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About The ECOC Exhibition

The ECOC Exhibition is the largest optical communications exhibition in Europe, held each September in a different European city, the event is the key meeting place for decision makers from across the fibre optic communications technology industry.
Now in its 23rd year, the exhibition now attracts over 5,000 decision makers from all around the world - bringing together manufacturers, suppliers and service providers to networking, gain insights on the latest developments, new products and trends in the industry. 
Alongside over 300 international exhibitors, the exhibition is full with interative features and seminars. Live demonstrations are provided in the FTTx Village and free training sessions covering fusion splicing and fibre preparation tools. The extremely popular Market Focus theatre includes thought provoking presentations from some of the most innovative and forward thinking companies working in optics today discussing the key issues facing the market.
“This really is the place to be for a company like us, its where the industry meets and its where ideas are shared, its where people are discussing the status of the industry and what is going to come next in the next 2-3 years.”
Giacomo Losio – ProLabs
ECOC Exhibition facts
Key facts from our 2016 event in Düsseldorf, Germany:
  • 5,234 visitors to the exhibition
  • 313 exhibiting companies
  • 78 countries represented
  • 59.9% of visitors from Europe, 23% from Asia and 13.6% from USA
Discover Rome
ECOC 2018 takes us to Rome in Italy, one of the most beautiful cities in the world and one with the richest cultural and architectural heritage. Known as the ‘Eternal City’, Rome is a vibrant and lively city with reminders of its history everywhere – from ancient
monuments, Renaissance palazzos and Baroque fountains, Rome is a colourful and vibrant living city.
Rome is the capital of modern Italy and also boasts many fine restaurants and cafes, good nightlife, and lively streets and squares. ECOC 2018 takes place at Fiera Roma, situated West of the city close to Rome’s Fiumicino Airport.
Find out more about this years location on our Visit Rome page.

History of the ECOC Exhibition

2015 marked 20 years since the very first ECOC Exhibition joined the conference in Brussels, Belgium back in September 1995 and has grown to become the largest optical communications exhibition in Europe and the key meeting place for decision makers from across the fibre optic communications technology industry.

The very first exhibition joined the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) with just 110 exhibition stands opening its doors to 100 visitors. Originally known as the EEOC (European Exhibition on Optical Communications), the exhibition quickly grew in success and by September 2000 it had grown to include over 220 exhibitors with a further 200 companies on the waiting list!

The ECOC Exhibition was grouped under the ECOC name in 1999 and the exhibition floor was completely sold out from 1996-2000 and in Amsterdam in 2001 the show reached its biggest show so far – attracting a huge 2100 visitors and welcoming 397 companies to the exhibition, which is still the highest number to date!

The Telecoms Crash of 2000/2001 had a dramatic effect on the exhibition, sending both visitor and exhibitor numbers tumbling. By 2005 (Glasgow, Scotland) the exhibition was back on track and in 2006 in Cannes, France, two new feature areas were added to exhibition – the Market Focus Theatre and the FTTx Resource Centre.

Market Focus was introduced to the exhibition hall as a way to provide key information on the latest developments within the fibre optics industry. The theatre was launched with 9 sessions which were a huge success with both visitors and exhibitors alike. The FTTx Resource Centre was led by the Light Brigade and provided a central point where visitors could view products, meet with the experts and gather FTTx-related literature.

2007: Record year!

After the success of the exhibition following the introduction of two new feature areas, 2007 (Berlin, Germany) was a record year with 4700 visitors to a sold out exhibition. A huge increase on the 100 visitors to the 1995 event and 2100 visitors to the 2001 exhibition.

An additional feature was added to the program for the exhibition, with CTTS Training providing intensive hands-on training sessions throughout the three days of the exhibition. The ECOC Forum magazine was also launched in 2007, providing visitors and exhibitors with a round-up of the latest industry news and product developments as well as articles from some of the top people from within the fibre optic communications community.

2009 (Vienna, Austria) saw the launch of ECOC TV, the official TV news channel, which featured news coverage from the show, interviews with Market Focus speakers and exhibitors on a range of emerging issues.

In the space of just three years, the popularity of Market Focus meant that the programme grew to include 17 sessions running across three days and the first time a full Market Focus theatre was constructed within the exhibition.

In 2011 (Geneva, Switzerland), the FTTx Resource Centre was relaunched by CTTS Training to become the FTTx Centre featuring an interactive FTTx Village, live engineering demonstrations and a chance to browse FTTx products in 5 dedicated zones.

In 2012 the show returned to Amsterdam for yet another hugely successful year, with 4491 visitors to the exhibition and 321 companies exhibiting, the new FTTx Centre featured a record 65 products from different companies in the FTTx zones which had now grown to 11 zones.

2012 also saw the relaunch of the ECOC Forum in to the Optical Connections magazine, which has now become a stand-alone news website, newsletter and magazine. (say something else here)

In 2013 the event came to London, home of the exhibition organisers, Nexus Business Media, for the first time. Held close to central London, the exhibition attracted 4607 visitors to a packed exhibition programme, with 29 Market Focus sessions, four new live demonstrations in the FTTx Centre a

nd a busy exhibition floor.  

2015 and beyond

Our 20th anniversary show in Valencia was one of the most popular exhibitions since 2001 and we are now looking ahead to the next 20 years of the ECOC Exhibition! We have already planned future events up until 2021! Find out more about future dates and locations.