Symposium on International Optoelectronics Association: A Forum for International Cooperation in Optical Fibre Communications and Related Technologies

Chair: Dr. Thomas Pearsall, European Photonics Industry Consortium, France


Optical fibre communications is a global business. Communications architectures, systems and components are made all over the world, and are being used to build the internet which is an international enterprise. Competition, whether in research, development or commercial exploitation, is also international. Networking on an international scale is a necessity to stay synchronized with key market developments and roadmaps for the future.

The International Optoelectronics Association is a grouping of 10 photonics industry associations located in Asia, North America and Europe, forming a platform for international cooperation. These are: Canadian Photonics Consortium, EPIC, KAPID, OIDA, OITDA, Optech-Net Deutschland, PIDA, SOA, and SwissLaserNet. The IOA is responding to the globalization of the internet by coordinating its roadmapping activities to give a comprehensive overview of photonic technology developments in key areas: optical communications, displays, solid-state lighting, photovoltaics, lasers and sensors.

In this symposium, IOA member organizations will present an overview of broadband internet and fibre–to-the-home.


100 G bit broadband in USA
Liz Rogan, OSA, OIDA, Washington DC, USA
This presentation will focus on fixed and mobile broadband roll-out, backhaul, core and metro networks. US market reporting will include: i) network deployment in the US, ii) system and technology vendors headquartered in the US but selling globally, and iii) research and development spending in the US.

Optical Fibre Communications Industry Status in Taiwan.
Peter Shih, PIDA, Taiwan
Taiwan OFC industry mainly supplies components, especially transceiver and passive components. Although the production value of Taiwan OFC may be small on a worldwide scale, it actually reflects the trend for worldwide OFC market on the component side, and the history of industry development.

FTTH in Switzerland
Christoph Harder , Swiss LaserNet
Swiss FTTH is done mostly by bottom-up initiatives with various different approaches. The most prominent approach is bring 4 fibers to each Swiss home in order to guarantee access to each home by different business partners.

Optical Communication Industry and Technology in Japan
Y. Odani, OITDA, Tokyo, Japan 
After a brief introduction of the OITDA and its mission, I will give an overview of optical communications in Japan including key industry trends and technology developments.

Research and Development Initiatives Supporting Communications in Europe 
Tom Pearsall, EPIC, Paris France
Current initiatives are supporting future internet development covering services, internet testbeds, systems for broadband networks and components for very high bit-rate communications. We will present and discuss objectives, timing, and opportunities.

FTTH in Korea
K.Z. Cho, KAPID, Gwangju, Korea
The Republic of Korea is one of the most advanced countries in the world with regard to the deployment of FTTH. This connectivity is an essential part of national strategy to facilitate productivity in a country with very dense regions of population separated by rugged terrain. We will present the up-to-date roadmap for FTTH developments during the next ten years.

FTTH and FITH - complementary and converging networks
Dirk Kalinowski, Optech-Net, Duisberg, Germany
Fiber in the home, (FITH) is the logical continuation of FTTH. Driven by broadband connections and services, the demand for in-house networks increases. Easy to install polymer optical fiber networks accomplish these needs and open up new capabilities.

Component development in Europe for Fiber Optic Communications
Chris Gracie, SOA, Livingston, UK
Next generation access systems could be either active or passive optical networks and component development will need to consider both approaches. In addition optical integration of components to reduce costs will add development scope.

Wrap-up or panel discussion