The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Moscone Center,
San Francisco, California, USA

2021 Topic Categories

Track D: Devices, Optical Components and Fiber

D1: Advances in prototypes and product developments of components and subsystems for data centers and optical networks
D2: Passive optical devices for switching and filtering
D3: Active optical devices and photonic integrated circuits
D4: Fibers and propagation physics
D5: Fiber-optic and waveguide devices and sensors

D1: Advances in prototypes and product developments of components and subsystems for data centers and optical networks

This subcommittee seeks original contributions on components and hardware subsystems addressing the challenges of optical communication in and between data centers and for optical networks in general. Components and subsystems addressed in D1 can be at a broad range of maturity levels, from the research phase to being discussed in standards bodies, have recently been prototyped or field-trialed, have become commercially available or nearly available, or have widely been deployed or used in the field. Though full technical device information may not be necessary for components or subsystems no longer in the research phase, a significant level of technical depth and relevant citations of the open literature are required, going substantially beyond material typically used for product marketing or standards presentations. Emphasis is on technologies, such as optoelectronic or passive optical chips and modules, TOSAs/ROSAs and amplifiers. Papers on fiber and connectors should be submitted to D1 if they focus on system deployment trends and breakthroughs, but studies on fiber and connector technologies should be submitted to D4. Studies on single devices such as modulators and detectors should be submitted to D3.

  • Energy-efficient and cost-effective modules and subsystem implementations
  • Multi-mode and single-mode devices and modules
  • High capacity transmitter and/or receiver modules
  • WDM and parallel-channel PICs and modules
  • Silicon photonics integrated circuits including laser sources for data centers
  • Advanced co-packaging and on-board optics technologies and development
  • Electronic driver and receiver circuits for energy-efficient transmitters and receivers
  • Photonic network elements and enabling hardware such as wavelength-selective switches, ROADMs, performance monitoring, etc.
  • Packaging and integration for cost-efficient optical interconnects and modules
  • Scalable electro-optical integration schemes including large channel count links and optical backplanes
  • Comprehensive studies related to standardization and commercialization
  • Issues on fabrication, assembly, packaging, inspections, installation, and operations of optical modules and subsystems
  • Statistical studies on electro-optic module yield, reproducibility, stability, or reliability
  • Thermal and reliability design, and environmental testing of optical components
  • Optical components at a commercial or engineering sample level, such as optoelectronic or passive optical chips and modules, TOSA/ROSA, amplifiers
  • Design, operations, and evaluations of field installations and related equipment for optical modules
  • Process quality control and management
  • Optics reliability and qualification standardization in data centers and 5G mobile networks
  • System deployment trends of fibers and connectors

D2: Passive optical devices for switching and filtering

This subcommittee seeks original contributions focusing on the passive optical component technologies based on either bulk-optics or integrated-photonics that offer various linear functions such as multiplexing/demultiplexing, spatial routing/switching, filtering, and equalizing, for fiber-optic systems. These include planar lightwave circuits (PLCs), MEMS, liquid crystal, discrete optics, photonic crystals, ring resonators, gratings, other passive free-space optics, and plasmonic devices and circuits, mostly for the realization of wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM), wavelength-selective switching (WSS), orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM), polarization-division multiplexing (PDM), and space-division multiplexing (SDM). Passive fiber-based devices for SDM, WDM and PDM should be submitted to D5. Devices with nonlinear functions must go to either D3 (resonant) or D5 (off-resonance). Devices for sensors must go to D5. Switching devices, such as semiconductor optical amplifiers and junction-based modulators used as on/off gates, or active semiconductor junction-based free-space switch for beam steering, should be submitted to D3. Papers focusing predominantly on the system performance of devices considered within D2 should go to the appropriate S-track or D1.

  • Wavelength-, polarization-, and space-division filters, multiplexers, demultiplexers, equalizers, interleavers, switches, splitters, add/drops, and cross-connects
  • Passive optical devices for performance monitoring
  • Optical devices for dispersion or other distortion compensation
  • Silicon photonic switches and filters with integrated electronic driver and automated tuning circuitry
  • Integrated devices containing passive silicon, silicon nitride, silica, polymer, or other dielectric planar lightwave circuits
  • Integrated devices containing doped silicon materials used for switching (but not modulating)
  • MEMS optical or passive free-space devices
  • Photonic crystal, ring resonator, grating, and other nano-optic devices
  • Plasmonic waveguides, devices, and switches
  • Waveguide and other novel materials, simulations, and theory
  • Silicon (and other group IV) photonic based fabrication processes
  • Optical waveguide mode converters and tapers for off-chip coupling
  • Passive optical devices for quantum cryptography
  • Passive optical devices coupling free space and lightwave circuits or fiber optics

D3: Active optical devices and photonic integrated circuits

This subcommittee seeks original contributions focusing on the active optical device elements and their integrated photonics platforms for optical communications. The active elements include laser diodes, modulators, detectors, semiconductor optical amplifiers, nonlinear (resonant) and ultrafast devices, exploiting carrier dynamics in semiconductors, not limited to classical communications or applications but including quantum optic active devices. The integration platforms include those based on compound semiconductor and silicon. The level of integration is broad, ranging from novel discrete components to highly-integrated photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and fully packaged devices. Also solicited are papers on design, fabrication techniques and characterization of optoelectronic devices, hybrid and monolithic integration techniques, fundamental aspects of device packaging and reliability. Papers focusing predominantly on the system or circuit performance of devices considered within D3 should go to the appropriate S-track or D1. Silicon photonic switching devices should be submitted to D2. Devices with off-resonance nonlinear functions must go to D5.

  • Lasers (including external cavity lasers) and modulators (including plasmonic based modulators)
  • Detectors (including plasmonic based) and receivers
  • Silicon and III-V photonic integrated circuits
  • Semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOA)
  • Wavelength converters and comb sources (semiconductor-based only, others go to D5)
  • Nonlinear devices based on carrier dynamics in semiconductors (e.g. SOA-based)
  • Semiconductor-based active switches (and optical burst switching devices)
  • Optoelectronic hybrid and monolithic integration
  • Integration platforms for optoelectronic devices
  • Fundamental aspects of optoelectronic device testing, packaging and reliability
  • Ultrafast devices
  • Silicon (and other group IV) photonics based active devices (except Kerr/Raman/Brillouin effect based devices, which should go to D5)
  • Optoelectronic devices based on graphene or other 2D metamaterials
  • Devices for free space communication (VLC or other)
  • Quantum devices, single photon devices, photon pair devices, devices for photonic quantum gates

D4: Fibers and propagation physics

This subcommittee seeks original contributions focusing on all aspects of optical fibers including their design, fabrication, and physical properties, and measurement or characterization methodologies. Fibers include but are not limited to: those single- or multi-mode; single- or multi-core; silica- or non-silica based; and conventional or microstructured. This subcommittee also focuses on the physics of light propagation in optical fiber that include Kerr-induced nonlinear effects such as self- and cross-phase modulation, and four-wave mixing, and light scattering processes such as Rayleigh, Brillouin and Raman scattering. This committee also covers advances in designs, characterizations, operations and evaluations of deployable optical fibers, cables, fiber components and field installation equipment. Papers focusing predominantly on the system performance of fibers or system impact of propagation phenomena considered within D4 should go to the appropriate S-track committees.

  • Design and fabrication of optical fibers
  • Specialty optical fibers for passive applications
  • Microstructured and photonic bandgap fibers
  • Multimode and multicore fibers
  • Non-silica and multi-material optical fibers
  • Sub-micron fibers and waveguides
  • Propagation, dispersion, and polarization related effects in fibers, waveguides, and free space
  • Nonlinear effects, scattering, and propagation related transmission impairments in optical fibers
  • Fiber characterization and measurement techniques
  • Fibers for ultrahigh capacity transmission
  • Fundamental studies on fiber reliability
  • In-field characterization of metrology of fiber and fiber component attributes
  • Thermal and reliability design, and environmental testing of fiber components and cables
  • Optical fibers, fiber components and field installation equipment at a commercial or engineering sample level, such as fibers, connectors, amplifiers, cables, enclosures, and fusion or mechanical splicers
  • Design, operations, and evaluations of field installations and related equipment

D5: Fiber-optic and waveguide devices and sensors

This subcommittee seeks original contributions focusing on active or passive fiber or planar waveguide devices, lasers and sensors mostly based on either doped glass, off-resonance nonlinearities, fiber Bragg gratings or fiber couplers. They include all of the optical amplifiers (except for semiconductor amplifiers, which must go to D3), all fiber Bragg gratings, all devices for sensors, devices based on off-resonance nonlinearities, fiber-based devices for SDM, WDM and PDM, and light sources (fiber lasers) based on fiber-optic cavities or the fiber-optic devices covered in this subcommittee. Applications can be either telecom or non-telecom. Waveguide gratings except for sensors must go to D2. Papers based on resonant nonlinearities and/or carrier dynamics in semiconductors should go to D3. Papers focusing predominantly on the system performance of devices considered within D5 should go to the appropriate S-track or D1.

  • Optical amplifier design and control
  • Doped fiber and waveguide amplifiers
  • Raman and Brillouin fiber amplifiers, lasers and devices
  • Device aspects of phase-sensitive and -insensitive amplifiers
  • Fiber-based devices for SDM, mode multiplexer, multicore, interference devices
  • Novel fiber-optic and waveguide devices based on off-resonance nonlinearities
  • Fiber lasers (including random lasers, high power lasers, wavelength tunable lasers), and short-pulse, supercontinuum, or frequency-comb sources
  • Fiber-optic devices for performance monitoring
  • Fiber Bragg gratings, long period gratings and fiber coupler based devices for pulse-shaping, signal multiplexing, signal measurement and sensing
  • Fiber-optic (bulk and distributed) and waveguide sensors, including LIDAR
  • Non-telecom (including biophotonic and astrophotonic) applications of fiber and waveguide technologies, e.g. for biomedical imaging or endoscopic optical coherence tomography (OCT)
  • Devices and sensors for avionics and automotive applications

Track S: Systems and Subsystems

S1: Digital subsystems and systems for data centers
S2: Optical, photonic and microwave photonic subsystems
S3: Radio-over-fiber, free space optics and sensing subsystems and systems
S4: Digital and electronic subsystems
S5: Digital transmission systems

S1: Digital subsystems and systems for data centers

S1 subcommittee seeks original contributions on optimized low-power, low-cost and high-density digital systems and subsystem implementations for data center (DC) and high-performance computing (HPC) optical interconnect. The distances of interest are inter-/intra-chip, inter-/intra-rack and inter-/intra-DC. Inter-DC is limited to Metro distances. Of interest are novel system integration approaches of devices, components and modules, novel subsystem implementations including wavelength, time, and space-division modulation formats, and other signal processing techniques that solve problems unique to DC, HPC and Metro. Subsystems and systems under discussion in standards bodies are considered if they have been implemented or deployed. Hardware-only lab studies should be submitted to D1. Analysis and/or modelling-only studies should be submitted to S4.

  • Low-cost and energy-efficient optical interconnect for DC, HPC and Metro
  • Wavelength, time and spatial (parallel) multiplexed optical interconnect implementations
  • Implemented optical transmitters and receivers
  • Performance monitoring and signal characterization of deployed systems
  • Digital signal processing and impairment mitigation implementations for DC, HPC and Metro
  • Implementation and integration of forward error correction coding and advanced modulation
  • DWDM systems from intra-DC to Metro inter-DC distances.

S2: Optical, photonic and microwave photonic subsystems

S2 subcommittee seeks original contributions focusing on the subsystem performance of those photonic network elements that rely on optical and photonic/microwave photonic techniques for the processing of information. This includes active and passive all-optical signal processing subsystems for telecommunications and digital data and quantum communications and data processing applications. This subcommittee also covers optical performance monitoring subsystems and optical switching subsystems.

Passive all-optical signal processing subsystems (wavelength-selective switches, ROADMs, optical filters)

  • Active all-optical signal processing (wavelength conversion, optical switching and routing, optical regeneration, optical clock recovery, optical multiplexing and demultiplexing, and other linear and nonlinear optical signal processing and distortion compensating techniques)
  • Optical and microwave photonic signal processing based on optical frequency combs and novel optical sources
  • Photonic signal processing including optical ADC and DAC
  • Microwave photonic subsystems, including microwave photonic filters, photonic generation and processing of microwave signals
  • Optical logic and memory, data buffering, bit-, and label-processing subsystems
  • Optical packet and burst switching subsystems
  • Performance monitoring and signal characterization based on optical techniques
  • Sub-system applications of phase-sensitive or phase-insensitive amplifiers
  • Subsystems for sensor/communications interface and optical signal processing
  • Quantum optical subsystems for data processing and communication, transduction between quantum and digital domains, novel quantum sub-systems techniques

S3: Radio-over-fiber, free-space and sensing subsystems and systems

S3 subcommittee seeks original contributions focusing on radio-over-fiber (RoF), free-space optical communication including visible light, microwave and photonics positioning systems, and sensing systems and applications. Of major interest is RoF and optical-wireless integration for broadband wireless communications and networks. Included is transmission and control of microwave signals for RF sensing, antenna remoting, high-speed instrumentation and measurement systems, biomedical, THz, ultra-wideband, and ultra-stable frequency metrology. Microwave photonics subsystems, like photonic generation and processing of microwave signals, should be submitted to S2.

  • Radio-over-fiber (RoF) subsystems and systems
  • Optical-wireless integration, and fiber-wireless converged transmission systems
  • Visible light and free-space optical communication
  • High-frequency applications using microwave, millimeter and Terahertz photonics
  • Front-haul systems based on analog radio signals
  • Optical-wireless subsystems for non-telecom applications such as remote sensing

S4: Digital and electronic subsystems

S4 subcommittee seeks original contributions focusing on optical transceivers and digital/electronic subsystems. These cover subsystem aspects of modulation formats (single-carrier or multi-carrier) and multiplexing schemes (wavelength, polarization and space-division multiplexing), as well as digital signal processing algorithms (e.g., constellation shaping, pulse shaping, equalization, polarization/clock/carrier recovery, etc.) and error correction coding techniques. Modeling, design, and implementation of purely electronic and algorithmic subsystems for either direct-detection and coherent systems are also included in this category. Compensation/mitigation of fiber transmission nonlinearities should be submitted to S5, and inter-/intra-datacenter (up to metro distances) optical interconnect system and subsystem implementations should be submitted to S1.

  • Modulation and demodulation techniques
  • Digital signal processing algorithms for optical subsystems/transceivers
  • Forward error correction and coded modulation analysis, modelling, and real-time implementations
  • Machine learning algorithms for optical subsystems/transceivers
  • Digital and electronic subsystems for coherent/direct detection, and space-division multiplexing systems
  • Digital and electronic multiplexing/demultiplexing techniques
  • Analog and digital signal processing for device and link impairment mitigation
  • Performance monitoring and signal characterization algorithms
  • Electronic digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters
  • Subsystem design or signal processing on quantum communications
  • Subsystem design for physical layer security

S5: Digital transmission systems

S5 subcommittee seeks original contributions on optical transmission systems, space-division multiplexing systems, transmission with massive or dense multiplexing in wavelength or space, quantum communications, and system aspects of devices, subsystems, and networking elements. The subcommittee covers modeling, design, experimental demonstration and implementation of optical transmission systems from metro to long-haul, highlighting system-level implications and mitigation of propagation impairments. Contributions may also focus on transmission system aspects of certain modulation, detection, multiplexing, coding, and routing techniques beyond pure subsystem performance.

  • System aspects of transmission modulation formats, multiplexing schemes, coding and FEC
  • System aspects of linear and nonlinear transmission effects such as CD, PMD, PDL, fiber nonlinearity, and concatenated ROADM filtering
  • Space-division multiplexing systems using multicores or multiple modes
  • Transmission with massive and dense space or wavelength division multiplexing
  • Pre- or post-compensation of linear and nonlinear transmission impairments
  • Signal processing techniques to mitigate distortions due to nonlinear fiber propagation
  • Transmission experiments or simulations for distances greater than metro
  • Modeling of digital transmission systems, characteristic impairments, and limits
  • Propagation effects focusing on transmission performance instead of propagation physics
  • Security aspects of digital optical transmission systems
  • Quantum links, transmission system demonstrations and cryptography techniques in optical communication

Track N: Networks, Applications and Access

N1: Advances in system, network and service developments and field trials in commercial data centers and networks
N2: Optical networking for data center and computing applications
N3: Architectures and software-defined control for metro and core networks
N4: Optical access networks for fixed and mobile services
N5: Market Watch, Network Operator Summit & Data Center Summit (Invited Program Only)

N1: Advances in system, network and service developments and field trials in commercial data centers and networks

This subcommittee focuses on near- to mid-term network trends and applications addressing both service provider and content provider needs. It seeks original contributions on deployable network solutions ranging from terrestrial to subsea, from access to core, include high-capacity inter-data center, intra-data center and data-center to user networks, as well as enterprise and storage area networks.  Papers reporting assessments of the maturity of next-generation transport and switching technology, descriptions of operational experiences or experimental evaluations of demonstrators, field trials, interoperability tests and deployments are welcome. Carrier/operator and content provider technology requirements and strategies are also in scope. Applications include broadband network evolution, high-bandwidth, latency-sensitive and dynamic applications that require advances in network capabilities. A significant level of technical depth and a proper embedding into previous reports available in the open literature is required, going substantially beyond material typical of product marketing and standards presentations. Industry panels will complement the technical program in this area.

  • Experiences/applications with near term terrestrial and subsea network technologies
  • Network engineering and deployment, including installation techniques
  • Network migration/evolution experiences and issues
  • Network evolution technologies and applications to deliver 5G service
  • Field trial demonstrations and interoperability tests
  • Carrier/operator and content provider network technology requirements
  • Operational aspects of emerging networks, including the application of software-defined networking (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV) or network virtualization technology
  • Subsea technologies and applications
  • High capacity and on-demand network connectivity to support cloud computing
  • High capacity networks to support large bandwidth video applications, such as Digital Cinema, SuperHD, 3D-video
  • Interactive video, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and their impact on optical transport networks.
  • Demonstrations of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Optical Networks.
  • Any other applications that require advances in network capabilities (e.g. low latency)

N2: Optical networking for data center and computing application

This subcommittee seeks original contributions on the topics of optical networking in support of intra-data center (Intra-DC), Edge/Fog computing and high-performance computing (HPC) as well as Optical Interconnects and Optical Computing. The first focus area is on mid- to long-term evolution paths to advanced optical network architectures including both fiber and wireless optical networks for DCs and HPCs ranging from warehouse- to micro-scale. Areas of interests include control and management, disaggregation of resources and AI/ML data analytics that address challenges in energy- and cost-efficiency, latency, footprint, flexibility, reliability, security, etc. The second focus area is on the architecture, networking, and security of edge/fog computing, enabling low-latency 5G and IoT applications. Areas of interests include the architecture and networking for better scalability, manageability, security as well as the convergence with cloud DC. The third focus area is on optical implementation and optical interconnect for computing. Areas of interests include quantum computing, quantum datacenter, neuromorphic computing, reservoir computing and computing accelerators.

NOTE: Papers on components for data center and computing applications should go to D1. Papers on subsystems for data center and computing applications should go to S1. Papers on inter-DC architecture and networking should go to N3.

The topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Optical interconnect (Fiber, Free-space and visible light communication) for data centers (DCs) and high-performance computing (HPC)
  • Optical network architectures for intra-DC Intra -HPC networks
  • Micro-DC architecture and networking
  • Disaggregated server with pooled CPU and memory
  • Network Accelerated memory transfers
  • Optical routing and packet/circuit/flow switching in DC and HPC
  • Protocols, arbitration and flow control for optical networking in DC and HPC 
  • High-bandwidth, programable and intelligent network interfaces for computing
  • Bandwidth steering in DC and HPC
  • Network measurement and monitoring in DC and HPC
  • Control and management for Intra-DC and HPC networks
  • Architecture, networking, control and management technologies for energy efficient computing
  • Algorithms and designs for network reliability, service restoration and protection in DC and HPC 
  • Performance/complexity/cost trade-offs in DC and HPC architecture
  • Software defined networking (SDN), APIs, and network function virtualization (NFV) for DC applications
  • Computing and network resource orchestration, co-scheduling and co-optimization in DC and HPC
  • Data analytics and AI/ML for the control and management of DC and HPC networks
  • Edge/fog computing architecture and networking
  • Scalable and manageable edge/fog computing systems
  • Low-latency edge/fog computing
  • Low-latency offload infrastructure and computation offloading
  • Networking and applications over converged edge/fog computing and cloud DC
  • Security in DC, HPC and edge/fog computing network
  • Optics for quantum computing and quantum data center
  • Optics for neuromorphic and reservoir computing
  • Optical accelerator for digital computing
  • Implementations and trails for the above technologies

N3: Architecture and software-defined control for metro and core networks

This subcommittee seeks original contributions on the evolution of core and metro optical networks, as well as inter-data center architecture and networking. It covers control and management as well as data-plane architectures, including optical network planning, techno-economic studies, analytical methods, algorithms and design methodologies. Included are also discussions of protection and restoration schemes and other critical areas for network evolution, such as multi-band, multi-layer, multi-domain networks. This category also includes recent advances on metro and core networks for emerging services of 5G and Cloud Computing in the areas of service orchestration and service assurance. Papers on edge/fog-computing should go to N2, papers on machine-learning techniques for transmission should go to N5.

Topics include: 

  • Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) in multi-layer and optical networks 
  • Data analytics and Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning for the network design, control and management of optical networks 
  • Open/disaggregated optical networks 
  • Network optimization, planning and planning tools 
  • Dynamic, on-demand and scheduled networking 
  • Programmable and cognitive optical networks 
  • Service orchestration of computing and network resources in inter-data center optical networks 
  • Service assurance (e.g., availability, latency) and security in softwarized multi-layer and optical networks  
  • Metro and core networks for Fixed and Wireless Convergence
  • New information and data models, description languages and management protocols (e.g. NETCONF/RESTCONF and YANG) and applicability to transport networks 
  • Open and intent-based APIs for functions such as topology discovery, service management, path calculation and provisioning  
  • Algorithms and designs for network reliability, service restoration and protection
  • Network modeling techniques and algorithms for resource allocation 
  • Elastic optical path and flexible grid networks 
  • Space division multiplexed and multi-band optical networks 
  • Network techno-economics 
  • Energy efficiency in metro and core networks 
  • Design of high connectivity contentionless node architectures 
  • Key distribution and quantum networking
  • Integration of terrestrial and satellite optical networks

N4: Optical access networks for fixed and mobile services

This subcommittee seeks original contributions to advance the future of optical access networks. In scope are innovations in architectures, system technologies and dynamic resource allocation protocols for providing services to residential and business customers as well as for supporting applications in mobile backhaul/fronthaul and in IoT/sensor networks. Topics for this category comprise advanced signal multiplexing and modulation formats, technologies for increasing capacity and reach, and transmission improvements by massive exploitation of DSP, FEC and Machine Learning (ML) solutions applied to optical access. Real-time and bandwidth-efficient interworking between the optical layer and its client applications is an area of increased interest for the evolution of access networks. Operational and business aspects, such as improved robustness of network operations, OPEX vs. CAPEX reductions, low power consumption, and ease of service provisioning, are also areas that contributions are solicited for.  Papers on deployable solutions and field trials should go to N1. Papers on front-haul systems based on analog radio signals should go to S3.

Topics suited for submission to N4 may include:

  • High-speed optical access system technologies and applications, including DSP, FEC and ML supported system design and operation 
  • Implementation and operation aspects of access network technology variants, e.g. WDM-PON, TDM-PON, TWDM-PON, other multiple access PON technologies 
  • Network performance gains in optical access achieved by enhancing serial (time) vs. parallel (fiber, wavelength, mode, core, …) transmission
  • Long-reach optical access networks and metro-access convergence
  • Short-reach optical access networks including in-home/indoor optical technologies and applications 
  • Optical backhaul/fronthaul architectures for wireless networks, and low layer fixed-mobile convergence of networks 
  • Low-latency solutions for time sensitive fronthaul and user plane services, including novel PON architectures for low-latency inter-ONU communications 
  • Low-cost reconfiguration of remote nodes, particularly regarding split factor, wavelength routing and fiber switching 
  • Aspects of software defined networking, network sharing and network function virtualization of optical access networks
  • Impact of new traffic types, as introduced by IoT and Tactile Internet services and applications, on optical access system and its network requirements.
  • Dynamic resource allocation protocols to achieve real-time, low-latency and/or energy-efficient access networks
  • Design of energy-efficient optical access network
  • Aspects of optical access network reliability, protection and security 
  • Aspects of optical access network operation, such as testing, monitoring, installation and repairs, as well as methods for avoiding issues before they occur 
  • Easing upgrade and migration among PON generations, as well as enabling their co-existence 
  • Innovation in hybrid-fiber-coaxial (HFC) networks for access 
  • Comprehensive studies relating to the deployment of new applications, co-existence of services, and open access architectures
  • Comprehensive studies relating to emerging access network standards, including those that support 5G mobile applications

N5: Market Watch, Network Operator Summit & Data Center Summit (INVITED PROGRAM ONLY)

These programs take place on the exhibit floor and comprise of the following:

  • The Market Watch is a series of panels, spanning all three days of the floor show exhibit, covering technology, application, and business topics of significant interest for the optical communications professional community. Sessions particularly aim to highlight and debate the importance of recent market developments in communications, spanning all domains, from components and systems to access to submarine networks. Market Watch also includes a panel debating the State of the Optical Industry session based on the perspectives of industry and financial analysts.
  • The Network Operator Summit includes a keynote presentation followed by two panels, focusing on important current and emerging challenges and opportunities in telecom network operators. It features topics and speakers that debate the interplay of technology and business.  
  • The Data Center Summit includes a keynote presentation followed by panel(s), focusing on important current and emerging challenges and opportunities in the fast-evolving data-center and “cloud” network operators. It features topics and speakers that debate the interplay of technology and business.  

Relevant topics include (but are not limited to): 

  • State of the Optical Industry, and Industry and Market development, including the perspective of financial and industry analysts.  
  • Evolution in network requirements, architectures, applications, and services in telecom, internet content, and cloud providers.  
  • Evolution in network planning, engineering, deployment, and operations, including both legacy and greenfield infrastructure for access, metro, regional, national, subsea, and intra and inter datacenter transport.    
  • Optical Transport system technology and architecture innovations, both hardware and software.
  • Optical components and subsystems technology innovations.

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