AFCS Forum to host workshop at OFC/NFOEC

MARCH 20, 2009 -- The Advanced Fiber Connectivity and Switching Forum (AFCS Forum) will host discussions on benefits of automated fiber crossconnect technology for network operators.

MARCH 20, 2009 -- The Advanced Fiber Connectivity and Switching Forum (search Lightwave for AFCS Forum) will host a workshop at the OFC/NFOEC 2009 Conference & Exposition, held Mar. 23-26 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Organized by Glenn Wellbrock, director of optical transport network architecture and design at Verizon, the workshop will feature industry leaders discussing the benefits of automated fiber crossconnect technology for network operators. The workshop will be held on Monday, March 23, from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. (PDT) as part of the larger OFC/NFOEC workshop series at the Convention Center.

David Rapp, AFCS Forum president and fiber-optic program manager at ADC, will lead the workshop discussions with an overview of the AFCS Forum's initiatives and programs. Following the introduction, forum members will present new and emerging applications for automated fiber crossconnect technology. Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in the discussion.

Presentation topics include:

  • Transoceanic Cable Landing Site Monitoring: Jim Diestel, Calient Networks
  • Multi-Dwelling Unit (MDU) Distribution: Sandy Roskes, FiberZone Networks
  • Carrier Hotel/Peering Exchange: Jim Donnelly, Glimmerglass
  • Remote Fiber Test and Monitoring: Troy Veitenheimer, NTest
  • Data Center and Lab Physical Layer Automation: Larry Cantwell, OnPath Technologies
  • FTTP PON (Passive Optical Networks): Joe Finn, Verizon
  • Addressing Network Fiber Maintenance: T.J. Xia, Verizon

The AFCS Forum was established in 2008 by industry leaders as part of a commitment to expand the understanding of key fiber connectivity and optical switching technologies. Its membership is comprised of companies involved in the deployment of next-generation networks, from manufacturers developing fiber network equipment to carriers planning infrastructure upgrades. Current members include ADC, Arcswitch, Boston Applied Technologies, Calient Networks, Capella Intelligent Subsystems, Corning Cable Systems, CrossFiber, Draka, FiberZone Networks, Glimmerglass, InLight Telecom, KDDI R&D Laboratories, Lynx Photonic Networks, NEC Corporation of America, NTest, OFS, OnPATH, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave, Telescent, Tyco Electronics, and Verizon.


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