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  • OFC Report: Day 1 'Dismal'
Mar 2009
SAN DIEGO, March 25, 2009 – ’The word, it would seem, is “inauspicious.” At the end of Day One of the OFC/NFOEC 2009 exposition, exhibitors were left scratching their heads, wondering where all the attendees were. One described the showing as “dismal.” If nothing else, she said, buzz about new 40-Gb/s technologies should have brought people in – if not to buy, then at least to see what the fuss was all about. But the traffic just was not there.

Nor were the exhibitors, apparently. The word on the street – or on the floor, anyway – is that the number of booths is down by at least 60 from last year (please note: this is rumor only, not an official figure). Whatever the count, several rows in the hall remained unoccupied.

Where was everybody? Surely, the spiraling economy played a role in the relatively anemic turnout. Many companies no longer have the money to attend trade shows; some might have so few employees these days that there would be no one left to mind the store if they sent anyone. One has to wonder, however, whether this bodes ill for the fiber optic market generally. Is it possible that the market is not gearing up for a resurgence as many have hoped?

Gary Boas
contributing editor, Photonics Spectra

The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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