The field of broadband communications has seen tremendous growth in the last several years, driven by over-the-top video streaming, cloud computing, upcoming internet of things and 5G wireless networks. In this presentation, we start from the internet transformation driven by datacenter networks, followed by an introduction of the Google Fiber project, our achievements and the challenges faced by the Google Fiber project. We will also review the latest development in wire-line and wireless broadband access networks and the enabling technologies.
Cedric F. Lam was a founder of Google Fiber. He is currently engineering director at Google Access, responsible for the planning and development of scalable and cost-effective next generation access technologies to provide diverse and abundant bandwidths. Prior to Google Fiber, he was working on transport and interconnect technologies for Google datacenters. Before joining Google, Lam was chief system architect at Opvista which made ultra-high density WDM transport systems. Prior to Opvista, Lam was senior technical staff member at AT&T Labs, Broadband Access Research Department. Lam is a Fellow of OSA. He has a Ph.D. from UCLA and B. Eng. (First Class Honors) from University of Hong Kong, both in electrical engineering.