The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Network Analytics in the Age of Machine Learning: How to Share Data and Maximize Synergies Among Transport Systems and Network Operators


Antonio Napoli, Infinera Corp., Germany; Takayuki Mizuno, NTT Network Innovation Laboratories, Japan; Mark Filer, Microsoft, USA


Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based network planning and operation will play an important role in the next generation optical fiber communications. In future optical networks, every player will produce an enormous amount of data, and anyone might have access to those data. For the entire system to work properly, access to data is mandatory, but on the other hand, access to some data must be regulated.

This opens up important questions to be discussed:

  • AI does not work with a partial set of data.
  • How do we get all the required data worldwide?
  • Who owns the required data?
  • Can these data be shared? If yes, how and under which conditions / regulations will we share the data?
  • How do we assure trust and anonymity of the data?
  • Which organization will regulate the “data market” and which institution will standardize it?

In this workshop, we will discuss the above issues, and seek an agreement among global operators, ICPs and vendors with the help of academia.



Juan Pedro Palacios-Fernandez Gimenez; Telefonica, Spain
Jack Pugaczewski; Century Link, USA
Giuseppe Rizzelli; Facebook Inc., USA
Joao Pedro; Infinera, Portugal
Patricia Layec; Nokia Bell Labs, France
Shoichiro Oda; Fujitsu Limited, Japan
Akira Hirano; TDU, Japan

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