The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Fact Sheet

OFC Fact Sheet - Get OFC's key facts all in one place, including highlights of previous shows.

OFC is the largest global conference and exposition for optical communications and networking professionals. For 40+ years, the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC) has drawn attendees from all corners of the globe to meet and greet, teach and learn, make connections and move business forward.


Exhibitors: 663 on 340,000 square feet of exhibit space

Technical Presentations: 1,100+

Plenary Speakers

  • Marcus Weldon, President, Nokia Bell Labs, USA  
  • John C. Doyle, John G Braun Professor of Control and Dynamic Systems, Electrical Engineering, and BioEngineering, California Institute of Technology
  • Chengliang Zhang, Vice President, China Telecom Beijing Research Institute, China

General Chairs

  • Martin Birk, AT&T Labs, USA 
  • Xiang Liu, FutureWei Technologies, Inc., USA
  • David J. Richardson, University of Southampton, UK

Technical Program Committee Chairs:  

  • Robert D. Doverspike, Networking Evolution Strategies, LLC, Italy 
  • Daniel Kuchta, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, USA 
  • William Shieh, University of Melbourne, Australia 


1975 – The first OFC, known then as Optical Fiber Transmission (OFT), takes place in Williamsburg, Va.
1979 – OFT changes its name to Optical Fiber Communication (OFC).
1985 The first National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (NFOEC) is hosted by the newly formed RBOCs and what was then Bellcore.
1995 – The Commercial Technology program is introduced at OFC to provide a high-level take on industry developments.
2000 - 2002 – OFC is named Tradeshow Week’s fastest growing association show in North America.
2003 – OFC launches the Service Provider Summit and OFC’s Market Watch: Business and Technology™.
2005 – OFC and NFOEC join forces to create the world’s most comprehensive optical communications event.
2010 – OFC/NFOEC 2010 dedicated to Nobel Laureate Charles Kao.
2013 Software-defined networks, flexible grid and cloud/data centers emerge as key industry topics for exhibitors and conference programming.
2014 Organizers simplify name to OFC to reflect the most current research and market trends in optical networking and communications.
2015 OFC’s 40th Anniversary. Developments in Internet of Things (IoT), silicon photonics and SDN drive discussions in conference and on exhibit floor

OFC is managed by The Optical Society (OSA) and co-sponsored by OSA, the IEEE Communications Society (IEEE/ComSoc), and the IEEE Photonics Society.

Suzanne Ffolkes 
The Optical Society
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James Merrick
The Optical Society
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Leah Wilkinson
Wilkinson + Associates
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Liz Smeds
Wilkinson + Associates
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