Thursday, March 15, 2018
8:00 AM -
Danny Peterson, Verizon, USA; Alan McCurdy, OFS, Fiber Design & Simulation Group, USA; Jing Li, Yangtze Optical Fibre and Cable, China
In the last year there has been an ever-increasing flurry of announcements of optical network expansions to support applications in the evolving data and telecommunications markets. Standards organizations, governments and businesses are anticipating enormous growth in connectivity over the next 5 years with the advent of 5G wireless, enhanced cloud services, the Internet of Things, smart cities etc. Analysts have projected a required spend of $130 – 150B in the US alone in the next 5- 7 years to meet the needs. To support this future demand, plans are being made now for an expansion of fiber-based networks to provide the required high capacity communication links via small cells, enhanced edge network capability, better data center interconnects, metro backhaul and more. The burden of this expansion has been placed on carriers, ICPs, MSOs, municipalities as well as various private enterprises. In this Panel, experts from these organizations will discuss their view of the upcoming transport demand and their plans for near term network expansions to address these needs. Questions to be addressed include: What applications are driving this expansion? Who are the relevant customers? What are the preferred fiber and cable types? How will the expanded architecture address the current demand and evolve in the future?
Christina (Colasanto) Bassett, Senior Manager ODN Infrastructure Network Planning, Verizon, USA
Curtis Knittle, Vice President Wired Technologies, CableLabs, USA
Trevor Smith, Vice President Global Strategy and Business Development, Commscope, USA
Danny Thornton, Senior Network Engineer, Microsoft, USA