Launched in 2020, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the event, ECOC introduced the ECOC Exhibition Industry Awards, in conjunction with Optical Connections.

Congratulations to our Industry Award 2022 winners!

The awards return for 2022 and once again emphasise technology and product commercialisation; highlighting significant achievements in advancing the business of optical communications, transport, networking, fibre-based products, photonic integration circuits and related developments.

The committee reviews the progress of advanced technologies from research to commercialisation including volume production as well as new and innovative products.

Watch as the winners were announced at ECOC Exhibition earlier this year

Winner of the Optical Transport Award  and Winner of the Innovative FTTx Product Award – Source Photonics

Winner of the Most Innovative Product Award – Ciena

Winner of the Optical Integration (SiPh and/or other) Award – Coherent

Winner of the Data Centre Innovation Best Product Award – Lumentum

Winner of the Best Fibre/Fibre Component Product Award – Lumenisity Limited

Industry Awards 2023

The ECOC Exhibition Industry Awards will return in 2023 and we will be announcing the opening date for entries in the coming weeks.


Award categories 2023

Award for Best Fibre/ Fibre Component Product

Fibre and its connectivity are among the forefront of optical communications technologies. This award identifies technology, product, or process innovations that distinguishes and/or drives lower cost, improve ease of installation, improve reliability, increase connectivity density and scalability. Innovative fibre designs, fibre management systems, fibre adapters, trays, modules and connection systems.

Award for Data Centre Innovation/ Best Product

Broad based. Patch panels, switches, transceivers, servers, fibre, etc. Demonstrate lower cost, lower power consumption, thermal management commercial viability. Innovative packaging/line card and co-packaging solutions. SW solutions that increase security efficiency and can help reducing footprint and power consumption.

Award for Most Innovative PON/5G/FTTx product

This should be broad-based. Fibre, connectivity, installation, transmission gear, high speed, environmental design, etc.. HW and SW solutions to increase bandwidth capacity, its management and overall scalability.


Award for Optical Transport

Optical networking continues to focus on higher capacity to lower transmission cost. Higher speed, modulation/coding, longer reach, higher wavelength density, multiplexing schemes. Innovative use of electronics and software to enable more competitive photonics solutions in the network. Advanced designs that permit for example: longer reach, higher capacity with fault tolerant, error correcting, dispersion management system design. Use of higher performance optical components and co-packaging designs to enable multi-100s Tbps capacities in switches and routers.

Award for Most Innovative Products – 5 sub-categories

Looking across the industry—what new product is driving change in its respective market segment. What’s timely and helping to increase the use of optics. Metrics would include design features that are photonics, electronics, thermal, mechanical, chemical, environmental and carbon footprint based.

  • Most Innovative Pluggable Transceiver/Co-Packaged Module

  • Most Innovative Test Equipment

  • Most Innovative Photonic Component

  • Most Innovative Chip-Scale Packaging/Optical Sub Assembly

  • Most Innovative Hybrid PIC/Optical integration Platform