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08:45 10:45 (120 mins)

Pre-Conference Workshop

Legacy means building a network that will outlive today's needs, and embrace those of tomorrow. Act today [operators , data centre, analysts, enterprises only]

This workshop will address the advantages of implementing a multisevice programmable optical layer from the metro to the access, and how this can breath new life into the existing network. Elevating the existing assets to answer the needs of capacity, reliability and low latency performances of emerging applications in a multi-domain transport-SDN centric environment; the final aim is to reduce TCO without compromises on technology.

  • Distributed intelligence made to fit and on-demand
  • Multi-vendor automation in optical domain
  • Scaling OTN to extend the optical layer to the metro-access
  • Stefano Schiavoni - Head sales for optical product line, SMOPTICS

11:00 14:00 (180 mins)

Pre-Conference Workshop

The Evolution to Autonomous Self-Driving Packet Optical Networks [operator only]

This workshop will explore how a suite of technologies are coming together to deliver a truly self-driving network: A fully programmable optical layer with intelligent bandwidth and distance trade-off capability; Distributed virtualized functionality; real time network analytics for intelligent decision making; SDN WAN automation and multi-domain service orchestration for autonomous end to end networking and better business decisions;

Our guest speaker Mirko Voltolini will talk about Colt’s seamless 100G Metro/Core/Metro network and how it enables them to offer end to end differentiated high bandwidth wholesales services. He will also share his thoughts on SDN network control.

  • Joe Marsella - EMEA CTO, Ciena
  • Mervyn Kelly - EMEA Marketing Director, Ciena
  • Mirko Voltolini - VP Technology and Architecture, Colt

14:30 17:30 (180 mins)

Pre-Conference Workshop

The New Service-Enabled Optical Network – 5G, IoT, Cloud, and beyond [operators , data centre, analysts, enterprises only]

The New Service-Enabled Optical Network – 5G, IoT, Cloud, and beyond In this private workshop you will hear Nokia’s vision for a service-enabled optical network which addresses emerging 5G, cloud, and IoT applications. You’ll gain an understanding of how network operators can combine open software with agile and scalable transport hardware to form a flexible fabric capable of rapidly delivering services for these emerging applications. The program will include details on the following topics:

  • High performance Data Center Interconnect for metro, long haul, and subsea applications
  • Wave Services enabled by universal transport demarcation
  • Metro service aggregation with new high capacity OTN switching
  • SDH Transformation to OTN/WDM
  • Optical Flexible Super Highways


Among the workshop leaders:

  • Nicolas Almendro, VP EMEA Optical Networks pre-sales, Nokia
  • Enrico Di Lorenzo, EMEA Optical Networks PLM, Nokia
  • Paolo Fogliata, EMEA Optical Network Consulting Engineer
  • Igor Piffari, Optical Networks PLM, Nokia
  • Wolfram Sturm, EMEA Optical Networks regional PLM lead



  • Chi-Min Lo - Director, Network department, Chunghwa Telecom
  • Enrico Parravicini - Optical Networks EMEA Product Manager, Nokia
  • Jean-Paul Faure - Optical Networks Product Manager, Nokia