From credit crunch to capacity crunch?
Well here I am in Turin in Northern Italy for this year’s ECOC. On Sunday there was a series of workshops covering topical areas. I attended the morning session on Distributed Sensing Measurements, as in the IEC we are just starting to update the International Standard on fibre optic sensors. I announced this activity to recruit some more experts to help with this work.
I also attended presentations on what is being called “The Capacity Crunch” when the continuing growth in Internet traffic is not going to be matched by continuing improvements in fibre capacity as we approach the theoretical limits of conventional optical fibres. Also a series of presentation on approaches for Terabit transmission channels. Interesting topics for future training courses…
The day rounded off with a cocktail reception and the opportunity to catch up with friends from around the industry.