Leaders in Optical Networking and Communications to Discuss Technology Advancements

Industry luminaries to join panels on 5G, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Gaming and More

WASHINGTON – The future of optical networking will be among key themes for the all-virtual OIDA Executive Forum to be held 02 – 03 June 2021. Leaders from top companies will participate in thought-provoking discussions on emerging technologies and business opportunities that will shape the network in coming years.

Senior executives from Facebook, Google, Verizon, China Mobile and Infinera will join other leaders for talks on the evolution of subsea cables, open software in data centers, growing interest in eXtended Reality (XR) and more. A pre-event webinar on Thursday, 20 May 2021 will explore key technology and business aspects of the latest wave of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications projects.

“Visionaries will provide insights into some of the most fascinating issues transforming our industry as companies continue to innovate,” said 2021 OIDA Executive Forum Planning Committee Member Jörg-Peter Elbers, SVP Advanced Technology, Standards & IPR at ADVA, Germany. “This event brings together leaders across the globe to discuss data center applications, the impact of Covid-19 to the supply chain, market trends and latest technologies.”

The two-day OIDA Executive Forum program features presentations, panel discussions, a business fireside chat and optional meet the speaker networking opportunities.

Wednesday, 02 June 2021

  • Keynote Presentation: The Growing Facebook Network: Connecting the Planet
    • 10:00 – 10:30 EDT (UTC – 04:00)
    • Bandwidth growth for cloud providers continues to drive a new surge of subsea cable builds, driven by many factors, including Machine Learning and AI machine-to-machine interactions on a global scale.
    • Moderator: Eve Griliches, Cisco Systems, USA; Speaker: Elizabeth Rivera Hartling, Facebook, USA
  • Panel 1: Will Open Optical Networking Change the Service Provider Landscape?
    • 10:30 – 11:30 EDT (UTC – 04:00)
    • This session will explore the prospects of open optical communications in the evolution of technologies and network architectures, and highlight the progress of key open initiatives and actors across the components, hardware and software ecosystems.
  • Panel 2: The Next Big Things – Pushing the Boundaries of Optical Communications
    • 12:00 – 13:30 EDT (UTC – 04:00)
    • Cloud gaming is the next big thing in the entertainment industry offering high-end gaming to a mobile crowd. XR merges the digital, physical, and human world and opens completely new ways to interact with our environment.

Thursday, 03 June 2021

  • Keynote Presentation – Moderator: Heidi Adams, Nokia, USA; Speaker: Bikash Koley, Google, USA
    • 10:00 – 10:30 EDT (UTC – 04:00)
  • Panel 3: What is Going on at the Edge?
    • 10:30 – 11:30 EDT (UTC – 04:00)
    • This panel will debate service requirements, network architectures and the role of disaggregation and slicing at the network edge.
  • Business Fireside Chat
    • 12:00 – 13:15 EDT (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 and looming threats. This fireside chat features leaders in the optical networking supply chain providing their unique perspective on a broad range of industry issues.

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

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