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After careful consideration, OSA management has decided to cancel the OIDA Executive Forum for Monday, 9 March 2020. OIDA Executive Forum registrants will receive a full refund. You do not have to take any action.

If still attending OFC, we will be holding an OIDA Reception on Monday, 9 March from 5:30pm to 7pm at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Sapphire Foyer and invite all registered OIDA Executive Forum attendees to participate.

We look forward to bringing you future programs and events that impact the industry.

The 2020 program features a keynote presentation, panels, and a special Fireside Chat and networking events that provide a unique opportunity for executives in the optical networking and communications business to learn from and connect with industry peers who are implementing solutions and addressing issues much like their own.

Check back frequently for program updates as additional speakers are being confirmed.

OIDA Executive Forum Schedule

7:30 - 17:30 Registration Open
7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45

Welcome Remarks & Opening Comments

8:45 - 9:30

Featured Keynote Speaker: The Growing Facebook Network: Connecting the Planet

Elizabeth Rivera Hartling, Facebook

9:30 - 10:40

Panel 1:  Will Open Optical Networking Change the Service Provider Landscape?

Moderator: Stephen Hardy, Lightwave

10:40 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:20

Panel 2: Network Automation: When Do We Get There?

Moderator: Heidi Adams, IHS Markit

12:20 - 13:20 Networking Lunch
13:20 - 14:30

Panel 3: The Next Big Things – AI, Cloud Gaming, and AR/VR

Moderator: Jörg-Peter Elbers, ADVA

14:30 - 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 - 16:10

Panel 4: What is Going on at the Edge?

Moderator: Shamim Akhtar, Apple

16:10 - 17:20

Fireside Chat: The View from the Top

Moderator: Natarajan 'Subu' SubrahmanyanAO Asset Management 

17:20 - 17:30 Closing Comments
17:30 - 19:00 Networking Reception

Featured Presentations

Featured Keynote Speaker

Bandwidth growth for cloud providers continues to drive a new surge of subsea cable builds, driven by many factors, including Machine Learning and AI machine-to-machine interactions on a global scale. Continued efforts to get closer to the ever-impending Shannon's Limit have led the subsea industry to embrace the recent spatial division multiplexing “SDM” design strategy, charging towards petabit cables. Meanwhile, the open cables movement has moved beyond the sea into open global networks, simplifying connectivity and operations via integrated subsea & terrestrial networks.

Elizabeth Rivera Hartling, Facebook


Panel 1: Will Open Optical Networking Change the Service Provider Landscape?

While the use of open software and systems has now become commonplace in the data center world, communications service providers (CSPs) are still evaluating whether such an approach can meet their requirements for reduced equipment costs, improved service velocity, and greater innovation. Key technology vectors include disaggregation, virtualization, SDN, open source software, and contributed reference designs for hardware. Open organizations such as the Open Compute Project (OCP), Telecom Infra Project (TIP), and ONF, along with MSAs such as Open ROADM, are challenging and complementing the role of established standards bodies in driving such innovation into transport networks. Meanwhile, new hardware and software players see open networking as their opportunity to enter the CSP market.

This session will explore the prospects of open optical communications in the evolution of technologies and network architectures, and will highlight the progress of key open initiatives and actors across the components, hardware, and software ecosystems.



Stephen Hardy, Lightwave


Mattias  Fridström, Telia

Ron Johnson, Cisco

Beck Mason, Lumentum

Hans-Juergen Schmidtke, Facebook


Panel 2: Network Automation: When Do We Get There?

The potential benefits of software-defined networking and network functions virtualization (SDN/NFV) have been discussed for several years. Recently, the community has added artificial intelligence and machine learning to the equation – all with the idea of reaching a point where software-driven, intelligent networks can flexibly reconfigure, turn up new services, and repair faults with a minimum of human intervention. This panel will feature a discussion of where we are now on the road toward this networking nirvana, what technological hurdles still need to be overcome, and what it will take for network operators to fully trust their networks to an automated approach.


Heidi Adams, IHS Markit


Kailem Anderson, Blue Planet/Ciena

Hwa-Jang HanVerizon

Kartik Sethuraman, NEC Corporation of America 

Anees Shaikh, Google



Panel 3: The Next Big Things – AI, Cloud Gaming, and AR/VR

Technology is progressing at a breakneck speed with the pace of innovation across silicon and optics accelerating over the last few years. FTTH, 5G, 400G and many other technologies are increasing bandwidth available to users and machines as well as lowering latency and improving availability.

This leads to a fundamental question – what are the new applications that will consume this bandwidth and help monetize these innovations? We believe the leading candidates are AI, cloud gaming and eventually AR/VR. AI requires massive amounts of I/O and connectivity between machines inside the datacenter and eventually with edge/IoT devices. Cloud gaming is the next frontier for the video game industry with cloud operators offering high-end PC style gaming on mobile devices. AR/VR aims to reimagine the entertainment industry and change the very nature of social interaction – now you really never have to get off your couch! These revolutionary and highly monetizable applications all have one thing in common: they require very large amounts of bandwidth delivered with low latency and very high availability and security

On this panel we have experts who will talk about key roles played by next gen communication technologies to enable these new applications.


Jörg-Peter Elbers, ADVA


Jason Hoffman, Mobile Edge X

Dhiraj Mallick, Cerebras Systems

Jan SöderströmEricsson

Ed Tiedemann, Qualcomm


Panel 4: What is Going on at the Edge?

5G, fiber access, and hyperscale cloud connectivity will impose new challenges on network operators. Emerging applications with stringent bandwidth and latency requirements will call for storage and computing resources closer to the network edge. 5G networks will quite possibly be the biggest opportunity in this space. A deployment at scale means that the network edge needs to become highly automated and virtualized while simultaneously keeping cost, space and power consumption under control. Above all, fiber will be the supporting infrastructure for enabling 5G. Fiber access networks need to continue to evolve, focusing not only on delivering higher speeds, but also on low latency and enhanced optical-wireless cooperation. 

This panel will debate service requirements, network architectures, and the role of disaggregation and slicing at the network edge. It will address, but is not limited to the following topics:

·         How will 5G and other trends drive fiber optic expansion and edge computing? 

·         How will edge computing nodes look like and where will they be located?

·         What will be the prevalent optical metro access architecture:  P2P, P2MP or a mixture of both? 

·         What will be the role of coherent optics in future optical access and aggregation networks? 


Shamim Akhtar, Apple


Cole Crawford, Vapor IO

Seungjoo Hong, SK Telecom

Greg Pattine, Edge Micro

David Welch, Infinera

Glenn Wellbrock, Verizon


Fireside Chat: The View from the Top

The optical landscape has seen major changes over the last year, including a slowing in webscale spending, vertical integration by systems companies, and consolidation and disruptions caused by the trade war. The big questions from here are whether these trends are transitory or signal a fundamental change in the industry landscape.

This fireside chat features leaders from across the optical networking supply chain providing their unique perspective on a broad range of industry issues including:

  • Market fundamentals in 2020 and over the next 3 years
  • Cloud optical spend – back to secular growth or entering Phase 2?
  • Industry consolidation and the factors driving it – vertical integration, economies of scale and cost synergies, and technology roadmaps
  • Are the lines between system, module and component vendors blurring?
  • Quo Vadis pluggables?
  • Are we going to have separate supply chains for the East and West?

This will be an interactive session with plenty of opportunities for the audience to ask their questions.

Moderator: Natarajan 'Subu' SubrahmanyanAO Asset Management 


Alexis Black Björlin, Broadcom

Bill Gartner, Cisco

Xiang Liu, Futurewei Technologies

Alan Lowe, Lumentum

Chuck Mattera II-VI Incorporated








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