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

Can New Access Technology and Architectures Support the Beyond 5G Network Vision

Tuesday, 26 March, 14:00 – 16:00

Room 7

Passive optical networks are still mostly developed and used with residential broadband in mind. However, technological advancements, such as development of coherent technology, can give new potential to the fibre access networks. Beside the increase in capacity, the flexibility and the increased budget, these can support new architectures, which can be used to support future services. For example xHaul transport for mmWave and THz communications, including Analogue Radio over Fibre, or ubiquitous ultra-low latency connectivity to nodes located at the very edge of the network. This panel brings together experts among operators, vendors and academics to discuss how PON architectures should evolve, what supporting technology will be available in the near to medium term and whether it can fully support future beyond 5G network vision.


Chathu Ranaweera, Deakin University, Australia

Lihua Ruan, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, China

Marco Ruffini, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland


Rene Bonk, Nokia Bells Lab, United States

Idelfonso Monroy, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Annachiara Pagano, Telecom Italia, Italy

Glenn Wellbrock, Verizon, United States

Elaine Wong, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Jim Zou, ADVA, Germany