Executive Forum Europe


Applied Innovation for Network Transformation


16 April 2013 | Cannes, France


The Optical Society (OSA) Corporate Associates and Layer123 are pleased to continue their new working partnership, intended to bring significant benefits to the global optical networking industry.  “Executive Forum Europe” will be organised on 16 April 2013 alongside Layer123’s Terabit Optical & Transport SDN conference, in Cannes, France.

A unique and senior forum in Europe for network strategic issues

Executive Forum Europe is a new meeting place for senior Carrier network executives responsible for strategic Optical and IP architecture, design, evolution, transformation and procurement decisions.  Like OSA’s long-established Executive Forum (co-located with OFC/NFOEC), it will provide a selective and interactive meeting place for senior industry leaders in a thought-provoking and collegiate atmosphere, personally moderated by Layer123, OSA and their partners.

Applied innovation: filling the gap between R&D and production networks

Layer123’s Terabits conference program aims to fill the gap between R&D conferences such as ECOC, and Carrier production networks,” explained Mark Lum, Co-Founder and Market Lead at Layer123.  “Carriers face huge change in the coming decade and there is a need to focus on innovation that will transform the future network in the next cycle of evolution.  Having participated at OSA’s Executive Forum held in the United States, I believe that the industry can really benefit from a meeting place here in Europe to focus on strategic networking issues.

Encouraging efficient knowledge exchange at a global level

OSA is very pleased to bring additional benefits and opportunities to its Corporate Members and the telecom community as a whole through this partnership with Layer123.  The Executive Forum events are designed to give senior-level executives a chance to engage in meaningful discussions about trends in today’s challenging business environment.  Our goal is to encourage an efficient global exchange of knowledge from technology to networks to applications in the optical communications field,” said Elizabeth Rogan, OSA CEO.

An exciting growth development

Layer123 is delighted to be working with such an eminent organisation as OSA. We see many opportunities for cross-fertilisation between leading industry activities such as the OSA-co-sponsored OFC/NFOEC and Layer123’s Terabit knowledge exchange, to the benefit of the entire industry.  This will be a very exciting growth development for our organisation,” said Robert Jones, Co-Founder and MD of Layer123.


Booking Your Place at Executive Forum Europe

If you have been invited to attend Executive Forum Europe as a guest of OSA and Layer123, please respond using the RSVP button at the top right of this web page.

If you would like to attend, but have not received an invitation, you may qualify for a FREE place. Please respond using the RSVP button at the top right of this web page. For guidance, FREE places are available for C-Level representatives of service providers.

The Executive Forum Europe 2012 launch agenda is incorporated into the Terabit Optical & Data Networking conference Day One - full details here. To book your place at Executive Forum Europe, simply register online here


Executive Forum Europe Organisers

About OSA Corporate Associates

The Optical Society (OSA) brings great business minds together with leading engineers and scientists through its Corporate Associates Membership Program.

OSA Corporate Associates connect more than 220 companies through participation in timely programs, benefits and business opportunities.  Corporate Members receive access to the OSA global community of more than 130,000 optics and photonics professionals from 175 countries.

OSA Corporate Associates presents the annual Executive Forum, held in conjunction with OFC/NFOEC.  OSA is a driving force and sponsor behind OFC/NFOEC, the world’s leading event for advancing optical solutions in telecom, datacom, computing and more – and has also co-sponsored ECOC, the largest conference on optical communication in Europe and one of the most prestigious.  OSA supports an extensive range of technical publications and specialist events around the world.

For more information, please visit.. www.osa.org/partner

About OSA

Uniting more than 130,000 professionals from 175 countries, the Optical Society (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives.  Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics.  OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics.

For more information, please visit.. www.osa.org

About Layer123

Layer123 is a new generation business information and networking service provider, specialising in enabling knowledge exchange between Carrier network strategy professionals.  We focus exclusively on issues relating to network convergence – architecture, technology, control plane, management, supported services and driving applications.

Now in its 3rd year of operation, several of its innovative conferences are already market leaders in their sectors – including Terabit Optical & Data, Packet Optical Transport, LTE/EPC & Backhaul, Packet Microwave and most recently, Cloud Networking.

Layer123 Knowledge Exchange events have a high reputation for innovation, quality, topicality, relevance, top-level speakers and stimulating engagement.  Its Carrier Forums have been strongly supported and enthusiastically received – bringing a breath of fresh air into the market.

For more information, please visit.. www.layer123.com

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