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BT is to headline an industry expo to discuss the future potential of fibre optic technology in broadband and communications applications.

The telecommunications giant will be appearing at the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC), which is set to take place at the Internationales Congress Centrum in Berlin.

Much touted technologies such as FTTx and Next Generation Networks will be debated by industry figures at the event which takes place between September 16th and 20th.

Meanwhile, BT's head of network transformation research, Don Clarke will host a demonstration of cutting-edge advances in optical networks.

Mr Clarke said: "As interest in fibre deployments accelerates around the world it is vital that network operators share their research and experience with the wider industry - ECOC is an excellent place to do that."

News of BT's appearance at the show comes as it is in the process of rolling out its own next generation network, which is dubbed 21st Century Network, and which has been criticised in some quarters.

The sceptics of the network's benefits claim that the move to next-generation broadband services will require FTTx, since they reason it will enable more users to benefit.

BT recently confirmed that it could begin trialling super-fast fibre-optic broadband networks as early as next year.

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