Optical Innovation OFC/NFOEC to Explore Future Network, Internet Evolution

2009




**MEDIA ADVISORY**

Optical Innovation: OFC/NFOEC to Explore Future Network, Internet Evolution

Presentations, sessions and workshops will feature latest optical innovations and drivers to support the next round of network evolution

Register to Attend the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC) and National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (NFOEC) – the World’s Premier Optical Communications Event

OPTICAL INNOVATION PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS:

What:
OFC/NFOEC 2009, optical communication’s largest conference and exposition, will feature high-technology and business discussions
When/Where:
March 22 – 26 (Exhibits open March 24 – 26), San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California
Details:
The Internet continues to evolve with innovative applications, increasing bandwidth requirements, and changing traffic and usage patterns. This evolution is clearly intertwined with the performance and economics of the underlying optical networks.
 
Since the early 1980s, telecom networks have increasingly depended on a solid foundation of optical technology to provide the cost, reliability, and capacity needed to support new services. The telecom bubble appreciably decreased spending on new optical technology, and hence innovation, imperiling the next cycle of technology and product advancements. Despite the current economy, R&D spending has bounced back, bringing with it renewed emphasis on technical innovation.
 
Technology experts from around the world will converge at OFC/NFOEC to report and discuss how optics will support the next round of network evolution.
 
As the largest and most comprehensive international event for optical communications, this year’s OFC/NFOEC will host the entire scope of optical communications, providing exhibits, live demonstrations and educational activities for all audiences.
 
Tuesday, March 24:
  • Optical Innovation – Its Continuing Role as Enabler of Telecom Growth, 12 p.m., Room 3 (press and analysts only)
    This press/analyst-only luncheon will provide an industry perspective of how optics will support the next round of network evolution. Confirmed speakers include:
    • Daryl Inniss, vice president and practice leader, Ovum, USA (moderator)
    • Matthew Ma, vice president, Transport and Network Engineering, Tata Communications Ltd., USA
    • Philippe Morin, president, Metro Ethernet Networks, Nortel, Canada
    • Mike Nishiguchi, president and CEO, ExceLight Communications, Inc., USA
    • Andrew Odlyzko, professor, School of Mathematics and Digital Technology Center, University of Minnesota, USA
 
  • Symposium on the Future Internet and Its Impact on Next-Generation Optical Networks, 2 – 6:30 p.m.
    This symposium will explore the future Internet, and how it will impact the architecture and technology of next-generation optical networks, from the backbone core to the access edge. Several leaders in the field will present their visions and predictions; they will then respond to questions and comments from the audience.
 
  • Rump Session: The Capacity Crunch Challenge, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., Room 6D
    Rump session to focus on industry challenges, opportunities and enablers for future capacity and network needs.
Contact:
Colleen Morrison, OFC/NFOEC, 202.416.1437, media@ofcconference.org or Keira Shein, WilkinsonShein Communications, 410.363.9494, keira@wilkinsonshein.com.
 

About OFC/NFOEC
Since 1979, the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC) has provided an annual backdrop for the optical communications field to network and share research and innovations. In 2004, OFC joined forces with the National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (NFOEC), creating the largest and most comprehensive international event for optical communications. By combining an exposition of approximately 550 companies with a unique program of peer-reviewed technical programming and special focused educational sessions, OFC/NFOEC provides an unparalleled opportunity, reaching every audience from service providers to optical equipment manufacturers and beyond.

OFC/NFOEC is managed by the Optical Society (OSA) and co-sponsored by OSA, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers/Communications Society (IEEE/ComSoc) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Photonics Society (formerly LEOS). Acting as non-financial technical co-sponsor is Telcordia Technologies, Inc.

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