OFC 2019: Importance of Software and 5G Related Sessions

As optical networking evolves, industry changes emphasize the increasing importance of software in optical communications. Today’s software research extends beyond SDN/NFV to address control and optimization of transmission systems, network planning, and device design, and OFC’s Demo Zone picks up on this trend.

“OFC allows to us explore the latest software developments and discuss emerging trends,” said Laurent Schares, IBM Research, USA, an OFC 2019 general chair. “Now is the time to address operational strategies, use cases and field deployments — and demonstrations drive that point home.”

OFC 2019 expanded this year’s Demo Zone to reflect industry evolution. The Demo Zone will feature live demonstrations of key software functions and tools for optical communication devices, systems and networks. From AI engine cooperation to an open dis-aggregated transport network and beyond, the OFC Demo Zone addresses topics of coordination and collaboration between systems and organizations. These proof-of-concept and research demonstrations offer an opportunity for small group, interactive dialogue, featuring real-time exchanges between attendees and presenters.


5G related symposia at OFC 2019:

5G Trials, Pilots, and Demonstrations, Monday, 4 March, 08:00 – 16:00

Organizers: Thomas Pfeiffer, Nokia Bell Labs, Germany; Jun Terada, NTT, Japan; Shan Wey, ZTE, USA

The fifth generation mobile networks (5G) have promised to transform mobile broadband services through a new network architecture that will enable significantly faster access speed, ultra-reliable low latency communications, and massive machine-to-machine communications, not only for mission critical applications but for everyone everywhere. As the industry is progressing towards 5G standards and 5G capable technologies, the deployment of 5G networks is about to become reality as evidenced by the flood of new product announcements and field trial reports by network operators.

This symposium is intended to update the OFC community about the latest progress of 5G trials, pilots, and demonstrations. Use case scenarios involving a wide range of relevant vertical sectors, e.g., mobile broadband access, connected transport, digital health, smart cities/venues, creative media, will be discussed. By reporting on recent progress, we hope to highlight the role of photonic technologies in delivering 5G network solutions and further inspire and challenge the photonics industry to advance developments targeting the future mobile communication networks.

The symposium is divided into three sessions. The first session will focus on 5G requirements and how major system vendors will realize x-haul transport over optical systems. The second session will provide insight into the perspectives and first experiences of leading telecom network operators and industrial players using 5G technologies. The third session finally will showcase future applications and field trials related to public sector initiatives.

Session 1 – 5G Trials: Vendor’s Perspective
Monday, 4 March, 08:00 – 10:00

Francis Dominique, Nokia, USA
Requirements of 5G Radio Netwoks on Optical X-haul Transport

The high data rate and very low latency applications supported by 5G require an appropriate transport network to meet the requirements of these applications. This paper provides an insight to the requirements imposed by 5G radio access networks (RAN) on front/midhaul transport.

Li Mo, ZTE, China
ZTE’s 5G Trials

Stefano Stracca, Ericsson, Italy
Network Convergence in 5G Transport

Soundarakumar Masilamani, C-DOT, India
5G Rural Strategy in India

Session 2 – 5G Trials: Network Operators’ and Vertical Industries’ Perspective
Monday, 4 March, 10:30 – 12:30

Kent McCammon, AT&T, USA
Recent Progress of AT&T’s 5G Trials

Yukihiko Okumura, NTT DoCoMo, Japan
5G Trials in Japan

Walid Mathlouthi, Google, USA
Regulatory Aspects for 5G to Enable New Business Models

Yuji Inoue, Toyota InfoTechnology Center, Japan
Industry 4.0

Session 3 – 5G Trials: Public Sector Initiatives
Monday, 4 March, 14:00 – 16:00

Dimitra Simeonidou, University of Bristol, UK
Test Bed and Trials for 5G Content Delivery in England

Harald Haas, University of Edinburgh, UK
5G Rural Trials in Scotland

COSMOS: An Advanced Optical and Wireless Networking Testbed in NYC

Moises Ribeiro, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Brazil
5G Research and Testbeds in Brazil


3 thoughts on “OFC 2019: Importance of Software and 5G Related Sessions

  1. OFC Plenary March 5, 2019:

    From open networks and 5G build-outs to self-driving cars and the drive for higher data rates, today’s plenary session explores industry challenges and the path to solutions. Alex Jinsung Choi, Deutsche Telekom AG, Germany; Benny Mikkelsen, Acacia Communications, Inc., USA; and Dmitri Dolgov, Waymo LLC, USA, will take the stage to share their visions on network innovation, the future of vehicular mobility and optical integration.

    While each of these talks has a unique, focused message, all three presentations set their sights on the future. Alex will expand on the role of open networks in keeping rollout costs under control. Benny’s presentation will explore how co-packaging of photonics and electronics could offer additional improvements in power, density and performance; and Dmitri’s insights will shed light on how machine learning and artificial intelligence fuel Waymo’s technology.

    “There’s much to discuss and discover as we unpack where the industry will go,” remarked Jörg-Peter Elbers, ADVA Optical Networking SE and one of OFC 2019’s general chairs. “We have to continue to push the limits of technology.”

  2. OFC 2019 spotlights optical data center innovation, 5G network upgrades, IoT connectivity, March 5, 2019

    More than 50 exhibitors have already made strategic announcements in OFC’s First News program (available exclusively to media/analysts). Additional exhibitor news announcements are posted to the OFC Newsroom. According to Jimmy Yu, vice president of industry researcher Dell’Oro Group, “Based on the news releases so far, this year’s OFC will likely be focused on a few key areas in optics: 400 Gbps in data center, disaggregated WDM systems, and components to enable 600+ Gbps coherent WDM.”

    Fujitsu unveils 600G hyperscale optical transport blade

    This year’s exhibiting companies will use OFC to unveil innovations in network equipment and software, active and passive components, test and manufacturing equipment, data center/IT products and cable and fiber. Key exhibitors include: II-VI, Photonics, AFL, Ciena, Cisco Systems, Corning, EXFO, Infinera, Intel, Keysight Technologies, Lumentum, Molex, Nokia, Maxim Integrated, Santec USA, SM-Optics, ThorLabs and VPIphotonics. Notably, of the event’s 700 exhibitors, more than 130 have locations in San Diego, in the surrounding areas and throughout California. Exhibitors with a local San Diego presence include: Roshmere Inc., Kyocera International, Inc., Presidio Components, Inc., Intraratio and AT&T.

    On this year’s OFC mainstage, Dave Temkin, VP of Networks, Netflix, USA and Genia Wilbourn, VP – Network & Technology, Wireline Global Operations, Verizon Communications, USA, will keynote show floor sessions for the event’s Data Center Summit and Network Operator Summit programs. Further, three theaters on OFC’s show floor will feature presentations by experts from major global brands and key industry organizations. These sessions are designed to provide insight into hot topics and market trends, the state of the industry and emerging technologies. Several industry experts from the San Diego area, including the University of California San Diego and Oracle will present the latest developments on optical switching for data centers and integrated photonics.

    Additionally, several live multivendor interoperability demonstrations will be located throughout the exhibit floor from participants including: Coherent Transceiver Interoperability, Ethernet Alliance, OIF and Open ROADM MSA SDN. Technologies from approximately 40 companies will be featured in the demos, including those for: 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), 25GbE, 50GbE, 100GbE, 400GbE; Open Source Open ROADM SDN Controller; pluggable CFP2-ACO and CFP2-DCO modules; and Common Electrical I/O (CEI)-112G, FlexE (Flex Ethernet) and 400ZR protocols.


  3. Wednesday’s OFC Network Operator Summit delves into the key issues that affect service providers and network operators today. Next-gen PON deployments and deep fiber strategies top the discussion short-list, and the Summit places a heavy emphasis on 5G — not only smaller-scale trials, but the exploration of more expansive implementation as well.

    “For network operators to fully deploy 5G means a fresh take on infrastructure,” remarked Lisa Huff, an analyst at Ovum and chair of OFC’s Network Operator Summit. “As broadband demand continues to grow at exponential rates, operators are looking for ways to address their wireline infrastructure to support requirements.”

    Summit Keynote Genia Wilbourn, Senior Vice President, Verizon Global Network Operations and Assurance, Verizon Communications, USA, addresses that point as she discusses the challenges of rolling out fiber networks and the opportunities for future communications platforms and infrastructure.

    Above all, the Network Operator Summit will evoke discussion of how network operator issues, drivers and requirements will influence the future of the industry.

    Program Schedule

    10:30 -11:00: Keynote Presentation

    11:00 – 12:30: Panel 1: The Access Network — Next Generation PON, Mobile and Cable Network Upgrades

    13:30 – 15:00: Panel 2: 5G Applications and Networks: Real-world Operator Case Studies

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