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Daily Wrap - Friday

By OFC Staff

OFC: Save the Date
Download Digest Papers
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2018 OFC Conference and Exhibition
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, USA

Technical Conference: 
11 - 15 March 2018

13 - 15 March 2018

Paper Submissions:
10 October 2017

Advance Registration:
12 February 2018

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What Did You Think of OFC?

Separately, you will receive a survey offering an opportunity to provide feedback about your experience at OFC. It's your chance to help us as we continually strive to refine the conference each year.

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Download Technical Papers

Full (Technical) Conference registrants can download the OFC Technical Digest from OSA Publishing's Digital Library. Postdeadline Papers are also available.

Tutorial presentations and three-page summaries of invited and contributed papers can be downloaded by individual sessions or by daily .zip files. (.zip files are available for 60 days after the conference ends.)

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View Presentations

Approximately 40 percent of OFC sessions have been digitially captured for on-demand viewing.

Full (Technical) Conference registrants can access session content until 26 June 2017. You will be asked to validate your credentials based on your registration record prior to viewing.

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How Was It?

The World’s Largest Optical Communications and Networking Conference Concludes

Thank you to all who attended the 2017 Optical Fiber Conference and Exhibition (OFC). The conference concluded yesterday with 663 exhibiting companies, over 1,100 peer-reviewed papers and 14,500 attendees.

OFC is the world’s leading conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals. The conference and exhibition connects the industry’s leaders and business professionals to discuss optical innovations for future networking growth segments such as the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) and much more.

“With the industry experiencing escalating bandwidth growth coming from disruptive technologies such as VR and IoT, this year’s conference addressed how 5G and next-generation optical networks will evolve,” said Andrew Lord, optical research head at British Telecom and 2017 OFC General Co-Chair. “OFC 2017 continues the tradition of providing an excellent program that captures advances in research, development and engineering. The success of the OFC conference and exhibition reflects the hard work and dedication of many, including the technical program chairs, subcommittee chairs and committee members. Thank you to all the volunteers for their contribution to this world-class event.” [more]

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OFC Video Library

Plenary Presenter Mischa Dohler

Plenary video recordings from Urs Hölzle, Meint K. Smit and Mischa Dohler will be available on the OFC website soon. In the meantime, take a look at interviews conducted on-site with two of the plenary presenters. [more]

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OFC: The Analyst's Perspective

Service Providers Want Openness in Optical Wireline Access, Even Though the Definition of Openness Varies Widely

By Julie Kunstler, Principal Analyst, Components and Next-Gen Infrastructure, Ovum Consulting

Service providers are striving for openness in their optical wireline access networks but there is no consensus on the definition of openness. During Wednesday's "Network Operator Summit" panel, four service providers (AT&T, Comcast, NTT, and China Telecom) presented their respective next-gen optical access plans. For China Telecom, openness evolves around equipment interoperability, namely, the ability to mix and match OLTs from one vendor with ONT CPEs from another. This type of openness supports operational flexibilities such as the ability to replace a customer's ONT without the need to check which vendor's OLT port is connected to that particular customer. This mix-and-match approach may also lead to lower equipment costs because China Telecom can issue separate RFPs for OLT and ONT equipment.

AT&T's approach encompasses ECOMP, its framework for real-time, policy-driven software automation of network management functions along with its work with ON.Lab (open networking). AT&T has created an open OMCI (ONU management and control interface) to drive interoperability between different vendors' OLTs and ONTs. It plans to submit its OMCI specs to the ON.Lab's forum and through ITU FSAN. Virtualization of central-office functions extends to OLTs through the vOLT approach. A vOLT replaces proprietary OLT equipment with a combination of open source software and commodity hardware.

While the definition of openness varies from operator to operator, there is commonality in the push toward reducing vendor tie-in.

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