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(19 September 2022 - 21 September 2022 )
Venue: Palexpo
Organizer: Svenska Massan

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Covid-19 Update

The ECOC Exhibition will take place between 13.09.2021 and 16.09.2021. The format of the event will be in person with a strict Covid-19 safety plan in place. The trade fair will take place at the Bordeaux Exhibition Centre in France. The Safety measures included in the prevention plan are:
  • Attendants must wear face masks in the exhibition halls.
  • Attendees must perform frequent hand sanitation. They can complete the task at the hand sanitation stations found around the venue.
  • Social distance is mandatory. To make the task easier, the exhibition centre will incorporate several changes. These include wider aisles as well as meeting room configuration alternations.
  • The venue will put in place contactless scanners as much as possible. This applies the most to registration areas, information kiosks, and catering zones.
  • Attendees should opt to order their tickets online to avoid congestions.

Calling Card

The ECOC is the meeting place for fibre optic communication technology industry professionals. It is the main location for learning about the latest innovations and challenges. The fair furthermore is the location where professionals can learn about new solutions. ECOC is the largest exhibition and conference for optical communications in Europe. Every edition of the fair takes place in a different European city. Among the hosting cities are metropolises such as Bordeaux, Brussels, and Dublin.

Business Profile of the Event

ECOC is the central meeting event for professionals working in several sectors. These are the optics, laboratory analysis, biotechnology, science, and laser technology ones. At the fair, attendees can meet sales, marketing, design engineering and networking professionals. IT, system integration, consulting, production engineering and purchasing/procurement professionals also attend. The fair is the meeting location for QC/QA, broadcasting and media professionals. Media and medical/healthcare specialists also gather at ECOC. It is additionally the location for meeting R&D and utility professionals. Attendees include MDs, VPs, CFOs, students, engineering managers, resellers, and education service providers. The fair is the main event for press staff and data communication service providers. Many manufacturers, developers and suppliers attend the fair as well. Among them are specialists in components, subsystems, enterprise test equipment, contracts, and others. End users, telecommunication service providers, fibre optics installers, government/military agencies also attend. Among the companies which exhibit is the Tianjin Eloik Communication Equipment Technology Co.

What is New for ECOC 2021?

ECOC 2021 will include the second edition of the Industry Awards. The Awards will once again honour innovative achievements in 6 categories. These are:
  • Data Centre Innovation/Best Product
  • Most Innovative Product
  • Innovative FTTX Product
  • Optical Transport Award
  • Optical Integration (SiPh and/or other),
  • Best Fibre/ Fibre Component Product.
The announcement of the six winners will take place on the 14th of September live at the exhibition.
The event will include a new theatre zone - the Product Focus Theatre. The Focus Theatre will showcase the latest innovative products. The zone will allow exhibitors to organise demonstrations and presentations of their products. The Product Focus will take place parallel to the Market Focus, one of the exhibition’s popular areas.
The Fusion Media Zone will host the pop-up FTTX Centre. It will include 3 zones – the Test and Measurement, Connectivity and Component, and the FTTH. It will also include the Optical Connections Theatre where attendees can review webinars. There will also be a dedicated area for exhibitors to share their latest press news.

Did You Know?

ECOC is an international exhibition that can help professionals in achieving several goals. Among them is exchanging information and expanding their specialist knowledge. This is due to leading experts providing information on the latest topics. Attendees can furthermore network with other specialists such as suppliers. They can also compare other competitors and conduct business onsite. This includes buying novel technologies and products as well as make new connections. The fair additionally grants the opportunity to gain recognition.
ECOC is a high-profile event with a comprehensive support programme. Among the main features is the extensive exhibition where companies showcase their innovations. These include fibre optics, integrated circuits, components, and others.
Another main feature of the support programme is the Market Focus zone. It is where attendees can learn about photonics integrations and fibre access. The Market Focus features lectures where leading organisations present the latest information. Speakers at the Market Focus include Scott Schube, Peter Finn, and Lorenzo Ghioni. Topics of the lectures include Integrated Silicon Photonics for High-Bandwidth Data Centre Connectivity.
The Innovation Awards are also among the main features of the ECOC’s support programme. They are a recent addition that highlights important achievements. They laud accomplishments related to optical communications, networking, and photonic integrated circuits. The Awards include 6 categories. These are:
  • Best Fibre/Fibre Component Product
  • Data Centre Innovation/Best Product
  • Innovative FTTX Product
  • Most Innovative Product
  • Optical Integration
  • Optical Transport.
The Best Fibre honours technology, process or product innovations that improve several qualities. Such include cost efficiency, ease of installation, reliability, connectivity density or scalability. Among the innovations that can receive the award are new fibre designs and others.
The Data Centre Innovation acknowledges novelties that promote lower costs and power consumption. They also recognise innovations that enhance thermal management commercial viability. Such novelties new patch panels, switches, transceivers or innovative packaging/line card solutions. SW solutions that improve security efficiency can also receive the award.
The Innovative FTTX Product honours solutions that increase management scalability and bandwidth capacity. Such include products like fibres, connectivity, installation, or transmission gear. It also includes solutions that feature novel high speed or environmental designs.
The Most Innovative Product award is for products that drive market segment changes. Such include novelties that help to increase the usage of optics. Among the rewardable innovations are novel designs related to photonics. Novelties that improve thermal, mechanical, and other properties can also earn the prize.
Optical Integration acknowledges innovative technologies that integrate various optical functions. The integrations must improve capacity while reducing costs and power consumption. The Optical transport Award lauds designs that promote longer reach and others.
The Innovations Award Ceremony coincides with the Optical Connections events.
ECOC is a trade fair that can be beneficial for many professionals. Such include:
  • Sales/marketing specialists
  • Research and development experts
  • Design Engineers
  • Networking/IT/systems integration experts
  • Production engineers
  • Purchasing/procurement specialists
  • Press/publication staff
  • Quality control/assurance experts
  • Education service providers
  • Data communications service providers
  • Consultants
  • Broadcasting/media specialists
  • Medical/healthcare experts
  • Telecommunications service providers
  • Utility experts or company owners
  • Members of government/military agencies
  • Components/subsystems manufacturers/developers
  • Resellers
  • Enterprise Test equipment manufacturers/developers
  • Fibre and cable manufacturers/developers
  • Fibre optics installers
  • Systems/network equipment manufacturers/developers
  • Contract manufacturers
Executive technical staff, general management staff, students, educators, and end-users should also attend. Start-ups and students can look forward to the Innovation Awards to gain recognition.

Your Hotel Room in Bordeaux, Brussels, Geneva, and Others

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ECOC is an annual event that takes place in a different European city for 4 days. Nexus Business Media organises the event with Visiting hours being between 9:30 am and 5 pm for the first two days. On the final day of the fair, attendees can visit between 9:30 am and 4 pm.
Each of the venues where ECOC takes place is easy to access from main transport hubs. For example, the Bordeaux Exhibition Centre is a 34-minute-metro-journey from the Saint-Jean Station. Likewise, the venue is reachable in 72 minutes by bus and metro from the airport. The Palexpo is also easy to access from the main transport hubs. For example, you can reach the venue in 15 minutes from Gare Cornavin via bus. Geneva Airport is also close as you can reach the site in 15 minutes by walking.
Each of the hosting cities where ECOC takes place is easy to navigate. This is due to their extensive public transport links. These include intercity and intracity routes consisting of buses, metros, trains, and taxis. This allows you to save time when exploring. Often, the public transport stops feature detailed route maps. Such maps allow for finding the correct disembarking location with ease.
Each of the hosting cities has ample accommodation and dining options. For example, Geneva has a broad range of hostels, hotels, guest houses, and apartments. Likewise, the city has ample restaurants, bistros, diners, and others. When staying in the hosting cities always stay in popular areas as they offer more options. For example, when staying in Geneva, opt for finding accommodation in the Old Town.

Audience and Statistics

ECOC is an event with a high level of attendance. For example, its 2020 edition received 253 exhibiting companies and 7,243 attendees. Among the nations that visited are:
  • China
  • the UK
  • Germany
  • France
  • Switzerland
  • Denmark
  • Spain
  • the USA
  • India
  • the Netherlands
  • Turkey
  • Japan
  • Poland
  • Belgium
  • the Czech Republic
  • Italy
  • Canada.
Trade visitors and exhibitors of the fair represent several industry sectors. These include optics, laboratory analysis, biotechnology, science, laser systems and laser technology.

Past Editions

2020 edition

ECOC often includes new additions or changes to its event programme. For example, the 2020 edition of the fair presented for the first time the Industry Awards. The Awards honoured the 25th anniversary of the event. The awards highlight significant achievements in advancing optical communications, transport, networkinhg, fibre-based products and others. The event took place in digital format.
2021 edition
The 2021 issue of the event presented new additions as well. Among them is the Product Focus Theatre which showcases the latest product innovations. It also includes exhibitors performing demonstrations and presentations. Like the 2020 edition, the format was in digital form. 




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