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OIDA Executive Forum is a 2-day program featuring keynote sessions, panel presentations, a business fireside chat and optional meet the speaker networking opportunities.

Keynote Presentation: The Growing Facebook Network: Connecting the Planet

Wednesday 02 June 2021 | 10:00 - 10:30 Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 04:00)

Bandwidth growth for cloud providers continues to drive a new surge of subsea cable builds, at a time in our history when global dependence on reliable network connectivity is greater than ever.

Impending technology limits are pushing innovation in new directions, leading the subsea industry to embrace “SDM” design strategies, new materials, and more while charging towards Petabit cables.

Meanwhile, the open cables movement has moved beyond the sea into open global networks, simplifying connectivity and operations via integrated subsea & terrestrial networks.




Panel 1: Will Open Optical Networking Change the Service Provider Landscape?

Wednesday 02 June 2021 | 10:30 - 11:30 Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 04:00)

While the use of open software and systems has now become commonplace in the data center world, communications service providers (CSPs) are still evaluating whether such an approach can meet their requirements for reduced equipment costs, improved service velocity, and greater innovation. Key technology vectors include disaggregation, virtualization, SDN, open source software, and contributed reference designs for hardware. Open organizations such as the Open Compute Project (OCP), Telecom Infra Project (TIP), and ONF, along with MSAs such as Open ROADM, are challenging and complementing the role of established standards bodies in driving such innovation into transport networks. Meanwhile, new hardware and software players see open networking as their opportunity to enter the CSP market.

This session will explore the prospects of open optical communications in the evolution of technologies and network architectures, and will highlight the progress of key open initiatives and actors across the components, hardware, and software ecosystems.




Panel 2: The Next Big Things – Pushing the Boundaries of Optical Communications

Wednesday 02 June 2021 | 12:00 - 13:30 Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 04:00)

Technology is progressing at a breakneck speed. The pace of innovation across silicon and optics has been accelerating over the last few years. FTTH, 5G, 400G and many other technologies increase bandwidth, lower latency, and improve reliability of communications. Yet, the demand for more seems insatiable.

Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cloud Gaming, and eXtended Reality (XR) are hot areas to watch:

AI is the brain behind smarter chatbots, autonomous vehicles and collaborative robots. Cloud gaming is the next big thing in the entertainment industry offering high-end gaming to a mobile crowd. XR merges the digital, physical, and human world and opens completely new ways to interact with our environment.

Join us in an exciting session with industry luminaries to learn what the next big things are explore with us how they will push the boundaries of optical communications!




Keynote Presentation: An Edge-y Discussion on Cloud-Scale Networks

Thursday 03 June 2021 | 10:00 - 10:30 Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 04:00)

In this session, we will discuss the evolution of cloud architectures, the important role network continues to play in that evolution and a move towards more disaggregate edge clouds from the early centralized clouds. We will also touch upon the impact the ongoing pandemic has in this evolution.  




Panel 3: What is Going on at the Edge?

Thursday 03 June 2021 | 10:30 - 11:30 Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 04:00)

5G, fiber access, and hyperscale cloud connectivity will impose new challenges on network operators. Emerging applications with stringent bandwidth and latency requirements will call for storage and computing resources closer to the network edge. 5G networks will quite possibly be the biggest opportunity in this space. A deployment at scale means that the network edge needs to become highly automated and virtualized while simultaneously keeping cost, space and power consumption under control. Above all, fiber will be the supporting infrastructure for enabling 5G networks. Fiber access networks need to continue to evolve, focusing not only on delivering higher speeds, but also on low latency and enhanced optical-wireless cooperation.

This panel will debate service requirements, network architectures, and the role of disaggregation and slicing at the network edge. It will address, but is not limited to the following topics:




Business Fireside Chat

Thursday 03 June 2021 | 12:00 - 13:15 Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 04:00)

The optical landscape has seen major changes over the last year including Covid-related disruption and traffic pattern changes, resurgence of consolidation and vertical integration, impact from trade wars, looming threats of new architectures utilizing white box optical systems, pluggables and onboard optics. The big questions from here are whether these trends are transitory or signal a fundamental change in the industry landscape

This fireside chat features leaders from across the optical networking supply chain providing their unique perspective on a broad range of industry issues including:

This will be an interactive session with plenty of opportunities for the audience to ask their questions.