• Technical Conference:  24 – 28 March 2024
  • Exhibition: 26 – 28 March 2024
  • San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA

Thursday, 09 March, 11:00 – 11:30

Theater III

The Emerging Technologies Panel focuses on select topics that are showcased in the OFCnet demonstrations.  The panelists and topics include:

Verizon Remote Fiber SensingTJ Xia, Verizon: Distributed fiber optic sensing leverages existing fiber optical communications infrastructure as a sensing medium. In this session, applications of fiber sensing for and with fiber networks will be discussed that both enhance network operation efficiency and enable novel services and products.

Open edge Innovation.   Jörg Elbers, ADVA:  Optical spectrum services and coherent 100ZR bring new innovation to the network edge.  100G-800G coherent connectivity is demonstrated live in an OFCnet showcase.

Open Optical Transport SystemKoji Asahi, NEC:  The IOWN Networking Hub showcases an open muxponder/DC switch integrated with disaggregated hardware and software by NEC. Its OEM open hardware supports multi-vendor interoperable pluggable transceivers up to 400G. The system allows for plug-and-play DWDM data-center interconnect networks with a potential reach of up to 1000 km over OFS low-loss SMF, and a live interop transmission of around 500 km is showcased. A DC operator-friendly containerized application on Kubernetes is also featured.

CENIC ZR IntegrationSana Bellamine, CENIC:  CENIC will discuss the validation of coherent pluggable optics over their production network, and additional interoperability lab testing. These tests included ZR, ZRP and the latest ZRP with integrated amplifier, over different host platforms.
Targeted use cases for coherent pluggable optics will also be described.


C. Randy Giles, Optica, USA


Koji Asahi, NEC, USA

Sana Bellamine, CENIC, USA

Jörg-Peter Elbers, ADVA, Germany

TJ Xia, Verizon, USA