ON2020 officially joined the IEEE-SA Industry Connections Program

ON2020 has now become an official member of the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Industry Connections (IC) program.

● Motivation and Goal

Optical Networks 2020 (ON2020) is a global association that drives innovative optical network solutions to better meet the optical networking demands in the cloud era towards year 2020 and beyond. It aims to define new optical network requirements and specifications, develop general network technology roadmaps and evolution scenarios, and foster an open and sustainable ecosystem for end users, service providers, and equipment and component vendors to collectively address the optical networking demands in the cloud era. Freed from near-term thinking, competition, and looking beyond existing standardization efforts, the program will help to set longer-term goals and directions that the fiber-optic communications industry should be expected to work towards.

● Proposed Deliverables

Develop long-term industry visions beyond current product deployments and beyond concrete product roadmaps. (No near-term thinking, competition, standardization constraints.)

Develop commonly agreed-upon goals and directions that the fiber-optic communications industry should be expected to work towards.

Develop a plan for migration to an industry alliance, in accordance with the expectations of the IC activity.

The outcomes of these over the next 12 months would be one or more white papers summarizing the developed vision and overall industry directions. Current activities cover the areas of T-SDN, ROADM/OXC, 5G-oriented optical networks, and nextgeneration WDM and optical link technologies. In the medium term, these white paper(s) would be extended to encompass other aspects of optical networking.

To facilitate these developments, we will hold workshops and information sessions as part of the major optical communications in the US (OFC), Europe (ECOC) and Asia (ACP).

These continue the existing series of workshops held at OFC and ECOC in 2016 and 2017.

These workshops will continue to form part of the programming of these conferences and we are coordinating with the various conference organizers to facilitate this. As such, there will be no direct cost to the ON2020 activity for these workshops.

● About the Program

The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Industry Connections (IC) program helps incubate new standards and related products and services by facilitating collaboration among organizations and individuals as they hone and refine their thinking on rapidly changing technologies.

For additional information, please visit :

● http://standards.ieee.org/develop/indconn/optical_networks_2020.html

● http://standards.ieee.org/develop/indconn/index.html