Summer 2019 - Optical Connections Magazine


Pushing The Limits Of Technology OFC 2019

The Optical Fibre Communications Conference and Exhibition (OFC) held in San Diego in March had nearly 15,400 attendees from around the world to celebrate successes, debate new opportunities and push the boundaries of innovation. Veteran journalist Per Danielsen was on the spot to cover the show for Optical Connections.

I n the exhibition halls there were 683 exhibitors with several live multivendor interoperability demonstrations taking place on the exhibit floor, including Coherent Transceiver Interoperability; Ethernet Alliance; OIF and Open ROADM MSA SDN. Technologies from approximately 40 companies were featured in the demos, including; 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), 25GbE, 50GbE, 100GbE, 400GbE; Open Source Open ROADM SDN Controller; pluggable CFP2-ACO and CFP2-DCO modules; Common Electrical I/O (CEI)-112G, FlexE (Flex Ethernet) and 400ZR. Conference content, which included more than 450 peer-reviewed papers, 180 invited and tutorial presentations, 10 workshops, 6

panels and 55 short courses, focused on the latest discoveries. For example, technological breakthroughs in data centre connectivity, 5G and IoT. “There’s much to discuss and discover as we unpack where the industry will go,” remarked Jörg-Peter Elbers, ADVA Optical Networking SE and one of OFC 2019’s general chairs. “We have to continue to push the limits of technology.” 5G ALMOST READY OFC took place only one week after the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where 5G was the very hot topic, which also became the case for OFC this year. The first key note was given by Alex Jinsung Choi, SVP Strategy & Technology

Innovation, T-Laboratories Innovation, Deutsche Telekom AG. He came from South Korea one and a half year ago and is now working for a German company. This year Deutsche Telekom, depending on the results of the network auctions, will start roll out of 5G in Europe starting in selected city and campus networks. The first deployment will be an overlay on 4G networks. 5G will enable a lot of new revenue services, but will also be a good solution for fixed network access. Choi concluded his presentation by showing a video showing to mm-wave field trials in Hungary with 126 and 200 nodes deployed. Electro-Photonic integration: the way forward Benny Mikkelsen, Founder and CTO, Acacia Communications, USA,


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