Panel I: Operator Investment Directions for FTTH and Access Networks

Wednesday, 09 March 11:30 – 13:00
Theater I

Session Description:

The world changed for fixed network operators during the pandemic. End user behaviors permanently increased traffic demand and changed traffic patterns. While existing access networks coped reasonably well, operators are facing critical investment decisions. Should operators increase investment in existing copper-based DSL and coax-based HFC networks, or should they be redirecting capex from these to accelerate PON FTTH? Will operators finally leverage PON infrastructure at large scale for mobile transport and SLA-based business services? What speeds will be required in this decade, 10G, 25G, 50G? The pandemic has also laid bare the digital divide and the U.S. government in particular is allocating massive subsidies for rural networks. How should these funds be spent? How much will be/should be diverted from fiber to fixed wireless access and satellite broadband? And what is the prognosis for PON-based 5G transport and business services? What is the new roadmap for beyond 10G PON: 25G, 50G.

Moderator: 

Ed Harstead, Lead Technology Strategist, Nokia, USA

Panelists: 

Ian Horsley, Sr. Manager Access Transmission Research, BT Openreach, United Kingdom
Further, Fast, Cheaper and Using Less Energy

Robert Kuse, Director Cox Business Network Engineering, Cox, USA
Title to be Determined

Nick Payant, VP, Connectivity and Reliability, Bell, Canada
Building the Networks of the Future Now

Ed Walter, Area Manager Network Planning, AT&T, USA
State of PON in AT&T

Dechao Zhang, Manager, China Mobile, China
Title to be Determined

Biographies: 

Ed Harstead, Lead Technology Strategist, Nokia, USA
In the 1990s, Ed Harstead led standardization and implementation of first gen TDM PON technologies and managed first gen WDM PON research. Ed spent most of the 2000s in DWDM transport product management. In the current decade he has been supporting the Nokia CTO for fixed networks, with a recent focus on the standardization of high speed PON.

Ian Horsley, Sr. Manager Access Transmission Research, BT Openreach, UK
Ian joined BT after a Masters in Engineering from Cambridge University. He has been involved in the design and standardisation of a wide range of DSL technologies and currently leads BT’s access research including optical access. He has (co-)authored 20 patents. He is vice-chair of the working party for transport aspects of access in the ITU-T SG15.

Robert Kuse, Director Cox Business Network Engineering, Cox, USA
Bio not available.

Nick Payant, VP, Connectivity and Reliability, Bell, Canada
Nicholas Payant, Vice-President, Connectivity and Reliability, is accountable for the development, planning, engineering, deployment and operation of the Core Network connectivity, including internet, MPLS, CPE and data center infrastructure to enable all of Bell’s services to run seamlessly for their customers.

Ed Walter, Area Manager Network Planning, AT&T, USA
Ed Walter joined AT&T in 2000 and is currently a Director Member Technical Staff within the Converged Access Architecture organization.  Ed has been engaged in Access ideation and development since 2006 when he joined the AT&T Lightspeed project to deploy Broadband/IPTV over xDSL and PON.  He is currently leading test teams that develop and certify Broadband and Mobility Transport technologies at AT&T.  He is an AT&T 2020 Science and Technology Medal Recipient awarded for his significant contributions to Broadband Access technologies, as well as a prolific inventor with over 100 Patents.

Dechao Zhang, Manager, China Mobile, China
Bio not available.