With the advent of 5G networks deployment, technology and infrastructure readiness from central to the antennas is key. One of the options for fiber feeding of the antennas is to share fiber infrastructure form the access networks. How can access networks enable midhaul 5G? What role plays photonic integration in this? PICadvanced has a platform that allows development of PIC based transceivers including its simulations, layout, packaging, transceiver integration and testing (component to module). The platform and its role on helping evolved access networks and 5G deployment will be presented.
Francisco Rodrigues received his Master's Degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from Universidade de Aveiro in 2014 and currently is engaged in the PhD under the program of Doctorate in Business and Innovation from the same university. With a research focus on Photonic Integrated Circuits and NG-PON2, Francisco worked as a researcher at Instituto Telecomunicações and as an intern in PT Inovação e Sistemas. In 2015 he joined PICadvanced as optoelectronic engineer contributing to the development of ONU transceivers for NG-PON2 and photonic integrated circuit platform. Current topics of interest are photonic integrated circuits for PON and Terahertz optoelectronics. Since 2017 Francisco is the CEO of PICadvanced S.A.