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The European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) is Europe’s largest conference and exhibition dedicated to the optical communications industry. This year the event heads to Gothenburg, Sweden in the heart of Scandinavia, a region renowned as a high-tech innovation hub.

The technical conference and workshop programme are complemented by a three-day exhibition where vendors can showcase their latest innovations in components, network systems and test instruments. Here are some highlights coming up in the exhibition hall.

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As data demand ramps ever higher, researchers are looking to innovative amplifier designs to help transport a broader light spectrum through optical fibres, finds Andy Extance

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Duncan Ellis shares his views about the increased focus on automation from network operators, and how the physical layer has so far stubbornly resisted the move

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Switching off copper networks where fibre has been deployed is the end game, so why are so few operators doing it, wonders Pauline Rigby

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With demand for fibre to the premises increasing, Keely Portway looks at the role training plays in ensuring installation skills remain available to meet this growing demand

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