Paper i proceeding, 2023

Optical networks have long played a central role in telecommunication networks, forming the fiber backbone of the internet. Over time, fiber optic systems have evolved and found deployment increasingly closer to the network edge. Today, optical systems extend to the server network interface cards and home access networks. New application areas have emerged, such as the use of free space communications using LiFi technologies, space communication networks between satellites, and ground stations. Looking ahead, optical systems in many areas will continue to be driven by the need for higher speeds and capacity to keep up with traffic demands. In addition to faster interface speeds, parallel fibers or spatial division multiplexing will be used for future capacity growth. In several application areas, new functionality is expected, such as low latency in XHaul networks and optical switching and co-packaged optics in data centers. LiFi will become critical for mitigating RF interference for in-building networks. Intense research is underway to develop quantum networks to connect quantum computers. This general trend toward new functionalities for optical systems, moving beyond capacity growth in fiber networks, is driven in large part by the increasing performance and demands of today's user equipment and applications. From the network edge to the data centers, components are reliant on optics. However, many of these developments are occurring quite independently and this situation carries the risk of creating problems down the road when eventually all of these components need to be seamlessly connected to maximaze efficiency. Therefore, integration of optics into these new applications and the higher levels of functionality demanded of optics motivate the use of roadmaps to guide research and development to overcome future roadblocks.

space communications

spatial division multiplexing

quantum networks

wavelength division multiplexing

Optical networks


data center interconnect

data center networks

co-packaged optics





Dan Kilper

Trinity College Dublin

Jun Shan Wey

Verizon Communications

Tom Hausken

Osa Conservation

Ampalavanapillai Nirmalathas

University of Melbourne

Reza Vaez-Ghaemi

Viavis Solutions

Hwan Seok Chung

Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI)

Prakash Ramchandran


V. Jungnickel

Fraunhofer-Institut fur Nachrichtentechnik Heinrich-Hertz-Institut - HHI

Murat Yuksel

University of Central Florida

Surgey Ten

Corning Incorporated

Rudra Dutta

North Carolina State University

Paolo Monti

Chalmers, Elektroteknik, Kommunikation, Antenner och Optiska Nätverk

Lena Wosinska

Chalmers, Elektroteknik, Kommunikation, Antenner och Optiska Nätverk

Peter Andrekson

Chalmers, Mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap, Fotonik

S.V. Subramaniam

George Washington University

Ahsutosh Dutta

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

K. R.S. Murthy

i3 World

Zuqing Zhu

University of Science and Technology of China

Chathurika Ranaweera

Deakin University

Brad Kloza

TED Üniversitesi

Matthew Borst

University of Science and Technology of China

Haydar Cukurtepe

Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT)

Rentao Gu

Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT)

Proceedings - 2023 IEEE Future Networks World Forum: Future Networks: Imagining the Network of the Future, FNWF 2023

9798350324587 (ISBN)

6th IEEE Future Networks World Forum, FNWF 2023
Baltimore, USA,




Atom- och molekylfysik och optik




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