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Workshop: Future Optical Networks, 21 September 2023

September 21, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm CEST

Future Optical Networks Workshop, 21 September 2023




Rationale and Objectives

“Future Optical Networks” is the central theme in a workshop organized on the morning of the 21st September, by NetworldEurope, in a joint effort with CCSA, which will host its onsite component in Shanghai (afternoon, local time). The workshop aims to provide an open information space to share current and future views about the future optical networks, and how this theme is being addressed by different stakeholders. Two different discussion panels are organized, discussing current and future network operator’s implementations, as well as new advances in optical technology that can be applied in access and transport networks. Ultimately, the workshop will contribute to identify future optical innovation challenges that are being posed by the ever-increasing bandwidth demanded in optical infrastructure for the benefit of our society.

The workshop will feature key speakers from industry and academia, representing the views of manufacturers, operators, standardization bodies, and research scientists.

The event will have a hybrid format, with some speakers onsite and others online. Nevertheless, since only a limited number of places are available, this option will be confirmed on an individual basis for regular attendees.

Workshop agenda:

NetworldEurope & CCSA Future Optical Networks Workshop
21 September, CEST 9:00-12:30 / Beijing 15:00-18:30
AgendaTalk TitleSpeakers
09:00-09:20Opening Speech and introductionRui Aguiar, NetworldEurope, Steering board chair / Wen, Ku, CCSA Board Chair
Panel 1
09:20-09:50Optical Network Challenges and Evolution in the Computing EraTang, Xiongyan, VP and Chief Scientist of China Unicom Research Institute
Optical networks: From past challenges to future opportunitiesJorg-Peter Elbers, VP Advanced Technology, Standards & IPR, ADTRAN
09:50-10:20New Use Cases and New Technology Trends in Optical CommunicationsZhang fatai, IETF CCAMP WG Co-Chair, ITU-T SG15 Vice Chair, CCSA TC6 Vice Chair, Optical Standards & Patents Department Director in Huawei
The future of optical access network (FTTx)Philippe Chanclou, Innovation head of Fixed Access Networks, Orange
10:20-11:00Current Situation & Challenges / New Use Cases & Tech Trend Q&ASpeakers + Panel Guest Carlos Bouça Head Of Fixed Access Network, Altice
Panel 2
11:20-11:50Progress and Prospects of Optical Network Technologies and Standards in ChinaZhang haiyi, Director of Institute of Technology and Standards CAICT, Head of 5G Transport WG of IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group, Deputy leader of TC6 WG1 and ST7 WG1 of CCSA
Evolution towards the 6th generation fixed network (F6G): Research challenges and standard roadmapRaul Munoz, Research Director, Head of Packet Optical Networks and Services at CTTC
11:50-12:20Standard & Next Step Industry Development Q&A Speakers + Wang, Xuemin, VP of Huawei European Research Institute
12:20-12:30Closing words
Rui Luis Aguiar, Networld Europe, Steering board chair /
Wen, Ku, CCSA Board Chair

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Workshop Moderators


Prof. Rui L Aguiar, Chair of the Steering Board of the NetworldEurope European Technology Platform, has been involved in research and strategic research management since 1988, having been involved (in multiple positions) in all European-funded framework programs.   He was involved in the development of the NetworldEurope initiative, and the launch of the 5G-Infrastructure Association PPP, and has led the association before. He has been an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer on 5G in the last years, and has several hundred papers on communication networks and services. He is also the co-chair of the Networks and Multimedia area at Instituto de Telecomunicações, a Portuguese state-associated laboratory, and a Full Professor at Universidade de Aveiro.

Jyrki Huusko, vice-chair of NetworldEurope’s Expert Advisory Group has been involved in telecommunication and network research and research management over 20 years. He is research team leader at VTT Ltd, leading the 5G and Beyond Networks research team focusing especially on mission-critical networks and intelligent network resource management for future wireless and wired networks. He has been with VTT since 1998 in telecommunication research having several different positions in research and research management. Jyrki Huusko has contributed on several EU and national research roadmap and technology foresight whitepaper working groups on mobile network technologies, IoT and media & content distribution, as well as on research program definitions.He is also involved in 5G IA (6G IA) and its working group such as Trials WG where he is acting as a stream champion for smart city related trials.


NetworldEurope is the European Technology Platform for communications networks and services. Communications networks enable interaction between users of various types of equipment, either mobile or fixed. The NetWorldEurope European Technology Platform gathers more than one thousand players in the communications networks sector (industry leaders, innovative SMEs, and leading academic institutions) and aims to strengthen Europe’s leadership in networking technology and services so that it best serves Europe’s citizens and the European economy.

China Communications Standards Association (CCSA)

Mr. WENKu  Vice Chairman of the Board and Secretary-General of China Communications Standardization Association (CCSA), Professor of Engineering. He is entitled to the special government allowance of The State Council. He used to take positions in succession as Deputy Chief Engineer of Posts and Telecommunications Administration, Director of Data Communication Administration of Shandong Province, Deputy Director General of the Department of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Deputy Director General of the Department of Science and Technology, Deputy Director General of the Telecommunications Administration, Director General of the Department of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Information Industry, Director General of the Department of Science and Technology, Director General of the Department of Information and Communication Development and News Spokesman of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Mr. Zhao, Shizhuo, Senior Engineer, graduated from Beijing university of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT). He took positions in succession as engineer, senior engineer in China Academy of Telecommunications Research and Project Manager in Technology Department in China Communications Standards Association (CCSA). Now, he is the Director in International Standardization Department in CCSA.

China Communications Standards Association (CCSA) is an industry, national, open, and non-profit social organization composed of companies and institutes engaged in ICT standardization activities in China, and is committed to contributing to the development of ICT industry in China. In accordance with the principles of openness, fairness, impartiality and consensus, CCSA establishes a work system that is enterprise-basic, market-oriented, combining production, learning, and research, and organizes information and communication standardization activities.

Workshop Speakers

Dr. Xiongyan Tang is now the VP and Chief Scientist of China Unicom Research Institute. He also acts as the executive director of National Engineering Research Center for Next Generation Internet Broadband Services. He’s a guest professor of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT). He’s a member of the Telecom Technology Committee of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. He has more than 20 years of experience in technology management and R&D of innovative ICT technologies. His professional fields include broadband communications, optical transmission and networks, Internet of things, and future networks.

Philippe Chanclou received the Ph. D. and Habilitation degrees in 1999 and 2007. Since 2004, he joined Orange Labs where he was engaged in research on the next generation optical access networks. He is manager of Fixed Access Networks team which involves on FTTx topics for Home, Enterprise and Antenna.

Mr. Wang, Xuemin is the Vice President of Huawei European Research Institute.
Director of Huawei Europe Standardization & Industry Dept. He joined Huawei in 1995, served as Project Manager of Huawei B-Type Circuit Switching product, Vice General Manager of Product Testing Department, Vice General Manager of General Technical Management Office, Director of Standardization & Industry Dept, etc. Currently served as the Vice President of European Research Institute and also the Director of Europe Standardization & Industry Development Dept, responsible for implementing standard and industry strategy for European regions. Also served as IIC Steering Committee member China Electronics Standardization association(CESA) Vice Chair of Board of Director, CCSA board member, etc., for the aim of building nice communication channels with external organizations, partners and customers in the multi-level standardization and industry development environment.

Haiyi Zhang, Director of Institute of Technology and Standard,China Academy of Information and Communication Technology (CAICT,Professor of Engineering. She is entitled to the special government allowance of The State Council. She serves as head of 5G Transport Working Group of IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group, deputy leader of TC6 WG1 and ST7 WG1 of CCSA (China Communications Standards Association), member of ITU-T SG15 China Expert Group, and member of the Expert Advisory Group for Information Communication Network of Science and Technology Commission of the MIIT (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology). She has long been engaged in the standard research, technical consulting and equipment certification of optical communication system. At present, she mainly focuses on high-speed optical communication, quantum information.

ZHANG Fatai, Director of the Optical Standards & Patents Department in Huawei, has been actively involved in optical communication standards including ITU-T SG15, IETF, ETSI and CCSA since 2007. He is the co-chair of IETF CCAMP working group, vice chair of ITU-T SG15, and vice chair of CCSA TC6.

Carlos Bouça as a Telecommunications and Electronics degree from Universidade de Aveiro and a Pos Graduation in Business Administration and Management, from Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Joined MEO/Altice in 1990, he is experienced Access Network professional, with a demonstrated history in the telecommunications industry. Skilled in PSTN and Signalling System 7 (SS7), Telco cooper network aggregation equipment’s, Fiber to the x (FTTx), specially at GPON rollout, from the active equipment’s to the outside plant materials.

He is currently the Engineering and Operations Network Director of MEO/Altice Portugal.

Jörg-Peter Elbers is VP Advanced Technology, Standards & IPR at Adtran and globally responsible for technology strategy, applied research, standardization, and intellectual property. He directs Adtran’s research and innovation activities in areas such as software-defined networking, network function virtualization, network security, packet-optical networking, data center connectivity, optical access, high-speed optical transmission, and photonic integration. Previously, Jörg held technical expert and management positions at ADVA, Ericsson, Marconi and Siemens.  He holds a Dr.-Ing. (PhD) degree in Electrical Engineering from TU Dortmund, Germany, and has more than 25 years of experience in packet-optical networking and communication technologies. He serves on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Photonic Society, the Board of the Information Technology Society (ITG) of the German Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (VDE), the Steering Board of the European Technology Platform Networld Europe,  the Steering and Long Range Planning Committees of the OFC conference as well as the Management Committee of the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC). Jörg has authored and co-authored more than 150 publications, 5 book chapters and 20 patents.

Raul Muñoz is Research Director and Head of Packet Optical Networks and Services at Telecommunications Technological Center of Catalonia (CTTC) in Barcelona, Spain. He has promoted and/or participated in above 50 R&D projects funded by the European Commission’s and Spanish national Framework Programmes on optical networks and 5G/6G. He has also coordinated several Spanish projects and two European projects within FP7 and H2020. He was elected academic member of the Board of the 5G Infrastructure Association (5GIA), the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF), and the Networld2020 European Technology Platform from 2015 to 2017. He has also served as editor of the optical networks chapter in the NetworldEurope’s Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) in 2016 and 2022. His research interests include network, control and service management architectures for packet-optical networks. He has published over 90 journal papers and 300 international conference papers (including several invited papers at OFC and ECOC). He also served as ONDM2020 General Chair and ECOC 2015 Technical Programme Committee (TPC).


September 21, 2023
9:00 am - 12:30 pm CEST
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