To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the event, ECOC has introduced the ECOC Exhibition Industry Awards, in conjunction with Optical Connections.

The six awards will feature the following categories: Data Centre Innovation/Best Product, Innovative FTTx Product, Most Innovative Product, Optical Integration (SiPh and/or other), Optical Transport Award, and Best Fiber/ Fiber Component Product.

The awards emphasize technology and product commercialization; they highlight significant achievements in advancing the business of optical communications, transport, networking, fiber-based products, photonic integration circuits and related developments.

Judging criteria

Once you have decided on the award (s) you would like to enter, the awards committee would like to see a 1-page summary, which answers the following:

  • What has been done?
  • What’s the significant commercial contribution?
  • What’s the outlook?
  • What is the competitive positioning?
  • Please include a description of challenges that might create headwind

Clean, clear, simple descriptions, examples, and facts, where possible. The awards committee needs to be able to verify the claims in some way so the submissions have to provide a level of evidence of the success or progress of the development.


Winners will be announced on 8th December

The committee will review the progress of advanced technologies from research to commercialization including volume production as well as new and innovative products. The awards will be in conjunction with Optical Connections and ECOC Market Focus sessions annually. Winners will be announced at ECOC 2020 in Brussels 08 December after extensive review, nominees through voting, and committee selection.

The presentation will take place in the newly launched Product Focus theatre on Tuesday 08 December at 12pm.

Entry for the awards is now open and will close on September 11. A shortlist of nominees will be announced ahead of the event in December.

To enter, please submit your one-page summary by email to the Awards Team.


Find out about the new Industry Awards in our interview with Daryl Inniss

Award categories

Data Centre Innovation/Best Product

Best Fiber/ Fiber Component Product

Fiber 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 fiber designs, fiber management systems, fiber adapters, trays, modules and connection systems.

Data Centre Innovation/ Best Product

Broad based. Patch panels, switches, transceivers, servers, fiber, 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.

Innovative FTTx Product

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


Most Innovative Product

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.

Optical Integration  (SiPh and/or other)

Photonic integration has been identified as a path to lower cost, lower power consumption, and higher throughput. Silicon photonics has been in the center of this debate. This aware is technology agnostic. We are looking for technologies that integrate (hybrid or monolithic) numerous optical functions to increase capacity while lowering cost and power consumption. A critical part of this award is revenue—the product is shipping for revenue.

Optical Transport Award

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.

Market Focus 2020 – Call for Speakers now open

ECOC Exhibition 2020 will once again feature the popular Market Focus theatre, which offers the exciting opportunity to gain insight and discuss the latest in the global fibre optics industry such as Transportation sensing and 5G. Last year’s Market Focus featured 30 presentations from some of the top names in the industry and attracted 3,600 visitors across the three-days. Call for speakers is now open and more details, including how to apply to speak, can be found on our Market Focus pages.

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