NGON 2019 Notes and Observations

The Next Generation Optical Networks trade show (NGON) was in Nice, France May 21-23, and Cignal AI was in attendance. NGON focuses on operators from EMEA and differs from shows such as OFC by having fewer component companies, strong participation from Chinese vendors with a significant presence in EMEA (Huawei and ZTE), and an emphasis on technologies like OTN transport. There is much less focus on the cloud & colo providers that dominate North American discussions and more priority given to traditional telco operators. Cignal AI presents observations on the following:

  • 400ZR and ZR Plus
  • Huawei
  • Vendor Technology Roadmaps
  • OTN
  • Fiberhome in Europe
  • The Pressure to Prepare for 5G
  • Disaggregation Evolves
  • Real Applications for AI and Machine Learning
  • Industry Concerns
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