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OFC Daily Wrap - Friday

By OFC Staff

OFC, Technical Conference: 8 - 12 March 2020; Exhibition: 8 - 12 March 2020; San Diego Convention Center; San Diego, California, USA
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Technical Conference

8 – 12 March 2019


10 – 12 March 2019

San Diego Convention Center

San Diego, California, USA

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Paper Submission Site Opens:

Summer 2019

Abstract and Summary Submission Deadline:

22 October 2019*

Advance Registration Deadline:

10 February 2020*

Postdeadline Paper Submission Deadline:

25 February 2020

* tentative dates



Full Technical conference registrants can download the OFC Technical Digest from OSA Publishing's Digital Library.

Postdeadline papers, 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.)

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Colleagues, Thank You for Attending OFC!

It’s been our pleasure to be your 2019 OFC General Chairs, and we hope you enjoyed this year’s event.

Every year, OFC serves as a gathering of the industry and creates an opportunity for us to grow as professionals — both in the knowledge we receive and in the connections we make. We appreciate you taking the time to join us for five days of learning, discussion and networking.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2020 OFC here in San Diego!

Image: 2019 General Chairs: Bosco, Elbers, Schares

2019 OFC General Chairs: Gabriella Bosco, Jörg-Peter Elbers, Laurent Schares


OFC 2019 Closes Strong with Focus on 800G, 400ZR, Real-World 5G and Next Steps in Network Speed and Efficiency

The global optical communications community assembled in San Diego 3 – 7 March 2019 for OFC (Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition). This year’s event featured the market’s prevailing topics in standing-room only business and technical sessions; technology and product demonstrations and announcements from the world’s leading companies; plenary talks that explored open networks, communications between self-driving cars, and optical integration for higher data rates; and dynamic presentations on real-world 5G deployments and network build-outs.

“As our world becomes increasingly more connected, the optical communications infrastructure that supports it needs to evolve to be more robust and efficient, and at the same time, cost-effective,” said Gabriella Bosco, Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and OFC 2019 General Chair. “The industry gathered at OFC to debate these business challenges and identify potential technical solutions to meet customer demands.”

Driving Business Solutions

This year’s OFC convened nearly 15,400 from around the world to celebrate successes, debate new opportunities and push the boundaries of innovation. The show boasted 683 exhibitors on a floor encompassing 189,607 net square feet (500,000 gross square feet). Overall, the OFC exhibit served as a platform for important industry announcements, including developments in coherent DWDM networking, silicon photonics and 400ZR advancements.

“OFC is the place to make major announcements because the whole industry comes together,” stated Yves LeMaitre, Chief Strategy Officer, Lumentum. “Whether you’re working in data centers, telecom networks or access networks, all optical technologies for communications are here.” [more]

Image: Audience Members

Moving the Industry Forward

Leaders in the field agree that OFC 2020, being held 8-12 March in San Diego, will serve as a springboard for the next round of innovations.

“Next year at OFC, we expect to see samples of 400G ZR, with deployment coming later in the year,” predicts Benny Mikkelsen, Chief Technology Officer, Acacia Technologies and conference plenary speaker. “OFC is a great opportunity to get people together to have a fruitful discussion.” (Watch a video interview featuring additional insights from Benny Mikkelsen.)

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