FIA Summer Seminar & Members Networking Event 2017

Main Event Sponsor

Event Sponsors
Lite Linke Leader Optec
ITW Chemtronics
Optical Test & Calibration with EXFO
Fluke networks

A big Thank-You!

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for supporting this event, without whom it would not be possible. The FIA is a not-for-profit organisation and relies on the support of its membership and the plethora of expert speakers in order to hold such an informative and enjoyable event, aiming to advance the commercial successes of all members within the dynamic, ever-expanding market for optical fibre technologies. A special mention is deserved by our Main sponsor, Hubbell Premise Wiring, but we extend our thanks to all that support the event both financially and with their expertise.

An outstanding event

Following the success of previous years events and in response to many requests for a repeat event this year, the FIA is pleased to announce the 2017 Summer Seminar, which, once again, combines a full schedule of seminars spread across two days and a mini-exhibition with the opportunity to network during the evening with a drinks reception followed by a 3-course dinner with after-dinner speaker in a private room.

Free (useful) gift

We are endebted to DYMO for agreeing to provide 60 of their XTL300 Printing systems to delegates during the event – make sure you don’t miss out on this one-time offer!

Offering outstanding value

The event is open to FIA members and non-members alike and represents fantastic value.

The cost for this event £137.50 + VAT.
This covers both the seminar and the dinner. (the fee for the seminar only is £100 +VAT).

The event provides an excellent opportunity for you to update your knowledge, mingle with fellow FIA members, FIA Directors and enjoy the Northants countryside – all in one go. To make a reservation, download and complete the application form and send it to the FIA Secretariat.


Whittlebury Hall, Whittlebury NN12 8QH, +44(0)1327 857857

Whittlebury Hall

Whittlebury Hall Conference & Training Centre, Hotel & Spa

Whittlebury, Near Towcester
Northamptonshire, NN12 8QH

Provisional programme includes:

“Fibre Optics under the Sea” – Peter Jamieson, Virgin Media

Peter has worked in the telecommunications industry for over twenty three years and is currently Principal Engineer for the Virgin Media Core Fibre Optic Network, which includes their Submarine Cables, he is also Virgin Media’s Laser Safety Officer. An Incorporated Engineer and Member of Institution of Engineering Technology, Peter also sits on the British Standards Committee EPL/076 Optical radiation safety and laser equipment. He is also Chairman of the European Subsea Cables Association.

Subsea telecommunications cables are the conduits that deliver the World Wide Web without them the internet, globally, would not work. This talk will go through how subsea cables are installed, maintained the challenges facing subsea cables and the future of the industry.

“Optical Networking in the wider world” – Richard Ednay, Optical Technology Training (OTT)

Understanding Optical Networks can provide FIA Members with opportunities to extend their existing capabilities from Local Area Networks and inside the datacentre, to, for example, what goes on between datacentres for Data Centre Interconnect applications and from there to other WANs in telecoms networks for FTTA, etc. Specific subjects covered include: What are optical networks?, Dark Fibre and Infrastructure to support Optical Networking, Optical Networking Technologies, CWDM, DWDM, Amplifiers EDFA, Raman, Transceivers and pluggable optics, Up to 10G, optical dispersion management, Beyond 10G, coherent communications, EDC, ROADMs, Network Management and control, Trends in optical networking, SDN, NFV, White boxes and Flexgrid.

Fibre in Data Centres, What’s Next? – Srinivasan B, RCDD, Hubbell Premise Wiring

The presentation covers an overview of the 10G/40G/100G/400G standards, applications and practices, TIA standards update, IEEE 802.3ba fiber 40G and 100G channel overview and 10G to 40G to 100G migration on OM3/OM4 pre-terminated MPO solution, an explanation of IEEE 802.3bs draft standard on 400G and 40G/100G system design on Single-mode fiber with SC/LC connectors.

Trenchless Technology Applications for installing FTTH – Matthew Izzard, TRACTO-TECHNIK UK LTD

This paper reviews the various Trenchless Technology methods available in the market today for the installation of fibre optic cable using the least disruptive methods to the environment and the public. Often these can also be faster and more cost effective than traditional, open cut methods as proven over the last 40 years with it usage in the water and gas industries. The methods reviewed include impact moling (thrustboring), horizontal directional drilling, micro trenching, narrow trenching and the latest developments in ‘keyhole technology’ and will include case studies.

Full Fibre & 5G: Building the UK’s New Digital Infrastructure – Malcolm Corbett, INCA (Independent Networks Cooperative Association)

Alternative digital infrastructure providers are making great progress building new fibre and wireless networks throughout the UK. Investment is flowing into the sector, government is giving policy support and funding, new projects are developing in both urban and rural areas. Malcolm Corbett runs INCA, the organisation that brings these organisations together and promotes their collective interests. This session will give you valuable insights into the sector, highlighting some of the key organisations building Britain’s future-proofed digital networks.

Latest trends – multi-core Optical Fibre – Ole Suhr, OFS FITEL

Multi-core Optical Fibers is one of the future techniques potentially offering more compact transmission in a world of increasing demand for bandwidth. This presentation will talk about a small number of such techniques – all of them potentially supporting transmission of large data volumes within limited physical dimensions.

For full presentation programme, please see agenda below.


5th June 2017

1:00 pm – Registration and Refreshments

1:45 pm – Introduction

2.00 pm – FIA Chairman’s Address – Mr Paul Bateson

2.15 pm – Standards Update – John Colton, FIA Technical Director

2.45 pm – Laser Safety – John Colton, FIA Technical Director

3.15 pm – Fibre Optics under the sea – Peter Jamieson, Virgin Media

4.00 pm – BREAK

4.15 pm – “Fibre Addiction” – Andrew Whale, Chief Engineer, BT Openreach

5.00 pm – Optical Networking in the wider world – Richard Ednay, Optical Technology Training Ltd

5.45 pm – Sponsors’ presentations

6:00 pm – BREAK

6.45 pm – Drinks reception

7.30 pm – 3-course dinner
After dinner speaker Andy Hogg (Former Premier League & FIFA Assistant Ref) “Don’t shoot the Ref – A view from the Man in Black”

6th June 2017

9.15 am – Full Fibre & 5G: Building the UK’s New Digital Infrastructure – Malcolm Corbett, INCA (Independent Networks Cooperative Association)

10.00 am – Latest trends – multi-core Optical Fibre – Ole Suhr, OFS FITEL


11.15 am – Fibre in Data Centres. What’s Next? – Srinivasan B, RCDD, Hubbell Premise Wiring

12.00 pm – Trenchless Technology Applications for Fibre Optic Installations – Matthew Izzard, TRACTO-TECHNIK UK LTD

12.45 pm – The FIA Website – Now Fully Functioning – Alan Bullen, FIA Marketing Director


1.30 pm – Close