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


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?


To be determined.