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08:00 - 10:00 120 mins
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The Optical Masterclass Series
The Optical Masterclass Series – The Optical Internetworking Forum
  • Workshop Lead Dave Brown - Director of Communications & Director - Optical Networking Product Marketing, OIF & Nokia
  • Workshop Lead Karl Gass - Physical & Link Layer Working Group, OIF

In this workshop, hear how the OIF is assuring interoperability in open, agile, next-generation optical networks. Hear from OIF experts on critical projects and more.

  • Welcome & overview
  • Updates, learning & education on 400ZR, CEI, FlexE & SDN projects
  • Summary & closing
10:00 - 11:30 90 mins
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The Optical Masterclass Series
The Optical Masterclass Series – SM-Optics

In this workshop, SM-Optics will discuss how they have been able to facilitate technologies for enhanced networks. Key highlights of the session will cover:

  • Micro-ROADM
  • Software reconfigurable nodes & networks
  • How will metro networks need to be addressed differently?
11:30 - 13:00 90 mins
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The Optical Masterclass Series
The Optical Masterclass Series – METRO-HAUL
  • Workshop Lead Adrian Farrel - Lead, Metro-Haul
  • Workshop Lead Daniel King - Lead, Metro-Haul
  • Presenter Jean-François Bouquier - Principal Engineer, Vodafone
  • Presenter Julien Meuric - Engineer, Orange
  • Presenter Italo Busi - Principal Optical Transport Research Engineer, Huawei

In this workshop, hear about the evolving control of optical networks through the standardization of architectures and data models for centralised and distributed control in addition to 5G developments.

13:00 - 14:00 60 mins
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Welcome Lunch featuring Lunchtime Briefing
  • Moderator Heidi Adams - Senior Research Director - Transport Networks, IHS Markit
  • Panellist Sterling Perrin - Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
  • Panellist Tim Doiron - Principal Analyst - Intelligent Networking, ACG Research
  • Panellist Scott Wilkinson - Lead Analyst - Optical Hardware, Cignal AI

13:15 - 13:45

Ask The Analyst

To round up the morning keynotes, take the opportunity to ask our expert panel of analysts, their thoughts on upcoming trends, new technologies and their thoughts on what they predict to be the key operational priorities with regard to the onset of 5G.

14:00 - 14:10 10 mins
Plenary
Chair's Welcome Address
  • Andrew Schmitt - Directing Analyst - Optical Networking, Cignal AI
14:10 - 14:30 20 mins
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Plenary
Taking Stock I A market overview of the optical networks industry
  • Ian Redpath - Practise Leader - Components, Transport & Routing, Ovum

Opening the afternoon proceedings, we assess the current market pain points, what’s on the horizon for new technology & innovation and predictions around potential shifts in customer demands in the upcoming months.

  1. Outlining the major challenges faced by optical networks in the last year
  2. A roundup of some of the key optical deployment projects & their successes
  3. What capabilities are we adding to the networks to stay current?
  4. What can the industry expect in relation to optical network trends, technology and innovation?
  5. Prediction for key investment areas
14:30 - 14:50 20 mins
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Principal Partner Keynote I Towards optical networking 2.0 in the 5G era
  • Kevin Huang - Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Huawei

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14:50 - 15:30 40 mins
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An Adaptive Network I Strategies to deliver coherent transmission
  • Moderator Jose Pozo - Director of Technology & Innovation, European Photonics Industry Consortium
  • Panellist Mattias Fridström - Chief Evangelist, Telia Carrier
  • Panellist Emir Halilovic - Analyst, Global Data
  • Panellist Scott Swail - Senior Vice President - Business Development, Lumentum
  • Panellist Rossella Tavilla - Optical Transport Network Engineer, Telecom Italia

In this discussion, we will bring together the optical networks value chain to discuss some of the crucial issues that have been faced by optical networks in the last 12 months. The conversation will focus on the operational priorities for enhanced network performance, a reality check on the integration of new solutions & applications, and what this means for planning & delivery in the months ahead.

  • What is the evolution required to make networks coherent with transmission?
  • Cutting costs – striking a balance between lowering OPEX & delivering high quality transmissions
  • How can you get a multi-vendor, standardized network with carrier cooperation?
  • The impact of distance – metro vs long haul considerations
  • Timescales – upgrades and turnaround of measurable network improvements
  • Ensuring consistency from vendor offerings to capacity-orientated solutions
  • What does this mean for the wider optical network ecosystem? 
15:30 - 15:45 15 mins
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Diamond Partner Keynote
  • Wei Xueqin - Senior Director of R&D Department, Fiberhome
15:45 - 16:00 15 mins
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View From A Carrier I Lessons learnt from network development and application integration
  • Motohiro Tsuji - Director - Innovation & Customer Service, NTT

In this case study, hear from one of the industry leaders as they discuss recent experiences about network transformation, as they move towards creating a more consolidated and unified interface.

  • How has the network matured? What was the evolution of legacy networks?
  • Focusing applications to suit service requirements
  • Simplifying networks – being less hard-ware centric? Driving troubleshooting and automation? Removing entire layers?

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16:00 - 16:15 15 mins
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Diamon Partner Presentation I Network transformation towards automation
  • Shuai Zhao - Technical Director, ZTE Corporation

In this presentation, we will introduce the network transformation both in hardware and software to realize the full life-cycle automation.

16:15 - 16:35 20 mins
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Afternoon Refreshment Break & Networking
16:35 - 16:50 15 mins
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Partner Presentation I End to end evolution of optical networks is driving significant changes in optical fiber and cable design
  • Roshene McCool - Fiber Market & Technology Development Manager, Corning

End to end evolution of optical networks is driving significant changes in optical fiber and cable design. This presentation will outline the trends that are driving change in each of the major network application areas.

  • In Access Networks: There is an increase in point to point connections, whilst the space restrictions in the network remain fixed. This is driven by the termination of fiber, ever closer to the subscriber, and the increase in the distribution and complexity of terminations with convergence.
  • Data Center: There is a proliferation of end points both inside and outside the data center, driven by a migration from fat-tree to leaf and spine architectures. As data center locations increase, with the need for reduced latency services that drive edge computing, increased fiber counts consolidate in high bandwidth pipes in the data center interconnects and place pressure on fixed duct infrastructure.
  • Long Haul Networks: Traffic growth in the access and data center spaces drives the need for ultra-high capacity fiber solutions in a transmission environment that is reaching the Shannon Limit. Carriers are looking towards innovative solutions to release the pressure as bandwidth increases.
16:50 - 17:10 20 mins
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View From A Carrier I Towards a 2023 transport network
  • Javier Ger - Cloud Infrastructure Strategy Manager, Telecom Argentina
  • Miguel Masache - Cloud Infrastructure Strategy - Senior Architect, Telecom Argentina
17:10 - 17:25 15 mins
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Platinum Partner Keynote I The role of optical networking in an adaptive network
  • Craig McMillan - EMEA Sales Engineering Lead, Ciena

In this case study, we look at how an adaptive network needs optical innovation to deliver 800G and end-to-end performance for core, DCI & subsea applications. In addition, we look at how these are operated to deliver cost, space, power and a multi-vendor 100 - 400G bandwidth in metro and next-gen access through flexible form factors for fibre deep, edge computing and backhaul applications.

17:25 - 17:45 20 mins
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At the bar with....

In this informal session, hear from one of the industry leaders on their thoughts about some of the gamechangers in optical network technologies that will impact the optical networks field. Is the industry thinking too short-term?

17:45 - 18:00 15 mins
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Platinum Partner Keynote I Enabling new service ecosystems with a hierarchical multi-tenant virtualized network
  • Michael Vieh - Optics Business Development Director, Nokia

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18:00 - 18:15 15 mins
Plenary
Chair's Closing Remarks
  • Andrew Schmitt - Directing Analyst - Optical Networking, Cignal AI
18:15 - 20:15 120 mins
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Welcome Drinks Reception
07:30 - 08:00

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Welcome Lunch featuring Lunchtime Briefing

13:15 - 13:45

Ask The Analyst

To round up the morning keynotes, take the opportunity to ask our expert panel of analysts, their thoughts on upcoming trends, new technologies and their thoughts on what they predict to be the key operational priorities with regard to the onset of 5G.

  • Moderator Heidi Adams - Senior Research Director - Transport Networks, IHS Markit
  • Panellist Sterling Perrin - Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
  • Panellist Tim Doiron - Principal Analyst - Intelligent Networking, ACG Research
  • Panellist Scott Wilkinson - Lead Analyst - Optical Hardware, Cignal AI
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