The International CableConnectivity Symposium, which will be held November 11 through 14 in Providence, RI, will draw manufacturers of cable and connectivity products from around the world to learn and discuss some of the latest technological advancements being made in the industry. Formerly called the International Wire and Cable Symposium, and still recognized by the acronym IWCS, the event has been expanded in recent years and IWCS chief executive officer/director John Barteld explained that approximately 125 papers will be presented over the four days. In addition, approximately 120 exhibitors will showcase their latest products and technologies, which are used in the manufacture of cable and connectivity. The agenda also includes professional development courses, some of which are titled "Data Center Design," "Industrial Cabling and Applications," and "Fiber Optic Applications."
The technical sessions, which begin Monday, November 12, will be chaired by individuals whose names or corporate/association affiliations may be familiar to many in the structured cabling industry. Session chairs include Frank Peri of the Communications Cable and Connectivity Association, Eric Whitman of OFS; Eric Bulington of Anixter; Robert Wessels of CommScope; Jeff Barker of Prysmian Group; Peter Pilon of OFS; Steve Galan of Underwriters Laboratories; and Guy Castonguay of Corning Greater China Telecom. Session titles include: Installation/Reliability, Extended Data Rate Over Copper, High-Speed Fiber/Copper Interconnect, Multimode Fiber and Developments in Fiber Connectivity.
The featured speaker at the symposium's plenary session will be Michael T. Jones, chief technology advocate with Google.