Tradeshows Simply fairs
Menu

OFC 2019

  • From to
  • San Diego Convention Center 111 W. Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101, San Diego (United States)

OFC

OFC: the trade show

OFC (Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition) attracts the biggest names in the field, offers key networking and partnering opportunities, and provides insights and inspiration on the major trends and technology advances affecting the industry.
From technical presentations to the latest market trends and predictions, OFC is a one-stop- shop.

At OFC, you will get the latest technology, products and information; hot topics include:

  • Advanced devices and fibers for high-speed data center links
  • Enabling 5G and IoT through next-generation optical access
  • Manufacturing and packaging of photonic and electronic subsystems
  • Multiplexing, transmission and switching techniques for Tb/s networks
  • New network architectures and applications enabled by SDN and NFV
  • Open hardware and software platforms for cloud scale networks
  • Optical wireless and visible light communications
  • Silicon and integrated photonics for datacom and telecom

Event profile OFC

OFC editions

Edition Date Localizatiob
OFC 2019 From to San Diego, United States San Diego Convention Center
OFC 2018 From to Los Angeles, United States Los Angeles Convention Center
OFC 2017 From to Los Angeles, United States Los Angeles Convention Center
OFC 2016 From to Anaheim, United States Anaheim Convention Center
OFC 2015 From to Los Angeles, United States Los Angeles Convention Center

OFC, the best opportunity to create networking in the communications field

Can anybody attend at OFC? How to register?

OFC offers several options for registration including student, member and non-member, exhibits only and short courses only. You are encouraged to review the comprehensive guidelines and register before 4 February to enjoy discounted prices. Simple instructions on how to register online to attend OFC 2019 can find it in the official website.

What is the exhibitor profile?

Representing a range of products — from optical components and devices to systems, test equipment, software and specialty fiber — OFC features the entire supply chain and provides the premier marketplace where the industry learns, connects, networks and closes deals. More than 700 global companies, including established global brands and industry start-ups, use OFC as a platform to launch and demonstrate new products and innovations. Companies participating in OFC 2018 included: Arrayed Fiberoptics Corporation, ATOP Corporation, IBM, Ciena, Coriant, Corning Incorporated, Cisco Systems, EFFECT Photonics, Finisar, Fujitsu Optical Components, Global Communication Semiconductors, Inc.; Huawei Technologies, Infinera, Juniper Networks, Infinera, Intel, II-VI, MACOM, Foxcomm, , Go!Foton, BroadcomLumentum, Mellanox Technologies, Mitsubishi International, Nokia and more. Technologies on display include network and test equipment, optical transport systems and optical component, fiber cables and specialty fiber manufacturers. Major global companies including ATOP, ColorChip, Huawei and Xilinx showcased products and solutions in 5G, WDM Transport Network (WTN), submarine optical fiber and data center technologies.

What is the visitor profile?

OFC is the industry’s best opportunity to meet key buyers with C-level executives representing more than 25% of attendees. Here is typical breakdown of attendees:
BUYER JOB FUNCTIONS:
Executive Management (CEO, CFO, etc.)
Executive Technical (CTO, CIO, Chief Scientist)
R&D Director/Manager
Network/Systems Engineer
Network Architect
Researcher/Scientist
Purchasing Director/Manager

Which are the 5 more relevant tradeshows in the sector?

Since OFC is the only global conference that truly represents the entire optical communications ecosystem, there is no exact comparison. A few of the other well-known optical trade shows are: ECOC, NGON & DCI, SDN NFV World Congress, SPIE and CIOE.

Can you give us some participation results from the last edition? How many visitors attend? In total from the exhibitors, from how many different nationalities they are?

OFC 2018 concluded with more than 15,500 attendees from 75 different countries, with 33% of attendees based outside the United States. The only global event where attendees witness the innovation behind the technology that powers communications today, OFC has been on a steep growth trajectory over the last three years, increasing in overall square footage by 44% and experiencing a 21% growth in exhibitors and attendees.

Lastly, regarding the exhibitor, how many stand exhibitors participate in the last edition? In total how many different countries they are?

More than 700 global organizations from 65 different countries, including established global brands and industry start-ups, participated in the 2018 event.

Make connections and move your business forward at the OFC

What news have you prepared for the 2018 edition? What about the insights on the major trends and technology advances?

OFC’s conference program is unparalleled—offering the industry’s foremost technical presentations spotlighting market trends and predictions. With the industry experiencing escalating bandwidth growth altering how networks operate and evolve, participation in OFC is more critical than ever.

OFC will include in-depth coverage of photonic integrated circuits, optical networking, digital-signal processing, ASICs, free-space optical communications, quantum optics and more. Whether you are in the academic or the commercial community, at OFC you will have the opportunity to listen, learn, collaborate, take a course, see new products, meet with colleagues and vendors, conduct business, see the state-of-the-art and glimpse into the future of optical communications.

1,100 conference sessions Anchoring the week long business and technical conversations and product demos, OFC’s plenary features three industry visionaries discussing future innovations in optics-based communication technologies:

  • Marcus Weldon, President, Nokia Bell Labs, USA
  • John C. Doyle, John G Braun Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems Electrical Engineering, and Bioengineering, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  • Chengliang Zhang, Vice President, China Telecom Beijing Research Institute, China

What are the advantages of exhibiting at OFC?

OFC is the only global conference that truly represents the entire optical communications ecosystem, from research to the marketplace and paints a complete picture of the industry — where it is today and where it is going tomorrow in terms of research, technologies and product solutions.

As the largest optical communications conference in the world, OFC defines the market and brings together the thought leaders and solution providers from 72 countries across the globe that drive the industry. In fact, more than 25% of attendees are c-level executives and 70% of attendees have a role in buying decision.

Representing a range of products - from optical components and devices to systems, test equipment, software and specialty fiber - OFC represents the entire supply chain and provides the premier marketplace where the industry learns, connects, networks and closes deals.  

Can you give us some tips to take the best out of visiting this event?

To make the most out of your OFC experience, be prepared before you arrive. Download the free OFC Conference mobile app to help plan your OFC experience. The OFC mobile app allows users to search for technical presentations; explore the Exhibition by viewing a list of exhibitors and show floor programs; and network with attendees.

  • Access Technical Papers: Full technical registrants can navigate directly to the technical papers right from the app  
  • Plan Your Day With the Full Conference Program: Search for conference presentations by day, topic, speaker or program type. Plan your schedule by setting bookmarks or clicking "Add to Schedule" on programs of interest.
  • Explore the Exhibition: Search for exhibitors in alphabetical order or by, and set a bookmark reminder to stop by their booth. View a daily schedule of all activities occurring on the show floor.
  • Network with Attendees: All OFC registered attendees are listed in the app, searchable by name, title or organization. Send a contact request to an attendee, and initiate another valuable networking opportunity. You can also interact with conference staff, speakers and exhibitors.
  • Navigate the Convention Center: Explore the San Diego Convention Center—both classrooms and expo hall—with interactive maps. It’s easy to find events and activities based on topics of interest.

All events on the exhibit floor are free to registered attendees. Attire at OFC is business casual — slacks, polo shirts, sweaters, blazers, blouses and most importantly comfortable shoes. Temperatures for San Diego in March average between 67 to 54 degrees Fahrenheit or 19 to 12 degrees Celsius. Be sure to bring a light weight sweater or jacket to the Convention Center.

Why does OFC attracts the biggest names in the field?

With more than 15,000 attendees and 700+ exhibitors from across the globe, OFC is the world’s largest and most comprehensive optical networking and communications event. OFC is the annual convergence of leading organizations, professionals, executives, analysts, technical experts, academia and media in the optical communications and networking industry.

It provides a one-stop for information, networking, and business solutions for the latest in optical communications and networking. All events on the exhibit floor are free to registered attendees.

How to apply to exhibit or attend?

Reserving exhibit space for OFC is easy, simply visit our webpage. 

Questions can be directed to the OFC Sales Team, 202-416-1428, sales@ofcconference.org

  • View the most current floor plan.
  • Determine the desired size and location of your booth.
  • Review the rules and regulations.
  • Complete the exhibit space application. Submit your 50% non-refundable deposit with the application.

Simple instructions and a link on how to register online to attend OFC 2018 web page.

Lastly, can you give us some participation results from the last edition?

OFC 2017, held in Los Angeles, CA concluded with 663 exhibiting companies, more than 1,100 peer-reviewed papers and 14,500 attendees. We currently have more than 700 exhibitors signed up for OFC 2018 and anticipate more than 15,000 attendees.

 

OFC 2017 will host the Smart City Competition

OFC it's a good opportunity to meet other technology professionals and make business agreements, can you give some tips for those attending for the first time?

OFC is your one-stop for information, networking, and business solutions for the latest in optical communications and networking. All events on the exhibit floor are free to registered attendees. Attire at OFC is business casual — slacks, polo shirts, sweaters, blazers, blouses and most importantly comfortable shoes. Temperatures for Los Angeles in March average between 66 to 48 degrees Fahrenheit or 19 to 9 degrees Celsius. Be sure to bring a lightweight sweater or jacket to the Convention Center.

Do you recommend us any conference in particular?

With more 1,150 presentations, OFC offers dynamic and innovative programming providing a wide variety of conference session options. Attendees can choose from highly interactive workshops to symposiums to tutorials to comprehensive exhibit floor programming.

This year’s OFC’s dynamic plenary program featuring three distinctive and renowned global leaders is a don’t miss:

  • Mischa Dohler, Professor King's College, London, UK, Talk: Internet of Skills – Where Communications, Robotics and AI;
  • Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President for Technical Infrastructure Google, Inc., USA, Talk: A Ubiquitous Cloud Requires a Transparent Network;
  • Meint K. Smit, Professor Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, Talk: Photonic Integrated Circuits for all: How foundries are transforming the prototyping of exciting new devices.

What represents your event for the annual calendar of the industry?

OFC is the annual event that defines the market and unites thought leaders and solution providers driving the optical communications and networking industry.

Why do you think that Los Angeles it's the best place to organize a trade show or make business?

Organizers typically hold OFC at a city and venue in California for its proximity to eastern hemisphere countries and abundance of housing and dining options for exhibitors and attendees. In past years, the conference has been held in San Francisco, CA; Anaheim, CA and next year it will be in San Diego, CA. 

Give us some reasons to don't miss the show.

  • OFC attracts the biggest names in the field including 600+ exhibitors
  • Offers key networking and partnering opportunities
  • Provides insights and inspiration on the major trends and technology advances affecting the industry
  • From technical presentations to the latest market trends and predictions, there is no other industry event that provides more value than OFC

Lastly, can you give us some participation results from the last edition?

  • 580 exhibiting companies from more than 65 countries
  • 340,000 square feet of exhibit space
  • more than 13,000 attendees
  • over 1,150 technical and business presentations
  • 78 registered media and analysts
  • mentioned in nearly 7,000 media articles.

 

                                                  _____________________________________________________

 

Take a look back at the 2016 OFC conference...

On Thursday, the Plastic Optical Fiber Trade Organization (POFTO) is organizing a POF Symposium that will cover recent developments in POF technology, applications, technical standards, industry progress and new markets. Speakers from around the world will review opportunities for POF in areas such as Gigabit POF, 4K/8K ultra high definition television (UHDTV), home networking, IPTV, consumer devices, aerospace & automobile applications, POF sources & sensors, and high-temperature POF, among others.

Ofc Exhibition In La

What should attendees plan to take away from OFC?

Through diverse technical programming and special sessions, we designed OFC to empower industry thought leaders and executives with compelling and dynamic content. Our exhibit floor and conference feature global leaders, diverse programming, interactive workshops and unique technical sessions making it a ‘can't-miss’ for the optical communications industry. There is truly something for everyone – from optical components to optical transport systems.

Is there any one thing in particular that you think the show floor will be “buzzing” about?

With a gathering of 12,000 optical communications professionals, we see OFC as the critical event for the industry. Early discussion among industry thought leaders and analysts indicate there will be a great deal of “buzz” about 100G, SDN and silicon photonics.

Below are a few of the research highlights from the technical conference:

  • New Optical Transmitter Enables Better Communication Networks
  • Germanium-based Photonics Offer Promise for Novel Sensors and Faster Internet
  • Record-breaking Signal Transmission Capacity Paves the Way for Faster Internet

Start planning your exhibition by choosing the best design for your booth

With 40 years experience and over 550 exhibitors, OFC is the largest global conference and exposition for optical communications and networking professionals.

Sign up now on the official website and start planning your exhibition by choosing the best design for your booth. We will send you some proposals from the best Stand contractors in Los Angeles.

Ofc Exhibition Booth

Choose your profile and discover all you can do in neventum!

I'm an Event Organizer

I exhibit at trade shows

I'm a Supplier, stands...