OFC and NFOEC merge annual conferences

May 26, 2004
Washington, D.C., May 26, 2004--The executive management of the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC) and the National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (NFOEC) are combining the two events into a single conference and trade show, OFC 2005.

Washington, D.C., May 26, 2004--The executive management of the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC) and the National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (NFOEC) are combining the two events into a single conference and trade show, OFC 2005.

Telcordia Technologies has turned over assets and management of its NFOEC event to OFC. The stand-alone NFOEC meeting, originally planned for September 12-16 in Anaheim, California, will not be held. Instead, it will take place in combination with OFC in 2005, and Telcordia Technologies will continue to offer recommendations on programming content and audience outreach together with OFC management.

OFC 2005 will take place March 6-11, 2005 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.

The OFC event is managed by the Optical Society of America (OSA) and co-sponsored by OSA, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers/Communications Society (IEEE/ComSoc) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers/Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (IEEE/LEOS).

"In its early years, NFOEC's primary audience was the Regional Bell Operating Companies. While continuing to serve the needs of network carriers, over the years the conference has greatly expanded its reach to become an international event serving CLECs, long-distance carriers and the broad range of facilities-based network operators," said David Arbach, Professional Services, Telcordia Technologies. "We believe that the combined event is an important next step in the expansion of NFOEC's reach and is consistent with the evolution of the communications industry."

OFC/NFOEC 2005 will feature an exposition, plenary session, peer-reviewed technical programming, workshops, short courses, and special focus sessions including OFC's Market Watch: Business & Technology(TM) and the Service Provider Summit.

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