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
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
Dan Kilper, COSMOS-PAWR, USA
COSMOS: An Advanced Optical and Wireless Networking Testbed in NYC
Moises Ribeiro, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Brazil
5G Research and Testbeds in Brazil