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Industry leaders to discuss groundbreaking innovations at the OSA 5G Summit 13 - 14 July 2021

Luminaries to join panels exploring the 5G landscape

The Optical Society

Scientific Meeting Announcement

WASHINGTON - Optical access and aggregation networks and edge computing will be among the topics discussed at the all-virtual OSA 5G Summit to be held 13-14 July 2021. The two-day program will highlight the entire 5G ecosystem examining key critical technologies poised to become core features of many businesses.

The summit will provide a platform for industry leaders, innovators and researchers from industry, academia and government to collaborate and exchange ideas with this new emerging technology.

"Expanding upon the inaugural 2019 OSA 5G Summit, this year's program will engage attendees with the developments critical to performance targets for 5G systems," said co-chair Jörg-Peter Elbers, SVP Advanced Technology, Standards & IPR at ADVA, Germany.

Distinguished speakers will discuss technologies that are increasing network speeds, expanding interactivity on the network and more. The following companies will be represented: ADVA, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, ETSI-F5G, Futurewei, Lumentum, MobileEdgeX, NTT, NTT Docomo, Orange Labs, Rakuten Mobile, Telecom Italia, Qualcomm, VaporIO, Verizon and II-VI.

"Advancements in 5G networks are crucial to the photonics and fiber optics industry," said co-chair Xiang Liu, VP Optical Transport and Access, Futurewei Technologies, US. "The 5G Summit is pivotal to information sharing among our global mobile and optical network community."

Panel discussion topics include:

5G Vision, Use Cases & Deployment Status

5G Technologies, Open RAN & Edge Computing

The 5th Generation Fixed Network (F5G), New Use Cases & Enabling Technologies

Optical Transceivers and Photonic Devices for 5G

Event registration is open to OSA members and the public. To take full advantage of the membership discount, join OSA before registering for the summit. The program features presentations, panel discussions, keynote speakers and optional meet the speaker networking opportunities. View the two-day schedule here.

The 2021 OSA 5G Summit is sponsored by Go!Foton, USA and OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA)


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