Network Evolution & Adaptation To Environmental Changes


Chris Fludger, Infinera, Germany; Roland Ryf, Nokia Bell Labs, USA; Dimitra Simeonidou, Bristol University, UK


This special session will cover fundamental and long-term trends that the industry will have to address in order to deliver scalable and flexible high-capacity networks in an environmentally compatible way, while adapting to the challenges imposed by natural disasters caused by global warming 

Whilst progress in the telecommunications industry has reduced travel, enabled remote working and encouraged e-commerce across the globe, the increased internet traffic demand has led to an increased focus on the technologies that we develop and deploy.  Ways to rapidly provide network services in a flexible and scalable way are of essential importance, and will require networks that are simpler to evolve and operate, following the general trends of disaggregation and network convergence across the whole telecommunication infrastructure.

Additionally, equipment that is deployed today will quickly become outdated and superseded. We examine the global impact of optical communications equipment and invite distinguished speakers from academia and industry to discuss the environmental strategies towards a circular economy.

Extreme weather patterns are also correlated with global warming, leading to events such as floods and fires. We are also becoming more and more dependent upon our communications infrastructure, and even natural disasters such as volcanoes, tsunami and earthquakes result in extensive damage. With the bulk of data traffic passing through optical fiber, how do we plan for the worst-case? What technologies are providing resilience or deployed during disaster scenarios, and can optical play a role?

Experts and visionaries from industry, academia, and operators, will discuss their vision of the future of the telecommunication infrastructure.