OIDA Market Update

The effect of the pandemic on the optical communications forecast.

16 June 2020, 11:00 - 12:00 - Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC - 05:00)

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the global economy, but the effects on the optical communications sector are complicated. There is more residential demand for videoconferencing and movie streaming, and cloud services, but providers may lose significant revenue from small businesses. Spending on capital equipment tends to fare worse in recessions, yet the communications industry will likely do better than many. Lisa Huff will discuss how the current pandemic is likely to affect the revenue forecast for the optical communications industry, and address your questions. Lisa Huff is Senior Principal Analyst in optical components for the market research firm Omdia.


Lisa Huff, Omida, Senior Principal Analyst, Optical Components


Tom Hausken, The Optical Society, Senior Science Advisor

About the Speakers

LLisa Huffisa Huff
Lisa joined Omdia, formerly Ovum, in March 2018. She brings great industry expertise, with more than 30 years in communications, IT, and electronics industries. Lisa joined us from Discerning Analytics, where she was the owner and principal analyst. In addition, Lisa is a Certified Data Center Management Professional (CDCMP) and a degreed electrical engineer with experience in data centers, LAN, optical components, copper and fiber connectors, and cabling.

Lisa has authored more than 50 technical papers and market research reports. She is a successful project manager with proven revenue-generating abilities. She currently holds the prestigious and industry-shaping position of chair of the OFC Market Watch planning subcommittee.


Tom HauskenTom Hausken
With over 35 years in optoelectronics, Dr. Hausken focuses on industry activities at OSA-The Optical Society. This includes OIDA (OSA Industry Development Associates, now a trade association within OSA), where he held a position earlier in his career. For 13 years until 2012, Dr. Hausken led market research and strategy consulting for lasers, image sensors, and a range of other photonic products at Strategies Unlimited. He was also a telecom policy analyst at the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and held R&D and production positions at Alcatel and Texas Instruments in photonics and electronics. He has a PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara, in optoelectronics.