Panel 1: Will Open and Disaggregated Optical Networking Change the Service Provider Landscape?
Nariman Yousefi, Executive Vice President, Automotive, Coherent DSP and Switch Group
Wednesday 02 June 2021 | 10:30 - 11:30 Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 04:00)
While the use of open software and systems has now become commonplace in the data center world, communications service providers (CSPs) are still evaluating whether such an approach can meet their requirements for reduced equipment costs, improved service velocity, and greater innovation. Key technology vectors include disaggregation, virtualization, SDN, open source software, and contributed reference designs for hardware. Open organizations such as the Open Compute Project (OCP), Telecom Infra Project (TIP), and ONF, along with MSAs such as Open ROADM, are challenging and complementing the role of established standards bodies in driving such innovation into transport networks. Meanwhile, new hardware and software players see open networking as their opportunity to enter the CSP market.
This session will explore the prospects of open optical communications in the evolution of technologies and network architectures and will highlight the progress of key open initiatives and actors across the components, hardware, and software ecosystems.
Business Fireside Chat
Matt Murphy, President and Chief Executive Officer
Thursday 03 June 2021 | 12:00 - 13:15 Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 04:00)
The optical landscape has seen major changes over the last year including Covid-related disruption and traffic pattern changes, resurgence of consolidation and vertical integration, impact from trade wars, looming threats of new architectures utilizing white box optical systems, pluggables and onboard optics. The big questions from here are whether these trends are transitory or signal a fundamental change in the industry landscape
This fireside chat features leaders from across the optical networking supply chain providing their unique perspective on a broad range of industry issues including:
Are the lines between system, module, and component vendors blurring? Over the last 12 months we have seen examples of system vendors choosing to buy/build component technology across the telecom and datacom markets and attempting to monetize this technology not only through use in their own systems but also through component/module level sales. What is driving this and how does this affect economics as well as business models for system and component vendors?