The world’s leading producers of optical fiber and cable discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead for supplying global fibre and cable markets.
Understanding the evolution of 5G network architecture and what that means for fiber and cable demand.
Michael is Head of CRU’s Wire and Cable team and works across the full portfolio of products analyzing key trends and developments in both the metallic wire and cable, and optical fibre industries. Michael is the editor of CRU’s Optical Fibre and Cable Monitor and Telecom Cables Market Outlook.
Before joining CRU, Mike gained experience as an exploration geologist focusing on precious and base metal mineralization in North Africa. Michael completed his undergraduate studies at Cardiff University where he attained a First Class degree with Honours in Geology. He also holds an MSc in Mining Geology (Distinction) from Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter.
Lisa R. Youngers is the President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) - the only all-fiber trade association in the Americas. Ms. Youngers oversees all aspects of the association including operations, finance, advocacy and ensuring member value. Before the FBA, Ms. Youngers served as Chief Executive Officer of Nextlink Wireless, LLC, a spectrum management firm and wireless network which operates primarily in the Upper Microwave bands in both the fixed and mobile space. Ms. Youngers oversaw all aspects of the business including financial, operational and technical objectives, engineering planning and implementation, legal/compliance, M&A activity, as well as the development of policy positions and the strategic direction of the company with a particular focus on the roll-out of 5G.
Prior to Nextlink, Ms. Youngers was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel - Federal Affairs/Strategy at XO Communications one of the nation’s largest competitive carriers serving business and government end users as well as carrier and wholesale service providers. Ms. Youngers was responsible for all federal policy, regulatory, and legislative matters affecting XO’s interests before the FCC, Congress, and all levels of executive administration including regulatory and legislative strategy. She also oversaw the company’s corporate PR and internal and external messaging. Prior to joining XO, Ms. Youngers was Federal Regulatory Counsel for General Communication, Inc. (“GCI”), in Washington D.C., a telecommunications and cable television provider operating primarily in the state of Alaska, whom she represented before the FCC on wireline, wireless, universal service, telehealth, and school access issues. Ms. Youngers also served as Federal Regulatory Counsel for MCI appearing before the FCC on competition policy, enforcement matters, and consumer issues.
Ms. Youngers is a former Assistant Attorney General for the state of Minnesota where she served as legal counsel to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. A former television news producer, Ms. Youngers is a frequent presenter at industry events and has been quoted in several publications regarding regulatory and public policy matters.
Ms. Youngers earned her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and received her J.D. magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law. She is a member of the Minnesota and District of Columbia Bars and currently resides in suburban Washington, DC.
Dr. Bernhard Deutsch was appointed vice president and general manager, Optical Fiber and Cable in February 2018. Deutsch joined Corning Cable Systems (Siemens Communication Cables) in 1995 as manager, application and systems engineering in Munich, Germany. Since then he has held various roles with growing leadership responsibilities in technology; marketing and market development; program and product line management. Prior to joining Corning, Dr. Deutsch was research director at Grohmann Engineering GmbH (now Tesla Grohmann Automation) in Prüm, Germany and served in the German Air Force. Dr. Deutsch holds more than 15 patents and is the co-author of four books and numerous national and international publications. He is a council member of the International Cable Makers Federation (ICF) and has served on advisory boards of Paxio Inc. and Optical Solutions Inc., the Sector Board Telecommunications of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), as chairman of the FTTH Council’s Technology Committee, and on the board of directors of the Catawba Science Center and Canine Companions for Independence. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Antoni Bosch is currently Vice President Telecom Solutions Business Unit in Prysmian Group since 2013. He also is Board member of the FTTH Council Europe since 2016.
With more than 25 years’ experience in the telecom industry has a proven track record of business achievements and experience mainly in sales, marketing and business management in an international environment. In his current position hold a unique view of the worldwide telecom market, dealing with the major telecom operators worldwide and managing a business over 800mln€, although being mainly Europe centric it is spread within EMEA, Americas and APAC regions.
Antoni Bosch holds a MSc degree in Telecommunications Engineering by Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Barcelona) with a MBA from Esade Business School (Barcelona)and an Executive PDG from Iese Business School (Barcelona) and SDA Bocconi (Milan). He joined Prysmian in 1998 and since then he has developed his professional career within the telecom business holding several positions as Business Manager and Sales & Marketing Director. Before joining Prysmian he worked in the telecom sector as a Consultant and Head of Systems of the Air Traffic Control Center of Barcelona Airport.
In the 1990s Ed Harstead led standardization and implementation of first gen TDM PON technologies and managed first gen WDM PON research. Ed spent most of the 2000s in DWDM transport product management. In the current decade he has been supporting the Nokia CTO for fixed networks, with a recent focus on the standardization of high speed PON.
Rich Baca is a Senior Optics Hardware Engineer at Microsoft. He has over 30 years of experience working with electromagnetics/laser simulation, microwave photonics & MMIC design, high-speed digital optical design working at various companies such as Texas Instruments, Raytheon, Finisar, Tellabs, CommScope and other startups along the way. His interests are in optics for the data center including novel server optics solutions. He has a PhD from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.
Anish Patel currently serves as Vice President of Implementation in Comcast Headquarter’s Technogloy Product & Experience (TPX) organziation where he is focused on the construction of Next Generation Access Networks. He and his team are responsible for coordinating with the Company’s Division Engineering and Construction leaders to build new outside plant networks and upgrade existing infrastructure to support the continued evolution of high tech products for its residential and business customers. Additionally, Anish leads fiber resiliency efforts which include assessments on the health of the fiber networks, the ability to repair the networks from damage in a time sensitive manner, and guidance on maintenance and operational standards.
Katie Espeseth, Vice President of New Products, joined EPB, Chattanooga Tennessee’s electric power distributor and fiber optics communications provider, in November of 2004, bringing with her over 30 years of marketing and telecommunications experience with a national telecommunications carrier.
As Vice President of New Products, Katie guides the company’s effort to maximize the value of its 100% fiber optic network with new and enhanced products for both business and residential customers.
In 2019, Katie and her team began offering support to other municipals and Co-Ops who are interested in deploying a fiber optic network for their communities through EPB Broadband Solutions. Currently, Katie serves on the boards of Fiber Broadband Association and NCTC (National Cable Television Co-op) and chairs the Fiber Deployment Advisory Group for TVPPA (Tennessee Valley Public Power Association).
Mr. Koch leads Umicore Optical Materials USA’s commercial germanium recycling, refining and sales efforts in the United States. Germanium is a critical component of optical fiber manufacturing and increases the refractive index throughout the connection. He began his career with Umicore in 2003 and had responsibilities in procurement, business development and recycling. With a focus on Sustainable Development he has presented to the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Senior Policy Advisor; the SPIE Defense, Sensing and Security Conference, and the US International Trade Commission related to sustainability. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Missouri and a Master of Business Administration from Missouri State University.
Dr. Paul Brigandi is Application Development Leader for the telecommunication segment in the Dow Wire & Cable TS&D group based in Collegeville, PA. Paul earned a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from Lehigh University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware. Prior to this role, Paul defined the global strategy for other W&C platforms and led technology developments for the power cable industry. Paul is a member of the IEEE Comm Society and Society of Plastics Engineers Lehigh Valley Section on the Board of Directors serving as Councilor.
Dr. Hilmar Bolte is working in R&D at SIKORA as head of the analysis department which is in charge of developing new approaches to non-contact online measuring systems for the wire and cable, optical fiber, plastics, hose and tube as well as metals industries. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Bremen in 2003. After that, he worked as R&D engineer in the automotive industry before joining SIKORA in 2006. The online measurement of optical fibers has been one of his major topics since SIKORA’s first introduction of the FIBER LASER gauge to the market in 2011. In this respect, he accompanied the market launch of several further measuring gauges for the online measurement of relevant fiber parameters and defect detection.
Dr. Darrin Leonhardt received his PhD degree in Chemical Physics from the University of Maryland studying collision dynamics then spent 12 years at the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC as a plasma physicist, investigating plasmas and applications of plasmas in the processing of various materials. In 2007, Dr. Leonhardt joined Fusion UV Systems (now Heraeus Noblelight America) as Senior Scientist to work on UV light generation from solid state and plasma-based technologies. Dr. Leonhardt is a co-author of hundreds if technical presentations and papers. Presently, he works with multi-disciplinary teams to evaluate new technologies and develop global innovation teams.