The premier venue for new technologies in
cable & connectivity materials, products, processes and applications


IWCS 2017, the 66th Annual International Cable & Connectivity Symposium,
will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, USA.
on Sunday – Wednesday, October 8 – 11, 2017.


Thankfully, all our friends at the Gaylord Palms are safe from the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma. The Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center is now fully operational, without any limitations to their services and activities. We look forward to an outstanding IWCS International Cable & Connectivity Symposium in Orlando on October 8 – 11, 2017!
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people all over Florida, Cuba and the Caribbean who have been affected by this hurricane.


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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
  • Enhanced content on connectivity

Online Registration

Online registration for the 2017 Conference is open.

Register by September 15, 2017 to take advantage of the significant savings of the Early Bird Discount!

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IWCS 2017 Final Program

You can now view topics that will be addressed in over 150 papers and presentations in 20 compelling sessions over 3 full days. The very best topical information to be presented at the 2017 symposium was selected from the robust response of high quality proposals to this year’s Call for Papers.


A Better Connected World – Impact on Network Demand
(Electrical and Optical Connection Technologies)


Fang Wei
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Shenzhen, China

ICT is enabling the fourth industrial revolution – Intelligentization. ICT enables the digital economy transformation and is pivotal to national competitiveness. ICT energizes enterprise production systems and provides smart functions to boost efficiency and innovation. Industry digital transformation calls for new ICT architecture and a new ecosystem. New technologies power ICT innovation. A better connected world is coming and enhanced connectivity is becoming the new normal.

Executive Session - Panel Discussion

CTO’s Crystal Ball – Telecommunications in 2025

A fascinating panel of industry CTOs and leaders with their visions for Telecommunications in 2025. You will not want to miss this provocative and insightful session that will cover such topics as “5G Migration / Wireless Evolution”, “What a Data Center will look like in 2025” and “How Do We Deal with Virtual Reality”.  Open to everyone registered for the full Symposium.

Panelists from:

Cisco Systems - CommScope - Corning Optical Communications - Huawei Technologies - Prysmian Group - Verizon


Professional Development Courses

IWCS will present the annual core courses of Copper 101, Fiber 101, Materials 101 and Extrusion 101. The four core courses will provide those new to our cable & connectivity industry with basic technology information. The four elective courses will deliver current, leading edge topics geared at providing information on new areas of interest to engineers, scientists, and other cable & connectivity professionals.

Technical Symposium Sessions

This year's program includes 17 Technical Symposium
Sessions on several compelling topics, such as:

  • FTTX
  • Ultra High Fiber and Roll-able Ribbon Cable
  • Cabling Materials
  • Advances in Fiber Connectivity
  • Copper Cable Measurement, Modelling, Heating & Aging
  • Network Management & Reliability
  • Short Reach, High Capacity Optical Interconnects
  • Next Generation Fiber Cable Design

View this short video for a sneak peek!

Conference Information

For general conference information, registration fees, and Professional Development Course descriptions.


Gaylord Palms is sold out. See additional hotel options on the Hotel page.

Supplier Exhibition

The 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! Click on button for a video preview. Click here for the Exhibitor List and more information.

Exhibitors: A few spots are still available to engage with a highly qualified audience in excess of 1000 potential customers.

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.

Upcoming Webinar:
November 17, 2017
Four-Pair Power over Ethernet (4PPoE) Deployment: Standards, Performance & Challenge
Speaker: Thibaut Lanoe, Senior Product Development Engineer, Superior Essex (Kennesaw, GA, USA)
View Abstract and Register Here


Remembering IWCS 2016 in Providence