Optical Connections Webinar Series 2023

Optical Connections is pleased to continue our webinar series in 2023. Developed in conjunction with the Market Focus Committee the webinar programme launched in early 2021 and we begin our 2023 series with a session on Sustainability on 29th March.

Interested in speaking at our webinars? The Optical Connections webinar series is a fantastic opportunity for 4 to 5 speakers to come together to discuss the latest industry developments. If you would like to be considered for a 12-15 minute live presentation in the webinar followed by an in-depth panel discussion with our webinar hosts please email webinars@opticalconnectionsnews.com with a 100 word presentation proposal, your name, job role and company name.

Our first webinar of 2023 took place on 29th March and covered Sustainability in Telecom Services and Technologies. If you missed the live webinar you can catch up and watch it on-demand here.

Webinar 2: Support Systems

Wednesday 21st June 2023 13:00 – 15:00 (BST) / 14:00 – 16:00 (CEST)

Operational and Business Support Systems (OSS/BSS) are vital to most aspects of efficient network operations, from performance monitoring to billing. Traditional OSS/BSS vendors are developing fibre-specific systems to make the leap from copper-based systems.

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Erik Pennings, Ensure
Johan Hjalmarsson, NetAdmin
Glenn Wellbrock, Verizon
Andrea Di Giglio, Telecom Italia

Moderators: Daryl Innis, OFS – Karen Liu, Nubis Communications Inc


How to stretch limits of PON networks by deploying novel splitting structures
Erik Pennings, Business Development Manager, Ensure

It is an important goal for many to create an increasingly interconnected world. High-speed internet has allowed us to stay connected, to work from home, and much more. Now that PON networks are going up in speed and/or reaching more of us, e.g. also in rural areas, there are situations where carriers can be short on fiber or run into power budget issues. For these situations, deploying novel splitting structures, such as asymmetric splitters, can offer great benefits. In the webinar, it will be detailed how these components can help and a number of interesting use cases will be discussed.

Rural Broadband, The Final Chapter in FTTP!
Glenn Wellbrock, Verizon

The technology is available, but the business case is challenging hence the need for Government intervention / incentives.  Hear how Verizon is approaching the unique nature of these rural builds by modifying existing architectures and support systems to serve both residential and business customers in remote communities!

Evolution of long-haul optical network decision support systems, adopting AI/ML
Andrea Di Giglio, Telecom Italia

The design of optical lightpaths is a complex task, involving different expertise. Often, an important margin is a part of the project both to face of the ageing of the system and to be robust to unpredictable characteristics of the components. For this reason, machine learning techniques, based on learning on set-up lightpaths can be useful for new design or for a quick recovery after a fault. Furthermore, the growing occurrences of hacker attacks on optical layer can be faced by a classification and root cause analysis based on AI/ML techniques.

What should you consider when choosing an OSS/BSS for your fiber business?
Johan Hjalmarsson, NetAdmin

Johan discusses what to consider when choosing an OSS/BSS for a fibre business. He emphasizes the importance of OSS/BSS in the industry and highlights key factors to consider, including important processes and how fibre networks differ compared to other access technologies. Johan suggests that investing in the right tools from the beginning is crucial for building a successful fibre network.


Catch up on demand

Our full webinar series is available on-demand. Revisit specific speakers or watch any webinars you may have missed. The list of webinars available is below, click to find out more about each one and watch online.

Optical Connections Webinar Series in 2023

  • Webinar 1: Sustainability in Telecom Services and Technologies – 29th March 2023

Watch On-demand

Optical Connections Webinar Series in 2022

  • Webinar 1: Optical Communications – 4th May 2022
  • Webinar 2: Fibre: how to monetise? – 27th July 2022

Find out more and watch our 2022 series on-demand

Optical Connections Webinar Series in 2021

The 2021 webinar series features previous sessions which can be viewed on-demand including:

  • Close to the Edge: Fibre for any-haul in 5G access networks – 31st March 2021
  • Replacing the copper infrastructure – 26th May 2021
  • Managing the fibre network – 15th July 2021

Find out more and watch our 2021 series on-demand

Optical Connections welcomes the Market Focus Advisory Committee

We are delighted to welcome the industry experts who make up the Market Focus Advisory Committee to Optical Connections. The Committee is the decision-making force behind the presentation selection process and includes representatives from across the optical communications space – telecom operators, system vendors and component manufacturers to industry analyst groups and independent industry bodies.

The experienced Committee includes: Michael Lebby from Lightwave Logic, Daryl Inniss from OFS, Glenn Wellbrock from Verizon, Frank Chang from Source Photonics, Wladek Forysiak of Aston University, Industry Consultant Pierpaolo Ghiggino and Stephan Neidlinger from ADVA Optical Networking.