09:00 – 09:30
How will future optical networks differ from the past?
Andrew Lord, Senior Manager of Optical Research, BT

Optical networks have developed over the past twenty years to fill the fibre C-band with optical channels of higher spectral efficiency. Now that the C band is full and spectral efficiency is approach Shannon’s limit, this talk will explore the impact on future networks. Other bottle necks are also discussed including increasingly severe limitations on power and accommodation as well as the slowing down of Moore’s Law for electronic chips. The talk will also briefly touch on developments in security in the optical layer, with coverage of the rapidly growing quantum trend. The overall objective of the talk is to pinpoint key areas for research focus in order for the industry to maintain the extraordinary historical success of optical networks.

09:30 – 10:00
Fiber to the (5G) radio: High capacity at low complexity
Sander Jansen, Director Product Line Management, ADVA
(to be presented by Andrew Butler, Director Systems Consulting, ADVA

The ever increasing bandwidth consumption is forcing network operators to make continuous upgrades to their access infrastructure to increase network capacity. 5G increases the importance of fiber optical links, as microwave does not scale enough and more and more mobile networks rely on optical fiber for connectivity to the radio unit. This presentation will outline the challenges for next generation mobile connectivity and highlight innovative transport solutions for transmission and monitoring. In particular, operational aspects will be considered such as ease of provisioning and root-cause-analysis. How can capacity be maximized without sacrificing operational simplicity?

10:00 – 10:30
Rethinking the network architecture for DAA and 5G with point-to-multipoint XR Optics
Jon Baldry, Director Metro Marketing, Infinera

As networks continue their transformation for the cloud era with 5G, fiber-deep and distributed access architecture (DAA), the role of optical networks has become ever more crucial. Optical networks carry the bloodstream of the planet’s everyday life, connecting businesses, people, machines and billions of “things” – helping people access information instantly and enabling millions of enterprises to conduct business and prosper. Optical networks must continue to advance to enable this future connectivity growth. This session touches on one recent innovation in coherent optical networking which solves some of the optical networks’ long-lasting metro aggregation challenges. This new innovation, point-to-multipoint pluggable coherent optical transmission technology, enables game-changing benefits with up to 70% reduced total cost of ownership, enhanced scalability and more efficient utilization of network infrastructure. Overall, this is a milestone moment for the industry, enabling a re-think of network architecture and building the optical networking foundation for the future.