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San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Panel II: On the Road to 100G PON (Beyond 10G PON)

Wednesday, 14 March, 13:30 - 15:00
Theater I

Moderator: Julie Kunstler, Principal Analyst, Ovum, USA

Panel Description

10G PON is being deployed in quantity and the ecosystem is looking to the next step. The IEEE and ITU-T are both working on 100G PON standards. Several operators and vendors are pushing for EPON/GPON convergence at 100G, citing the benefits to a unified ecosystem. Other operators are focusing on NG-PON2 with its advantages of tunable and multiple wavelengths. Can convergence be achieved at 100G PON and if not full convergence, can unity happen at the optical interface and MAC layers? Will operators be willing to share their respective OMCIs to move towards improved interoperability? What are the goals of the various players in the ecosystem as PON moves to its next level?
The key questions to be addressed include:

  • What’s the status of next-gen PON deployments? Who is deploying? What are the quantities? What are the applications? What are the cost points of the equipment?
  • Why and when 100G is deployable?
  • What are the advantages to convergence for over 10G between EPON and GPON? How should we define convergence and what are the goals of convergence?
  • Why NG-PON2 and 100G? What are the pros/cons to each? What are the likely applications? What are the likely cost points?
  • When will 100G be standardized and when will equipment be ready? What can be re-used from 25G data center optics?


Philippe Chanclou, Orange Labs, France
Jiajin Gao, China Mobile Technology, China
Cedric Lam, Google Access, USA
Vincent O'Byrne, Verizon, USA
Ken-Ichi Suzuki, NTT, Japan


Philippe Chanclou, Optical Access Innovation Team Manager, Orange Labs, France

Philippe Chanclou received the Ph. D. and Habilitation degrees from Rennes University, France in 1999 and 2007, respectively. He joined the R&D facilities of France Telecom in 1996 where he worked on the research of active and passive optical telecommunications functions for access networks. In 2000, he joined the University of IMT Atlantique as a senior lecturer where he was engaged in research on optical switching and optical devices using liquid crystal for telecommunications. During 2001 to 2003, he has participated to the foundation of Optogone Company. Since 2004, he joined Orange Labs where he was engaged in research on the next generation optical access networks. He is the manager of the Research and Anticipation for Fixed network unit and he is an active contributor to standardization and research FTTx topics for Home, Enterprise and Antenna (including the transport of radio access network interfaces “xhaul”).

Dr. Chanclou is a member of the IEEE. He received the SPIE Rudolf Kingslake Prize in 2007 and the Global Telecom Business innovation awards in 2011.

Jiajin Gao, Deputy General Manager, China Mobile Technology, China

Jiajin Gao has been with telecom industry for 20 years and held various leadership positions spanning R&D, Planning, Engineering, Marketing and Operations. He is currently the Deputy General Manager of China Mobile Technology (USA), the Silicon Valley Research Center for China Mobile, where he leads the emerging network technologies including SDN/NFV projects.

Cedric Lam, Engineering Director, Google Access, USA

Dr. Cedric F. Lam (林 峯) was a co-founder of Google Fiber.  He is currently Engineering Director at Google Access, responsible for the planning and development of scalable and cost-effective next generation access architectures and technologies to provide diverse and abundant bandwidths.  Prior to Google Fiber, he was working on transport and interconnect technologies for Google datacenters.  Before joining Google, Dr. Lam was Chief System Architect at Opvista, a startup company making ultra-high density WDM transport systems.  Prior to Opvista, Dr. Lam was Senior Technical Staff Member at AT&T Labs, Broadband Access Research Department.  Dr. Lam is a Fellow of OSA.   He has a PhD from UCLA and B. Eng. (First Class Honors) from University of Hong Kong, both in Electrical Engineering. 

Vincent O’Byrne, Director Technology, Verizon, USA

Dr. 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. 
His present interests are in NGPON2 and access evolution for both residential, business and wireless services and its deployment as well as its continued evolution to speeds beyond 40G.  He attended Kevin St. College of Technology in Dublin, received his H.Dip.E.E from Kevin St., a BSC from Trinity College Dublin IRL, MSC from the University of Essex UK, a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wales UK, and an MBA from Babson College USA.

Ken-Ichi Suzuki, Senior Research Engineer, Supervisor, NTT, Japan

Dr. Ken-Ichi Suzuki is a Senior Research Engineer, Supervisor in NTT Access Network Service Systems Laboratories.  Currently, he is working for Flexible Access System Architecture (FASA), which was proposed as new access system architectures based on network virtualization technologies.  He has been also researching and developing optical access related systems/technologies including next generation optical access systems and long-reach PON systems based on burst-mode optical-amplifier and digital coherent technologies.  He has been a Vice Chair of IEEE 1904 ANWG and a Chair of the Optical Access Test Implementation Liaison Committee in HATS conference of Japan.  He also serves a TPC member of OFC2018..


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