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Each day we will be sharing the latest news and highlights from ECOC Exhibition 2019 in our Show Daily newsletter, sponsored by Ciena.

Day 1 – Monday 23rd September

All eyes were on the Irish capital Dublin today as the doors opened for ECOC Exhibition (ECOC). The 24th installment of Europe’s longest-running annual optical communications exhibition began with Optics in Cloud Computing coming into focus, as Market Focus sponsors, Inphi, and Cisco as well as exhibitors, The Consortium for On-Board Optics (COBO), delivered presentations to the eagerly awaiting Market Focus 2019 delegates.

One of the first presentations was made by Mark Nowell, Cisco Fellow, who considered what the networks will need for 400 GbE and how the latest technologies can be leveraged and extended to facilitate the next generation of optical networking. The role of hyperscale datacentres and a glimpse into how optics will transition from the faceplate to on-board and ultimately co-packaging was put forward by Brad Booth, Manager, Networking and Connectivity Hardware Azure Hardware Systems Group, Microsoft, on behalf of COBO. COBO compliant modules were also under the spotlight as Ciena speaker and COBO Electrical sub-group Chair, Hugues Tournier, shared insight into how data centre traffic is driving the need for increased electrical high-speed rates, while explaining the benefits in shortening the electrical trace length and mounting optics close to the system ASICs.

HUBER+SUHNER was one of the exhibiting companies to make an announcement on the opening day of ECOC, as it launched its LISA Double Access solution to the crowds. Source Photonics focused its exhibition presence on 400G, using the exhibition to showcase its full 400G portfolio.

As the first morning progressed, a Market Focus session took place to assess how 5G mobile communications are bringing about new opportunities for higher Quality of Service (QoS) and bandwidth, increasing competition without compromising on quality. To add to the debate on co-packaged and in-packaged optics for switching, Adit Narasimha, Vice President and General Manager, Optoelectronics, at Molex explored the practical considerations required, stressing the merits of different co-packaged architectures.

Fibre Access was high on the agenda for the afternoon sessions as the Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council Market Panorama became a hot topic. Speaking on behalf of the FTTH Council was its President, Kees de Waard, who spoke about the recent league table, which not only ranked 39 European countries but also gave detailed insight into levels of fibre-coverage and take-up rates across the continent.

Sessions presented by Nokia, Infinera and Source Photonics concluded day one, which saw 5G once again taking the limelight as challenges in 5G Optical Interfaces and Modules were considered. Source Photonics’ speaker, Manish Mehta EVP, PLM gave insight into his review of state-of-the-art higher speed laser technologies as he channelled the discussion towards the various optical interfaces that are widely expected to be utilised for 5G applications.

A regular feature at ECOC is the Fibre-to-the-x (FTTx) Centre and its arrival in Dublin today saw an array of new products for 2019, backed by expert training provided CTTS Training Group. “There is so much going on in terms of Fibre-to-the-X right now and we have some of the very latest solutions ready for demonstration here in Dublin,” said Martyn Cook, CTTS Training Group Chairman.

As we head towards day two, make sure you keep an eye out for our dedicated camera crew which will once again be onsite at ECOC! ECOC TV will be seeking out and capturing the highlights and debate from around the exhibition. We will also be filming every Market Focus session in full, with the team also out and about at the exhibition stands to hear what’s getting people talking!

Don’t forget you can tweet your show highlights and if you are feeling camera ready, why not take a selfie of your team by our giant ECOC19 letters as they greet you at the entrance! Be sure to share your pictures with us and if you tag us @Ecoc_Exhibition on twitter, we may just give you a mention.

As well as your tweets, you can also keep up to date with everything that’s going on at ECOC by following us on Instagram @ecoc_exhibition and using the hashtag #ECOC19. We look forward to meeting you over the next few days!

Let’s celebrate the start of #ECOC19 and get connected!

Day 2 – Tuesday 24th September 2019

Fresh from an inspired opening day at ECOC 2019 yesterday, exhibition goers to Europe’s largest optical connections event were treated to another round of product demonstrations, talks and presentations, and company news at the vanguard of optical communication technology that will mark this year’s event as one of the best yet for ECOC.

Kicking off with a Market Focus talk that set the tone for quality insight for the rest of the day, Lisa Huff, Principal Analyst, Optical Components at Ovum, delivered an overview of data centre networks, discussing how optical integration and silicon photonics will affect the market. The data centre topic remained at the front of attendees’ minds thanks to ‘Integrated Silicon Photonics for Future Datacenter Applications’, delivered by Thomas Liljeberg, General Manager, Integration for Intel Silicon Photonics Products Division at event sponsors Intel.

Amongst the Market Focus sessions, exciting product announcements from ECOC exhibitors continued into day two. Imec announced the extension of its silicon photonics portfolio, representing important progression for 400Gb/s and beyond optical links, and co-packaged optics in next-generation data center switches.

As the first half of day two at Market Focus rolled on, presentations from Lightwave Logic on meeting the new challenges of 400, 800, and 1600 Gbaud datarates, Hewlett Packard Enterprise on green supercomputing, and Acacia Communications on coherent technology contributed to the buzz around a successful morning of talks on photonics integration and digital silicon photonics.

After lunch, delegates were still hungry for more from the day two Market Focus speakers as sessions on service and content provider optical transmissions began.

Martin Zirngibl, Corporate Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Finisar began the second half of the day exploring the cross-over from pluggable modules to co-packaged optics, the changes this will cause, and what this will mean for the industry.


400G dominated the rest of the afternoon, starting with a talk from IHS Markit which compared the relative strengths and weaknesses of 400G ZR with 400G ZR+, and with embedded 400G+ coherent transceivers. Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) presented on the deployment of the 400ZR ecosystem and Viavi Solutions looked to the future of 400G technology as it moves into early trials and deployments.

Wrapping up day two of the Market Focus was Huawei Technologies, with the company’s Technical Vice President, Dr. Christopher Janz, discussing the importance of optical intelligence in the industry – a fitting end to a day filled with intelligent discussion and insight from the most important names in the optical industry.

ECOC TV was also back in action for day two, capturing the best demonstrations, interviews and happenings around the exhibition – if you see the film crew pass by make sure you say hello and let us know how the show is going for you so far!

Remember, you can also share your ECOC 2019 experience with us on social media by using hashtag #ECOC19 in your posts. Why not also tag us at @ECOC_Exhibition on Twitter and Instagram so we can see what you’re getting up to during the show!

Day 3 – Wednesday 25th September

It’s the third and final day of ECOC 2019 in Dublin, and as ever the exhibition has been a hub of activity! A total of 6,569 delegates and visitors attended the three days of the exhibition which saw the likes of Nokia, Cisco, Inhpi and many more presenting insights into some of the most topical areas of fibre optical communications.

An impressive number of exhibitor announcements kicked off the final day of the exhibition. ECOC exhibitor, Infinera, delighted visitors to its stand, by providing expert insight into the significance of its addition of XR Optics – a game-changing technology for Transport Network Transformation.

This year’s carefully selected Market Focus speakers captivated the audiences with a unique and expert analysis of the topics. For the first time this year at ECOC, New Markets were put under the spotlight as Verizon delivered a first-of-a kind presentation on how to detect vehicle speed, density and transport conditions using deployed fibre carrying high-speed data transmission. Verizon speaker, Glenn Wellbrock, cited that the use of fibre networks could potentially double the values of a carrier’s fibre assets to provide a significant environmental monitoring system to serve different applications.

Next up was II-VI Inc. speaker, Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, Vice President, Strategic Marketing. Covering innovations in Photonics and current trends and opportunities for the latest innovations, Parthasarathi addressed transformational megatrends as well as looking in depth at the opportunities and challenges they represent.

Autonomous driving featured in the agenda when Dr Pauline Rigby, consultant, LightCounting Market Research took to the stage. Turning the talk towards demand for lasers for 3D sensing, Rigby delivered comment on recent developments such as the use of facial recognition in smartphone technology, a shift that Rigby highlights as a turning point in the market. Rigby gave the packed auditorium her predictions for the future as she presented the latest reports on lasers use in automotive lidar.

The final afternoon’s Market Focus topics had the crowds engaged again, as Robert Blum Director of Strategic Marketing and New Business for Intel Silicon Photonics Products Division stepped up to present. Blum delved deep into sensing, outlining recent deployments in both consumer and automotive markets.

Corning speaker, Market and Technology Development Manager, Sergei Makovejs, asked whether multi-core fiber (MCF) makes sense as he reflected on the last available frontiers for transmission capacity increase. Makoveis pondered whether MCF offers a viable capacity increase pathway, examining the most favourable conditions, as well as taking a reflective look at the MCF ecosystem as a whole and assessing its advantages and challenges.

Dark Fibre grabbed the Market Focus spotlight during the final afternoon with a well-attended session sparking discussion around the need for cost-effective distributing sensing capability to identify malicious events to trigger preventative actions within the networks. As one of the earliest companies to deploy Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS), Optasense Ltd. speaker, Product Line Manager, Andrew Hall, gave a fascinating overview of real-world application examples as well as highlighting the latest advances in the technology.

Telefonica speaker, Juan Pedro Fernandez Palacios, used his session to cover how disaggregation is changing the way to architect and operate networks. Palacios put forward Telefonica’s take on the evolution of its disaggregation approach for optical networks.

Bringing the 2019 Market Focus to a close were ECOC exhibitors, Lumentum and VPIphotonics, who covered topics such as growth in optical networks and challenges in system design and modelling considerations.

VPIphotonics speaker, general manager, Andre Richter gave his take on viable solution approaches as the latest results were presented.

Reflecting on this year’s Market Focus, Dr. Stephan Neidlinger, ECOC Advisory Committee member said: “It has been amazing once again. The scope of topics is being extended and it is no longer just telco focused but looking more towards alternative markets.”

As the doors close on another much anticipated and lively ECOC exhibition, plans are already being put in place for the 2020 instalment, which will take place in Brussels, Belgium.

It’s not over yet though, there’s still time to share your ECOC 2019 experience with us on social media by tagging @ECOC_Exhibition on twitter, using hashtag, #ECOC19. You can also share your show floor snaps with us on Instagram and Facebook, or even your Dublin selfies @ecoc_exhibition!

We look forward to bringing you all this year’s highlights and videos soon, so keep an eye on the website for all the latest at See you next year!