• Technical Conference:  30 March – 03 April 2025
  • Exhibition: 01 – 03 April 2025
  • Moscone Center, San Francisco, California, USA
The premier event in telecom and data center opticsthe 2021 Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC)will convene in an interactive, all-virtual format, 06-11 June 2021. The virtual exhibition opens 07 June. This format, which includes technical sessions and an exhibition featuring industry-focussed programs, will expand angagement with the conference's global audience through live and on-demand content. 
OFC’s technical program remains one of the most anticipated events of the year. New topics trending in technical paper submissions include quantum communications and machine learning in terms of network operation and how optics supports machine learning and neuromorphic computing. Free space optical communications (FSO) technology will be the focus of several presentations in addition to photonic integration, spatial division multiplexing (SDM) and 5G.
OFC 2021 Program Updates
The OFC PR Team is working to design interactive, virtual programs that will enable media and analysts unparalleled access to OFC's expansive global audience. Stay tuned for more details and please reach out to the OFC PR Team with any questions or suggestions. 
These distinguished speakers will discuss the evolution of networking, photonics and Artificial Intelligence and the deployment of edge cloud for rural environments. 
OFC 2021’s Symposia will focus on industry growth segments:
  • Emerging Photonic Technologies and Architectures for Femtojoule per Bit Optical Networks
  • MEC-based Network Architectures in Support of Enterprise Cloud
  • Quantum Information Science and Technology (QIST) in the Context of Optical Communications​
  • The Role of Machine Learning in Optical Systems and the Role of Optics in Machine Learning Systems
Special Sessions will highlight the following:
  • Lessons Learned: Networks 2020 Status and Next Steps
  • Free Space Optical (FSO) Communication is Finally Real
  • Vision Talks: Beyond 2021 and Towards 2030
Media/Analyst Registration
Free registration for members of the media and analyst community, including full access to all OFC conference programming, will open soon. Do not worry if you have already submitted your online registration, we will process it when the system opens. 
Call for OFC Content
The OFC PR Team is looking for media and analysts to contribute to the OFC Blog. If you have a perspective that you would like to share on quantum communications, machine learning in terms of network operation, free space optical communications (FSO) technology, photonic integration, spatial division multiplexing (SDM) and 5G, please contact the OFC PR Team for more information. 
OFC 2021 News Updates
View the OFC website for upcoming announcements on registration and schedule updates and visit the OFC 2021 News page often for the latest news releases. 
OFC Conference Archives
OFC 2020 registrants can view and download content from last year’s conference in our archives. This includes technical sessions, conference papers, videos and more!
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