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BCE Panel to Discuss Optical Networks in the New Age of “Open”

ADVA Optical Networking’s Michael Ritter and Other Industry Leaders Talk Cloud Agility, Virtualization and Openness

  • Panelists: Michael Ritter, VP, technical, marketing and analyst relations, ADVA Optical Networking; Sterling Perrin (moderator), principal analyst, Heavy Reading; Axel Clauberg, VP, aggregation, transport, IP and fixed access, Deutsche Telekom; Sean Long, senior director, product management, Huawei
  • Topic: Optical Networks in the New Age of “Open”
  • When: Tuesday, May 16, 11:40 a.m.
  • Where: Room 9, Big Communications Event 2017, Austin Convention Centre, Austin, Texas, USA

Cloud agility, virtualization and software-defined networking are fueling rapid change in today's transport networks. New open groups, standards and concepts (including open source models) are emerging throughout telecom and are rapidly filtering into optical transport networking. But what does "openness" mean in the world of optical networking and what does the future hold? 

This panel will address the openness topic specifically in the context of optical transport with a focus on opportunities, challenges and threats. What is the role of open source in transport? What software functions should be open? What hardware functions need to be open moving forward? How do vendors differentiate if everything is open standard and open source?