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Fiber in the Now: Trends and New Technologies Demanding Fiber Deployment

Conference Presentation - BICSI Winter Conference 2020


With high-speed applications dominating the data center and 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) rolling out, optical fiber is more in demand than ever before. In this presentation, a panel of industry experts cover fiber trends, fiber standards, application standards, and emerging technology for high-speed fiber infrastructures. Enjoy this comprehensive view of the current technology and trends in optical fiber.

This presentation was originally given on February 11, 2020, at BICSI's 2020 Winter Conference in Tampa, FL. This module has been awarded 1 BICSI continuing education credit (CEC).


  • Rodney Casteel, RCDD, DCDC, NTS, OSP – CommScope – Shakopee, Minnesota, USA: Rodney Casteel is a Principal Engineer for CommScope’s Enterprise division, where he provides infrastructure design, engineering, and technical support. He is serving his twelfth term as Chair of the TIA Fiber Optics Technology Consortium. He works closely with the TIA staff and other manufacturers within the industry to develop tools and resources to assist with deployment of fiber optic networks. Mr. Casteel is a 22-year BICSI member and holds the designations of Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD), Network Transport Specialist (NTS), Outside Plant Specialist (OSP) and Data Center Design Consultant (DCDC).
  • Darryl Heckle – Corning – Corning, New York, USA: Darryl C. Heckle is the global product line manager for Corning’s multimode fiber business. Within this role, he is responsible for developing marketing plans, product line strategies, and product pricing. Mr. Heckle has been with Corning for 21 years and has held a variety of roles in information technology, security, and global supply management. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in ceramic engineering from Alfred University.
  • Tony Irujo – OFS – Sturbridge, Massachusetts, USA: Tony Irujo is a Sales Engineer and Account Manager with OFS. With more than 25 years’ experience in fiber optics, Tony provides technical, sales, and marketing support for OFS and the user community. He is involved in various industry groups, including the Fiber Optics Tech Consortium (FOTC) of the TIA, and volunteering on BICSI committees. Tony is a frequent speaker at industry events and has authored several papers on fiber technology and applications
  • Robert Reid – PANDUIT Corp. – Tinley Park, Illinois, USA: Mr. Reid is a Technology Manager for Panduit’s Data Center Connectivity Group in Tinley Park, Illinois. He currently defines product development direction for Panduit DC Connectivity Group. He has been active in the fiber optics/photonics industry for over 35 years, in the development of optical components, optoelectronic and specialty optics.

Why you should attend?

Learn from an expert the latest trends in optical fiber technology

What to expect?

Technical Requirements

This course has an audio component; please make sure you have speakers/headphones available.

All BICSI CONNECT courses require an internet-capable device and internet connection.

Java software; Windows 7 or 8; Mac OSx10.6+; Android 4.1 or later; Apple 10S 6.x, 7.x; IE 10 or later; Firefox 21 or later; Chrome 29 or later; Safari 5.1.8 or later; sound card with speakers/headphones for audio (audio not available for all courses); pop-up blockers disabled.

Who should attend?

This course is intended for all ICT professionals.

What will I learn?

After this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the advances in fiber technology that enable such devices as smart buildings and edge computing
  • Describe trends in optoelectronics and transceivers
  • Identify applications and markets driving the optical fiber trend

How long is this course?

One-hour self-paced course with 90 days from the date of purchase to complete.

Can I earn credit?

Earn 1 Continuing Education Credit (CEC) upon successfully completing this program.

What is the cancellation policy?

All BICSI CONNECT courses are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Event Details


    Fiber in the Now: Trends and New Technologies Demanding Fiber Deployment $50.00


    Start : 3/30/2020 8:00:00 AM

    End :10/7/2040 11:59:00 PM