Panel V: Next-gen Access Networks (Including Coherent Technology as an Alternative to Access Optics)

Thursday, 10 June 10:30 – 12:00

Moderator: Ed Harstead, Nokia, USA

Panel Description:

Massively deployed PON technologies have followed a predictable evolution: ever-increasing speeds from BPON to EPON to GPON and now 10G PONs. The next steps in this path will be 25G and 50G PONs. Up until now, PONs have been deployed almost exclusively for FTTH. However, the anticipation of 5G densification focuses attention on the mobile transport use case. 5G has been a catalyst for a range of optical solutions that, like PON, must meet "last mile" requirements. These include both dedicated fiber and WDM solutions, both PTP and PTMP. And like PON these systems must be optimized for low cost, extreme environments and may need to co-exist with existing networks and services. This will be especially challenging for coherent optical. While it provides optimal performance for long-haul, metro and DCI, can it be adapted to the last mile? And what about Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)? It never proved to be a threat to FTTH in the LTE era, but 5G FWA has much greater spectrum. Where does it compete and where is it a complement vis-a-vis fiber? This panel will explore the full range of fiber access technologies with a particular focus on providing transport for 5G traffic.

Speakers:

Stefaan Vanhastel, Nokia Fixed Networks, Belgium
Presentation Title: Seeing the Light in a 5G World

Frank Effenberger, Futurewei Technologies, USA
Presentation Title: 5G Fronthaul – Multiple Solutions and Standards

Per Hansen, OE Solutions America, USA
Presentation Title: Optical Fronthaul Applications in Korea’s 5G Wireless Network

Steve Penticost, ADVA, UK
Presentation Title: Solving the 5G Fronthaul Challenge by Ethernet and Passive WDM

Peter Noutsios, Fujitsu Optical Components, Japan
Presentation Title: Coherent Pluggable Optics in Access Networks

 

Biographies:

Frank Effenberger, Futurewei Technologies, USA
Presentation Topic: 5G Fronthaul – Multiple Solutions and Standards
Abstract: 
This talk will review both the potential solutions for 5G fronthaul, and their application in the anticipated 5G deployments. The feasibility of OTN, TDM-PON, WDM-PON, and Bidirectional fiber will be considered, as well as the assumed demand statistics of the 5G network over the typical access geography.  Additionally, the recent progress in standardization of these and related technologies will be reviewed. 

Dr. Effenberger has worked in the optical access field at Bellcore, Quantum Bridge Communications (Motorola), and Futurewei Technologies, where he is now the Vice President of the fixed access network lab.  His team works on forward-looking fiber, copper, and coax access technologies, and has produced the world’s first prototypes of XG-PON, TWDM-PON, Few Mode PON, G.fast, and DOCSIS 3.1.  Frank is the rapporteur for ITU-T Q2/15, chair of IEEE 802.3cp, and is a Fellow of the OSA, the IEEE, and Huawei. He holds over 110 US patents. 
 

Per Hansen, OE Solutions America, USA
Presentation Title: Optical Fronthaul Applications in Korea’s 5G Wireless Network
Abstract: This presentation will discuss the introduction of 5G in Korea and the application of optical network technologies to support the wireless services. Korea’s 5G wireless network has been under deployment since the fall of 2018 and consumer services were launched in April of 2019. Co-existence of 5G with other services on the fiber led to the development of novel wavelength plans, which are attractive for other deployment scenarios globally as well.

Dr. Per Hansen is a technology market and strategy executive with 20 years of experience in a wide range of leadership roles from principal researcher, research manager, optical network system architect, sales and business development leader, to product marketeer and portfolio strategist. Currently, Dr. Hansen is Vice President of Marketing and Sales of OE Solutions America and Vice President of Corporate Strategy for OE Solutions. Earlier he held various positions at Packet Photonics, Oclaro, Ciena and ADVA Optical Networking. He was a co-founder of Photuris, one of the early developers of agile optical network solutions, and a researcher at Bell Labs. Dr. Hansen holds a Ph.D. in Optical Communication from the Technical University of Denmark and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
 

Ed Harstead, Nokia, USA

In the 1990s Ed Harstead led standardization and implementation of first gen TDM PON technologies and managed first gen WDM PON research. Ed spent most of the 2000s in DWDM transport product management. In the current decade he has been supporting the Nokia CTO for fixed networks, with a recent focus on the standardization of high speed PON.
 

Peter Noutsios, Fujitsu Optical Components, Japan
Presentation Title: Coherent Pluggable Optics in Access Networks
Abstract: As coherent optics has matured into its fifth technological generation, its primary applications are still focused on long-haul, metro and more recently, data center optical networks. This is due mainly to the superior optical performance provided by coherent detection for receiver sensitivity, optical signal-to-noise ratio tolerance and compensation of fiber link transmission impairments, such as chromatic and polarization mode dispersion. Although these key metrics are also important for access and edge networks, the current coherent solutions are not well optimized for interoperability, lower cost, lower power consumption and better temperature-hardened performances that are required for commercial deployment in cable, 5G and edge computing access applications. In this talk, we will describe the importance of coherent pluggable modules in access/aggregation networks for both single-carrier point-to-point (P2P) coherent optics and sub-carrier point-to-multipoint (P2MP) coherent XR optics applications and how they can be optimally engineered for interoperable deployment.

Peter Noutsios is responsible for technical marketing and field application engineering in the eastern Americas region for Fujitsu Optical Components (FOC). He has over 25 years of experience in the optical networking and photonics components industry where he contributed to the successes of industry leaders JDS Fitel, Nortel, CoreOptics, Cisco and FOC. Prior to joining FOC in 2017, he was the lead optical system engineer for Cisco Canada where he led engineering efforts in the design and deployment of 100G/200G coherent transmission systems. Peter holds Ph.D, M.Eng and B.Eng degrees in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
 

Steve Penticost, ADVA, UK
Presentation Title: Seeing the Light in a 5G World

Abstract: This presentation will provide an overview of Next Generation TDM-PON evolution, from 10G, over 25G and 50G, to 100G. It will explore the various options available to operators, as well as use cases and market traction. Finally, the applicability of NG TDM-PON for 5G transport and the techno-economics will be analyzed.

Steve Penticost has more than 25 years experience in the industry having worked in several different roles initially in R&D, through to his current role driving strategic customer relationships. His diverse career has included tenures in both the systems and sub-systems space. Prior to joining ADVA, Steve held senior management positions at Oclaro, Cisco, and Pirelli and has also held engineering roles at Alcatel and Nortel.
 

Stefaan Vanhastel, Nokia Fixed Networks, Belgium
Presentation Title: Fiber opportunities in a 5G world (and Vice Versa)

Stefaan is the CTO for Nokia Fixed Networks. He has a PhD in telecoms engineering and spent nearly a decade in research. Prior to taking on the CTO role, he was Head of Fixed Networks Marketing in Nokia.