Steve Alexander | Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Ciena Ltd | United States

Steve Alexander, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Ciena Ltd

With more than 20 years of telecom experience, Mr. Alexander is currently serving as Ciena’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.  Mr. Alexander has held a number of positions since joining the Company in 1994, including General Manager of Ciena's Transport & Switching and Data Networking business units, Vice President of Transport Products and Director of Lightwave Systems.  

From 1982 until joining Ciena, Mr. Alexander was employed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he last held the position of Assistant Leader of the Optical Communications Technology Group. Mr. Alexander is an IEEE Fellow and was the recipient of the IEEE Communications Society Industrial Innovation Award in 2012. He is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE / OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networking. He has served as a member of the Federal Communications Commission Technological Advisory Council, as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Lightwave Technology, as a member of the IEEE / LEOS Board of Governors, and was a General Chair of the conference on Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) in 1997.

Mr. Alexander received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been granted 18 patents and has authored a text on Optical Communication Receiver Design as well as numerous conference and journal articles.

Appearances:



Day One @ 09:20

Keynote Panel: Looking towards the future of the subsea cable industry

  • Meeting global capacity demando As the world continues to consume increasing amounts of data driving the demand for bandwidth, can the submarine cable industry meet the infrastructure needs of the digital economy? How sustainable is the infrastructure growth rate?o Which routes/regions will see an increase in new builds and bandwidth consumption?
  • Changing profile of system ownership and customer baseo With the growing presence of internet content and cloud service giants, what does this mean for carriers and the traditional business models?o How will new demands change the ownership economics and how owners are buying from suppliers? How will this shape contracting models?

Day One @ 10:20

Virtual Fiber Pairs Is the Answer

Submarine cable operators and end-users alike are seeking to fill the connectivity services gap between individual channels and an entire fiber pair. The answer is “virtual fiber pairs”, which allows submarine cable operators to carve out optical spectrum using spectrum sharing technology that provides end-users with unprecedented freedom to use their assigned spectrum as they choose enabling greater freedom to maintain pace with an ever-changing marketplace. This session explores the technology enablers that allow for the successful commercialization of virtual fiber pairs allowing service providers to expand their portfolio of transoceanic services in a hyper-competitive subsea marketplace.

Day Two @ 09:40

Keynote Network Design Panel: Building the networks of tomorrow

  • What are the new network topologies to handle massive-scale and unpredictable traffic demands?
  • Convergence of terrestrial, submarine and cloud technologieso What are the new technologies enabling changes in network architecture? What benefits can cable operators gain from the application of these new technologies to network designs?
  • Flexible ROADM networks: What are the new aspects of commissioning, operation and maintenance?
  • How can we architect new technologies into the network with ownership requirements that different investors want (consortium vs co-builds)?
  • Software-defined networking – What new consumption models and differential service offerings will be created with SDN-led networks?
last published: 24/Sep/18 11:15 GMT

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