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OFC Daily Wrap - Wednesday

By OFC Staff

OFC, Technical Conference: 3 - 7 March 2019; Exhibition: 5 - 7 March 2019; San Diego Convention Center; San Diego, California, USA
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Technical Conference

3 – 7 March 2019


5 – 7 March 2019

San Diego Convention Center

111 West Harbor Drive

San Diego, California 92101


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Wednesday, 6 March

07:30 – 17:00

Thursday, 7 March

07:30 – 16:00



Wednesday, 6 March

10:00 – 17:00

Thursday, 7 March

10:00 – 16:00

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10:00 – 17:00, Exhibit Hall B, Booth 6325



Technical Sessions

08:00 – 18:30


08:00 – 10:00

Expo Theater II and III Programs

10:15 – 17:00

Network Operator Summit

10:30 – 15:00

Poster Sessions

10:30 – 12:30

Symposium: Network Automation

14:00 – 18:30

Special Session: Quantum Technology and Optical Communications

14:00 – 18:30


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Wednesday at OFC

Chance of precipitation in San Diego today is 50%. However, your odds improve to 100% that you'll find programs of interest at OFC.

On day four, a symposium on network automation is complemented with a show-floor summit for network operators; plus, a special session on quatum technology and its impact on optical communications; the first of two poster sessions and more industry-focused Market Watch programs. Also, more than 700 exhibitors want to know if you've made your way to the exhibition yet.

Image: Plenary Session

Plenary Speakers Alex Jingsung Choi, Benny Mikkelsen and Dmitri Dolgov


Driving Technology: Waymo Charts Futuristic Course

Note: If you were unable to attend the plenary session, the presentation has been archived. You will need to register to receive the web link.

In yesterday’s plenary session, presenter Dmitri Dolgov, Chief Technology Officer at Waymo, offered new perspectives on how technical challenges are fueling inspiration in hardware, software and communications. The backstory behind the progression of the company’s fleet of self-driving cars — from DARPA Challenge to commercial reality — revealed the innovation involved in bringing this technology to life.

"We like to say our goal is not to build a car. We’re building the driver," said Dolgov. "It’s a difficult problem but we’re able to do this because at Waymo we’re unique in designing both the self-driving hardware and software in-house."

Waymo’s vehicles use a powerful combination of custom-built sensors and artificial intelligence-powered software to safely navigate the roads. Dolgov detailed the use of machine learning to help its vehicles perceive the world, predict other people's behavior and chart its own path on the roads. Waymo's vehicles also utilize fleet communications to detect construction zones and share that information with the rest of the fleet.

Dolgov was one of three presenters at the session, which included Alex Jinsung Choi, SVP Strategy & Technology Innovation, Deutsche Telekom and Benny Mikkelsen, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Acacia Communications.

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OFC Network Operator Summit: What an Operator Wants

Wednesday, 6 March, 10:30 – 15:00, Exhibit Theater I

Today’s Network Operator Summit delves into the key issues that affect service providers and network operators today. Next-gen PON deployments and deep fiber strategies top the discussion short-list, and the Summit places a heavy emphasis on 5G — not only smaller-scale trials, but the exploration of more expansive implementation as well.

“For network operators to fully deploy 5G means a fresh take on infrastructure,” remarked Lisa Huff, an analyst at Ovum and chair of OFC’s Network Operator Summit. “As broadband demand continues to grow at exponential rates, operators are looking for ways to address their wireline infrastructure to support requirements.”

Summit Keynote Genia Wilbourn, Senior Vice President, Verizon Global Network Operations and Assurance, Verizon Communications, USA, addresses that point as she discusses the challenges of rolling out fiber networks and the opportunities for future communications platforms and infrastructure.

Above all, the Network Operator Summit will evoke discussion of how network operator issues, drivers and requirements will influence the future of the industry.

Program Schedule

10:30 -11:00: Keynote Presentation

11:00 - 12:30: Panel 1: The Access Network — Next Generation PON, Mobile and Cable Network Upgrades

13:30 - 15:00: Panel 2: 5G Applications and Networks: Real-world Operator Case Studies


Highlights from the Floor

There are a number of themes in the press releases and news announcements at the 2019 OFC Conference.

An announcement from Acacia provides evidence of maturing 600 Gb/s and 400 Gb/s single-wavelength coherent DWDM technology and solutions with multiple field trials with partners Cisco, ADVA and ECI Telecom. The desire for coherent DWDM networks to be adaptive and continuously auto-tuned is evident in a release involving Telia Carrier and Infinera. With automated tuning, we can minimize the amount of manual configuration and maximize networking performance. By continuously monitoring, measuring and adjusting transmission parameters, we can create a more plug-n-play approach to coherent DWDM networking.

The need for simple, reliable optical testing tools to support 400/600 Gb/s networks was also evident in multiple releases including from EXFO and II-VI. II-VI’s announcements included handheld meters for optical time division reflectometry (OTDR) and an optical channel monitor (OCM) to report the signal strength of all active channels.

In addition, silicon photonics remains a hot topic in the optical industry as vendors look to apply the industrial scale and manufacturing maturity of integrated circuits to the assembly of optical components. Advanced Micro Foundry, a specialty silicon photonics foundry, announced a new fabrication platform for 400 Gb/s applications.

– Tim Doiron, Principal Analyst, Intelligent Networking at ACG Research

Acacia Communication’s Pico DSP and AC1200 Builds Industry Momentum with OFC Customer Demonstrations, Field Trials and Industry Recognition

Telia Carrier and Infinera Demonstrate Industry-first Autonomous Intelligent Transponder in Live Network Field Trial

II-VI Incorporated Introduces Handheld Field Test Instruments for Optical Networks

Advanced Micro Foundry Releases New Fabrication Platform for 400Gbps application

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