Jim Zou, ADVA, Germany
Albert Rafel, BT, UK
Baris Erkmen, HEDRON, USA
Frank Chang, Source Photonics, USA
Ke Wang, RMIT, Australia
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.