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ECOC Exhibition Blog

Find out the very latest about the exhibition straight from the organisers in our new blog!

About 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 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.

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ECOC Exhibition sells out as Market Focus attracts speakers from global tech giants IBM, BT and Microsoft

16th July 2018

New exhibitors will join long-time attendees to highlight fibre’s role in new and emerging technologies

ECOC Exhibition 2018 is set for success as Nexus Media Events Ltd. today announced it has sold all stand spaces, with Optotec S.p.A., Summitomo, Fujikura, Senko, EXFO, Viavi, Sanwa, Ethernet Alliance and the Consortium for On-Board Optics (COBO) among the latest to confirm attendance.

They will be joined by 12 exhibitors from host nation Italy, where the event will take place in Rome at a pivotal point for the telecoms industry.

“Operators are increasingly turning to fibre to fulfil Government broadband targets and increasing consumer demand for speed and capacity, making ECOC 2018 a must-attend event for anyone in the industry,” said Beverley Lucas, Event Director at Nexus Media Events Ltd. “With confirmed sponsors including names such as Inphi, Intel, Molex, Effect Photonics, Axertis, KOC, Tektronics, Ciena and Coherent Solutions as the lanyard sponsor, we are anticipating another successful exhibition this year.”

With the Market Focus Call for Speakers now closed and volumes of submissions higher than ever, global giants such as IBM, BT and Microsoft have all put their names forward for selection. This unprecedented response to the Call for Speakers follows the recent announcement of a New Markets track being added to the Market Focus agenda for the first time.

“The addition of the New Markets track within Market Focus has generated increased levels of anticipation for attendees and with the focus also turning to the latest developments across the industry, such as 5G, the IoT, FTTx, 100G and 400G transmission standards, this year’s Exhibition looks set to be as relevant and cutting edge as ever,” added Beverley.

The Market Focus Committee is currently processing speaking submissions with names of confirmed speakers soon to be announced. In addition to the acclaimed Market Focus, FTTx Village, there will also be a variety of workshops taking place to be presented by the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institut and Technology Infrastructure Project.

COBO is among the first-time exhibitors at the show and said the focus on future-proofing fibre optic deployments was among the reasons it chose ECOC to showcase its work on on-board optics to the industry.

“As Europe’s leading optical exhibition, ECOC gives us the perfect platform to showcase the world’s first on-board optics specification and our ongoing work to create a common specification for optics that reside on the motherboard to a very relevant audience,” said Brad Booth, COBO President and Principal Engineer at Microsoft.

The ECOC Exhibition will take place at from 24-26 September 2018 at the Fiera Roma in Rome, Italy. If you are interested in attending, please register via our press-registration at:

For all other visitor registrations, please visit:

ECOC Exhibition 2018 - Sold Out!

20th June 2018

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 exhibition is one again a sell out! With over 300 exhibitors joining us in Rome, the event is the key meeting place for the fibre optic communications technology industry. Registration is now open and the exhibition is free to attend, join us for three days of networking, learning and business and click here to register


Nexus Media Events are Cyber Secure!

5 June 2018

As part of our commitment to the new GDPR data regulations which came into effect on 25th May 2018, we have undertaken and completed the Cyber Essentials scheme, which helps us to guard against common internet-based threats to cyber-security.

The Cyber Essentials scheme addresses the most common Internet-based threats to cyber security — particularly, attacks that use widely available tools and demand little skill. The scheme considers these threats to be:

hacking — exploiting known vulnerabilities in Internet-connected devices, using widely available tools and techniques
phishing — and other ways of tricking users into installing or executing a malicious application
password guessing — manual or automated attempts to log on from the Internet, by guessing passwords

ECOC Exhibition will shine spotlight on future optics trends at Market Focus

21 May 2018

New and old will collide as event heads to Rome, with less than 10 exhibition stands remaining  

Remote sensing, bio-medical applications, consumer products and free space optics will be among the latest trends discussed at this year’s European Conference on Optical Communications Exhibition (ECOC), with a New Markets Track set to run for the first time as part of the event’s popular Market Focus.

Taking place at the Fiera Roma, in Rome, Italy, from Monday, September 24 to Wednesday, September 26, organiser Nexus Media Events Ltd. is now accepting speaker applications. Other topics on the agenda include 5G, the IoT, FTTx, 100G and 400G transmission standards, and optics in cloud computing. With less than 10 exhibition stands remaining, the event promises to be as successful as ever. 

“We were overwhelmed by the success of last year’s Market Focus, which attracted more than 3,000 visitors,” said Beverley Lucas, Event Director at Nexus Media Events Ltd. “The different tracks provide a platform for industry professionals to gain knowledge of and insights into the advancements made on the latest trends in the industry, including the biggest areas of growth such as 5G and the Internet of Things. We’re sure the addition of the New Markets track will also prove popular, reflecting the rapidly changing nature of the industry and giving a real sense of what’s yet to come.”

The full list of topics for Market Focus are: Service and content provider optical transmission, Optical Network Agility/Software Defined Networks, Datacentres: Optics in Cloud Computing, New markets, Photonics integration and digital silicon photonics and Fibre access.

The topics have been decided by the Market Focus Committee, which includes global representatives from across the industry including independent industry bodies, telecom operators, analyst groups, system vendors, and component manufacturers.

In addition to Market Focus, which is sponsored by Inphi Corporation, the 2018 FTTx Village will host a variety of innovative and cutting-edge demonstrations of the very latest technologies in fibre optic communications, with interactive fibre optic network delivery methods being showcased live from the event. 

“As the leading European based event for the optical communications industry, ECOC really is the place to be for the latest fibre developments and demonstrations,” added Beverley Lucas.

If you would like to attend the exhibition, please register at:

For more information about the Market Focus, including details of how to apply to speak, please visit:

Welcome to our 2018 Sponsors

20th April 2018

ECOC Exhibition works closely with a number of leading companies from across the optical communications industry and we are pleased to welcome this years sponsors. Inphi joins us for their fourth year as our Market Focus sponsor, with our badge inserts sponsored by Axetris AG, Visitor bags sponsored by KOC Europe. Molex LLC joins us as sponsors of our exhibiton maps and exhibition aisle signage sponsored by Intel.

We have a range of sponsorship opportunities available, download our Sponsorship and Exhibition brochure for further details or contact to discuss your requirements.

Less than 20 stands remaining!

20th April 2018

Following our sell out success last year in Sweden, the exhibition is once again set to sold out in just a few weeks time. Less than 20 stands remain so there is still time to join us in Rome this September, view the floorplan here and secure your space!

New data rules being introduced in May 2018

17th April 2018

As you may be aware, new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) rules are being introduced on 25 May. We are getting prepared to meet all the necessary requirements, so this means we will be contacting everyone on our mailing lists to check whether you are still happy to receive news and event updates from us. 

We will be making it easier to update your details and preferences at any time and we'll also be moving our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions into an easy to find location at the bottom of the home page.

In the meantime, if you would like to confirm your subscription, update your details or change your preferences you can do so here:

Site visit to Rome...

17th April 2018

We've been out in Rome this week, on a site visit at the Fiera Roma, the venue for this years ECOC Exhibition. Final plans are being put into place ready for the event in September!


Welcome to our new Sales Manager!

9th April 2018

This week we welcome Glenn Dixon as our new Sales Manager, taking over from Liam Taylor as he sadly leaves the ECOC team in May. Glenn brings with him years of exhibition experience and will be at the show in Rome this September.   

Market Focus 2018
14th March 2018

The topics for this year's Market Focus are well under way and we are looking forward to releasing more details in the coming weeks. We met with the Market Focus Committee whilst at OFC, to discuss the new developments and upcoming trends for the year ahead. 

Visit our Market Focus page to find out more about Market Focus and how you can apply to become a speaker this year. We will be releasing our Call for Speakers mid-April, and you can sign up to receive a notificatioon as soon as this is available on the Market Focus page. 

Highlights from ECOC Exhibition 2017...

27th October 2017

The 2017 exhibition was a great success with visitor numbers reaching 5,914, with 327 exhibiting companies from 24 countries and a record 3,211 people visiting the Market Focus sessions across the three days! The exhibition was a complete sell out anad we are expecting the same for ECOC 2018 in Rome! View all the statistics, facts and figures from the event and hear from some of the leading names within the industry in our interview videos and find out what they see as the emerging issues, challenges and changes facing the industry in the coming years.