The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Thursday, 7 March, 11:00-13:00
Theater III, Hall G
Session organized by Plastic Optical Fiber Trade Organization (POFTO)

Session Description

The POF Symposium will cover recent developments in plastic optical fibers (POF) technology, applications, technical standards, industry progress and new markets. Leading technical experts and key industry players from adjacent industries such as automotive, aerospace, and consumer electronics will be invited to speak at the event.  

The POF Symposium agenda will reflect the nature of the POF market - very broad covering all the applications from low to high speed data links, low cost networks for automobiles, homes, aircraft and drones, POF sensors for medical and industrial use and for infrastructure health monitoring, POF for consumer electronics (4K/8K HDTV), as a few examples. There is new R&D on new materials, fiber types, sources, detectors, systems, and instrumentation. POF components are used for green applications such as solar collectors, direct conversion, and energy conservative lighting.

The IEEE published a new IEEE 802.3bv standard “Gigabit Ethernet over Plastic Optical Fiber” in March 2017 that is intended to support Gigabit transmission over POF in key markets like automotive, professional and home networking. IEEE is now pushing POF Ethernet in automobile networking.

Many of the POF users are manufacturers of components, subsystems, and systems which have POF designed into them as critical components. We will invite speakers from auto makers and aircraft manufacturers that have used POF in their latest car models and airplanes, home installers from Europe, consumer electronics companies from Asia, and service providers/cable operators who are evaluating the technology from the U.S.


Hui PanDr. Hui Pan, Chief Economist, Plastic Optical Fiber Trade Organization (POFTO), USA
As Chief Economist, Dr. Pan tracks the global telecom and POF market developments, and is responsible for all marketing and business development activities of the POF trade organization. POFTO strives to actively promote the proliferation of Plastic Optical Fiber systems serving both data communication and non-data markets. Pan has a PhD in economics from Northeastern University in the United States.

Keynote Presentation

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