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Gazzettabyte asked a number of people in the optical components to share their brief impressions of ECOC 2022 in Basel during September 2022 including what developments and trends they noted, what they learned, and what, if anything, surprised them.

Coherent optics announcements from the show did not follow the usual bigger-faster-stronger pattern, as the success of 400ZR has convinced operators and vendors to look at coherent at the edge and inside the data centre.

100ZR for access, the upcoming 800ZR specifications from the OIF, and coherent LR (coherent designed for 2km-10km) will revolutionise how coherent optics are used in networks.continued

— Scott Wilkinson, Lead Analyst for Optical Components at Cignal AI

ECOC 2022 Reflections – Part 1