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IWCS 2019 Preliminary Program

You can now view topics that will be addressed in over 125 papers and presentations in 18 compelling sessions over 3 full days. The very best topical information to be presented at the 2019 symposium was selected from the robust response of high quality proposals to this year’s Call for Papers.

Reasons to Attend

  • Latest technologies presented in a symposium format
  • Professional Development Courses with tutorials on basic and emerging technologies
  • Suppliers Exhibition with the latest developments from industry suppliers
  • Networking with other industry professionals


Online Registration

Online registration for the 2019 Conference is open.
Register by August 30, 2019 to take advantage of the significant savings of the Early Bird Discount.

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2019 Supplier Exhibition

The Supplier Exhibition offers a unique opportunity for suppliers to present their new and established products, processes and services to you. Also on the Exhibit floor: New Product Presentations, a Popular Poster paper Session, refreshments and a Prize Raffle!


2019 Hotel Reservations



The IWCS 2019 host hotel is The Westin Charlotte, situated steps away from the Charlotte Convention Center where the conference will be held. It is close to the city's premier attractions, including the Bank of America Stadium and the Spectrum Center.

Hotel Information


Important Warning: IWCS has not authorized any third party contractor to offer discounted hotel rooms to Exhibitors or Registrants. Please be aware that such offers might be fraudulent.

A fraudulent solicitation has been emailed to potential exhibitors and attendees of IWCS 2019 in Charlotte. It is possible that additional unauthorized solicitations could be sent. It is not safe to reply to this or any other unsolicited emails offering discounted hotel rates for the conference.

Safe reservations can be made at the official host hotel through the IWCS website on the Hotel page. If you do not wish to stay at the official IWCS Host Hotel, that is, of course, your choice. These solicitations could be a scam to get your credit card and other personal information!


IWCS Webinar Series

IWCS conducts a monthly Live Webinar on timely topics with interactive questions and answers. Webinars are held on the third Friday of every month at 10:30 am Eastern US time.

Archived Webinar:
Friday, August 16, 2019
10:30am – 11:15am Eastern USA

Strain Sensing of an In-Road FTTH Field Trial and Implications for Network Reliability
Speaker: Riley Freeland, Development Associate, Corning Research & Development Corporation (New York, USA)
Archived Webinar


Notices of upcoming topics can also be found on the IWCS LinkedIn pages, Twitter, and through our email notices. To receive emails, please sign up for the mailing list.


We offer our condolences and prayers for the families of the students lost and injured and our support to the full UNC Charlotte community. IWCS is proud to provide annual scholarship support to UNCC students, who represent the future of our cable & connectivity industry.
Letter of Condolence


Please note that during the planning stages for the IWCS 2019 Symposium information from the 2018 Symposium has been left on the website for your reference, in order for you to be able to see all of the elements of the Symposium. As the new 2019 plans are released, those sections will be replaced with the updated 2019 Symposium information.


IWCS 2018 Final Program

You can now view topics that will be addressed in over 160 papers in 21 compelling sessions over 3 full days. The very best topical information to be presented at the 2018 symposium was selected from the robust response of high quality proposals to this year’s Call for Papers.

2018 Keynote


Future Technology Trends and their Impact
on Data Center and Network Connectivity

With the gradual arrival of the 5G era, the changes in the network architecture and applications will necessitate greater requirements and impacts for the cable and the connectors. We will explore some applications that will drive bandwidth demand. 5G will enable more bandwidth to every user which could enable Microsoft platforms such as Hololens, Xbox on-line gaming and Surface laptops / tablets to deliver new experiences. Autonomous vehicles and their low latency demands will put additional burdens on the network. Let's explore how we can enable this in our network and data centers.


2018 Executive Session - Panel Discussion

2018 Panelists:
Microsoft - Rich Baca
Cisco Systems - Peter Jones
Ethernet Alliance - John D'Ambrosia
Fiber Broadband Association - Michael Render

Theme: Telecommunications in 2025
The discussion will include topics such as:

  • Integration of Wired & Wireless Networks
  • The Foundations of 5G
  • Broadband Infrastructure & Deployment
  • Evolutions in the Design of Hyper-Scale Data Centers
  • How must our industry respond to the needs / innovative solutions for the exponential broadband network infrastructure growth?


2018 Professional Development Program

This year, a variety of strong Professional Development Courses will be offered, providing a great learning opportunity from renowned industry experts.
The Professional Development Courses will commence on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 8:00am with four concurrent sessions. Four more concurrent sessions will continue at 1:00pm. The Courses will conclude prior to the opening of the IWCS Technical Symposium, allowing attendees to participate both in the Courses and each aspect of the Symposium. Lunch will be provided to registrants of the Courses on Sunday.

Professional Development Program


2018 Technical Symposium Sessions

This year’s program includes 19 Technical Symposium Sessions, on several compelling topics, such as:

  • Advances in Optical Connectivity
  • Copper Cable — Design, Model & Test
  • Long Haul and Submarine Network Systems
  • Codes Standards & Test Methods
  • Flame Retardant & Jacket Materials
  • FTTX
  • Multimode Fiber
  • Extrusion & Processing Technology