The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Moscone Center,
San Francisco, California, USA

Fiber Types and Amplifiers: Choices and Trade-offs

Thursday, 10 June 14:45 – 15:45
Theater III

Session Description:

In this panel discussion we’ll review the various types of optical fibers deployed today in the long haul network segments and how they perform with different amplifier technologies. Then we will look at how newer fiber and amplifier advancements are evolving to increase range, capacity, data rate, and performance / value alternatives. We will explore a range of variables including Raman vs. EDFA, ultra-low loss and large effective area fibers, and amplifier advances as it relates to expansion of amplified wavelength ranges and higher data rates.


Larry Johnson, President, Fiberstory, USA

Larry Johnson, President of FiberStory started his career in fiber optics in 1977.  As fiber optics specialist for Tektronix he was involved with the early development of test equipment and fiber optic test & measurement standards.  He founded The Light Brigade in 1986 where he developed over twenty courses on fiber optics.  He is a member of multiple industry technology committees including the Utility Telecom Council and the Fiber Broadband Association. At OFC he has coordinated special events including this year’s Test & Measurement center.  He also writes for several industry publications and is involved with the history of fiber optics.


Sergejs Makovejs, Market and Technology Development Manager, Corning, Germany

At Corning, Sergejs has global strategic responsibility for marketing, market development and product development direction of long-haul and submarine fiber segments. Sergejs received a Ph.D. in electronic and electrical engineering from UCL, U.K. and an Executive MBA from Warwick Business School, U.K. Prior to Corning, Sergejs worked at Siemens, where he was responsible for the design of rail automation signalling systems. Sergejs has authored and co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers in the field of optical communications. He is a regular presenter at international conferences and seminars on emerging technology trends that shape long-haul terrestrial and submarine networks.

Francois Moore, Principal Product Planner, Fujitsu Network Communications, USA

Mr. Francois Moore is currently a Principal Product Planner supporting the 1FINITY Product Line and DWDM Optical Transmission portfolio. Prior to this, he occupied various positions in product planning, product management and marketing within the FLASHWAVE 7000 and 9500 product family. Mr. Moore has over 25 years experience in various optical transport areas including ROADM & DWDM, G.709 & OTN as well as SONET & Ethernet. He holds a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from McGill University in Montreal, a Master's degree in Systems Engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa, a Finance Certificate from the SMU COX School of Business and he is also a part time PhD student at the University of Texas in Dallas. Mr. Moore is also named on eight patents covering various area of Optical Networking Technology. 

Wayne Pelouch, Vice President Photonics, Xtera, Inc., USA

Wayne Pelouch received his B.A. degree in Physics (Honors) and B.S. degree from Northwestern University in 1987, and his Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from Cornell University in 1992. His thesis covered ultrafast lasers and nonlinear optical processes with applications in semiconductor physics. Dr. Pelouch joined Xtera Communications in 2001 and is currently the Vice President of Photonics at Xtera Inc. (Allen, TX) where he leads all Photonics activities including research, product development, and system network design. He has authored numerous publications and patents related to fiber optics and amplifier technology.

Benyuan Zhu, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, OFS Labs, USA

Benyuan Zhu is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS) at OFS Labs, he will focus on DWDM transmission system, new fibers and advanced amplifier technologies development. He joined Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies in Holmdel, NJ USA as an MTS in 1999; Benyuan Zhu received Ph.D. degree in Physics from Bath University, UK.

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