ECOC 2020 opens virtual doors to optical innovation and conversation

After 24 years of hosting the biggest names in optical connections and thousands of attendees across European cities, ECOC Exhibition has come to you this year for its first ever virtual event. We opened our electronic doors to you this morning, welcoming you to a platform designed to maximise networking opportunities between attendees and exhibitors and streaming industry-leading content from the Market Focus live to your screens.

A Telecom Infra Project (TIP) presentation marked the start of Market Focus, sponsored by Inphi, by bringing together speakers from some of its member companies – Facebook, Juniper Networks, Telefonica and Telia Company – to share knowledge on ‘The TIP Disaggregated Optical & Transport Network’. This backhaul project group at TIP works on the definition of open technologies, architectures and interfaces in Optical and IP Networking, and shared insight on the Transport network architecture during our first talk of the day.

Antonella Sanguineti of Ericsson took to the digital stage next addressing the topic on everyone’s minds – 5G – and new roles of Optical and Packet networks in the burgeoning technology’s RAN architectures.

Delivering to you some of the latest innovative products and live demonstrations, our Product Focus feature – brand new for this year and sponsored by Sicoya – was opened with an afternoon of optical excellence as EXFO, Sicoya, SMARTPhotonics and SONT Technologies showcased their respective results of expert R&D efforts.  We learnt about silicon photonics innovation, as well as integrated photonics and WDM technology for 5G fronthaul.

Market Focus continued in the afternoon alongside the Product Focus, with presentations including Juniper Networks on ‘Automation and Autonomous Network solution in Cloud Native architecture’, a Ciena talk exploring the management and control of coherent optical pluggables, and Tom Williams from Acacia Communications on ‘A Path to Next Generation Coherent’.

As we wrap our first day and head into Day Two of ECOC Exhibtion 2020, we want to thank everyone for their support and patience during our first virtual event. We look forward to interacting with you all during the remainder of the event and hope you enjoy the experience. Our inaugural awards programme will recognise its first ever winners tomorrow at 14.35 CET. Make sure you don’t miss it!

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