Business Breakfast - Dr Tingye Li


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Evolution of the Lightwave Communications Industry:

Technologies, Demand and Business

Lightwave communications is a major engineering innovation that revolutionized the telecom industry. Innovations in optical fiber and photonics technologies continued to fuel advancements in lightwave systems, thereby meeting the ever growing demand of telecom traffic. The evolution of the lightwave communications industry, however, has not followed a smooth path. In the past 40 years, the industry has gone through periods of exponential growth, irrational exuberance, wild speculation, financial downturn, and consolidation. This talk will present a perspective on the evolution and status of the lightwave communications industry, including technologies, systems and networks, traffic demand, equipment suppliers and service providers. The prospect of emerging non-telecom players changing the traditional telecom landscape will also be discussed.

Registration Form

If you would like to attend the business breakfast, please fill in the registration form and send it to Mrs. Moeniera Ismail (Moeniera [dot] Ismail [at] wits [dot] ac [dot] za)