There has never been a more exciting time to be part of the fibre industry.
Networks are being upgraded in readiness for 5G with the latest fibre technologies, new network management techniques are coming to fruition and advances in silicon photonics are racing ahead. The need for speed has never been greater and the fibre industry is responding to the challenge. Proof, if it were needed, is in the explosion of interest from the fibre community in expos such as OFC and ECOC which are reporting higher numbers of exhibitors and attendees year on year.
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As the communications industry prepares to meet and greet at the year’s ﬁrst wave of international expos and events, Optical Connections looks at the hot topics that will be discussed in the exhibition aisles and conference rooms at the likes of OFC, PIC International and Data Centre World.
This issue is designed to complement these events with its mix of technology trend reviews, market analysis and applications coverage. As ever, we have numerous recent application reviews and product announcements.
Our OFC preview feature says this year’s biggest industry event is expecting more than 15,000 attendees and at least 700 exhibitors. OFC’s 1100-plus conference sessions will tackle data-centre connectivity, 5G-oriented optical networking, quantum-scale and cloud computing, and the application of artiﬁcial intelligence and machine learning in optical networks.
These events will be looking at the implications of the fast-evolving 400G networks. In “Life In The Fast Lane”, John Williamson considers the new approaches and challenges linked to upping the optical capacity ante.
Inevitably, higher transmission rates means better testing approaches and systems are required, as Ellen Manning ﬁnds in “Testing Times”. Similarly, how is the industry tackling optical network design and traffi c management to deliver faster speeds over longer distances and for new services? Antony Savvas looks at how network design is being optimised to maximise traffic ﬂexibility.
Corning, a key exhibitor at many of these events, is providing the infrastructure for many of these high-speed networks. Juan Manuel Perez Cortijo, the company’s EMEA Marketing Director, reviews recent ﬁbre innovations and looks at how such developments can boost bandwidth and cut signal error.
Looking at recent innovations in ROADMs, John Williamson ﬁ nds that the use of SDN is enabling operators to control ROADMs in terms of end-to-end connectivity, virtualised protection, restoration management and bandwidth management.
A new take on the increasingly ubiquitous technology of silicon photonics is described in “Bigger is better” – a surprising proposal from Rockley Photonics, ﬁrst presented at Photonics West 2018 in January, which says that to optimise performance in optical communications device structures should be bigger rather than smaller to match the scale of infrared wavelengths.
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