• Technical Conference:  30 March – 03 April 2025
  • Exhibition: 01 – 03 April 2025
  • Moscone Center, San Francisco, California, USA

OFC Blog

Disaggregation to the Transport Layer and Beyond

By Casimer DeCusatis | Posted: 27 July 2018

Why is disaggregation receiving so much attention, who benefits from this approach, and what lies ahead in this rapidly evolving market?

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OFC Daily Wrap - Friday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 16 March 2018

.OFC, the largest global conference and exhibition in optical communications and networking, wrapped up an impressive and stimulating week in San Diego, California, showcasing the latest innovations in the field, with more than 15,500 attendees, 700+ exhibitors from 65 countries and over 850 peer-reviewed technical sessions.

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Optical Data Center Interconnect: More Capacity, Lower Power and Easier Operations

By Tim Doiron, Principal Analyst, Intelligent Networking, ACG Research | Posted: 15 March 2018

Back in February 2018, I wrote a pre-conference blog about the highly competitive nature of the Optical Data Center Interconnect (DCI) market and especially the optical DCI small form factor (SFF) appliance category. As the 2018 OFC Conference and Exhibition wraps up, I thought it would helpful to those trying to follow this market or make purchasing decisions to review the evolutions and advancements that were announced immediately before or during the conference.

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OFC Daily Wrap - Thursday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 15 March 2018

Still so much to see and do today, with another full day of technical sessions, the second Poster Session and the Postdeadline Papers Session. In the Exhibition, the Expo Theaters feature the concluding two panels for Market Watch, one product showcase and five show floor programs.

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OFC is a buzz, 5G plays a role, which brings us to PON

By Julie Kunstler, Principal Consultant, Broadband Access at Ovum | Posted: 14 March 2018

What does 5G have to do with PON? 5G requires significant upgrades to wireline networking in order to support the bandwidth along with numerous bandwidth-intensive applications. PON, with its point-to-multipoint architecture has a role to play in supporting the massive 5G rollout and cell densification plans. In addition, WDM-PON may have found an application, finally.

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OFC Daily Wrap - Wednesday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 14 March 2018

Today's Wrap starts with a Recap of the Plenary Session presentations, then introduces three programs you shouldn't miss today. Finally, two recent OFC blog dispatches--including an assessment of the return of packet-optical convergence, driven by the coming of 5G.

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Emerging 5G Network Requirements Will Spur a Packet-Optical Transport Renaissance

By Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading | Posted: 13 March 2018

For the past several years, the optical industry has been driven by data center interconnect. We expect this trend to continue at OFC 2018 – with a host of announcements driving line rates up to 600 Gbit/s as well as boosting densities and reducing power consumption. These are good developments for the future of Webscale applications can cloud computing.

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OFC Daily Wrap - Tuesday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 13 March 2018

OFC, day three, offers the plenary program, the exhibit floor activities and the always invigorating Rump Session. With all of this going on, why would you ever want to be somewhere else?

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Network Equipment Manufacturers Push Technology to the Limit at OFC 2018

By Vladimir Kozlov, Founder and CEO, LightCounting Market Research | Posted: 12 March 2018

At the start of a busy week, Oclaro Inc. (OCLR) announced Monday morning that it has agreed to be acquired by Lumentum Holdings Inc. for $5.60 in cash per Oclaro share and 0.0636 of a share of Lumentum common stock. The transaction is valued at approximately $1.8 billion.

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Removing roadblocks on the path to 400G and beyond

By Paul Wu, EVP-Product, Adolite, Inc | Posted: 12 March 2018

​As data center and cloud providers gather at OFC 2018 to engage in discussions with vendors about getting to 400G (gigabits per second) and beyond, faster module manufacturing is a timely and welcomed capability. A new solution without time-intensive optical fiber assembly and optical alignment offers a way for providers to unblock their current supply chain bottlenecks to keep pace with increasing demand.

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