Optical communication conference

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Seven of the world’s leading telecom operators will gather under the banner of the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) on the exhibition floor at this year’s European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC). The event will take place at Europe’s biggest conference centre, the Internationales Congress Centrum Berlin, from 17–19 September.

The operators - AT&T, China Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom Group, KDDI, Telecom Italia and Verizon - will be showing results of the 2007 OIF Worldwide Interoperability Demonstration – On-Demand Ethernet Services. The event, a showcase of dynamic Ethernet services over multiple control plane-enabled intelligent optical core networks, is the first ever conducted in Europe.

Graham Finnie, chief analyst at Heavy Reading, commented: 'Optical technology is once again moving centre stage in the telecommunications industry, largely because of the relentless rise in demand for bandwidth.'

On the exhibition floor, visitors will be able to see and take part in a number of new, interactive features: the live demonstration area, where the latest optical communications products will be showcased; a new, free training area, where the CTTS will give free, practical training courses in fusion splicing and fibre preparation tools; and the second ECOC Market Focus seminars, which will this year feature presentations from Hans-Martin Foisel of Deutsche Telekom and the OIF, Don Clarke of BT, senior executives at Ericsson, JDSU and Bookham, and a view on the European FTTH market from Heavy Reading’s Graham Finnie.