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9:00 - 9:15
Words of welcome

Philippe Vanhille, Executive Vice President Telecom Division, Prysmian Group

9:15 - 10:15
Optical Fibre and Cable Leadership Panel

The world’s leading producers of optical fibre and cable discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead for supplying global fibre and cable markets.
John McGirr, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Optical Fiber and Cable, Corning Incorporated
Michael Finch, Head of Wire and Cable, CRU

10:15 - 10:45
Leadership Q&A

John McGirr, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Optical Fiber and Cable, Corning Incorporated

11:15 - 12:00
Visionary Keynote

A chance to hear directly from a telecom network operator outline the challenges and opportunities they are facing and what this might mean for their optical fibre and cable needs.

13:30 - 14:30
Panel Discussion: Overcoming challenges and growth inhibitors for global connectivity

  • In home connectivity
  • Driving demand and accelerating take up
  • Planning for copper switch off


Europe needs to get it right, with high-quality, sustainable optical fibre cables

  • in bandwidth demandHigh-quality optical fibre cables made in Europe for Europe will be the key to ensure our connected future.
  • Network investments need to be sustainable and future proof.
  • Energy efficiency is a key new angle to consider: What technologies can offer the best energy savings in view of exponential growth ?


14:30 - 15:30
Growth Market Spotlights

A session exploring smaller markets that are showing growth and may represent opportunities for the future of the industry. Market spotlights may include:

  • Multimode fibre market trends
  • Specialty photonics insights
  • Sensor applications discussion
  • Subsea cables


Future applications for novel specialty optical fibers

  • Recent developments in Hollow core fiber deployments
  • Distributed acoustic sensing with extreme sensitivity
  • Optical fibers to support 1-5 petabit/s transoceanic cables

16:00 - 17:00
Panel Discussion: Demand and Supply Dynamics

  • A shift back to FTTH
  • Are we moving towards a capacity constraint market?
  • Is the 5G market looking stagnant?
  • Challenges with inflation costs in raw materials and energy consumption
  • Demand destruction due to lack of skilled labour
  • Hyperscale data center design
  • Current state of imports and exports in view of the EU regulations


Expert analysts from CRU will also share their research and forecast the future of optical fibre and cable markets.

  • Update on current fibre pricing trends and CRU’s expectations for 2023
  • Challenges and forecast risk factors including capacity bottlenecks and raw material supply constraints
  • Regional deep dives exploring both current and future cable demand drivers in China, North America and Europe
  • To include progress updates on the UK and Germany’s FTTH network build out alongside a detailed review of US stimulus measures and their expected impact to cable demand
  • The ongoing shift to bend-insensitive fibres and what this means for our networks

Subject to final confirmation :

Michael Finch, Head of Wire and Cable, CRU

9:45 - 10:00
Investments in North America

United States Infrastructure Spend:: Broadband, Build America Buy America, and More

  • Drive to close digital divide in United States
  • Infrastructure Investment and Job Acts (IIJA) – more than just broadband
  • IIJA Broadband Provision – programs, timing
  • “Build America, Buy America” – it’s the Law

Seán Adam, Vice President, Market Strategy & Innovation, AFL

10:00 - 10:30
Keynote Presentations

Role of 5 G in manufacturing 4.0 

Progress Updates from Italian Operators

11:00 - 11:30
Innovations in the Industry: Taking Optical Fibre through the Next Decade

  • Novel approaches for using multicore and hollowcore fibres for commercial roll outs
  • Fibre optics in energy applications 
  • Densification to deploy optical cabling


Contribution and future of OPTOQUEST in the SDM Field

This presentation will cover the contribution and current development trends of OPTOQUEST in the SDM field


Pre-connectorised products and the associated time/cost-savings

  • Ready-to-connect product line prepared for installation, equipped with adapters, pigtails, patch cords and splitters
  • Achieving a reduction in installation costs and time for effective production and logistic planning
  • How best to deploy FTTH networks in a labour-constrained marketplace

12:30 - 13:30
Design and Processing for a Sustainable Industry of the Future

  • Sustainable solutions and miniaturization
  • Discussing the importance of bend insensitive fibre to reduce diameters
  • Sustainability challenges in the FTTH industry
  • Using recyclable elements to reduce carbon footprint
  • Developing a sustainability alliance with the optical cable industry
  • Tracking metrics on energy and water consumption
  • New modelling challenges in optical communications


The minimum necessary:  Designing optical cables for sustainability and robustness

  • Although operation of optical fibre networks is ‘greener’ than legacy copper networks, the footprint of fibre networks can be reduced further through miniaturization
  • The total footprint of network construction can be minimized by provisioning extra fibre today to support inevitable future bandwidth demand
  • The amount of cable packaging material per unit fibre provisioned can be decreased further through miniaturization, but downsized fibres and cables are often perceived as being insufficiently robust for real-world applications
  • The challenge for fibre and cable manufacturers to maximize fibre density while maintaining expected ease of use and robustness
  • To increase sustainability, overdesigned optical fibres and cables should evolve to “minimum necessary” designs that meet but do not exceed field performance requirements
  • Case studies of “minimum necessary” designs that maximize fibre packing density while maintaining robustness will be presented


Fiber in Metal Tubes: The ruggedized optical link for harsh environments

  • Fiber in Metal Tubes (FIMT): General explanation 
  • FIMT vs PBT loose tube: Why FIMT offer great characteristics for future designs    
  • FIMT in Subsea Applications: Telecom and sensing possibilities and technical limitations  
  • Future trends

13:30 - 15:00
Carbon neutral telecommunication networks: How Umicore delivers

The Paris Agreement has created clear goals for the world to limit the increase of global warming. The way to do this, is by becoming CO2 neutral by 2050. A lot of industries and companies however want to be ambitious and bring that target forward. The same is true for the telecom industry. Large players like Telefónica and Deutsche Telekom do not only consider their Scope 1 and 2 emissions to become zero by 2040, but expect the same from their supply chain (Scope 3). Umicore is up for the challenge and we want to show our plan to even surpass that goal by being CO2 neutral by 2035.