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


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 2018 Conference is open.
Register by September 21, 2018 to take advantage of the significant savings of the Early Bird Discount.

Register Now!

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.



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.


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?


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


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


IWCS 2018 Returns to Providence!


Hotel Reservations



The IWCS 2018 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.

Hotel Information

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!


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, October 19, 2018 10:30am Eastern Daylight Time USA
Limited Combustible Foamable Fluoropolymers for LAN Cabling Enabling High Operating Temperatures for Power over Ethernet
Speaker: Charles M. Glew, Engineering Manager, Cable Components Group (Connecticut, USA)
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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.


Remembering IWCS 2017 in Orlando