Optical Connections Webinar Series 2021

Optical Connections is pleased to announce our brand new webinar series for 2021. Developed in conjunction with the Market Focus Committee the webinar program kicked off on 31st March with a live session covering the hot topic of 5G.

Following the success of Optical Connections’ first webinar Close to the Edge: Fibre for any-haul in 5G access networks, we are pleased to announce topics for the next two sessions in the series. Replacing the copper backbone will take place online on 19th May and Managing the fibre network will be held on 15th July. Register your interest in attending below.

The 2021 webinar series features sessions including:

Webinar 2: Replacing the Copper Backbone
Wednesday 19th May (Time tbc)
Switching to a new physical infrastructure is probably the biggest step any operator will take, but if they are to meet their subscribers’ demands for greater speed, capacity and new services, as well as supporting 5G and IoT, it is a step which must be taken. The process is however fraught with uncertainties. How to do it in the most cost-efficient manner with minimum disruption to customers? When to expect RoI and how can it be generated? What will OPEX be like? What are the opportunities for new technologies such as hollow-core fibre?

Webinar 3: Managing the Fibre Network
Wednesday 15th July (Time tbc)

With the mass migration to fibre, new network management systems and practices are going to be required. In addition, fibre network architecture is still developing and there are some potentially radical changes in the pipeline which could redefine network management so inevitably, the questions arise, which management systems to invest in and how far to automate? In the all-copper environment, automation is well advanced, but how easily will it transfer to fibre networks? How will fault monitoring and trouble ticketing work? There will also be new traffic patterns due to sheer mobility i.e. how to automatically learn about them and how to automatically both indirectly (planning) and directly (provisioning)?

Interested in speaking at our webinars?

The Optical Connections webinar series is a fantastic opportunity for 4 to 5 speakers within specific fields 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 (two Market Focus Committee members) please email webinars@opticalconnectionsnews.com with the following information:
• 100 word presentation proposal
• Company name
• Your name and job role
Deadline: Friday 26th February

All entries will be reviewed and rated by our Committee and all accepted content will be published on our website, newsletters, social media and YouTube channels. We will also publish any associated white papers where relevant. Accepted author presentation participation fee: £750


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,  Stephan Neidlinger from ADVA Optical Networking, and industry expert Bimal Nayar, from Network Rail.