• Technical Conference:  30 March – 03 April 2025
  • Exhibition: 01 – 03 April 2025
  • Moscone Center, San Francisco, California, USA

Which Types of Fiber Will Be the Most Suitable for Network Operators in the Near Future?

Sunday, 24 March, 16:00 – 18:30

Room 6D

In recent years, the development of new fiber types has made a lot of progress. Hollow-core fiber (HCF) has shown low attenuation and wide optical bandwidth comparable to traditional single-mode fiber with lower latency. In contrast, multi-core fiber (MCF) has demonstrated the capability to support long-distance transmission and enable submarine cables for 1+Pbps systems. These new fiber types provide certain advantages compared with traditional fiber and require further improvement in performance, scalability, and progress in the whole ecosystem. As network operators and fiber service providers are considering new fiber cable deployment to support continuous data-bandwidth growth and new applications, it is a good time to examine and compare which fibers will be most suitable for long-term growth and short-term deployment. Fiber developers, fiber cable manufacturers and fiber network operators will share their latest thoughts on this particular topic at the workshop.


Mattia Cantono, Google LLC, United States

Binbin Guan, Microsoft, United States

Atsushi Nakamura, NTT, Japan

TJ Xia, Verizon Communications Inc., United States

Speakers: Session 1

Mark Allen, Infinera, United States

Kazuhide Nakajima, NTT, Japan

Pascal Pecci, Meta, France

Max Salsi, Google, United States

Glenn Wellbrock, Verizon, United States

Speakers: Session 2

Rodrigo Amezcua Correa, University of Central Florida CREOL, United States

Lidia Galdino, Corning, United Kingdom

Yuki Kawaguchi, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Japan

Madoka Ono, Tohoku University, Japan

Hans Damsgaard, OFS Fitel LLC, United States

Francesco Poletti, Southampton Univeristy, United Kingdom