The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Flexible Grid Deployment

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Event type: Panel

Room number: 7AB


Dave Boertjes, Ciena Corp., Canada, Mei Du, Tata Communications, USA


The Flexible Grid has created a lot of excitement in the industry. It promises a large degree of freedom over the usage of optical spectrum, and as a result the bulk of new ROADM deployments today are Flexible Grid capable, if not enabled. It’s a sort of insurance policy which enables the photonic network to be future proof for any spectral width of transceiver which may be developed. But with the vast possibilities of flexibility come challenges in deployment complexity which must be balanced against the actual benefit in terms of things like spectral efficiency and overall cost of ownership. This panel considers optical network deployments based on flex-grid technologies including the impacts on software models, the relationship to flexible rate transceivers and challenges of network control and management.

Brandon Collings, Lumentum, USA
Lara Garrett, TE Subcom, USA
David Miedema, Ciena, USA
Rene Schmogrow, Google, USA
Thomas Strasser, Nistica, USA
Glenn Wellbrock, Verizon, USA

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