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The 2019 program features a keynote presentation, panels, and a special systems vendor Fireside Chat and networking events that provide a unique opportunity for executives in the optical networking and communications business to learn from and connect with industry peers who are implementing solutions and addressing issues much like their own.

Check back frequently for program updates as additional speakers are being confirmed.

OIDA Executive Forum Schedule

7:00 - 12:00 Registration
7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 Welcome and Opening Comments
8:45 - 9:30

Featured Keynote Speaker

9:30 - 10:40

Panel 1: Action in the Access Network

Moderator: Stephen Hardy, Lightwave

10:40 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:20

Panel 2: Views from the APAC Region

Moderator: Heidi Adams, IHS Markit

12:20 - 13:20 Networking Lunch
13:20 - 14:30

Panel 3: The Path to 400G and Beyond

Moderator: Shamim Akhtar, ​Apple

14:30 - 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 - 16:10

Panel 4: Commercial QKD & Encryption

Moderator: Vladimir Kozlov, LightCounting

16:10 - 17:20

Fireside Chat: The View from the Top

Moderator: Natarajan "Subu' Subrahmanyan, AO Asset Management 

17:20 - 17:30 Closing Comments
17:30 - 19:00 Networking Reception

OIDA Executive Forum Program Details:

Featured Keynote: 

Buddy Bayer, Windstream


Panel 1: Action in the Access Network 

The desire to support high-speed residential and business services as well as prepare for 5G fronthaul and backhaul has operators reexamining their access network strategies. Traditional telcos are moving to 10G PON and deciding between XGS-PON and NG-PON2. Cable operators are juggling 10G-EPON, fiber deep DOCSIS 3.1/Full Duplex, and Distributed Access Architecture schemes. Both camps also are evaluating the potential role of fixed wireless as an alternative to wired links. This panel will illuminate a turbulent network segment and offer insight into the factors that will determine technology choices.


Curtis KnittleCableLabs 
Lucy Lombardi, Telecom Italia
Toby Redshaw, Verizon Communications
Sachin Vasuveda, Calix​


Panel 2: Views from the APAC Region

Asia-Pacific (APAC) countries have been the 'hot' area of optical infrastructure investment over the past 2+ years growing at double the rate of the total market, and moving from 41% of global spending in 2015 to over 48% in 2017. This session will explore some of the drivers behind this growth and focus in on key investment initiatives in the region that will continue to propel this market in 2018 and beyond.


Junjie Li, China Telecom
Sun Min, Tencent 


Panel 3: The Path to 400G and Beyond  

Data center expansion has been a major driver of innovation and investment across all areas of the optical transport ecosystem. Will this continue, and for how long? This session will explore plans for the next upgrade cycle in the data center networking infrastructure. It will discuss diverging paths towards 400GbE connectivity in mega datacenters, including issues with product availability, and progress in 100G lambda optics and PAM4 DSPs.  It will also address new solutions for high speed DCI connections, such as 400ZR, and their impact on the optical transport ecosystem.


Wenhua Lin, Intel Corporation
Vijay Vusirikala, Google 
Tom Williams, Acacia
Martin Zirngibl, Finisar Corporation 


Panel 4: Commercial QKD & Encryption

Public key cryptography algorithms currently in use would become insecure if a general-purpose quantum computer can be built that can run Shor’s algorithm on a 2048-bit integer.  Quantum key distribution protocols offer an alternative to algorithmic cryptography.  They can establish session keys across distances of hundreds of kilometers, relying on quantum physics to reveal eavesdropping if it occurs, rather than on cryptographic assumptions for security.  While the data rates are currently very low for conventional links, quantum key distribution (QKD) has been demonstrated across optical transport, DCI, optical access and even in free space optics from earth to orbiting satellites and back.  Post-quantum encryption offers another alternative by seeking algorithms that are secure against even quantum computers. This session will bring experts from research and commercial vendors to discuss the maturity of quantum communications technology deployed on the the current fiber infrastructure.


Jörg-Peter Elbers, ADVA Optical Networking
Michele Mosca, Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo
John Prisco, Quantum Xchange



Fireside Chat: The View from the Top

This fireside chat features leaders from the optical systems and subsystem vendors providing their unique perspective on a broad range of industry issues including

  • View of market fundamentals in 2019 and over the next 3 years 
  • Growth drivers by product, customer segment and geographies
  • The growing role and contribution of non-traditional customers 
  • Is growth in this industry cyclical or secular?
  • Implications of architectural shifts such as open line systems and pluggable optics integrated into packet platforms
  • Balancing investment in innovation with profitability and monetizing the innovation delivered 
  • Industry Consolidation

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

Moderator: Natarajan "Subu' Subrahmanyan, AO Asset Management 


Basil Alwan, Nokia
Andreas Bechtolsheim, Arista Networks
Bill Gartner, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Richard Jin, Huawei​