OFC/NFOEC 2011 to Feature Business-Focused Programming and 750 Technical Presentations


OFC/NFOEC 2011 to Feature Business-Focused Programming and 750 Technical Presentations

The Industry's Most Influential Technical and Business Optical Communications Event Will Take Place March 6-10 in Los Angeles


Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) 2011

When/Where: March 6–10 (Exhibits open March 8-10) at the Los Angeles Convention Center

As the largest and most comprehensive international event for both the science and business of optical communications, this year's conference will host the entire scope of optical communications, providing technical programming, exhibits and other activities for all audiences from systems companies to service providers and carriers to equipment manufacturers.

With 10,000 attendees expected, along with more than 500 exhibiting companies (40 percent based outside the U.S.) and more than 750 technical presentations, OFC/NFOEC 2011 is the premier conference for all those with an interest in telecommunications, optical networks, datacom and more.


  • Leading companies in the Exhibit Hall—from network and test equipment vendors to sub-system and component manufacturers, plus software, fiber cable and specialty fiber manufacturers

  • Comprehensive technical program, featuring both the OFC and NFOEC programs, which includes hundreds of sessions, workshops, tutorials, short courses and paper presentations


Business and Technical Programming: OFC/NFOEC will deliver exclusive and timely programming this year for the 10,000 people expected to attend the conference. Visit the OFC/NFOEC website for regular programming updates. Highlights include:

  • OFC/NFOEC Plenary Session – Tuesday, March 8
    Join these industry leaders for a unique perspective into today's business realities.

    • Bruno Orth, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Architecture Deutsche Telekom, Germany
      Presentation: Surfing the Wave of the Gigabit Society

    • Alan Gara, IBM Fellow and Blue Gene Chief Architect, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, USA
      Presentation: Supercomputing's Symbiotic Relationship with Advanced Optics

    • Kristin Rinne, Senior Vice President – Architecture & Planning, AT&T, USA
      Presentation: Building Next Generation Mobility Networks—Lessons from the Bonneville Speedway

  • Special Symposium – Meeting the Computercom Challenge: Components and Architectures for Computations Systems and Data Centers
    This symposium will address an increasingly large and important part of the global fiber optics market: interconnects for computer systems and data center networks. Experts will discuss the components and architectures that will enable the deployment of massive optical networks underpinning next-generation Exa-scale computers and highly interconnected data centers. The topics are concentrated on lowering the cost and power of short-reach optical interconnects (<100m) while simultaneously increasing the aggregate bandwidth.

  • Rump Session: Is Green Networking Revolutionary? – Tuesday, March 8
    Some think that changing to a more energy-efficient network is crucial to continued growth of the Internet. Others hold that "green" is merely today's buzzword for something quite familiar to us in the past. Will energy bottlenecks constrain network growth if more attention is not paid to energy efficiency? Will consumers and carriers pay more to go "green"? Or will "green" networking reduce costs in the long run? The rump session will be a spontaneous discussion addressing these questions among the audience members.

  • Market Watch – Tuesday, March 8 – Thursday, March 10
    This three-day series of panel sessions engages the applications and business communities in the field of optical communications. This year Market Watch features a panel discussion on data centers, 100G, wireless, optical networking and more, with speakers from Cisco, Juniper Networks, Facebook, Huawei Symantec, Ciena, Broadcom and others.

  • Service Provider Summit – Wednesday, March 9
    Join industry professionals for this dynamic program with topics and speakers of interest to CTOs, network architects, network designers and technologists within the service provider and carrier sector. The program includes panel discussions, a keynote presentation, exhibit time and networking time. Panel topics include "Evolution to a Higher Speed" and "What's Going on in Wireless" with presenters from Deutsche Telekom, Verizon, Time Warner Telecom and others.

    • Keynote Presentation – Wednesday, March 9, 8:30-9:15 a.m.
      Andrew Bach, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Network Services, NYSE Euronext, USA
      Presentation: The Financial Industry's Race to Zero Latency and Terabit Networking

  • Private Press Lunch Panel – Tuesday, March 8
    A lunch panel for registered press and analysts will take place at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8. Expert panelists from the wireless industry will discuss how optics is supporting the burgeoning traffic on wireless networks. Reporters and analysts interested in attending should RSVP to keira@wilkinsonshein.com.

  • Technical Presentations
    Hundreds of educational workshops, short courses, tutorial sessions and invited talks covering hot topics such as datacom, FTTx/in-home, wireless backhaul, next generation data transfer technology, 100G, coherent, and photonic integration.


Media/analyst registration for OFC/NFOEC 2011 can be accessed online.


Please contact us or visit the event website at www.ofcnfoec.org for additional information, including travel arrangement details.

Keira Shein, 410.363.9494, keira@wilkinsonshein.com
Leah Wilkinson, 703.907.0010, leah@wilkinsonshein.com
Lyndsay Meyer, 202.416.1435, lmeyer@osa.org


For more than 35 years, the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) has been the premier destination for converging breakthrough research and innovation in telecommunications, optical networking and, recently, datacom and computing. Uniting service providers, systems companies, enterprise customers, IT businesses and component manufacturers, along with researchers, engineers and development teams, OFC/NFOEC combines dynamic business programming, an exposition of more than 500 companies and cutting-edge peer-reviewed research into one event that showcases the trends and pulse of the entire optical communications industry.

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 IEEE Photonics Society. Acting as a non-financial technical co-sponsor is Telcordia Technologies, Inc. Visit www.ofcnfoec.org.