Agenda at a Glance

 

2018 Key themes

 

Global Cable Projects Showcase


New Capacity Drivers


Network Security


Regulation & Policy


Open Networks

Upgrades & Increasing Capacity

Financing & Business Models


Data Centres
 

Marine Services & Operations

 

 

 

Singapore, 24 - 26 September 2018

Schedule

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Sep 2407:59
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MANAGING THE PERMIT ACQUISITION PROCESS

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[Objective]: Permit acquisition is often the most critical aspect of a submarine cable project, but it is also one of the most challenging with many opportunities for delays. The success of a submarine cable project is dependent on the ability of Owners and Suppliers alike to obtain Permit in Principles and Operational Permits to ensure a smooth implementation and installation schedule. This masterclass aims to provide insights into country-specific permitting requirements, key factors of successful permit acquisition and best practices in managing the permitting process.**For pre-registered delegates only**
Sep 2408:00
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Registration

Masterclass
Registration begins at 08:00AM. The masterclass will commence at 09:00AM.
Sep 2409:00
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Sep 2409:05
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Part One: Introduction to permit types and requirements

Masterclass
  • Types of permits & licenses
  • Responsibilities of cable owners and system suppliers
  • Identification of permit interdependencies in project planning stage
Sep 2409:34
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Part Two: Specific country requirements and permit challenges

Masterclass
With country-specific examples, this segment will address permitting requirements, typical problem areas and permit durations in the following regions:
Sep 2409:35
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Sep 2409:55
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Europe & Africa

Masterclass
Roy Carryer, Independent Permitting and Environmental Specialist, Independent ConsultantUnited Kingdom
Sep 2410:15
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Americas & Carribean

Masterclass
Daniel Marquis, Director, Permitting & Regulatory Services, TE SubComUnited States
Sep 2411:05
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Part Three: Best practices in permit acquisition

Masterclass
  • What are the key drivers of successful permit acquisition?
  • What impact does permitting delays have on the project timescales and costs?
  • Practical solutions in managing permitting delays
Sep 2411:35
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Part Four: Closing Panel & Q&A

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  • Perspectives from stakeholders – How can the industry collaborate to manage the permitting process?
    • Building close collaboration between Purchaser and Supplier?
    • What are the critical success factors of permit acquisition?
  • Key lessons learnt from prior experience
Sep 2413:00
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Registration

Masterclass
Registration begins 1:00PM. The masterclass will commence at 1.30 PM and end at 05:00PM with afternoon refreshments
Sep 2413:30
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Are We There yet?

Masterclass
This session explores the latest technology and business trends the submarine networking industry is facing today. Also covered are challenges and opportunities on the horizon enabling submarine cable operators to make more informed decisions related to designing, deploying, operating, and monetizing their existing and future submerged assets. The time to talk about the future is now… are you ready?
Sep 2414:15
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Riding the Technology Innovation Wave

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It’s no secret submarine network bandwidth demand is growing at a 40% CAGR. This session explores how operators can continue to scale their existing and future submarine cables to maintain pace with this insatiable demand by leveraging the very latest in capacity upgrade technology where modems benefit from an extremely rapid innovation cycle. Join us to learn how you too can benefit from the very latest in modem engineering wizardry.
Sep 2415:30
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The Foundation of Submarine Networks

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The wet plant that lays silently upon seabeds of the world is the foundation of a submarine network and once its deployed, it is what it is for the foreseeable future. This session covers the latest technology advancements related to wet plant evolution allowing operators planning to lay new submarine cables to better understand what’s available today and what’s planned for the future because wet plant decisions made today dictate what’s possible tomorrow.
Sep 2416:15
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The Virtual Future Is Very Real

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Software innovation is pervading all parts of the global network infrastructure, and submarine networks will not be spared. This session covers the latest in software innovation that’s changing how submarine cable operators manage and monetize their submerged assets. There’s a reason why software innovation is all the rage these days, so join us to understand why, and learn how you too can benefit from this unstoppable juggernaut. Software is indeed our future.

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Sep 2509:00
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Keynote Address: Connected users and the world of tomorrow

Keynotes
Sep 2509:20
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Keynote Panel: Looking towards the future of the subsea cable industry

Keynotes
  • Meeting global capacity demando As the world continues to consume increasing amounts of data driving the demand for bandwidth, can the submarine cable industry meet the infrastructure needs of the digital economy? How sustainable is the infrastructure growth rate?o Which routes/regions will see an increase in new builds and bandwidth consumption?
  • Changing profile of system ownership and customer baseo With the growing presence of internet content and cloud service giants, what does this mean for carriers and the traditional business models?o How will new demands change the ownership economics and how owners are buying from suppliers? How will this shape contracting models?
Sep 2510:20
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Virtual Fiber Pairs Is the Answer

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Submarine cable operators and end-users alike are seeking to fill the connectivity services gap between individual channels and an entire fiber pair. The answer is “virtual fiber pairs”, which allows submarine cable operators to carve out optical spectrum using spectrum sharing technology that provides end-users with unprecedented freedom to use their assigned spectrum as they choose enabling greater freedom to maintain pace with an ever-changing marketplace. This session explores the technology enablers that allow for the successful commercialization of virtual fiber pairs allowing service providers to expand their portfolio of transoceanic services in a hyper-competitive subsea marketplace.
Sep 2511:35
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Sep 2511:50
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HAVFRUE/ America Europe Connect-2 (AEC-2)

Keynotes
Sep 2512:00
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Sep 2512:10
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Sep 2512:30
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Southeast Asia-Japan 2 (SJC2)

Keynotes
Linette Lee, Chairperson, SJC2 Management Committee; Director, Submarine Cable Investments, SingtelSingapore
Sep 2513:12
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Japan-Guam-Australia (JGA)

Keynotes
Jon Mcguire, SVP, RTI ConnectivityUnited States
Sep 2513:13
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England Cable

Keynotes
Dag Aanensen, CTO, NO-UK Com ASUnited States
Sep 2513:14
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EllaLink

Keynotes
Philippe Dumont, CEO, EulalinkSpain
Sep 2513:15
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Sep 2513:16
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Sep 2513:17
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SEAX-2

Keynotes
Joseph Lim, Chief Executive Officer, Super SEA Cable NetworksSingapore
Sep 2513:18
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Wall-LI & Toronto-Buffalo

Keynotes
Mike Cunningham, Chief Executive Officer, Crosslake FibreIreland
Sep 2514:20
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Sep 2514:20
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Encryption of in-transit data – A case study

Track Two
  • Secure encryption of data at both network and application layer
  • Providing service consistency regardless of cable system used
Sep 2514:21
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HAVFRUE/ America Europe Connect-2 (AEC-2)

Track One
Sep 2514:22
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INDIGO

Track One
Sep 2514:23
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IOX Cable System

Track One
Sep 2514:24
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Pacific Islands

Track One
Sep 2514:25
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SABR & ARBR

Track One
Sep 2514:26
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Southeast Asia-Japan 2

Keynotes
Sep 2514:27
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Sep 2514:28
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South Atlantic Inter Link

Track One
Sep 2514:30
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PANEL: Mitigating cyber security risks in the digital age - What can the industry do?

Track Two
  • Possible measures to protect or limit submarine network management systems from exposure to malware and cyber-attacks
  • Measures to enhance overall security requirements of network management systems
  • How can technology help in improving submarine cable monitoring capabilities?
  • How can consortium members work together to guarantee security controls?
Sep 2515:00
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Tapping into India’s massive bandwidth demand growth

Track One
  • Assessing the current subsea cable infrastructure in India – Is it sufficient to meet the expected growth in bandwidth consumption?
  • New Connections for the SAARC Region – How planned submarine projects are shaking up the industry?
  • Improving connectivity with diverse distribution of cable landing stations and competitive market landscape
Sep 2515:00
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The Always-On Value Chain: Best Practices in Designing and Deploying Resilient Submarine Networks

Track Two
    nsumers and businesses rely increasingly on the cloud for critical content and applications, resiliency and performance take on critical importance in network design. In today's hyper-connected world, always-on connectivity is a foundational driver of economic productivity. This panel features experts from across the industry value chain to discuss best practices in designing and implementing highly resilient networks.
  • Using satellite-based communication technology as a redundancy option - will we see heavier reliance in future?
  • Are there new technologies or processes that will help address vulnerabilities and improve network resilience?
  • What improvements can be made to cable and repeater design, route planning and installation methods to improve network resiliency?
  • Achieving cost-efficiency - how should capital expenditure on diversity be targeted accordingly?
Sep 2515:15
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Panel: Connecting the Underserved – Bridging connectivity gaps in remote regions

Track One
  • What is the current state of connectivity in underserved regions and where are the existing gaps? Are there new routes planned to fill these gaps?
  • Are existing cables sufficient to fulfill the bandwidth demands of the population?
  • While cable projects in underserved markets are mainly led by multilateral development banks, private players have increased investment in recent years. How are financing models for underserved regions evolving?
  • How can less-developed markets create open-access frameworks to facilitate investment by institutional, public and private stakeholders?
Sep 2516:40
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Building clouds of the future

Keynotes
  • What can we expect in a future cloud-driven economy?
    • E.g. demand for secure, hyperscale networks and connectivity
  • Planning for expected and “viral” capacity consumption
    • How will this affect the way future data centres are designed and built?
    • Implication for subsea networks – how will subsea traffic and routing change to support DC to DC connectivity?
    • Scaling optical technologies to meet the demands of rapidly growing cloud services.
  • Your vision for a global integrated connected network
Sep 2517:00
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Closing Keynote Panel: ‘Coopetition’ and collaboration in a digital economy

Keynotes
  • How are content and cloud service providers changing the landscape of the subsea cable industry?
  • How do the business model, traffic growth pattern and diversity requirements differ from traditional subsea networks?
  • What is the approach to establishing open partnerships and customer models between OTTs and carriers?
  • What is the selection criteria in choosing partners for co-builds?
Sep 2517:40
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Chairperson’s closing remarks and end of Day One

Keynotes
Yves Ruggeri, President of SubOptic Executive Committee & CEO, RGConsultingFrance

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Sep 2608:55
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Sep 2609:00
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The Next Mass Extinction

Keynotes
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.
Sep 2609:20
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Blockchain: Building blocks for the future of telecommunications

Keynotes
  • 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
Sep 2609:40
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Keynote Network Design Panel: Building the networks of tomorrow

Keynotes
  • What are the new network topologies to handle massive-scale and unpredictable traffic demands?
  • Convergence of terrestrial, submarine and cloud technologieso 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?
Sep 2611:00
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Sep 2611:00
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Diving for Dollars: Monetizing Subsea Capacity in the Cognitive World

Track Two
Sep 2611:15
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Upgrade Showcase

Track Two
  • 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?
Sep 2611:45
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Panel: An industry approach to tackling today’s network security challenges

Track One
  • 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?
Sep 2611:45
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Panel: Assessing the upgrades market in a data-driven future

Track Two
  • 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?
Sep 2614:00
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Critical factors in securing investor funding

Track One
  • Newly available financing structuring options
  • Key factors in securing financial investors funding
  • Pros and cons of available funding options
Sep 2614:15
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Panel: Trends in cable project financing – what’s next?

Track One
  • 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?
Sibesh Bhattacharya, Senior Infrastructure Specialist – ICT, Pacific Department, Asian Development BankPhilippines
Mike Cunningham, Chief Executive Officer, Crosslake FibreIreland
Joseph Lim, Chief Executive Officer, Super SEA Cable NetworksSingapore
Sep 2614:15
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Open cable contract specifications on testing and acceptance

Track Two
  • 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
Sep 2614:30
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Cable route engineering and optimization in densely populated landing region

Track Two
Sep 2614:45
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Submarine cable status map experiment - Providing real-time operational status

Track Two
  • 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
Sep 2614:55
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Creating next-gen data centres

Track One
Sep 2614:55
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Cable Repair Commencement Times in Maintenance Zones

Track Two
  • 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
Sep 2615:10
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Panel: Redefining the meaning of hubs – how are new players changing the Internet’s topology?

Track One
  • 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?
Sep 2615:10
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Maintenance Service Providers’ Panel: Perspectives into industry dynamics and key challenges

Track Two
  • 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
last published: 20/Jul/18 07:15 GMT

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