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2017 Fiber Connect Spotlight

New and Emerging Technology

Too often, we only focus on the ultra fast speeds consumers experience with fiber broadband service. Yes, it is the fastest, most reliable way to connect to the Internet — but the fiber industry is so much more (perhaps you’ve heard us talk about our name change?!). Members of the Fiber Broadband Association are constantly innovating, delivering new products and process innovations that make deploying fiber faster, that drive down costs, that extend connectivity into entirely new industries, and that set the standards for quality and performance. The industry is constantly pushing forward, accelerating our truly connected future.

That’s why the track on new and emerging technology at our upcoming 2017 Fiber Connect Conference & Expo June 12–14 in Orlando is so exciting. There, you’ll learn about hot technologies currently being adopted and developed, including innovations that streamline processes and leading-edge technologies that enable new revenue-generating services. Sessions in this track explore products and solutions changing the status quo across the fiber broadband landscape and influencing how you do business. Read on for a preview and register now for 2017 Fiber Connect.

Sessions in this track include:

Network Convergence of Carrier Services

Today, consumers travel from their homes to a mobile environment and expect the same sort of connections to the internet supporting the same kinds of bandwidth-rich applications. Join Corning’s Kevin Bourg and a panel of experts for a conversation about the new kinds of network architectures that operators are using to support the convergence of wired and wireless networks. A learning highlight: a single, converged fiber network can save network operators between 15 and 50 percent. The panel will take place Tuesday, June 12th at 9:45 AM EST.

2017 is the Year of NG-PON2: Are You Ready?

The first major shift in fiber access technology since the introduction of GPON over a decade ago is here — Next Generation PON or NG-PON2. Service providers like Verizon and CenturyLink in the United States and UCom in Armenia have said that they will be deploying NG-PON2 in 2017. If you want to compete, what do you need to know to deploy NG-PON2 in your network?

Join Calix’s Teresa McGaughey on Tuesday, June 12th at 1:15 PM EST for a full discussion of the latest capabilities of this technology and more importantly the recommended practices for deploying NG-PON2 in a network.

Fiber Optic Sensing Panel

Join Fiber Broadband Association President and CEO Heather Burnett Gold, Omnisens’ Marc Nikles, Fotech’s Kent Wardley, and Corning’s Kevin Bourg on Tuesday, June 12th at 2:15 PM EST to talk about fiber optic technology beyond broadband delivery. An emerging technology called fiber optic sensing is poised to bring the power of fiber from the Internet into the physical world. Very simply, a fiber optic cable can be buried in the ground or placed in other physical objects. Sensing electronics attached to the cable measure what happens in the cable’s vicinity — even if it’s buried underground and the electronics are miles away. The capabilities enabled by this technology have tremendous applications; physical security for energy assets like pipelines, electrical grids, traffic, transportation monitoring on roadways and railways, border and facility security, a platform for a range of civic and Smart City applications, and more.

How Current Regulatory Issues are Aiding Fiber Deployment

Fiber isn’t deployed in a vacuum — regulations from the local to federal level present both opportunities and challenges as you deploy. The School, Health Care, Libraries Broadband Coalition’s John Windhausen and Kelly Drye,Warren’s Jennifer Wainwright, and the Utilities Telecom Council’s Joy Ditto will lead a discussion on the latest in Washington and beyond.

Deploying Gigabit Connectivity to the MDU

Service providers today have realized that subscribers living in Multi Dwelling Units (MDUs) are demanding Gigabit-based services. However, bringing a gigabit to connectivity to MDUs present unique hurdles and challenges for the next-gen service provider. Jerome Day of Calix will lead a panel of leading technologists to walk through MDU deployment techniques, technologies, and how to choose the best options for your company.

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