Winter 2018 Optical Connections Magazine


access segments were central to Ovum Principal Analyst Lisa Huff’s presentation, with a focus on how optics will enable 5G wireless, data centre, high-speed telecom and PON. Market Focus attendees also enjoyed hearing BT’s take on optical metro networks in a 5G world, with Andrew Lord, Head of Optical Networks at BT, stressing the need for edge data centres and explaining why disaggregation is required. Rounding off, presentations given by Finisar and Adva, both of which looked to the future. Finisar explored pluggability for multi-Tbps data centre interconnects and Adva studied what’s next for coherent technologies. With both the Market Focus and exhibition floor buzzing on all three days, most exhibitors including the likes of Coherent Solutions are deeming ECOC 2018 to be a crucial meeting place for innovations in fibre optics. Andy Stevens, CEO at Coherent Solutions said, “For optical communications in Europe, there really is nowhere else to be!” Doug Busch, vice president and general manager of Optical Solutions, at key sponsor and exhibitor Molex, said, “ECOC is perfect for us as it simply brings together some of our most important optical customers, especially from Europe, to one central place.” If there is one take-away from ECOC 2018 however, it’s that big changes are on the way for the fibre optics industry in the coming year and it’s a safe bet that there will be even more innovation at ECOC 2019. See you in Dublin!


ISSUE 15 | Q4 2018

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