OSA Corporate Associates and Layer123 Partner to Launch Executive Forum Europe


Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

OSA Corporate Associates and Layer123 Partner to Launch Executive Forum Europe

WASHINGTON, March 20–The Optical Society (OSA) Corporate Associates and Layer123 have formed a new working partnership, intended to increase networking opportunities for the global optical communications industry. Through the partnership, the two organizations have launched “Executive Forum Europe,” which will take place at Layer123’s Terabit Optical & Data Networking conference in Cannes, France, April 17.

“OSA is very pleased to bring additional benefits and opportunities to its Corporate Members and the telecom community as a whole through this partnership with Layer123,” said OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan. “The Executive Forum events are designed to give senior-level executives a chance to engage in meaningful discussions about trends in today’s challenging business environment.  Our goal is to encourage an efficient global exchange of knowledge from technology to networks to applications in the optical communications field.”

Like OSA’s Executive Forum, held in conjunction annually with OFC/NFOEC, Executive Forum Europe will bring together senior-level optical communications industry professionals to discuss key themes, opportunities and challenges facing the community. More information on the event, including speaker line-ups and registration information is available  online at www.layer123.com/executive.

“Layer123’s Terabits conference program aims to fill the gap between R&D conferences such as ECOC, and Carrier production networks,” explained Mark Lum, co-founder and market lead at Layer123.  “Carriers face huge change in the coming decade and there is a need to focus on innovation that will transform the future network in the next cycle of evolution.  Having participated at OSA’s Executive Forum held in the United States, I believe that the industry can really benefit from a meeting place here in Europe to focus on strategic networking issues.”

About OSA Corporate Associates

The Optical Society (OSA) brings great business minds together with leading engineers and scientists through its Corporate Associates Membership Program.
OSA Corporate Associates connect more than 220 companies through participation in timely programs, benefits and business opportunities.  Corporate Members receive access to the OSA global community of more than 130,000 optics and photonics professionals from 175 countries. OSA Corporate Associates presents the annual Executive Forum, held in conjunction with OFC/NFOEC.  OSA is a driving force and sponsor behind OFC/NFOEC, the world’s leading event for advancing optical solutions in telecom, datacom, computing and more – and has also co-sponsored ECOC, the largest conference on optical communication in Europe and one of the most prestigious.  OSA supports an extensive range of technical publications and specialist events around the world. For more information, please visit www.osa.org/partner.

About OSA

Uniting more than 130,000 professionals from 175 countries, the Optical Society (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives.  Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics.  OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, please visit www.osa.org.

About Layer123

Layer123 is a new generation business information and networking service provider, specialising in enabling knowledge exchange between Carrier network strategy professionals.  We focus exclusively on issues relating to network convergence – architecture, technology, control plane, management, supported services and driving applications. Now in its 3rd year of operation, several of its innovative conferences are already market leaders in their sectors – including Terabit Optical & Data, Packet Optical Transport, LTE/EPC & Backhaul, Packet Microwave and most recently, Cloud Networking. Layer123 Knowledge Exchange events have a high reputation for innovation, quality, topicality, relevance, top-level speakers and stimulating engagement.  Its Carrier Forums have been strongly supported and enthusiastically received – bringing a breath of fresh air into the market. For more information, please visit www.layer123.com.