Windstream, Facebook, and AT&T to Headline at the Open Optical Conference in Dallas on Nov 2

NASHUA, N.H., Oct. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The biggest names in open optical network operations and technology have signed on to speak at PennWell Corporation's Open Optical Conference ( taking place at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in Dallas, TX on November 2, 2017. The program includes keynoter Jeff Brown, director, product management and marketing at Windstream, and speakers from Facebook, AT&T, Verizon, and Equinix, as well as from leading optical systems developers. The event will be sponsored by Fujitsu, Ciena, Juniper Networks, Infinera, ADVA Optical Networking and Coriant.

The full speaker list is available on the conference program page.

Whereas "closed" systems bounded by proprietary limitations have traditionally been the only option for fiber-optic networks, a growing number of network operators have begun to request "open" optical systems that they believe will improve the flexibility and performance of their networks. Such requests have come from the traditional service provider realm and the emerging data center applications space alike. This potential change in systems requirements has put pressure on technology developers to please their customers and potentially change their business models.

The Open Optical Conference will explore this evolution from the network operator and technology developer perspectives. The event will feature speaker sessions from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, a table top exhibition, and a networking reception.

"We're very pleased and gratified that such a diverse group of network operators, technology designers, and specification developers have agreed to discuss the current trends in open optical systems in Dallas," said Stephen Hardy, editorial director of Lightwave and conference program manager. "Our attendees will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with the thought leaders who are driving the current discussion about open optical systems."

Attendees can save $100 on their registration by booking before Friday, October 6. Group discounts are available.

Information for potential attendees and sponsors:

The registration page can be reached here.

For more information on housing at the Sheraton Dallas, click here.

For information on available sponsorships, including table tops, click here.

About Lightwave

For more than 30 years, Lightwave ( has delivered trusted technical, application and business insights to senior-level decision makers for optical communications worldwide. Lightwave serves technology vendors, communications carriers and major enterprises with a complete picture of the optical communications business environment. Lightwave is a valued information source for information related to FTTx, networking, equipment design, MSO optics, and test and measurement for corporate executives, department heads, project managers, network engineers and others making strategic business decisions.

About PennWell Corporation

PennWell Corporation is a privately held and highly diversified business-to-business media and information company that provides quality content and integrated marketing solutions. PennWell publishes over 130 print and online magazines and newsletters, conducts 60 conferences and exhibitions around the world, and has an extensive offering of books, maps, websites, research and database services. For more about PennWell Corporation, visit

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