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EP21: Optical networking, raw bandwidth, component shortages, post-pandemic network design

In this episode, Stephen Alexander, CTO at Ciena and Mattias Fridström discuss how the optical networking industry has developed over the last decades, trends in enterprise networking such as the increased demand for raw bandwidth, the global component shortages, and the pandemic’s impact on network design.

Mattias Fridström
Mattias Fridström
There’s a certain kind of person who gets a little bit too excited about networks. Mattias is that guy. If he had a tattoo, it would be of a network. Mattias holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wollongong, Australia. He joined Telia in 1996 and has worked in a number of senior roles at Telia Carrier (now Arelion), most recently as CTO. Since July 2016 he has been Arelion's Chief Evangelist. Mattias’ passion isn’t limited to networks: He has played golf professionally and competed on a high level in both football and floor hockey.
Stephen Alexander
Stephen Alexander
CTO, Ciena

Stephen Alexander is currently Ciena’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. From 1982 until joining Ciena in 1994, he was Assistant Leader of the Optical Communications Technology Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He is an IEEE Fellow and is a recipient of the IEEE Communications Society Industrial Innovation Award. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Telecom Industry Solutions (ATIS). He has served as a member of the FCC Technological Advisory Council and is Chairman of the Long-range Planning committee for the Conference on Optical Fiber Communication (OFC.) Mr. Alexander is an Electrical Engineering graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been granted 23 patents and has authored a text on Optical Communication Receiver Design as well as numerous conference presentations and journal articles.

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