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The Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC) is the largest global conference for optical communications and networking professionals. From March 11 – 15 2018, over 15,000 attendees from 65+ countries gathered at the San Diego Convention Center to discuss and learn the latest market trends and predictions.

Our Analysts and Consultants who attended the conference spent their spare moments in between meetings, briefings and presentations to blog and tweet about all the exciting developments, trends and rumors.
Have a read of their daily highlights.


Nokia leads OFC 2018 announcements with its 600G-capable PSE-3

Julie Kunstler, Principal Analyst of Ovum presented at the event as a moderator for a panel discussion for 100G PON and as a speaker on the Broadband NG-PON2 Forum

  • Broadband Forum NG-PON2 Forum reviews the NG-PON2 market including equipment shipments, forecasts and prices. An overview of the end-to-end ecosystem will be provided, including optics vendors, equipment vendors and CSPs (communications service providers)

  • Read Julie's article: OFC is a buzz, 5G plays a role, which brings us to PON


Ian Redpath, Practice Leader of Components, Transport and Routing, was on the analyst panel, providing insights on Optical Networks Market Update in a Cloud and 5G World during


Don Frey, Principal Analyst, participated in a workshop:

  • PSC 2018-OFC Workshop "Market Opportunities and Its Challenges: The US and China Perspectives" on Wednesday, 14 March 17:00-19:20, San Diego Convention Center (Meeting Room #14A Mezzanine Level)

Ovum analysts attending OFC 2018


Julie Kunstler

Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure and Software
Julie Kunstler

Julie specializes in

  • Next Generation Infrastructure

+ 32 years experience


Ian Redpath

Practice Leader

Ian specializes in

  • ServiceProvider

+ 22 years experience


Don Frey

Principal Analyst, Transport and Routing

Don specializes in

  • Optical Networking
  • Mobile Backhaul and Fronthaul
  • Service Provider Routing
  • Software Defined Networking (SDN)

+ 28 years experience