, Siemens, Nokia Siemens Networks, and Coriant. She is active in FSAN, ITU-T Q2/SG15, and IEEE 802.3ca; as an editor of G.Sup66, G.9806, and the first edition of G.989.2. Shan chaired the OFC 2018 Optical Access Networks Subcommittee and is the N-track Program Chair for OFC 2020.

Jeff Finkelstein, Executive Director of Advanced Technology, Cox Communications, USA

Jeff Finkelstein is the Executive Director of Advanced Technology at Cox Communications in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been a key member of the engineering organization at Cox since 2002 and led the team responsible for the deployment of DOCSIS technologies, from DOCSIS 1.0 to DOCSIS 3.0. He was the initial innovator of advanced technologies including Pro-Active Network Maintenance, Active Queue Management, DOCSIS 3.1 and the Flexible MAC Architecture. His current responsibilities include defining the future cable network vision at Cox. Jeff has over 50 patents issued or pending.

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