Program – Open Optical Communications Design Conference 2017

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November 2, 2017 | Sheraton Dallas Hotel | Dallas TX
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Program

Program

Exclusive presentations by keynote speakers, interactive sessions, live interviews and a networking drinks reception.
  • Thursday 2 November 2017
    • 8:45 am

      Welcome and Introduction

      Speakers: Stephen Hardy - Lightwave
    • 9:00 am

      Keynote: Can We Be “Open” and Honest, Here?

      It seems like every operator wants an open optical network – and every operator has a slightly different idea of what that means. Our keynote speaker attempts to define terms – or admit that it’s impossible.
    • 9:30 am

      What’s Facebook Got To Do With This?

      Well, it’s the driving force behind the Telecom Infra Project, an outgrowth of the Open Compute Project. The project has already defined the Voyager open whitebox packet DWDM transponder. This session will cover the goals of the Telecom Infra Project, the deployment prospects for the Voyager, and the other open
    • 10:00 am

      Out On The OpenROADM

      AT&T has spearheaded the OpenROADM MSA and has announced plans to use the open optical transport architecture in its 400 Gigabit Ethernet trials. This session will review the program and what it means for adoption of similar open transport approaches by communications services providers.
    • 10:30 am

      Coffee Break

    • 11:00 am

      Optical Whiteboxes: Are They Really The Next Big Thing?

      System providers initially said that optical networks were resistant to the whitebox trend. Now whitebox systems are coming to market and being specified by network operators. This session will attempt to predict whether whiteboxes are just a niche solution for a specific type of network or the future of optical
    • 11:45 am

      Industry Perspective #1

    • 12:15 pm

      Delegate Lunch

    • 1:15 pm

      Desperately Seeking Software

      Open optical systems are being heavily influenced by the software defined networking/network functions virtualization (SDN/NFV) trend. That means a lot of software. Who is responsible for creating the necessary software and ensuring it’s all compatible?
    • 1:45 pm

      Industry Perspective #2

    • 2:15 pm

      Rule # 1 – Don’t Blow Up The Network

      Speakers: Glenn Wellbrock of Verizon
      Verizon has built a well-earned reputation around its “most reliable network” and believes an open optical system adds unnecessary risk to the very foundation that supports its services, Glenn will report. Instead, the company’s focus is on improving flexibility, scalability and reliability at the optical transport layer by collapsing multiple
    • 2:45 pm

      Coffee Break

    • 3:15 pm

      Industry Prospective #3

    • 3:45 pm

      Where’s The Money?

      Given all the different open initiatives underway, not to mention the customers who currently prefer things the way they are, developing a profitable strategy in the more open environment is a thorny issue for optical systems vendors. Will the demand for open systems fundamentally change their business models? How do
    • 4:15 pm

      Wait, What Did We Just Say?

      Our wrap-up panel comments on the topics covered throughout the day, the ones we may have missed, and where the open optical trend will go from here.
    • 4:45 pm

      Closing Remarks

      Speakers: Stephen Hardy - Lightwave
    • 5:00 pm

      Networking Reception

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