See you next week in London at ECOC
Back in 1975 the very first European Conference on Optical Communications was held in London at the IEE in Savoy Place. This year sees ECOC in London again, a bit bigger now, being held at the Excel Convention Centre in the Docklands.
There have also been quite a lot of changes in the technology too! It’s interesting to review the conference proceedings from 1975 to see what the hot topics were then. Some of the challenges included:
- making low loss fibre with less than 5dB/km loss
- coating and cabling the fibres without affecting their performance too badly
- joining and terminating fibres, especially the new single-mode fibres
- fibre requirements to achieve 100Mb/s over 10km
These are of course very much taken for granted today, and it is amazing the advances that are being pushed forward at ECOC every year. Losses are now routinely below 0.20dB/km and may be as low as 0.15dB/km will be reported at ECOC this year. The challenge of joining and terminating fibres has now moved on to dealing with multicore fibres with 7 or more cores within the same fibre. Of course transmission experiments are now routinely multi-terabits over transoceanic distances.
Now, I wasn’t actually at the first ECOC; I’ve only been in the fibre optics industry for 30 years. However, I have attended every ECOC this Millennium, and this long term view helps a lot in filtering out the passing fads and research curiosities from those developments that will have a big impact on the way our communications networks will operate. Much of this long term expertise has been distilled into our world-leading Optical Networking Certification Programmes: Certified Optical Network Associate (CONA) and Certified Optical Network Engineer (CONE).
If you have been certified by OTT and are visiting ECOC then log on to the secure area of the OTT website where you’ll find the date and location of the informal get-together of CFCEs, CONAs, and CONEs, or just drop me an email or text to request the information.
Enjoy the show!