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


Call for Papers - Abstracts Wanted for IWCS 2020!

If your work is of interest to the worldwide cable and connectivity industry, then it should be presented at this conference.

Accepted papers will be widely disseminated with broad exposure opportunities for the topic, author, and company, to thousands of stakeholders internationally.

Abstracts for papers are sought from supply chain stakeholders, including subject matter experts, application solutions providers and product innovators in the various industry segments.

Abstract Deadline is April 5, 2020.


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

A link will be available here, once Registration for IWCS 2020 is open

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2020 Host Hotel



The IWCS 2020 host hotel is the Omni Providence Hotel. Located in the heart of downtown Providence, this luxury hotel is conveniently connected via an enclosed sky bridge to the Rhode Island Convention Center where the IWCS Conference and Supplier Exhibition will be held.


2020 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!


2020 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:
Friday, March 20, 2020
10:30am – 11:15am Eastern USA

Angled 16 Fiber MPO Connectors for 400G-SR8 Applications
Speaker: Dr. Earl Parsons, Principal Optical Engineer, CommScope (Texas, USA)
Register Here


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.


Please note that during the planning stages for the IWCS 2020 Symposium information from the 2019 Symposium has been left on the website for your reference. This is done in order for you to be able to see all the elements of the Symposium. As the new 2020 plans are released, those sections will be replaced and clearly marked with the updated 2020 Symposium information.


Looking Back at IWCS 2019

Thank you to the attendees, presenters, instructors, exhibitors and committee for making IWCS 2019 in Charlotte a success.
We also want to thank our sponsors for their generous support.

IWCS 2019 Wrap-Up

IWCS 2019 Photos



IWCS 2019 Final Program

Our 2019 program contains over 110 papers and presentations in 15 compelling sessions through Wednesday afternoon. 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.

Final Program




2019 Keynote

Our Future Connected World:
Network Architecture to Support 5G and Data Traffic Growth


Morgan Kurk
Chief Technology Officer
Hickory, North Carolina, USA

Our future connected world will barely resemble what we have today. The creation of data will outstrip its consumption by humans as the internet of things and artificial intelligence work autonomously to make human’s lives better in ways we have yet to conceive. Data consumption will continue growing but increased focus on latency, driven by virtual reality, virtual augmentation and general automation will fundamentally change network architectures. The cost of data and the model in which it is delivered will evolve to an on-demand world where new applications will determine network configuration.

The network architecture of tomorrow will be flexible in its processing and storage improving the user experience. The combination of artificial intelligence, low latency, high speed, ultra-reliable, flexible networks will impact virtually every aspect of our lives from driving, to gaming to, our interpersonal interactions. As people’s information consumption habits change, the screen will fade in favor virtual projections and eventually holography. We will explore how all aspects of the network (core, access, and edge) will be reinvented as “The Cloud” decentralizes into “The Fog”!


2019 Executive Session - Panel Discussion

CTO Crystal Ball:
Telecommunications in 2025 and Beyond

2019 Panelists:
Christine (Colasanto) Bassett, Verizon
Morgan Kurk, CommScope
Claudio Mazzali, Corning
Srini Siripurapu, Prysmian Group


2019 Professional Development Program

This year, a variety of strong Professional Development Courses will be offered, providing a great learning opportunity from renowned industry experts. IWCS presents four annual core courses of Copper 101, Fiber 101, Materials 101 and Extrusion 101. The 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.

Over time, students completing three core courses, along with two electives, will be presented with an IWCS Professional Development achievement plaque.

The Courses will commence on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 1:00 pm with four concurrent sessions. Four more concurrent sessions will continue on Monday, September 30 at 8:00 am. The Courses will conclude prior to the opening of the Plenary Session, 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



2019 Technical Symposium Sessions

The 2019 program contains over 110 papers and presentations in the following 15 sessions.

Session 2: Materials
Session 3: Reliability & Network Management
Session 4: Data Center & Central Office
Session 5: Multimode Fiber
Session 6: Advancing Power & Data Transmission Over Copper
Session 7: Special Applications
Session 8: Advances in Optical Connectivity 1
Session 9: Optical Fiber Design & Ultra Low Loss


Session 10: Codes & Standards
Session 11: High Density Cables
Session 12: Advances in Optical Connectivity 1I
Session 13: Optical Fiber Manufacturing & Measurement
Session 14: Optical Cable Manufacturing
Session 15: Microduct, Airblown & Optical Cable Installation