Optical Connections Webinar Series 2022

Optical Connections is pleased to continue our webinar series in 2022. Developed in conjunction with the Market Focus Committee the webinar programme launched in early 2021 and our 2022 programme launched on 4th May.

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.

Webinar 2: Fibre – how to monetise? – 27th July 2022

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About the webinar
With fibre rapidly replacing legacy copper, the sheer capacity and speed of the new networks are making traditional forms of revenue generation obsolete, while at the same time opening up new ones. Indeed, operators are having to look beyond their core business to monetise fibre. Differentiators such as latency, symmetrical bitrates, bundling calls with streaming services, and dedicated gaming packages are all new potential sources of revenue. Then there’s the wholesale side. Opportunities exist in mobile x-haul, given the massive number of small cells required for 5G, along with revenue shares with major content suppliers. The possibilities are almost endless, but how will operators monetise their new fibre networks? Which business models will they choose and how successful will they be?

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Hear from:
– Ronan Kelly, CTO EMEA, Adtran
– Doug Blue, Business Development – North America, Nokia
– Xiang Liu, Chief Optical Standards Expert, Huawei Technologies
– Raza Khan, Senior Market Manager-Wireless Products, Signal Integrity Products Group, Semtech
– Andrew Lord, BT

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Speaker presentations:

Ronan Kelly, CTO EMEA, Adtran
With unprecedented levels of fibre build occurring, operators face a period where bandwidth abundance, increasing competitive intensity, and skyrocketing operational costs is causing them to get squeezed from all angles. It is imperative that operators apply the appropriate diligence to how they light these new fibre networks.
Does their equipment help or impede their efficiency goals? Does it improve their flexibility and purchasing power in the industry? Does their equipment provide sufficient future proofing, or is it already at the peak of its capabilities?
Learn from the most recognised fixed broadband vendor CTO what the key considerations for success are.

Doug Blue, Doug Blue, Business Development – North America, Nokia
Remaining Relevant: Three Must-Haves for Your Next-Gen Fiber Network
Today’s cable, telco, and wireless service providers risk becoming commoditized.  Operators that do not find a way to differentiate service offerings will most certainly be challenged to maintain or attract new customers.  The customer experience – not broadband speed or price – is where successful future operators must focus. Customer experience goes beyond service interactions and issue resolution times; it lies with the applications that ultimately run on the network. Thankfully, software-defined fiber access networks provide a solid foundation for operators to shift precious human and capital resources to that of service differentiation.  Service providers must seek solutions and align with partners that can help facilitate the automation of their network with both hardware and software solutions designed for both the needs of their customers today and into the future.

Xiang Liu, Chief Optical Standards Expert, Huawei Technologies
Fiber-to-the-Room (FTTR) and its unique value to service providers and end users
The emerging Fiber-to-the-Room (FTTR) technology extends fibers to every room and builds an Fiber-WiFi integrated network for smart homes and digital enterprises, enabling seamless telecom-quality WiFi coverage in each room and brand-new digital life experience. We will discuss the key technical aspects of FTTR, its unique value to both service providers and end users, and the current FTTR deployment status.

Raza Khan, Senior Market Manager-Wireless Products, Signal Integrity Products Group, Semtech
IC technology innovation will form an important aspect to enable the 5G applications of the future. We discuss how such innovations are being enabled by semiconductor companies for the eco-system to adopt a 5G foundation that will lay the ground for 5.5G and 6G.
Semtech’s 50G Tri-Edge wireless platform is leading the way for next generation 5G X-haul upgrades to enable higher capacity optical links. Such links are critical to support the massive IoT and 5G subscribers’ growth while supporting the increased data per subscriber needs – and will form a strong foundation for C-band and mmWave deployments.

Andrew Lord, Senior Manager of Optical Research, BT
Ways to leverage fibre infrastructure
The talk will explore different technologies to exploit fibre infrastructure. This will include quantum, focusing on BT’s London quantum metro network. It will also look at the opportunities around ‘Fibre as a Sensor’

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Speaker biographies:

Ronan Kelly, CTO EMEA, Adtran

Ronan Kelly has been CTO EMEA at Adtran for over 7 years and is responsible for driving the company’s international growth while building on its market reputation as a disruptive thought leader in the broadband access and transport arenas.

Ronan’s career in telecoms spans 20 years and includes 3 years as a Network Engineer at US Robotics from 1995 to 1998, 6 years at Smart Telecom both as Technical Operations Director and Senior Network Development Engineer and President of the FTTH Council Europe from 2016 to 2019.

Raza Khan, Senior Market Manager – Wireless Products, Signal Integrity Products Group, Semtech

Raza Khan is Semtech’s senior market manager for Wireless Products in Semtech’s Signal Integrity Products Group with over 15 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. In his current role, he oversees the strategy, product line development and market development for integrated circuit (IC) solutions for optical transport needs within the wireless market. This includes the Tri-Edge™ 50G PAM4 product portfolio and ClearEdge® 25G product portfolio for the emerging 5G wireless market as well as the FiberEdge™ 10G product portfolio for the 4G wireless market.

Mr. Khan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Western University and a double major Masters of Business Administration in Strategic Marketing and Management of Innovation and Technology (MINT) from McMaster University.

Xiang Liu Chief Optical Standards Expert, Huawei Technologies

Xiang Liu is Chief Optical Standards Expert of Huawei Technologies. He had been VP for Optical Transport and Access at Futurewei Technologies and a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs.  He received the Ph.D. degree in applied physics from Cornell University in 2000. As a top-ranked Google Scholar in optical communications, he has authored/coauthored more than 350 journal and conference papers and holds over 100 US patents. He has served as a Technical Program Co-Chair of OFC 2016 and a General Co-Chair of OFC 2018. Xiang is a Fellow of the IEEE and the OSA (now OPTICA).

Andrew Lord, Senior Manager of Optical Research, BT

Andrew joined BT in 1985 after a BA in Physics from Oxford University. He has helped design a wide range of optical network systems and technologies, including long haul subsea and terrestrial DWDM networks He currently leads BT’s optical core and access research including optical access, high speed transmission, and Quantum Communications. He was Technical Program Chair for OFC 2015 and General Chair for OFC 2017; he will be TPC Chair of ECOC 2023 in Glasgow. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, is Visiting Professor at Essex University, Senior Member of the IEEE and a BT Distinguished Engineer.

Doug Blue, Business Development – North America, Nokia

Doug Blue has over 20 years of leadership experience in sales, marketing, and business development, almost exclusively focused on fiber-to-the-home technologies and outside-plant infrastructure. Doug currently leads Business Development activities within North America for Nokia’s Fixed Networks.

Before joining Nokia, Doug held the Director of Field Marketing position at Calix, where he was responsible for developing and executing go-to-market activities for the cable market segment.   Doug also served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Atlantic Engineering Group, where he assisted municipalities and electrical cooperatives with developing Gigabit FTTH business plans and the design and construction of their network.  Doug has also held positions with CommScope, Alloptic, and OFS and started his career with Alcatel’s optical fiber division.

Doug is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and possesses a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA.  Doug currently lives in Atlanta, GA, with his two children Ava, age 16, and Drake, 12.


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 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.