Optical Connections Magazine and ECOC Exhibition Show Guide


Welcome to the ECOC 2020 edition of Optical Connections. Uppermost in most people’s minds at this time of year is usually the impending end-of-year public holidays. However, 2020 has certainly been a year of massive uncertainty and change, and the fibre optic communications industry has not escaped. Trade expo’s, the industry’s chance to meet together, network and do business face to face, have either been postponed or moved online. Indeed, ECOC 2020 is no exception and will be available live online 7th – 9th December (see page 20). In this issue, we preview the virtual ECOC 2020 Conference and Expo, including the ever-popular Market Focus and the inaugural ECOC Exhibition Industry Awards, implemented to celebrate 25 years of the ECOC expo. Indeed, this issue of Optical Connections is the ideal companion as you browse the booths, virtually network with industry leaders and attend Market Focus sessions from the comfort of your own home or office. Also in this issue, Nokia’s Ana Pesovic, argues that the next step for broadband, if development is to be maintained, and operators can unlock the ultimate network convergence and deliver any service without compromise, fibre networks need to take the next step and go beyond 10Gbps and take a serious look at 25G PON. With the move towards relacing legacy copper transport networks along with FTTx, much emphasis has been placed on the component parts of such networks; the transceivers, the cables and all the other hardware involved in building and operating a fibre optic communications network. However, without a means of keeping track of the location and status of every single component, the operator would have great difficulty in managing their fibre rollouts, ensuring effective operations and agile business and service delivery. In a thought-provoking feature, director of international business development at Cross NI Peter Kern explores the reasons for the upsurge of interest in fibre, explains key challenges the industry faces in delivering fibre efficiently – and provides case studies that highlight an optimised, agile approach. We also look back at some of the more notable news and business announcements from 2020 along with some of the outstanding new products launched during the year, as well as the very latest industry and product news. ECOC has been the premiere fibre optic communications trade show for the last 25 years and it is our fervent belief that this year’s event will maintain the standard. The team at Nexus Media Events hope you enjoy virtual ECOC 2020 and wish you a safe and successful coming year and hopefully, meet in person at ECOC 2021. ECOC 2020: JUST AS GOOD ONLINE


Industry News


Peter Kern Network Inventory


2020’s Top products

10 2020’s Top News

12 Ana Pesovic 25G PON

14 Peter Dykes

ECOC Preview

16 Product Focus

18 ECOC Show guide

Peter Dykes Contributing Editor, Optical Connections

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