Message from The Chairperson

The Chairperson of the Photonic Internet Forum (PIF)
Ken-ichi Sato
The Chairperson of the Photonic Internet Forum (PIF)
I am honored to deliver a few words at my elevation to the position of chairperson of the Photonic Internet Forum (PIF). Fifteen years have passed since the PIF was founded in February 2001. During this period, the communication environment has greatly changed. Hyper-giant contents providers and OTT services and IoT businesses have been created on the foundation of photonic networks. The photonic networks recorded remarkable advances by implementing digital coherent technologies and OXC/ROADM-based optical domain routing technologies. In achieving these advances, the PIF continues to be a significant contributor to cutting-edge technologies and the promotion of related R&D.
In recent years, the tenor of technology development has changed. In past times, world telecommunication carriers eagerly tackled the development of communication technologies with vendors with the aim of enhancing transport bandwidth and reducing costs, since they created their revenue by selling bandwidth. Investment has now shifted toward the development of new services rather than fundamental technologies. The resultant cuts in R&D investment for infrastructure innovation, and the attitude of large contents providers, developing the necessary technologies by themselves, has placed a burden on system vendors. With this situation, vendors are confronting the pressure of harsh cost reductions and difficulties in maintaining the R&D budgets for cutting-edge technologies. Moreover, the exponential expansions seen in optical fiber bandwidth and processing performance for more than the last two decades are now ceasing, and a big question has arisen; who will be responsible for creating the next generation technologies ?
The PIF is a non-profit consortium of industry and academic experts who are responsible for developing transport network technologies that offer ultra-high-speed, large-capacity, green communications. The PIF aims at accomplishing this goal through such activities as;
  • supporting various activities that promote photonic network technology development,
  • providing a forum for researchers from industries, universities, independent research institutes, and government,
  • promoting domestic and international research and investigations,
  • contributing to the development of international standards,
  • information exchange among its members,
  • dissemination of leading-edge technologies,
  • creation of a roadmap towards the future R&D.
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