EPIC Meeting on Optical Communications: Coherent or Incoherent at HUBER+SUHNER Cube Optics

21-22 March 2019

Mainz, Germany

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About a decade ago, many telecom operators rapidly adopted coherent transmission since the first deployments of DSP-based coherent technologies to long-haul applications. Coherent technology is now starting to be extended throughout the metro networks and it is expected that soon it will be deployed in access networks to meet increasing bandwidth demands. Where 10-Gbps wavelengths were deployed in 50-GHz grid WDM systems, 100-Gbps wavelengths implemented with around 32-Gbaud symbol rates have been deployed on the same multiplexers and amplifiers with greater reach and enhanced impairment tolerance, thereby simplifying capacity migration. More recently, second-generation flex-coherent modulation enabling 200-Gbps wavelengths with 16QAM or 8QAM modulation, and now the first 400-Gbps wavelength deployments at higher baud rates, are being deployed. Investments in DSP technologies with ever higher CMOS integration will shortly enable a new generation of up to 600-Gbps wavelengths with highly configurable baud rates and modulation up to 64QAM with a large degree of modulation control. Beyond this we can expect to see 800-Gbps or even 1.2-Tbps wavelengths in the future, with higher baud rates to enable 400-Gbps quantization of the wavelength capacity (source: P. Morkel et.al, ADVA Optical Networking, Lightwave, May 2018). The new modulation formats, with their advanced coding and forward error correction (FEC), are bringing networks closer to the Shannon limit. Skirting this limit to extract the maximum utilization for real networks with complex topologies and traffic requirements requires additional consideration of network planning and management, starting from new approaches on the physical layer, such as, for example coherent transceivers in Silicon Photonics or Indium phosphide integrating local oscillators.

The purpose of this meeting is to bring together the whole value chain of optical communications, on the physical, link and network layers and have a fruitful discussion on how to address the present and future needs of optical communications.


21 March 2019 Thursday

12:00 – 13:00 Registration & Lunch @ HUBER+SUHNER Cube Optics
13:00 – 13:05 Welcoming words by Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium
13:05 – 13:15 Welcoming words by Thomas Paatzsch, General Manager, HUBER+SUHNER Cube Optics (GERMANY)
13:15 – 13:45 KEYNOTE presentation by Sven Krueger, VP Product Management & Sales,  HUBER+SUHNER Cube Optics (GERMANY)
13:45 – 14:45 Session 1: Setting up the scene
14:45 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 16:30 Session 2: Coherent modules
16:30 – 17:30 Session 3: Market trends and demands (user session)
17:45 Bus transfer to a dinner place – HEILIGGEIST
18:15 – 22:30 Dinner @ HEILIGGEIST

22 March 2019 Friday

08:00 – 08:30 Bus transfer from Hilton Mainz hotel to HUBER+SUHNER Cuber Optics
08:30 – 09:00 Morning coffee @ HUBER+SUHNER Cuber Optics
09:00 – 09:15 Recap by Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium
09:15 – 10:45  Session 4: Low cost packaging, assembly and volume tests
10:45 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 Session 5: Standardization 
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch @ HUBER+SUHNER Cuber Optics
14:15 – 15:45 Guided tour through Cube Optics facilities
16:00 End

Some speakers and topics confirmed: 

  • KEYNOTE: Planning link system behaviors – an opto-electrical story – Hugues Tournier, SI/PI Senior Manager, Ciena (CANADA)
  • Exploring new system concepts and comparing technology alternatives with professional simulation tools  – Stefanos Dris, Group Leader – Transmission Systems, VPIphotonics (GERMANY)
  • InP optoelectronics for high symbol rates – Patrick Runge, Head of Detectors Group, Fraunhofer HHI (GERMANY)
  • Thermoplastic innovation on optical elements – Bernd Grammer, New Business Development Manager, SABIC Innovative Plastics (GERMANY)
  • 3D laser written glass components for photonic integration in communications systems – Nicholas Psaila, CEO, Optoscribe (UNITED KINGDOM)
  • Coherent radio-over-fiber xhaul for mobile 3G/4G/5G networks – Andreas Stoehr, Professor, University Duisburg-Essen (GERMANY)
  • SOAs for range extended optical ethernet – Leo Spiekman, CTO, Aeon Corp. (USA)


The Meeting will be held at HUBER+SUHNER Cube Optics (Eindhoven-Allee 3, 55129, Mainz).

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The dinner on 21 March will be held at HEILIGGEIST, hall Gewolbesaal (Rentengasse 2, 55116, Mainz).



We highly recommend to book your accommodation at Hilton Mainz (Rheinstrasse 68, 55116, Mainz) hotel, which is located on the river bank within a wonderful walking distance from the dinner location. Bookings can be made by reservations.mainz@hilton.com  for 169 EUR incl. breakfast. Please mention the code EPIC. Transfers to / from HUBER+SUHNER Cube Optics will be organized from / to this hotel only.

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EPIC members and invited companies: 250 EUR (excluding VAT);  non-members: 450 EUR (excluding VAT). By filling in the registration form below you agree your email to be used to keep you updated about the event. We will also share the registered participants list with the other participants or interested parties (except emails). Attendance is limited to 1 person per company. 

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EPIC Events Manager Neringa Norbutaite: neringa.norbutaite@epic-assoc.com