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The Future of Open Optical Communications: Network Operators and Technology Developers Take Their Stance
[July 12, 2017]

The Future of Open Optical Communications: Network Operators and Technology Developers Take Their Stance

NASHUA, N.H., July 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Network operators and technology developers will put it all on the table to see where the future of open optical communications lies when they convene on November 2, 2017 in Dallas, TX for the Open Optical Conference, powered by Lightwave and sponsored by Fujitsu and Ciena.

Open Optical Conference taking place on November 2, 2017 in Dallas, Texas

"Our conference program has been designed to look at the primary issues that surround open optical communications design," said Stephen Hardy, editorial director of Lightwave and conference program manager. "The goal is to have a space where all sides of the discussion can meet and work towards common ground."

The first announced speakers are Rod Naphan, CTO of Fujitsu Network Communications; and Glenn Wellbrock, director of optical transport network architecture, design and planning at Verizon. Naphan will reveal strategies for collaborative co-creation to break down the last fortress of proprietary networking. Wellbrock will provide contrast to the discussion by describing how Verizon has built a well-earned reputation around its "most reliable network" and why he believes a full embrace of open optical systems addsunnecessary risk to the foundation that supports its services.

Located in the heart of the Telecom Corridor, Dallas will be the perfect city to bring design engineers from network operators and technology suppliers together to find common ground. For more information on housing, click here

To view the detailed program, click here.

For information on available sponsorships, click here.

About Lightwave

For more than 30 years, Lightwave ( has delivered trusted technical, application and business insights to senior-level decision makers for optical communications worldwide. Lightwave serves technology vendors, communications carriers and major enterprises with a complete picture of the optical communications business environment. Lightwave is a valued information source for information related to FTTx, networking, equipment design, MSO optics, and test and measurement for corporate executives, department heads, project managers, network engineers and others making strategic business decisions.

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