OFC/NFOEC 2013 to Host World-Class Optical Communications Exposition Featuring 550+ Companies, Industry and Business Programming

  OFC/NFOEC 2013 to Host World-Class Optical Communications Exposition
  Featuring 550+ Companies, Industry and Business Programming on Show Floor

   Exhibit hall programs to cover datacom, cloud services, software-defined
  networking, network infrastructure, service provider integration and more


Business Wire

-- March 18, 2013


WHAT: Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/National Fiber
Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) 2013

WHEN/WHERE: March 17 - 21 (Exhibits open March 19 - 21) at the Anaheim
Convention Center, Anaheim, Calif.

DETAILS: As the largest and most comprehensive international event for both
the science and business of optical communications, this year’s
conference—with more than 12,000 attendees expected, along with more than 550
exhibiting companies (45 percent based outside the U.S.) and more than 800
technical and business presentations—will host the entire scope of optical
communications, providing technical programming, exhibits and other activities
for all audiences from systems and components manufacturers to service
providers, carriers and enterprises.

The industry’s most comprehensive exhibition features:

  *Exhibits from leading companies, such as Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco
    Systems, JDSU, and Finisar. Companies include network and test equipment
    vendors, systems and component manufacturers, plus software, fiber cable
    and specialty fiber manufacturers.
  *Three Exhibit Hall theaters of business programming, featuring
    presentations by experts from major global brands and key industry
    organizations, including Verizon, Juniper, Google, Sprint, Microsoft,
    Cisco, Corning, the Ethernet Alliance, Optical Internetworking Forum, and
    many others.
  *Local Representation from more than 100 California-based companies on the
    show floor, including Broadcom, Ericsson, JDSU, NeoPhotonics, Oclaro,
    Xilinx and more.

HIGHLIGHTS: Complimentary  exposition floor programming highlights include:

Expo Theater I Programming

  *Market Watch - Tuesday, March 19 - Thursday, March 21
    This three-day series of panel sessions engages the applications and
    business communities in the field of optical communications. Presentations
    and panel discussions feature esteemed guest speakers from the industry,
    research and investment communities, including JDSU, Verizon, Finisar,
    Ericsson and others. Topics covered this year include the state of the
    industry, packet optical convergence, components, high-speed pluggable
    optics for the datacenter, and metro 100G applications.
  *Service Provider Summit - Wednesday, March 20, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    This program features topics of interest to CTOs, network architects,
    network designers and technologists within the service provider and
    carrier sector. Joe Weinman, senior vice president of cloud services &
    strategy at Telx will deliver the keynote presentation, “What Cloudonomics
    Means for the Network.” Panels include “Monetizing the Network - Achieving
    Value out of the Infrastructure” and “Acquisition and Integration
    Strategies - Consolidation in the Service Provider Realm” and feature
    leaders from a global slate of service providers and end users, including
    Sprint, TCD, Level 3, Zayo and more.
  *The Buzz – A Real-time Look at the News and Trends Happening at OFC/NFOEC
    2013 – Wednesday, March 20, 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
    This new session will feature real-time analysis of the 2013 OFC/NFOEC
    show floor buzz, analysis of industry news announcements and what they
    mean to the industry. An unscripted “fireside chat,” this program will
    feature three industry analysts discussing the hot exhibitor news
    announcements, trends and show buzz—offering an exclusive real-time
    industry insider’s perspective.

Expo Theater II Programming

  *OIF Program: Physical and Link Layer-Focused Session - Tuesday March 19,
    11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    This panel will explore the Optical Internetworking Forum’s (OIF) Next
    Generation Interconnect Framework document, which identifies the
    application spaces or types of interconnects that will be needed by the
    optical communications industry to create next generation networks and
    meet growing bandwidth challenges. The session includes an overview of the
    Framework, the types of interconnects that will be found within next
    generation systems and potential areas of technical work the OIF is
    pursuing to support the development of new interconnect technologies of
    the future.
  *Monetizing Cloud Services: Industry Trends and Best Practices for Service
    Providers - Tuesday, March 19, 1:30 – 4:15 p.m.
    This session will discuss market opportunities and business models, and
    will explore what role Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Optical
    Transport will play in enabling cloud networks. Speakers include leaders
    from companies and market research such as ADVA Optical Networking,
    Current Analysis, Juniper Networks, IDC and others.
  *OIF Carrier SDN Drivers Session – Wednesday March 20, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30
    According to the OIF, Software-Defined Networking is the hottest topic the
    industry has seen since the explosion of optical networking in the late
    1990s. The OIF is working toward solving issues, relying heavily on its
    carrier members - some of whom are among the world’s largest, to identify
    the key requirements and building blocks for the development and
    deployment of interoperable optical networking solutions and services.
    This session will address the drivers for carrier SDN in optical/transport
  *Ethernet Alliance Program – Wednesday, March 20, 1 - 3 p.m.
    The Ethernet Alliance is a global community of Ethernet end users, system
    and component vendors, industry experts and university and government
    professionals who are committed to the continued success and expansion of
    Ethernet. The program’s first panel is titled “Trends in Interconnects &
    Integration: Chasing Electrical to Optical Conversion,” and will cover
    adoption of parallel fiber, direct attach cables and optical backplanes.
    The second panel, titled, “The Need for Speed,” will cover  400G Ethernet
    call-for-interest, adoption rate of 40G/100G and bandwidth growth and the
    next speed of Ethernet.

  *Workshop on Photonic Startups and Entrepreneurship – Wednesday March 20,
    3:30 – 5 p.m.
    Much innovation in the photonics industry is driven by start-up companies.
    The aim of this workshop is to provide practical guidelines and dos and
    don'ts of start-ups by featuring a number of seasoned entrepreneurs who
    tell their story. The focus of the presentations is to share key insights
    and lessons learned that are useful for any entrepreneur wanting to start
    a company or develop a new business. Speakers include executives from
    Acacia Communications Inc., Cyan, Intune Networks, OneChip and Pilot
    Photonics Ltd.

Expo Theater III Programming

  *Software-Defined Networks Session - Tuesday March 19, 10:15 a.m. – 1:30
    This session explores the primary economic and operational drivers of SDN
    from the large service providers’ point of view. Discussions will be led
    by executives from Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco, Infinera, Microsoft,
    Nuage Networks and Verizon, and will cover cloud networking framework and
    VPN applicability, the role of SDN in cloud automation and services,
    supporting SDN in transport networks, inter-cloud architecture and
    implications to optical infrastructure, OpenFlow-based SDN for converged
    access/aggregation, and combined packet+optical architectures and SDN.
  *Advancing Optical Solutions in Cloud Computing, Communications and
    Networking - Tuesday, March 19, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    Cloud computing already has widespread impact across how today’s
    applications, resources, and data are accessed. Yet, many issues around
    cloud computing need to be addressed, including, but not limited to,
    security, reliability, architecture, and economics. During this session,
    special attention will be given to current capabilities and future visions
    for the role of optical technologies and solutions to help solve these
    challenges. OFC/NFOEC Plenary Session keynote Nick McKeown, professor of
    electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford University, will
    join speakers from Ciena, Verizon, Tellabs, and Telx.
  *POF Symposium – Wednesday, March 20, 1 – 5 p.m.
    The Plastic Optical Fiber Trade Organization’s (POFTO) POF Symposium will
    cover recent developments in POF technology, applications, technical
    standards, industry progress, and new markets. Speakers from around the
    world will review opportunities for POF in areas such as Gigabit POF,
    high-temperature POF, aerospace & automobile applications, home
    networking, IPTV, consumer devices, and POF sensors, among others.

PRESS REGISTRATION: Media/analyst registration for OFC/NFOEC 2013 can be
accessed online.

CONTACT: Please contact us or visit the event website at www.ofcnfoec.org for
additional information, including travel arrangement details.

Keira Shein, 410.363.9494, keira@wilkinsonshein.com
Leah Wilkinson, 703.907.0010, leah@wilkinsonshein.com
Angela Stark, 202.416.1443, astark@osa.org
Brielle Day, 202.416.1435, bday@osa.org


For more than 35 years, the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and
Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) has been the
premier destination for converging breakthrough research and innovation in
telecommunications, optical networking, fiber optics and, recently, datacom
and computing. Consistently ranked in the top 200 tradeshows in the United
States, and named one of the Fastest Growing Trade Shows in 2012 by TSNN,
OFC/NFOEC unites service providers, systems companies, enterprise customers,
IT businesses, and component manufacturers, with researchers, engineers, and
development teams from around the world. OFC/NFOEC includes dynamic business
programming, an exposition of more than 550 companies, and cutting-edge
peer-reviewed research that, combined, showcase the trends and pulse of the
entire optical communications industry.

OFC/NFOEC is managed by the Optical Society (OSA) and co-sponsored by OSA, the
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers/Communications Society
(IEEE/ComSoc), and the IEEE Photonics Society. OFC/NFOEC 2013 takes place
March 17 – 21 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. For more
information, visitwww.ofcnfoec.org.


Keira Shein, 410-363-9494
Leah Wilkinson, 703-907-0010
Angela Stark, 202-416-1443
Brielle Day, 202-416-1435
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