ECOC Exhibition Industry Awards

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

The Awards return in 2024 and will once again highlight significant achievements in advancing the business of optical communications, transport, networking, fibre-based products, photonic integration circuits and related developments.


2024 Industry Awards

The awards will once again be run in conjunction with Optical Connections and will be announced at the ECOC Exhibition Product Focus sessions on Tuesday 24th September 2024. Nominations for the 2024 Awards close on 24th May.

Timeline for Awards: Nominations close 24th May | Shortlisted companies announced early August | Winners announced 24th September at ECOC in Frankfurt

New for 2024: Post Deadline Awards

At Market Focus we attract the world’s leading technology companies to submit entries for the prestigious Market Focus Awards.  In 2023, we noticed that many companies developing the last products, either announced their products at the ECOC Exhibition, or released information on them via Press Releases just a few days before the ECOC Exhibition started.

Starting in 2024, the Awards Committee are establishing a new competition of Post Deadline Awards where applicants can submit their entries in 2 broad value-chain categories:

  • Optical materials, components, packages, modules etc.
  • Optical Systems, networks, standards, architecture etc.

Post Deadline Awards will open on 2nd September (three weeks before ECOC Exhibition) and close on 16th September, one week before the event takes place. The winners will be announced live at the exhibition in the Product Focus theatre on Tuesday 24th September.

A key criteria for the Post Deadline Awards is ‘world class’ products and technology.  Results need to demonstrate that the product or technology is clearly state-of-the-art and best-in-class.

Further details will be released and how to enter, will be released later in the year.

Timeline for Post-Deadline Awards: Nominations open 2nd September| Nominations close 16th September | Winners announced 24th September at ECOC in Frankfurt

Congratulations to our 2023 Industry Award Winners!

We are pleased to announce the winners for the 2023 Industry Awards, as selected by the Awards Committee after careful consideration. Hear more about the Industry Awards from judging panel chairman, Michael Lebby:

Best Fibre/Fiber Component Product Award winner:
RAM photonics for Medusa

Data Centre Innovation/Best Product Award winner:
Marvell for Marvell® Nova™ PAM4 electro-optics Digital Signal Processor (DSP) platform

Most innovative Product – Hybrid PIC/Optical Integration Platform Award winner:
Lightwave Logic
Most Innovative PON/5G/FTTx Product Award winner:
Huawei Technologies for Huawei FTTR Solution
Optical Transport Award winner:
China Mobile for Single-carrier 138-GBd DP-QPSK 32Tb/s DWDM System Covering 12-THz C+L Band

Most innovative product  Award – Pluggable Transceiver/Co-Packaged Module winner:
Ciena for WaveLogic 6

Most innovative Product  Award – Innovative Test Equipment winner:
Keysight for Keysight G800GE-02: 800GE Layer1 BERT, KP4 FEC and Layer 2 Packet Blast multiport test solution

Most innovative Product Award – Innovative Photonics Component finalists: 
Coherent for Coherent’s new 200Gbps PAM4 DFB-MZ chip

Most innovative Product Award – Chip-Scale Packaging/Optical Sub Assembly winner: 
Infinera for ICTR-64 TROSA

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


Industry Awards in 2024

The awards will return in 2024 and further details of how to enter along with the categories will be announced early in Spring 2024.

Watch as the 2022 winners were announced at ECOC Exhibition 2022 last 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