Already the world’s largest FTTH-themed event, the conference and exhibition continues to grow and this year is expected to be the largest event yet. The show is expected to open its doors to more than 3,000 participants from 94 countries. The comprehensive two-day exhibition will showcase products and technologies from 120 exhibitors while the event programme includes more than 155 speakers and 10 themed workshops organised by partners and member companies of the FTTH Council Europe.
Fibre Systems Winter 2018
In March this year, Bristol will host the UK’s first, public 5G trial. The two-day live-trial – with Nokia and BT – will involve up to 5,000 people and is set to put the UK, and this city in the west of England, at the forefront of next-generation telecommunications.
Perhaps you’re at a party or a family gathering. Perhaps you’re on a crowded plane or in a cab or Uber with a talkative driver. Wherever you are, when strangers meet the question inevitably comes up, ‘So what do you do?’ For those of us in telecommunications, we have a choice of answers depending on the audience. I like to start with ‘I work in telecommunications’ and see if I get blank stares or knowing nods before trying to go any deeper. On those occasions when knowing nods trump blank stares, the conversation almost always moves to, ‘So what’s the next big thing in technology?’
In 2017 many companies have been humiliated by ransomware attacks. Various global attacks have cost these firms large amounts of money, with FedEx being hit for $300 million and Reckitt Benckiser $100 million. That cost is a stark reminder of how important it is to ensure the security of mission-critical data – and, perhaps unexpectedly, has deep consequences for the fibre-optic communication industry. It’s one factor raising the value of installed fibre, influencing the fortunes of companies buying up older links and driving the deployment of new ones, especially in metropolitan areas.
The introduction of large-scale quantum computers would render almost all currently used key-exchange protocols useless. For optical fibre networks, quantum key distribution (QKD) seems to be the natural answer to this challenge, but it too has its limitations. On the other hand, there are alternatives that potentially could provide a relatively seamless replacement to current key-exchange algorithms.
Will quantum-resistant encryption be enabled by quantum technology or mathematics? Helmut Griesser examines technologies for the post-quantum world
The increasing value of optical fibre assets in metropolitan areas is shaping the business models of companies that provide access to them, finds Andy Extance
As 2017 draws to a close, Scott Wilkinson looks ahead to what’s in store for the optical communications industry in 2018
An English city with a world-class 5G test-bed is about to make telecommunications history, reports Rebecca Pool
Since its inception in 2004, the FTTH conference and exhibition has been held annually, with each event taking place in a different European city. This year the event will be held in Valencia, Spain from 13 to 15 February 2018.