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MW Panel V: Perspectives on the Future of ROADM Technologies and Architectures for Next-Gen Networks

Thursday, 09 March, 10:30 – 12:00

Theater I

Session Description
The photonic layer has taken an increasingly important role in networking as it provides the foundation for more scale, flexibility, and programmability. Today, this largely ROADM-based optical foundation leverages flexible, instrumented photonics with advanced software control and automation, to help network operators continue to scale their network for maximum capacity at the lowest space, power, and cost per bit. Will ROADMs continue to play an important role in networks moving forward? This panel will discuss what's next in the evolution of ROADM technologies and architectures for optical networks. Panelists will provide unique perspectives and insights as they answer questions that include: As we get closer to Shannon's limit how can ROADMs evolve to help operators further maximize fiber capacity? Which brand of spectrum will dominate deployments moving forward? What's required to accelerate spectrum-as-a-service? Will compact ROADM deployments continue to gain momentum? Are outside plant ROADM deployments in the horizon? How can automation be leveraged further in the future of ROADMs architectures?


Paulina Gomez, Advisor, Portfolio Marketing, Ciena, Canada


Marco Bertolini, 1830 Network Element Product Manager, Nokia, Italy

Dacian Demeter, Principal Technology Architect, TELUS, Canada

Robert Keys, Sr. Director Optical Transmission, Ciena, Canada

Peter Roorda, VP Product Line Management, Lumentum, USA

Jack J. Xu, VP Strategic Marketing, Coherent Corp., USA