Tuesday, 08 June 05:30 – 06:30

Session Description:

AT&T is well along in the deployment of the OpenROADM network. AT&T has deployed OpenROADM equipment from diverse suppliers in over a hundred offices in several metros. The OpenROADM equipment consists of ROADMs, transponders and switchponders operating at 100G, and 400G is completing certification shortly. AT&T will share the OpenROADM journey and learnings.


Steve Plote, Optics Consulting Engineer (Retired), USA

Steve Plote, most recently consulting as a Director of Business Development for Fiber Smart; is an Optics Consulting Engineer.  He has worked with sales teams in the Americas as well as Channel Partners.  Focusing on Network designs for the delivery of real time, next generation services for Video transport, Carrier Ethernet, Consumer Content Distribution, and Cloud Computing.  He has had personal responsibility for the network engineering and support for the WEB2.0 and Content Service Providers in North America.  Mr. Plote has more than 30 years of experience in Data Center Interconnect, Telecommunications and LAN switching and transmission solutions.  Prior to Fiber Smart he was a Webscale Optics Consulting Engineer at Nokia.  Prior to that he was Solutions Business Development and CSP Systems Engineering at BTI Systems and prior to that was Solutions Sales Director at Tellabs.  He has had many professional memberships and committee involvements including NANOG PC, OFC, MEF, IEEE, OSA, IEC and IETF. 


John Paggi, AT&T Labs, USA

John Paggi is the Associate Vice President in AT&T Labs responsible for the architecture and design of the Packet Core, Optical, and Open Disaggregated Hardware solutions. John has several decades of experience with AT&T and has managed many network technology development programs including AT&T’s Open ROADM program, flexible 400G long haul optical platform, three generations of IP/MPLS packet core platforms including the latest Open Dis-Aggregated Next Gen Core, and the provider edge platforms supporting AT&T’s broadband, mobility, Internet, Ethernet, and VPN services.  John has a MSEE from Purdue University.