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Dr Frank J. Effenberger

  • Dr Frank J. Effenberger
  • Rapporteur of optical access group
  • ITU-T SG-15
  • United States
  • Panel Session
  • PSN2 : Multimedia over Multiple Media: Convergence in Broadband Access
  • Jupiter 9
  • Friday, 22 November 2013 15:15 - 16:45
  • Moderator

After completing his doctoral work in 1995, Dr. Effenberger took a position with Bellcore (now Telcordia) where he analyzed all types of access network technologies, focusing on those that employed passive optical networks. He witnessed the early development of the FSAN initiative and the development of the APON standard. In 2000, he moved to Quantum Bridge Communications (now a part of Motorola), where he managed system engineering in their PON division. This work supported the development and standardization of advanced optical access systems based on B-PON and G-PON technologies. In 2006, he became Director of FTTx in the advanced technology department of Futurewei Technologies USA. He remains heavily involved in standards work, and has been the leading contributor and editor of the major PON standards in the ITU. In 2008, he became the chairman of ITU-T Q2/15 the group that creates standards for optical access systems. Also in 2008, Frank joined the Access sub-committee of NFOEC, a role he plays to this day. He and his team work on forward-looking fiber and copper access technologies, including the 802.3av 10G EPON and ITU XG-PON topics. Notably, his team supported the world’s first trials of XG-PON and 40G-PON. He has also served on program committees for the Globecom and Telecom World conferences. He is an associate editor of JOCN, and a prolific reviewer of papers to Comsoc Magazine, amongst others. In 2011, he was named as Huawei Fellow, and in 2012 was promoted to VP of access research.