Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Day Two


Organiser’s Welcome Remarks

Elaine Stafford

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Alan Mauldin

The Next Mass Extinction

The rapid pace of demand growth will require staggering amounts of bandwidth in the coming years. While many older cables built in the late 1990s/early 2000s continue to play a key role in global connectivity their days increasingly appear to be numbered. This presentation will examine when these aging cables may go extinct and assess if investment in a new species of cable is emerging fast enough and on the right routes.
Eran Haggiag

Blockchain: Building blocks for the future of telecommunications

  •     Uses and applications of blockchain in telecommunications 
  •     What new business models and revenue opportunities will emerge from the adoption of blockchain? 
  •     What’s needed to build a resilient network to support the adoption of blockchain 
Panel discussion

Keynote Network Design Panel: Building the networks of tomorrow

  •     What are the new network topologies to handle massive-scale and unpredictable traffic demands? 
  •     Convergence of terrestrial, submarine and cloud technologies 
    o    What are the new technologies enabling changes in network architecture? What benefits can cable operators gain from the application of these new technologies to network designs?  
  •     Flexible ROADM networks: What are the new aspects of commissioning, operation and maintenance? 
  •     How can we architect new technologies into the network with ownership requirements that different investors want (consortium vs co-builds)? 
  •     Software-defined networking – What new consumption models and differential service offerings will be created with SDN-led networks? 

Morning Refreshments & Exhibition Visit

Regulation & Policy

Upgrades & Increasing Capacity

Track Two

Upgrade Showcase

  •     Upgrades vs decommissioning: What are the key performance parameters and factors to consider? 
  •     What risks must be taken into account and how can they be mitigated?
  •     How can new software technologies help in planning upgrade timelines?
Track One

Case Study

Track Two

Evolution of transmission technology

Track One

Panel: An industry approach to tackling today’s network security challenges

  •     Submarine cables are treated as critical infrastructure by governments. How are governments collaborating with multiple seabed users to ensure cable reliability and security? 
  •     With security agreements relating to national security infrastructure imposed on landing parties for international cable, who does the responsibility fall on? Who should the government contract with and enforce against?
  •     What are the current requirements of cable operators relating to data privacy? How should cable operators and their customers respond? 
Track Two

Panel: Assessing the upgrades market in a data-driven future

  •     What is the current market dynamic of the wavelength upgrades market?  
  •     Which regions have been affected most by upgrades?
  •     [Cable Owners] What are the key factors when considering the extension of cable lifespan? 
  •     While upgrades give system owners a cost-effective way to remain competitive, what is the limit to upgrades?  
  •     How compatible will the new 150G, 200G and 400G wavelength technologies be with existing systems?
  •     Do you foresee any new technologies or techniques that would enable the industry to leapfrog today’s capabilities?
    o    Next-gen coherent and SLTE technologies – what can we expect?

Networking Lunch & Exhibition Visit

Financing & Business Models

Testing & Measurement

Track One

Critical factors in securing investor funding

  •     Newly available financing structuring options 
  •     Key factors in securing financial investors funding 
  •     Pros and cons of available funding options  
Track Two

Case Study by EXFO

Track One

Panel: Trends in cable project financing – what’s next?

  •     The consortium model has historically been the prevalent construction model, but it is complex and difficult to manage due to the differing interests of members. What future is there for the consortium model? Will we see substantial adaptations to it or even see it fade as an industry model?
  •     We are seeing increasing investment from OTTs in cable networks, sometimes with traditional carriers involved – is this a successful model?  How long will it continue? 
  •     Is securing one or more large contracts from OTTs sufficient for a developer of a private cable to obtain financing?  Are OTTs a source of direct financing for developers of new private cables? 
  •     In recent years several systems have been financed by Private Entity firms, development banks and non-traditional lenders. What innovative financing solutions will emerge in the next few years? Is PE funding back and what’s its future?
  •     What is the role for vendor/supplier financing in cables (whether consortium or private)?
  •     With the changing profile of system ownership and customer base, will we see a change in risk sharing/apportioning and the standard project finance model? 
  •     With the increased involvement of data centres in the subsea cable industry, will we see data centres investing in cables in the near future?  
Track Two

Open cable contract specifications on testing and acceptance

  •     Implementing an open set of acceptance criteria – What are the standardized specifications and measurement procedures in an open cable contract?
  •     What are the critical parameters to mitigate risk from a purchaser perspective? 
  •     Developing a SLTE-agnostic way to test, accept and commission the wet plant  

Marine Services and Operations

Track Two

Submarine cable status map experiment - Providing real-time operational status

  •     Key metrics that will be tracked in a submarine cable status map 
  •     How will it help to facilitate cable repairs?
  •     Key challenges and future plans  

Data Centres

Track Two

Cable Repair Commencement Times in Maintenance Zones

  •     Comparison of repair commencement times by country and region – What are the geographic trends 
  •     What are the key factors that cause significant delays and repairs and how can this be mitigated?
  •     Specific challenges in different maintenance zones  
Track One

Panel: Redefining the meaning of hubs – how are new players changing the Internet’s topology?

  •     How are new players driving the decentralization of the Internet infrastructure? 
  •     How are data centres adapting to the evolving needs of their major customer groups?
  •     Where are the new data hubs or regional hubs of connectivity being developed today?
  •     How can cable owners and data centre operators collaborate to deliver more benefits beyond operational efficiency?
    o    Is there a move towards offering an integrated product? How can cable deployment be adapted to enhance data centre infrastructure? o    How can we better align the build timeline of subsea cables with that of data centres?
  •     What are the opportunities arising from an intensification of a data centre centric, global network topology?  
Track Two

Maintenance Service Providers’ Panel: Perspectives into industry dynamics and key challenges

  • How can maintenance providers tap on technology to develop new solutions to improve energy efficiency?
  • With cabotage rules implemented in more countries risking defragmentation of services, how should suppliers respond?
  • Improving efficacy with the use of multipurpose cable maintenance vessels to serve other markets
  • Renewal of aging assets – With an increasing number of cable ships that require replacement due to old age, there will be a high capital cost spending.
    • How can companies recover or share the construction costs of new cable ships and keep sufficient number of cableships operational in the future?
    • Making the business case for ship financing

Closing Cocktail Reception sponsored by Huawei Marine Networks. See you in 2019!

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