Now in it’s 17th year the Market Focus theatre has become one of the highlights of the ECOC Exhibition attracting the world’s best speakers from industry globally.

Every year the Market Focus is a focus point of the show and has become a key event to get up-to-date knowledge from across the industry in key technical areas and discover the latest commercial trends in optical communications.

This year we have streamlined our Market Focus sessions to cover the whole value chain of technologies from optical components to optical network providers that span both telecommunications as well as datacenter/data communication media services.

The Market Focus sessions for 2022 are divided into 5 categories with a session
of 2 panels, details can be found below.

Download the Market Focus flyer for the full topic list.


Call for Speakers: Deadline Monday 13th June 

Submit your abstract for 2022


Service providers/media/social companies

1. Impact of social and media on the internet/network
2. State of the optical transport markets (metro, long haul, submarine) and OTN trends
3. Transmission roadmaps (route to 100s Tbps and associated MSAs/standards efforts)
4. Energy Efficient Ethernet and green datacenters
5. Power impact of co-packaging (CPO) vs. pluggableplatforms
6. Scaling capacity and growth with DWDM superchannels
7. OTN Design & planning software
8. Embedded network monitoring, testing, anddiagnostics
9. Intersatellite communication


1. Fibre access (5G) and next generation 6G/7Gsystems
2. Operator business models (regulation, standards,installation, mgt etc.)
3. High speed PON and FTTX solutions (cables,antennas, coherent etc.)
4. Future trends for server/switch designs andarchitectures in the datacenter
5. Network architectures and wavelength routing and gridless architectures
6. Colourless, directionless, contentionless ROADM networks
7. Network automation and SDN standards/industry groups
8. Network disaggregation: Open terminals, Optical Line Systems, white boxes




1. Advanced fiber-based connector/interfaces/panels
2. Competitive modules for WDM / high-speed PON
3. PIC based transceivers (pluggable and co-packaged/ CPO)
4. Architecture trends for line cards, faceplate, rack data throughput
5. Intelligent sensors/sensing using fiber communications
6. Agile transceivers (data rate, wavelength, modulation scheme, coherent/coherent-lite, FEC, etc.)
7. Embedded optics/waveguides in pcbs and associated interposers
8. Chip-to-chip communications (fiber and/or optical wireless)Integrated (Black Box) vs. Disaggregated platforms
9. White box networking architectures/trends/ technology platforms


1. Classic component performance (discrete and integrated photonics), ROADMs
2. High speed, low power modulators (polymer, TFLN, plasmonic, Silicon, InP etc.)
3. Tunable and fixed wavelength devices
4. Future PIC trends, roadmaps, complexity with InP, silicon photonics, polymers
5. VCSELs: high speed, arrays, smart pixels
6. Electronics (and associated modulation techniques – PAM, QPSK, QAM etc.) for lightwave (DSPs, ASICs, computational processing)
7. Advanced packaging trends (low cost, high speed, volume driven, CoB, FC, interposers) and associated testing techniques

New and emerging technologies

1. 3D structured light and sensing
2. Transportation, remote, and distributed sensing
3. Optical radars or lidar
4. Bio-medical applications
5. POF (Plastic optical fibre) cabling/interconnect applications/testing
6. Satellite and free space optics
7. Automotive (LIDAR) sensing optics, beam steering, phased array optics
8. Ultra-short (<10m) distance data communications, AOC and parallel optics
9. Projection optics (home and cinema/conference applications)
10. Novel PICs and photonic devices/materials and platforms
11. Optical switching materials/components

2 roundtables/panels

1. The race decrease power consumption in the network
2. Pluggable optics vs co-packaging for 104Tbps+ and beyond platforms)




The ECOC Market Focus has grown over the past 17 years to become one of the focal points of the show and a popular platform to gain industry knowledge and insight into the latest technologies available.

Covering everything from datacentres, photonics integrations and digital silicon photonics to fibre access, service and content provide optical transmission, Market Focus, sponsored by Marvell, showcases the very latest news and developments from leading organisations within the fibre optics community.


Catch up on the sessions from 2021 at the Virtual Catch Up

We are pleased to share the full speaker line-up and session details for this year’s Market Focus. Hear from companies including Intel, Corning, Marvell, Lightwave Logic, Arista, OIF, Infinera, II-VI and lots more!

Market Focus at Virtual Catch Up – Timetable  2021    Full session details

Highlights from Market Focus 2021 live in Bordeaux, France

  • "Market Focus sessions were very informative and on the edge .... the best attended part of the show in my eyes and one that got a lot of discussion afterwards"

    Exhibition Visitor

ECOC Exhibition Market Focus Advisory Committee

We are delighted to welcome back the industry experts who make up the ECOC Advisory Committee. The Committee is the decision-making force behind the presentation selection process and includes representatives from across the optical communications space – telecom operators, system vendors and component manufacturers to industry analyst groups and independent industry bodies.

The experienced Committee includes: Pierpaolo Ghiggino of NIS Ltd, Wladek Forysiak of Aston University, Stephan Neidlinger from ADVA Optical Networking, Michael Lebby from Lightwave Logic, Daryl Inniss from OFS, Glenn Wellbrock from Verizon, Frank Chang from Source Photonics,  industry expert Bimal Nayar, from Network Rail and Bill Ring from Voyant Photonics.


Per Danielsen (1955 – 2019)
Committee Chairman

We sadly lost an exceptional person and great friend. Per has been the main driver behind this very forum; an idea that grew from humble beginnings in 2006 to what is now one of the most exciting market meeting of the Industry and a key feature of one of the most important Optical Technology Conferences and Exhibitions in the world. Market Focus exists thanks to his vision, technological competence, dedication and drive. He will be greatly missed.

Highlights from Market Focus 2019

Market Focus Presentations 2019

Some of the excellent presentations from across the three days of the event are now available to download.

Please note: not all presentations will be available due to author permissions. We are awaiting approval to publish some of the remaining presentations, so if there are any specific sessions you are waiting for please do contact the Marketing Team and we will endeavor to obtain these as soon as we can.

Download the Market Focus presentations