2017’s event saw a new world record of 10 Pbit/s for the amount of data transmitted through a single optical fibre, as well as the creation of an “ECOC forest” to offset air-travel to the conference.
The 43rd European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC) had a series of world firsts this year, including the new world record for the amount of data transmitted through a single optical fibre.
Along with close to 1300 industry professionals attending to discover the latest breakthroughs in optical communication, major achievements arose from the 18 contributions from post-deadline paper submissions. The data transmission breakthrough came from researchers in Japan, breaking the current record by a factor of five and reaching a total transmission of 10 million gigabits per second (10 Petabits/s).
This year also marks the first time the conference is sustainability certified, making it one of the first and largest sustainability certified conferences in the world.
Other environmental endeavors this year included using the budget for gifts to instead provide solar powered LED lights to school children in India, selecting ecological ingredients for the food, and introducing a Green Platinum Sponsorship.
More than 425 presentations and 55 technical sessions covering eight topic areas took place over the week, with the workshops on Sunday also proving a major triumph, growing into six tracks with over 800 attendees on the day. The opening plenary and keynote speakers provided live demonstrations and explanations of the latest developments and initiatives from Google, Square Kilometre Array and NTT, as well as a history of Nobel Prizes in Photonics.
This year also saw record numbers for the ECOC Exhibition, after it sold out all space to its 327 exhibitors and attracted more than 5900 visitors to the venue Svenska Massan.
The ECOC Conference 2017 was jointly organized by Chalmers University of Technology, RISE Acreo and the Technical University of Denmark, with Ericsson and Telia Company as guarantors. Many social events were also hosted for the delegates, with the City of Gothenburg hosting an evening at Universeum Public Science Centre and Museum for attendees.
ECOC Conference 2018 will take place in Rome, Italy, from Sunday, 23 September to Thursday, 27 September.