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2019 OIDA Executive Forum at OFC

04 March 2019

The premier event for leaders in optical networking and communications, OIDA Executive Forum provides attendees with an exclusive opportunity to hear insider perspectives in an uncensored environment, while participating in high-level networking. This annual event showcases prominent industry leaders in the optical networking and communications sector as they present the latest technological advances and business models. Attendees participate in cutting-edge discussions and unmatched peer-to-peer networking as they hear real world solutions to help better manage their businesses.

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Held every year in conjunction with OFC, the OIDA Executive Forum features C-level panelists in an informal, uncensored setting discussing the latest issues facing companies in the business. Join more than 200 senior-level executives as they convene to discuss key themes, opportunities, and challenges facing the next generation in optical networking and communications. Highly valued by participants for the frank and open discussions, OIDA Executive Forum sessions explore emerging trends and action plans for tackling today's toughest business challenges.

OIDA Executive Forum provides attendees with an exclusive opportunity to hear insider perspectives in an uncensored environment, while participating in high-level networking.

Who Should Attend?

  • Service Provider Network Executives
  • Service Provider Technology Evaluators
  • Data Center Managers
  • Enterprise Network Managers
  • Business Development Executives
  • Communications Technology Development Managers
  • Optical Systems Developers and Managers
  • Core Router Developers
  • Test Equipment Vendors
  • Data Center Switch and Router Vendors
  • Semiconductor Manufacturers
  • Venture Investors
  • Financial and Market Analysts

Join Executives from these Innovative Companies:

  • Acacia Communications
  • ADVA Optical Networking
  • Apple
  • Arista Networks
  • CableLabs
  • Calix
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Corning
  • Finisar Corporation
  • Go!Foton
  • Google
  • Huawei 
  • Infinera
  • Intel Corporation
  • Nokia
  • Quantum Xchange
  • Source Photonics
  • Sterlite Technologies
  • Telecom Italia
  • Tencent
  • Verizon Communications
  • Windstream



  • Heidi Adams, Senior Research Director, IP & Optical Networks IHS Markit
  • Frank Chang, Chief Engineer, Transceiver Design, Source Photonics
  • Vladimir Kozlov, Founder and CEO, Light Counting
  • Shamim Akhtar, Chief, Optical Network Architect, Apple
  • Eve Griliches, Sr. Product Marketing, Optical BU, Cisco Systems
  • Claudio Mazzali, Vice-President of Technology, Optical Connectivity Solutions, Corning
  • Simin Cai, President and CEO, Go!Foton
  • Stephen Hardy, Editorial Director/Associate Publisher, Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report
  • Natarajan ‘Subu’ Subrahmanyan, Principal, AO Asset Management



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

  • Buddy BayerWindstream
9:30 - 10:40

Panel 1: Action in the Access Network

Moderator: Stephen Hardy, Lightwave

  • Curtis KnittleCableLabs 
  • Lucy LombardiTelecom Italia
  • Toby RedshawVerizon
  • Sachin VasudevaCalix
10:40 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:20

Panel 2: Views from the APAC Region

Moderator: Heidi Adams, IHS Markit

  • Ankit AgarwalSterlite Technologies
  • Sun MinTencent
  • Lee Young Wuk, KT
12:20 - 13:20 Networking Lunch
13:20 - 14:30

Panel 3: The Path to 400G and Beyond

Moderator: Shamim Akhtar, Apple

  • Wenhua LinIntel Corporation
  • Vijay VusirikalaGoogle 
  • Tom WilliamsAcacia Communications
  • Martin ZirngiblFinisar Corporation
14:30 - 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 - 16:10

Panel 4: Commercial QKD & Encryption

Moderator: Vladimir Kozlov, LightCounting

  • Lily Chen, NIST
  • Jörg-Peter ElbersADVA Optical Networking
  • Michele MoscaInstitute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo
  • John PriscoQuantum Xchange
16:10 - 17:20

Fireside Chat: The View from the Top

Moderator: Natarajan 'Subu' Subrahmanyan, AO Asset Management 

  • Basil AlwanNokia
  • Andreas BechtolsheimArista Networks
  • Bill GartnerCisco Systems, Inc.
  • Xiang LiuHuawei
  • David Welch, Infinera
17:20 - 17:30 Closing Comments
17:30 - 19:00 Networking Reception

Featured Keynote Speaker

Powering through the Curve

Buddy BayerWindstream

This presentation will provide the ongoing story of a company’s transformation into a next generation solution provider.  Innovative culture, organizational evolution, big data analytics, automation, and software-defined products are some of the key areas we will explore.  It’s a story that connects people and empowers business in a world of infinite possibilities.

Panel 1: Action in the Access Network 

The desire to support high-speed residential and business services as well as prepare for 5G fronthaul and backhaul has operators reexamining their access network strategies. Traditional telcos are moving to 10G PON and deciding between XGS-PON and NG-PON2. Cable operators are juggling 10G-EPON, fiber deep DOCSIS 3.1/Full Duplex, and Distributed Access Architecture schemes. Both camps also are evaluating the potential role of fixed wireless as an alternative to wired links. This panel will illuminate a turbulent network segment and offer insight into the factors that will determine technology choices.

Moderator: Stephen HardyLightwave


Curtis KnittleCableLabs 
Lucy LombardiTelecom Italia
Toby RedshawVerizon
Sachin VasudevaCalix​

Panel 2: Views from the APAC Region

Asia-Pacific (APAC) region has been the 'hot' area of optical infrastructure investment over the past 3 years outpacing the rest of the world to move from 41% of global spending in 2015 to over 48% in 2017. This session will explore some of the drivers behind this growth and focus in on key initiatives in the region that will continue to propel this market in 2019 and beyond.

Moderator: Heidi AdamsIHS Markit


Sun MinTencent

Ankit Agarwal, Sterlite Technologies

Lee Young Wuk, KT


Panel 3: The Path to 400G and Beyond 

Data center expansion has been a major driver of innovation and investment across all areas of the optical transport ecosystem. Will this continue, and for how long? This session will explore plans for the next upgrade cycle in the data center networking infrastructure. It will discuss diverging paths towards 400GbE connectivity in mega datacenters, including issues with product availability, and progress in 100G lambda optics and PAM4 DSPs.  It will also address new solutions for high speed DCI connections, such as 400ZR, and their impact on the optical transport ecosystem.

Moderator: Shamim Akhtar, Apple


Wenhua LinIntel Corporation
Vijay VusirikalaGoogle 
Tom WilliamsAcacia Communications
Martin ZirngiblFinisar Corporation 

Panel 4: Commercial QKD & Encryption

Public key cryptography algorithms currently in use would become insecure if a general-purpose quantum computer can be built that can run Shor’s algorithm on a 2048-bit integer.  Quantum key distribution protocols offer an alternative to algorithmic cryptography.  They can establish session keys across distances of hundreds of kilometers, relying on quantum physics to reveal eavesdropping if it occurs, rather than on cryptographic assumptions for security.  While the data rates are currently very low for conventional links, quantum key distribution (QKD) has been demonstrated across optical transport, DCI, optical access and even in free space optics from earth to orbiting satellites and back.  Post-quantum encryption offers another alternative by seeking algorithms that are secure against even quantum computers. This session will bring experts from research and commercial vendors to discuss the maturity of quantum communications technology deployed on the the current fiber infrastructure.

Moderator: Vladimir KozlovLightCounting


Lily ChenNIST

Jörg-Peter ElbersADVA Optical Networking
Michele Mosca, Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo
John PriscoQuantum Xchange

Fireside Chat: The View from the Top

This fireside chat features leaders from the optical systems and subsystem vendors providing their unique perspective on a broad range of industry issues including

  • View of market fundamentals in 2019 and over the next 3 years 

  • Growth drivers by product, customer segment and geographies

  • The growing role and contribution of non-traditional customers 

  • Is growth in this industry cyclical or secular?

  • Implications of architectural shifts such as open line systems and pluggable optics integrated into packet platforms

  • Balancing investment in innovation with profitability and monetizing the innovation delivered 

  • Industry Consolidation

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

Moderator: Natarajan 'Subu' SubrahmanyanAO Asset Management 


Basil AlwanNokia
Andreas BechtolsheimArista Networks
Bill Gartner, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Xiang LiuHuawei​

David Welch, Infinera




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