18 January 2017

Optical Communications and Networking Technologies Enabling 5G, IoT, Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence to Anchor OFC 2017 Conference Program

Global leaders and business professionals to address hot topics including optical wireless and visible light communications, advanced optical networking needs for cloud-based networks, and more

LOS ANGELESOFC 2017, the world’s leading conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals, will unite the industry’s leaders and business professionals to discuss how to leverage optical innovations for next-generation 5G networks, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR) and much more. OFC, being held 19-23 March in Los Angeles, California, USA, attracts attendees from more than 65 countries. The exhibition includes 600 companies and hosts more than 1,150 technical and business presentations for its more than 13,000 attendees. This year’s conference program features a dynamic plenary lineup exploring the exciting and evolving relationship of optical technologies under the sphere of AI, VR and IoT. The plenary presentation includes global leaders from Google, Inc., Eindhoven University of Technology and King’s College London.

The popular Data Center Summit, showcasing the benefits of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), will include both a technical presentation and a live demonstration. The technical presentation will provide an overview of open hardware and software platforms for designing, deploying and operating large-scale networks and complex commercial networking environments. The “SDN & NFV Demo Zone,” will provide the OFC audience with the opportunity to see a live demonstration and prototype of collaborative research projects, pre-commercial products and proof-of-concept networks in the SDN and NFV space.

Exhibit hall theaters will feature the OFC Market Watch, Network Operator Summit (formerly Service Provider Summit) and 15+ programs covering market trends and hot topics. 
  • Market Watch is a three-day series of panel discussions, engaging the latest application topics and business issues in the field of optical communications. Presentations and panel sessions feature esteemed guest speakers from industry, research and the investment community.
  • The Network Operator Summit will explore current needs and future requirements from service providers and network operators as they invest in expansion plans.
The peer-reviewed technical conference features more than 120 invited speakers detailing emerging technologies. In addition to the invited speakers, the technical program includes special symposia, one-hour in-depth tutorials, interactive workshops and panel discussions. Choose from 50 short courses spanning a variety of technical levels for a true hands-on learning experience.

Leveraging more than 340,000 square feet of exhibit space, OFC 2017 will feature 600 exhibits from major international leaders such as Ciena, Coriant, Corning Incorporated, Cisco Systems, Fujitsu Optical Components, Global Communication Semiconductors, Inc.; Huawei Technologies USA, Juniper Networks, Mitsubishi International, Nokia and more. The exhibition includes 100+ California-based companies including; Broadcom, Intel, Kaiam, Lumentum, Mellanox, Oclaro and more. Technologies on display include network and test equipment, optical transport systems and optical component, fiber cables and specialty fiber manufacturers.

MEDIA REGISTRATION: Media/analyst registration for OFC 2017 can be accessed online. Further information is available on the event website at OFC, including travel details.
The Optical Fiber Conference and Exposition (OFC) is the largest global conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals. For more than 40 years, OFC has drawn attendees from all corners of the globe to meet and greet, teach and learn, make connections and move business forward.
OFC includes dynamic business programming, an exhibition of more than 600 companies, and high impact peer-reviewed research that, combined, showcase the trends and pulse of the entire optical networking and communications industry. OFC is managed by The Optical Society (OSA) and co-sponsored by OSA, the IEEE Communications Society (IEEE/ComSoc), and the IEEE Photonics Society.  OFC 2017 will be held from 19-23 March 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, California, USA. Follow @OFCConference, learn more OFC Conference LinkedIn, and watch highlights OFC YouTube.

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