Autumn 2021 - Optical Connections Magazine


ECOC EXHIBITION INDUSTRY AWARDS In conjunction with Optical Connections

Launched in 2020, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the event, the Market Focus Industry Awards continue in 2021 to celebrate achievements in advancing the business of optical communications, transport, networking, fibre-based products, photonic integration circuits and related developments.

DATA CENTRE INNOVATION/ BEST PRODUCT Broad based. Patch panels, switches, transceivers, servers, fibre, etc. Demonstrate lower cost, lower power consumption, thermal management commercial viability. Innovative packaging/line card and co-packaging solutions. SW solutions that increase security efficiency and can help reducing footprint and power consumption. OPTICAL INTEGRATION (SIPH AND/OR OTHER) Photonic integration has been identified as a path to lower cost, lower power consumption, and higher throughput. Silicon photonics has been in the centre of this debate. This aware is technology agnostic. We are looking for technologies that integrate (hybrid or monolithic) numerous optical functions to increase capacity while lowering cost and power consumption. A critical part of this award is revenue—the product is shipping for revenue.

INNOVATIVE FTTX PRODUCT This should be broad-based. Fibre, connectivity, installation, transmission gear, high speed, environmental design, etc. HW and SW solutions to increase bandwidth capacity, its management and overall scalability OPTICAL TRANSPORT AWARD Optical networking continues to focus on higher capacity to lower transmission cost. Higher speed, modulation/coding, longer reach, higher wavelength density, multiplexing schemes. Innovative use of electronics and software to enable more competitive photonics solutions in the network. Advanced designs that permit for example: longer reach, higher capacity with fault tolerant, error correcting, dispersion management system design. Use of higher performance optical components and co-packaging designs to enable multi-100 Tbps capacities in switches and routers.

MOST INNOVATIVE PRODUCT Looking across the industry—what new product is driving change in its respective market segment. What’s timely and helping to increase the use of optics. Metrics would include design features that are photonics, electronics, thermal, mechanical, chemical, environmental and carbon footprint based.


Fibre and its connectivity are among the forefront optical communications technologies. This award identifies technology, product, or process innovations that distinguishes and/ or drives lower cost, improve ease of installation, improve reliability, increase connectivity density and scalability. Innovative fibre designs, fibre management systems, fibre adapters, trays, modules and connection systems.

Nominations will be considered by the Market Focus Committee and the awards will be made in conjunction with Optical Connections. Winners will be announced at the ECOC 2021 expo in Bordeaux after extensive review, voting, and committee selection.

The presentations will take place in the Product Focus Theatre on Tuesday 14th September, at 3pm.


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