• Technical Conference:  05 – 09 March 2023
  • Exhibition: 07 – 09 March 2023
  • San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA

Can Optical Communication Infrastructure Double its Values by Introducing Fiber Sensing?

Sunday, 06 March 16:00 – 18:30


Zhensheng Jia, CableLabs, USA
Tiejun (TJ) Xia, Verizon Communications Inc., USA


After more than 30 years of development a ubiquitous optical fiber infrastructure for communications has become a reality. The infrastructure had been supporting various data transportation needs solely with continuous channel-rate, fiber-capacity, and spectral-efficiency growth until a few years ago.
Recently, networking-service providers and fiber network owners have begun to introduce fiber sensing technologies to explore many potential applications leveraging the existing optical communication infrastructure. The applications include those which can improve the efficiencies of the infrastructure and those which can create new services for the providers and the owners to increase their revenues. This workshop will gather experts in multiple fields and focus on discussion of the following questions:

  • What applications and services are most promising when using deployed fiber networks to perform fiber optic sensing?
  • What technologies are particularly needed to develop the applications and the services?
  • How much benefits and values can the new fiber optic sensing technologies bring to fiber-network owners?
  • From trans-oceanic connection to metro and smart city, which part of the optical fiber network will be the first to lead the coexistent development of communication and sensing?
  • What are the challenges and potential solutions when using deployed fiber to increase the values of the optical communication infrastructure?


González Herráez Miguel, Universidad de Alcala, Spain
What Value Proposition Can be Made for Fiber Sensing Using the Available Optical Network?

Valey Kamalov, Google, USA
MilliHz Telecom Cable Spectrometers for Ocean & Earth System

Vincent Lecoeuche, VIAVI Solutions, France
Monitoring Critical Infrastructure and Environment Utilizing Optical Fiber Networks

Chris Minto, OptaSense, USA
Delivering Value from Backscatter Sensing at Multiple Scales – From the Data Center to the Ocean

Neil Parkin, BT, United Kingdom
Obstacles and Solutions to Generating New Revenue from Sensing in Installed Fibre Networks from an Operator Perspective

Danny Peterson, OFS, USA
Backscattering Enhanced Fiber for Sensing with Telecom Cables to Enrich Future Networks

Yoshifumi Wakisaka, NTT, Japan
Distributed Acoustic Sensing for Optical Communication Networks – Current Status and Perspectives

Ting Wang, NEC, Japan
New Applications Utilizing Telecom Network as a Sensor

Glenn Wellbrock, Verizon Wireless, USA
Benefits and Challenges of Fiber Sensing for Network Service Providers

Zhongwen Zhan, Caltech, USA
Fiber-optic Networks as a Key Component of the Next-generation Seismic Networks