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Agenda 2019

Please find below the 2019 agenda. The 2020 agenda will be available in due course.

08:30 - 09:00
Words of welcome

Michael Finch, Head of Wire and Cable, CRU
08:45 - 09:00
Words of welcome
Clark S. Kinlin, Executive Vice President, Corning Incorporated

09:00 - 10:30
Keynote session


09:00 - 09:20
Overview and update on US Government Policy regarding telecommunication networks
Nazak Nikakhtar, Assistant Secretary, Industry & Analysis, United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
09:20 - 09:40
Global trends in optical fiber and cable
Michael Finch, Head of Wire and Cable, CRU
09:40 - 10:00
The future of fiber
Lisa Youngers, President, Fiber Broadband Association (FBA)

11:00 - 12:30
Optical fiber and cable leadership panel

The world’s leading producers of optical fiber and cable discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead for supplying global fibre and cable markets.

  • How is the global market balanced?
  • In which products do you see the greatest opportunities?

Bernhard Deutsch, Vice President and General Manager, Optical Fiber and Cable, Corning
Antoni Bosch, Vice President Telecom Solutions Business Unit, Prysmian Group
Zhuang Dan, President, YOFC

14:00 - 14:30
Network equipment highlight presentation

Understanding the evolution of 5G network architecture and what that means for fiber and cable demand.

Ed Harstead, Lead Technologist, Chief Technology Office, Fixed Networks Division, Nokia

14:30 - 15:30
Demand insights from fiber network experts


Rich Baca, Senior Optics Hardware Engineer, Microsoft Azure
Anish Patel, Vice President of Implementation, Next Generation Access Networks, Comcast Cable

16:00 - 17:00
Global perspectives on fiber and cable market dynamics


16:00 - 16:20
5G, Fibre and Networks of the Future
Ankit Agarwal, CEO - Connectivity Solutions, STL
16:20 - 16:40
The digital future in the MENA region with FTTH as enabler for 5G
Jan Schindler, Board Member, FTTH Council Middle East and Global Market Intelligence Manager, Telecom Solutions, Prysmian Group
16:40 - 17:00
Density and bandwidth trends: Factors in a long-term forecast of fiber demand
Richard Mack, Principal Consultant, CRU Group

09:00 - 10:00
Smart City keynote presentation


Katie Espeseth, Vice President of New Products, EPB

09:30 - 10:30
Supply chain insights


09:30 - 09:50
Supply chain perspectives: How the value chain is responding to changing demand
Bill Geary, Network & Security Solutions - Executive Vice President, Anixter
09:50 - 10:10
Industry overview from a systems perspective: automation in the connector assembly process
Ben Waite, President and CEO, Fiber Optic Center, Inc.
10:10 - 10:30
Raw Materials Price Fluctuations and the impact of import tariffs on the optical fiber supply chain
Jeff Koch, Senior Commercial Manager, Umicore

11:00 - 12:00
Fiber innovation showcase


11:00 - 11:20
Techno-economic foundations for optical communications growth horizon
Dr. Claudio Mazzali, Sr. Vice President, Technology, Corning Optical Communications
11:20 - 11:40
Innovation of Optical Cable System Technologies for FTTx and Hyper Scale Data Centers
Naoki Okada, General Manager, Optical Cable Systems Division, Fujikura Ltd
11:40 - 11:00
Challenge to Ultra High Fiber Count Cable (UHFC) for Data Center and Small Diameter High Density Blown Cable for FTTH (Microduct application) by utilizing Freeform technology
Tommy Amano, General Manager, Optical Cable Product Management, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd
12:00 - 12:20
Changing Trends for Optical Fiber Cables Driving Advanced Material Solutions
Paul Brigandi, Application Development Leader, Wire & Cable R&D, Dow
12:20 - 12:40
High bandwidth super large density fiber cables for practical and low-cost networks
Raadj Matai, Chief Optical Fibre Scientist, YOFC

14:00 - 15:00
Fiber production and maintenance process developments


14:00 - 14:20
Spectrum of measurement & control technology for optical fibers and optical fiber cables
Hilmar Bolte, Research & Development/Head of Analysis, SIKORA AG
14:20 - 14:40
Advanced LED Curing systems for the optical fiber market
Dr. Darrin Leonhardt, Director of R&D, Heraeus Noblelight America, LLC