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Standards Update on 5G Transport, PON, Latest OTN Technologies and More

Tuesday, 08 June 07:00 – 08:00

Session organized by International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Session Description:

The international standards (ITU-T Recommendations) developed by Study Group 15 detail technical specifications giving shape to global communication infrastructure. The group’s standards define technologies and architectures of optical transport networks enabling long-haul global information exchange; fibre- or copper-based access networks through which subscribers connect; and home networks connecting in-premises devices and interfacing with the outside world.

This includes the development of standards for the optical transport network, access network, home network and power utility network infrastructures, systems, equipment, optical fibres and cables and the related installation, maintenance, management, test, instrumentation and measurement techniques, and control plane technologies to enable the evolution toward intelligent transport networks, including the support of smart-grid applications.

This session presents hot topics from the latest development of international standards (ITU-T Recommendations) within ITU-T SG15, in particular, standardization work related to transport network support of IMT-2020/5G mobile, Higher Speed PON (Passive Optical Network) including the use of wavelength division multiplexing, latest OTN (Optical Transport Network) and other transport technologies that are applicable to IMT-2020/5G mobile radio access. This session also discusses interoperable optical interfaces at 200 Gbit/s and 400 Gbit/s per wavelength, including development of standardized interoperable interfaces using optical DP-16QAM modulation.


Hiroshi Ota, Study Group Advisor, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Switzerland

Hiroshi Ota is Advisor for ITU-T Study Group 15, which develops standards on networks, technologies and infrastructures for transport, access and home. He supports ITU-T SG15 by providing secretariat services as a staff member of ITU. He also coordinates the work on disaster relief and emergency communication within ITU and with related organizations.


Frank EffenbergerFuturewei Technologies, USA
Presentation Title: Optical Access in ITU-T: Recent Progress on Higher Speed Systems

Frank has researched fixed access systems for over 25 years at Bellcore, Quantum Bridge, and now at Futurewei, where he is the company Fellow responsible for this area.  He has contributed to the design of many PON systems, the dominant access technology today, and to their standardization by holding leadership roles at ITU-T, IEEE 802.3 and ETSI.

Tom Huber, Nokia, USA
Presentation Title: Recent Topics in Optical Transport Networks

Tom Huber is part of the optical standardization team at Nokia. He received his B.S. (Electrical and Computer Engineering) from the University of Notre Dame and M.S. (Computer System Engineering) from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has been active in optical networking standardization for more than 20 years. He is associate rapporteur of ITU T Q11/15, Signal structures, interfaces and interworking for transport networks, and has been nominated as a vice chairman of ITU-T SG15, Networks, Technologies and Infrastructures for Transport, Access and Home. He also participates in the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) and IEEE 802.3.


Fabio Pittalà, Huawei, Germany
Presentation Title: Multi-Vendor Interoperable Optical Specifications in ITU-T

Fabio Pittalà received his Ph.D from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and his M.Sc. in Telecommunication Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). He is currently working as a Principal Engineer on high-speed coherent transmission systems at the European Research Institute of Huawei in Munich, Germany. He authors 30+ conference/journal papers and 10+ patents. He is also an active contributor to ITU-T SG15/Q6 mainly focusing on the specifications of interoperable coherent 100 Gbit/s, 200 Gbit/s and 400 Gbit/s optical interfaces for Recommendation ITU-T G.698.2.

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