BT and Verizon discuss ‘the software telco’ at ECOC
Executives from major operators like BT and Verizon will be speaking at the Market Focus Theatre at the ECOC Exhibition in London later this month (23-25 September).
The hot topic seems to be software-defined networking (SDN) in telecoms networks and Chris Bilton, BT’s director of research and technology, will consider whether the software telco is just a pipe dream.
To what extent can operators use SDN and network functions virtualisation (NFV) to orchestrate operations across multiple types of network protocols, applications and equipment in their networks? Glen Wellbrock, the director in charge of Verizon’s optical network architecture, will provide a second operator perspective on when and where SDN can be applied to optical transport.
Sponsored by Oclaro, the Market Focus Forum will include 29 sessions over three days covering five main topic areas – mass market broadband, high-speed optical transmssion, data centre networks, optical network agility and optical/photonic integration
In the area of high-speed networking, 100G is being deployed commercially, operators are looking seriously at what comes next to ensure that they can continue to scale their networks.
Will it be 200G, 400G, 1Tbps, or even e) all of the above? Standards organisations the Ethernet Alliance and the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) will discuss industry trends, along with systems vendors Tellabs and Fujitsu Network Communications, and components and module vendors such as ClariPhy and Acacia Communications.