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SPIE Professional October 2008

Telecom Rebirth?

The APOC symposium in Asia considers an industry renaissance.

By Kathy Sheehan

Attend SPIE APOC in ChinaDriven by the growth of long-distance telecommunications traffic, the market for optical communications equipment and technologies is predicted to soon rebound from its collapse of several years ago.

That's the optimistic forecast of Robert Tkach, director of the Transmission Systems and Networks Research Department at Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent (NJ).

photo of Robert TkachTkach will be one of several plenary speakers at the SPIE Asia-Pacific Optical Communications Symposium in Hangzhou, China, in late October.

His talk, "Technologies for a Renaissance in Long-Distance Optical Communications," will cover the telecom market collapse and examine trends in network traffic and capacity that are pointing to an increased need for optical communications systems in the next decade.

A new report indicates that the development and use of broadband has flourished over the last four years and that broadband plays a critical and positive role in the workings of the economy. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reports that the number of broadband subscribers in some 30 member countries has increased 187% since December 2004, reaching 221 million in June 2007.

"As broadband connections proliferate, connections are faster and less expensive," the report for the June 2008 OECD Ministerial Meeting also states. The report also highlights challenges that a telecom renaissance will face, including the policy debate over whether regulations for traditional copper telephone infrastructure should be applied to all-fiber networks.

In addition to Tkach, who received the John Tyndall Award earlier this year in recognition of his outstanding contributions in optical-fiber technology, other plenary speakers, conference participants, workshop moderators, and leading industry representatives will discuss the latest developments in optical communications at the Zhejiang International Conference Center, 26-30 October.

APOC Events

More than 600 contributed and invited papers will be presented during the week on network architecture; optoelectronic materials and devices such as plasmonics, semiconductor diode lasers, and quantum dots; fiber amplifiers and grating devices; optical switching; and dozens of other related topics. In addition, on Friday, 31 October, attendees will have the opportunity to visit Fuyang City to explore business opportunities with local fiber-optic companies and government officials.

Plenary speakers on Monday, 27 October, include Tkach; Dieter Bimberg, chair of Applied Solid State Physics at Technical University of Berlin (Germany) who will talk about nanophotonic devices; and Yoshio Itaya, executive director of NTT Electronics Corp.'s Science and Core Technology Lab Group (Japan), whose presentation is titled "Photonic Challenges Toward Future Broadband Society."

On Tuesday, 28 October, telecom carriers, systems and component vendors, and government representatives from China and elsewhere will participate in a full-day Industry Forum co-chaired by Qian Mao, of FiberHome Technologies Group (China) and Herwig Zech of Nokia Siemens Networks Transport Systems (Shanghai).

The Industry Forum will emphasize international business and market developments and business opportunities with presentations from telecom executives:

  • Ted Chang, StrataLight Communications
  • Herve Fevriers, Xtera Communications
  • Patrick Leisching, Nokia Siemens Networks
  • Stan Lumish, JDSU Uniphase Corp.
  • Michael Minneman, dBM Optics, Inc
  • Bardia Pezeshki, Santur Corp.
  • Xulei Sang, Alcatel-Lucent
  • Xiongyan Tang, CNC Labs
  • Matt Walker, OVUMT.
  • J. Xia, Verizon

Workshops on Sunday, 26 October, will focus on sustainable development in the industry, optical network deployment, and on challenges and opportunities for the next generation of systems and networks.

General chairs for the conference are Lars Thylen, director of the Joint Research Center of Photonics operated by Sweden's Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (the Royal Institute of Technology) and Zhejiang University in Hangzhou; Wei Yang, president of Zhejiang University; and Bingkun Zhou, president of the Chinese Optical Society and professor of electronic engineering at Tsinghua University (China).

For more information: spie.org/apoc

Conferences @ SPIE APOC, 26-30 October
  • Passive Components and Fiber-Based Devices
  • Optoelectronic Materials and Devices
  • Optical Transmission, Switching, and Subsystems
  • Network Architectures, Management, and Applications

Have a question or comment about this article? Write to us at SPIEprofessional@spie.org. 

DOI: 10.1117/2.4200810.17

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