Leaders in Optical Networks and Communications to Discuss Technological Advances

Industry leaders join panels on 5G, artificial intelligence, cloud gaming and more

WASHINGTON – The future of optical networks will be one of the key themes of the Fully Virtual OIDA Executive Forum to be held June 2-3, 2021. Executives from large companies will participate in stimulating discussions on emerging technologies and business opportunities that will shape the network in the years to come.

Senior Executives from Facebook, Google, Verizon, China Mobile and Infinera to Join Other Executives for Discussions on the Evolution of Submarine Cables, Open Software in Data Centers, Growing Interest in eXtended Reality (XR) and more. A pre-event webinar Thursday, May 20, 2021 will explore key technological and business aspects of the latest wave of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications projects.

“Visionaries will provide insight into some of the most fascinating issues transforming our industry as companies continue to innovate,” said Jörg-Peter Elbers, OIDA 2021 Executive Forum Planning Committee Member, Vice- Managing Director of Advanced Technologies, Standards and Intellectual Property Rights at ADVA, Germany. “This event brings together leaders from around the world to discuss data center applications, the impact of Covid-19 on the supply chain, market trends and the latest technologies.”

The two-day program of the OIDA Executive Forum includes presentations, panel discussions, professional fireside discussion, and optional networking opportunities to meet the speakers.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

  • Main presentation: The growing Facebook network: connecting the planet
    • 10:00 am – 10:30 am EDT (UTC – 4:00 am)
    • The growth in bandwidth for cloud providers continues to generate a new wave of submarine cable construction, driven by many factors, including machine learning and machine-to-machine interactions from AI to global scale.
    • Moderator: Eve Griliches, Cisco Systems, United States; Speaker: Elizabeth Rivera Hartling, Facebook, USA
  • Panel 1: Will the open optical network change the landscape for service providers?
    • 10:30 am – 11:30 am EDT (UTC – 4:00 am)
    • This session will explore the perspectives of open optical communications in the evolution of network technologies and architectures, and highlight the progress of key open initiatives and actors across component, hardware and software ecosystems.
  • Panel 2: The Next Big Things – Pushing the Limits of Optical Communications
    • 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT (UTC – 4:00 a.m.)
    • Cloud gaming is the next big thing in the entertainment industry, bringing premium gaming to a host of mobiles. XR merges the digital, physical and human world and opens up new ways of interacting with our environment.

Thursday June 3, 2021

  • Keynote Presentation – Moderator: Heidi Adams, Nokia, United States; Speaker: Bikash Koley, Google, United States
    • 10:00 am – 10:30 am EDT (UTC – 4:00 am)
  • Panel 3: What is happening on the outskirts?
    • 10:30 am – 11:30 am EDT (UTC – 4:00 am)
    • This panel will discuss service requirements, network architectures and the role of disaggregation and slicing at the network edge.
  • Business chat by the fireside
    • 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. EDT (UTC – 4:00 a.m.)
    • The optical landscape has seen major changes over the past year, including Covid-related disruptions and changes in traffic patterns, the resurgence of consolidation and vertical integration, the impact of trade wars and imminent threats. This fireside chat features leaders in the optical networking supply chain, offering their unique perspective on a wide range of industry issues.

Sponsors for the 2021 OIDA Executive Forum event include Infinera, Cisco, Keysight Technologies, MRSI Mycronic and Lightwave. Registration is now open.

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