• Technical Conference:  24 – 28 March 2024
  • Exhibition: 26 – 28 March 2024
  • San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA

Connectivity for Beyond 5G: How Can Wireline and Wireless Optical Access Live Up to the Mobile Expec

Monday, 06 March, 10:30 – 12:30

Room 7AB


With 5G being commercially deployed and ramped up and witnessing its revolution from 4G, optical access technologies are playing an intrinsic role more than ever before to enable the connectivity between the central office and remote radio units. Looking ahead, both academia and industry have already started investigating the next generation, 6G, in terms of requirements, use cases, enabling technologies, architectures, etc.

Amongst the early research focusing on new radio technologies, it can be foreseen that more wireline and wireless optical access will be adopted, to sustain the even higher throughput and performance demand, less energy consumption, more diverse networking scenarios, just to name a few.

This panel will reveal and discuss new technology trends in the optical domain, ranging from key components to end-to-end system applications, including for instance 50G/100G BiDi optics, free-space optical transmission, microwave photonics, WDM-PON, and more. Some of them were already envisioned at the dawn of 5G but too early to be ready, while some of them are purely driven by the solid scaling factor.

The panelists from both academia and industry will share their thoughts and visions.


Frank Chang, Source Photonics, USA

Baris Erkmen, Hedron, USA

Albert Rafel, BT, UnitedKingdom

Ke Wang, RMIT, Australia

Jim Zou, ADVA, Germany


Devin Brinkley, X the Moonshot Factory, USA

Hanne-Stine Hallingby, Telenor, Norway

Xiang Liu, Huawei Technologies, HongKong

Ricky Perry, AT&T Labs, USA

Junwen Zhang, Fudan University, China