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ECOC Exhibition celebrates 20 years

Fibre-optic industry professionals from around the world will head to Valencia, Spain, on 27 September - 1 October 2015 for the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC)


ast year, the ECOC Conference marked its 40th birthday. Tis year, on the 20th anniversary of the ECOC Exhibition, the exhibition organisers plan to celebrate in

style at the Feria Valencia in Spain. Over the past 20 years, the ECOC Exhibition

has travelled to 12 different countries and 17 different venues. Te very first exhibition was held in Brussels in September 1995, opening its doors to approximately 100 visitors. Now the event has become the largest of its kind in Europe, with more than 300 different exhibitors which in turn attracts more than 5500 eager attendees through its doors. Tis provides a unique opportunity for manufacturers, suppliers and service providers to meet potential customers and network with top decision makers from across the industry. Over the years, the organisers have added several new features to the exhibition. One of the

most popular areas of the exhibition since it was introduced in 2006 is the FTTx Centre, which provides the opportunity to meet specialist suppliers and watch live, interactive demonstrations of fibre installation methods. Technical experts from CTTS will be on hand to give tours of the centre and explain the featured products in the different zones of the FTTx Village. Another focal point of the show is the Market

Focus forum, where the world’s top names in the telecoms industry share their knowledge with attendees. Now in its ninth successful year, the Market Focus will include presentations from operators BT, Telefonica, Verizon and Vodafone, as well as from industry analysts including IHS, Ovum and LightCounting and suppliers including Ciena, Fujitsu, Intel, TE Connectivity, and many more. Te Market Focus theatre will be located within the exhibition hall and is free for visitors,

Electro Rent Europe (stand #225) is a provider of new and used electronic test equipment for rent, lease or purchase. Attendees to ECOC 2015 will be able to meet with Electro Rent Europe experts to challenge them to find the right equipment for their needs and budgets. With a pool of rental equipment valued at €550

million and comprising over 40,000 units, Electro Rent Europe offers virtually every means of temporarily or permanently acquiring test and measurement instruments, from straightforward rental to hire-purchase and sales of used equipment. A similar flexibility applies to rental periods which can range from one week to one year, and can be terminated if the unit is no longer required.

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Molex (stand #200) andOplink Communications (stand #118) will highlight their enhanced amplifier product portfolio, including: high-power erbium-doped fibre amplifier (EDFA) for cable TV and XFP form factor EDFA, a self-controlled Raman amplifier, and EDFA-Raman hybrid. Also on display are the RayXpress and RayDirector ROADM photonic engines, as well as a complete portfolio of passive optical components, a full range of optical transceivers, plus several of their latest optical interconnect products such as OptoConnect fibre routing enclosures, VersaBeam expanded beam MT ferule interfaces and high-density LC and MPO optical EMI shielding adapters.

Tektronix (stand #435) will be showcasing its range of optical test and measurement products including the DPO70000SX 70GHz ATI performance oscilloscope, which features the lowest-noise and highest effective bits of any ultra-high bandwidth real-time oscilloscope available on the market.

delegates and exhibitors to attend. Elsewhere on the site, the technical programme

will showcase the best and brightest research through a blend of tutorials, invited and contributed papers, based on seven key themes in the fibre industry. Te hot topics for this year include spatial division multiplexing, data centre communications, advanced modulation formats and digital signal post-processing in coherent systems, soſtware-defined networks (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV), silicon photonics and photonic integration. In addition the conference programme will feature series of six one-day workshops on the Sunday. Last, but not least Jörg-Peter Elbers from ADVA

Optical Networking and Glenn Wellbrock from Verizon will lead the conference’s first ever rump session entitled ‘Optical innovation, quo vadis?’.

Also on the stand will be the AWG70000 Series

arbitrary waveform generator, the new OM4245 45GHz optical modulation analyser (OMA), a new series of high-speed pattern generators and bit error detectors and the new 80C15C, a 32GHz broad wavelength optical sampling head – the latest addition to the DSA8300 digital sampling oscilloscope platform.

At ECOC 2015Albis Optoelectronics

(stand #514) will present its hermetically packaged, microwave photodetectors with integrated linear, medium gain broadband amplifier. Te PQW Amp series are high-speed microwave photoreceiver modules designed for

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