The bandwidth and structure from current access networks are key for rapid installation and proliferation of over-the-top applications and network standards, like 5G and High-Speed PON, which drive 25G and 50G. These next generation networks require deterministic latency and quality of service, made possible by optimized flexible optics and less power needed to transmit/receive the signal. Photonic Integrated Circuits are crucial since they can agglomerate more complexity, without compromising efficient thermal control - the key to achieve smarter and denser interfaces. This presentation observes the trends in access networks and how integrated photonics can play a role in future solutions.
Francisco Rodrigues received his Master's Degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from Aveiro University in 2014, being currently engaged in the Ph.D. under the program of Doctorate in Business and Innovation from the same university. With a research focus on PICs and NG-PON2, Francisco worked as a researcher at Instituto Telecomunicações and as an intern in PT Inovação e Sistemas. In 2015 he joined PICadvanced as an optoelectronic engineer contributing to the development of ONU transceivers for NG-PON2 and PIC platform. Current topics of interest are PICs for PON and Terahertz optoelectronics. Since 2017 Francisco is the CEO of PICadvanced S.A.