Plenary Speakers

Key players at the forefront of innovation will present their vision

Monday Morning, Sept. 19
9:30 - 13.00
Room B

FTTH: The Swisscom Approach

Carsten Schloter, CEO Swisscom, Switzerland 
Carsten-Schloter-web-(6).jpg Carsten Schloter is since early 2006 CEO of Swisscom. Before he moved in April 2000 to Swisscom Mobile, he worked as economist in various management positions at Mercedes Benz France and Debitel Germany. Carsten Schloter is also chairman of the board of Fastweb SpA Milano, Italy and was from April to November 2010 interim CEO.

Together for better competition? This is no paradox. Cooperation enables fibre to the home to be rolled out more efficiently, know-how to be shared and the existing infrastructure of partners to be used. Thanks to this and the multi-fibre approach, customers can choose more quickly between a variety of vendors.

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Optical Communication in a Trading Data Center

Andrew F. Bach, Senior Vice President, Global Head Of Network Services, Nyse euronext, USA
Andy-Bach-web.jpg Andrew Bach is responsible for planning, designing, deploying and operating the company’s world wide networks both voice and data. The networks link all NYSE, Securities Industries Automation (SIAC), American Stock Exchange (AMEX), Pacific Stock Exchange, Archipelago, LIFFE and European cash markets.

This presentation will outline the business of a modern exchange and the technology needed to operate a global exchange in the highly competitive environment of today. The business needs that drive the all optical growth in bandwidth and the projected growth in that bandwidth will be discussed.

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EU research on optical communications: state of play and perspectives

Thomas Skordas, EU commission, Photonics 
Thomas-Skordas-Web-(1).jpg Thomas Skordas studied Electrical Engineering and received his PhD in Computer Science in 1988. He then worked in France as project leader in EU-funded R&D projects and in 1995 he joined the European Commission, as Scientific Officer in DG INFSO. Since July 2009, Thomas is the Head of the Photonics Unit of DG INFSO.

This talk will present the main objectives of research work in optical communications funded by the EU's Photonics Unit within FP7. It will also provide an overview of future research and innovation challenges in the field for the next 10 years and present opportunities for R&D funding in upcoming FP7 calls.
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FTTH in Japan: Strategy, Technology and Implementation

Hiromichi Shinohara, Senior Executive Director of R&D Strategy Department, NTT, Japan
Hiromichi-Shinohara-NTTweb.jpg Hiromichi Shinohara is responsible for Research & Development strategy in NTT. He has consistently been spending his carrier to realize FTTH, since he joined NTT Laboratories in 1978. In addition, he has recently been engaged in strategic planning and promoting of research and development for NGN architecture and platform technologies.

The FTTH market in Japan has been steadily growing to 19 million subscribers by the end of 2010. The growth is facilitated by persistent innovation efforts for the CAPEX/OPEX reduction and broadband service creation, as well as continuous investment on expanding the infrastructure.
After the earthquake in March, disaster-resistance becomes an important agenda for further innovations.

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Quantum Communication

Nicolas Gisin, University Geneva, Switzerland
Nicolas-Gisin-web-(1).jpg Prof. Nicolas Gisin, Group of Applied Physics, University of Geneva, Switzerland
In 1993 Prof. Nicolas Gisin’s group demonstrated quantum cryptography under Lake Geneva. In 2009 he received the first John S. Bell award for the demonstrations of long distance entanglement and quantum teleportation. In 2001 he co-founded id Quantique, the commercial leader in the field of Quantum Key Distribution.

The vision underlying quantum communication is to exploit gifts of nature for secure communication. These gifts are the fundamental impossibility to copy an unknown quantum state and the intrinsic randomness of quantum events. Some commercial successes have already been realized. Quantum networks, quantum hacking and quantum repeaters will also be discussed.

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