The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Fiber Types and Amplifiers: Choices and Trade-offs

Thursday, 12 March, 15:00 - 16:00
Theater III


Session Description
This panel will review the various types of optical fibers deployed today in the long haul network segments and how they perform with different amplifier technologies. It will look at how newer fiber and amplifier advancements are evolving to increase range, capacity, data rate, and performance/value alternatives. It 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.

Richard Ednay
, Technical Director, OTT
Larry Johnson, President, Fiberstory, USA
Tim Yount, Founder, Fiber Insight (FI)






Richard Ednay, Technical Director, OTT
Richard has more than 35 years of experience in fibre optics. As Technical Director of OTT, he is one of the world's most experienced trainers in fibre optics and optical networking. He has also played a leading role in International Standards setting for fibre optics, having been involved with IEC, ITU, ISO/IEC and TIA.

His in-depth technical knowledge has been applied in the development of the globally renowned suite of certification programmes from OTT, available through a network of approved training delivery partners. These include the Certified Fibre Characterisation Engineer (CFCE), Certified Optical Network Associate (CONA) and Engineer (CONE) and the Certified Optical Fibre Installer (COFI).


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.


Tim Yount, Founder, Fiber Insight (FI)
Tim has over 30 years experience in various product and marketing related roles for key players in the fiber industry, including Siecor, Tektronix, HP/Agilent, and Acterna/JDSU.  Based on his observations, learning and practical field experiences, his consistent goal has been to provide more useful and effective solutions, plus effective training, to fiber test technicians and engineers.

He co-founded Fiber Insight (FI) with his wife Carla in 2014.   Since then, FI has continued to provide fiber infrastructure testing and networking design certification training (#OTT, #CFCE, #CONA) and a variety of test consulting services. Although involved in a wide range of fiber topologies and applications, Tim specializes in fiber infrastructure quality assessments to support high-speed applications including DWDM line side 100Gb/s and beyond. Through FI he provides services widely throughout North America and Southeast Asia.  Clients include primarily service providers, end users, x-ware and cloud providers, contractors, US Military bases and Aerospace.

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