Day 1 programme


Conference Day One


Registration and morning networking


Organiser's welcome remarks


Chairperson's opening remarks

Welcome to the platform economy

The world economy today is undergoing a shift in business models, powered by the Internet and a generation of connected users. Businesses today are developing platforms to connect diverse “netizens” with one another, enabling them to interact and transact. With these networked platforms creating new markets and driving demand for connectivity, where does the submarine cable industry fit? In this morning segment we’ll discuss the changes within the business and how the industry can meet the needs of a future Internet  

Opening Keynote Address: Embracing the platform revolution

  • What is the estimated growth of the platform economy in the next 5 years?
  • What are the markets that are ripe for a platform revolution and how will this drive the need for global connectivity?
  • How does the Internet and other technologies drive the creation and development of new, networked markets and what we can we expect next?
Alan Mauldin

Industry Update by TeleGeography

Panel discussion

Keynote Panel: Cables for a changing tomorrow

  • Relooking at business models – how effective is the consortium model in today’s business climate?
    • Private vs consortium pros and cons: can there be a compromise?
    • Who will build the next generation of cables? What will this mean for carriers?
  • Addressing the changing face of the market
    • What do today’s customers want from cable operators? How are we trying to meet their expectations?
    • How does affect what operators want from their suppliers?
  • Planning for tomorrow
    • ​How can we best plan to mitigate the risks created by capacity shortfalls or permitting?

Morning refreshments & exhibition viewing


In quick 10-minute sessions, the cable developers will be giving snapshots on the latest and major cable projects impacting the global subsea industry.  Join us to hear about the project status, partnership opportunities and future plans
Elizabeth Pierce

Quintillion Subsea Cable Network


Networking lunch and Cable Projects Poster Session Showcase

Cable Projects Poster Session

Happening at lunchtime, meet with cable owners/developers involved in projects happening across the world who’ll share their latest updates through an information poster and interactive one-to-one dialogue. Don’t miss this chance to have your questions answered!

Arunachalam Kandasamy

Indian Ocean Xchange Cable System

Arunachalam Kandasamy, Founder and CEO, INDOI LTD

Project Developer Roundtables

Get up close with the developers! This is an interactive, 40-minute unstructured session allowing delegates to meet and have Q&A with the leading cable project leaders. Delegates are encouraged to pre-register before the conference to secure your seats.
Limited to 10-15 delegates per table!

Extending your cable's lifespan

Submarine cables are typically built to last for 25 years, but with new technologies, changing economic environments and the need for diversity, some cables are able to last well beyond their 25-year lifespan. How then can cable owners better decide when and how to upgrade, and does the term 25-year lifespan actually mean anything anymore?

In this session, we discuss how owners can better plan their cable’s upgrade timeline and the case for going beyond 25 years. 

Panel: Maximising the lifetime of your cable

  • How can you best plan your upgrade timeline and design your network in an unpredictable demand climate? What is optimal?
  • How will new software technologies aid in planning your upgrade timeline?
  • For older cables reaching full capacity, how and when do you decide it’s time to stop upgrading and retire/decommission them?

(cont'd) Panel: Maximising the lifetime of your cable

Table 6: Indonesia Global Gateway

Riza Rukmana, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management, PT TELIN


In this session, we invite the new bandwidth-hungry consumers to share their thoughts on future consumption trends and how we can meet the demands of a hyper-connected population
  • What are the current and future drivers for your business’ growth?
  • What are tomorrow’s consumers expecting? How will this impact the way Internet capacity is being consumed?
  • Are our current networks prepared for this foreseeable surge in capacity consumption? Where are the gaps?

Mitigating Security Risks

Once considered as something out of a futuristic sci-fi movie, cybersecurity attacks have become a very real threat to our networks today. As the form of attacks become increasingly sophisticated, ensuring security for our undersea networks remains all the more an imperative today. This session will assess the current threats facing our networks, collective measures the industry can take to address cyberattacks and incorporating security as an integral function of the NOC.

Case Study 1 - VR/AR and emerging technologies

  • What are the current and future drivers for VR and AR?
  • What are tomorrow’s consumers expecting?
    • When do you see adoption hitting critical mass, and how will this change the way existing platforms are used?
  • How will this impact what will be required from the network supporting these platforms?
    • How can the industry meet these challenges

Cybersecurity issues today and tomorrow – what can we do about them?

  • What are the new threats being faced by our networks vs before?
  • Cybersecurity in the digital age: what role does the subsea industry play?
  • 5-year outlook: how will new technologies pose as both a threat and an opportunity in ensuring security?

Case Study 2 - Financial Services


Assessing cybersecurity standards for submarine cable systems

  • Security for subsea networks vs terrestrial and/or IT systems – what are the key differences to account for? 
  • ISO 27001 standard for our submarine cables – what, why and how can this be implemented?
  • Current challenges and how can vendors help?

The Emerging Markets Boom

In this segment we take a look at countries and regions that are primed for a boom in Internet adoption, challenges facing greater connectivity and actions being taken to overcome them

India – Connecting 1 billion in a Digital India

  • Updates on the state of telecom infrastructure development
    • Current plans, projects in pipeline and rollout timelines
  • Regulatory changes/frameworks in place to support the “data economy”
  • Opportunities for investment and partnerships

Fireside Chat (30-min): Tackling the challenge of cybersecurity

  • How prepared are our subsea networks for today’s security threats?
  • Software wars – with software playing an even greater role in our network management, what can we do collectively to ensure security across the network?
  • From NOC to SNOC? – How can this be incorporated into existing operation models? 

Indonesia – Feeding the bandwidth-hungry

  • Improving Internet connectivity and infrastructure
  • Expected growth in Internet penetration and usage with digital economy initiatives
  • Creating a cohesive ecosystem to become a regional hub
  • Existing challenges and plans to overcome them

(cont'd) Fireside Chat (30-min): Tackling the challenge of cybersecurity


Latin America – creating access for all

  • State of Internet use and access in the region
  • 5 years ago vs now – what’s changed and where are the opportunities for growth
  • 2030 Agenda: new partnership plans and meeting existing challenges

Break at 15:40


Afternoon refreshments and exhibition viewing

Towards an open future

The “open movement” has been at the forefront of many discussions when talking about future networks and network transformation. Yet, the term “open networks” and the concept of “open” is something that is still subject to debate when it comes to definition, implementation and management. We close Day One with a discussion on existing challenges, opportunities in an “open future” and how we can move forward as an industry.

Case Study: Unlocking the value of an open optical network

  • Takeaways from TIP trial
  • What are the foreseeable challenges for operators in creating an open network?
    • How can the industry work together collectively to address this?
  •  Applications for subsea going forward
Panel discussion

Closing Panel: Evaluating the business of an “Open Network”

  • The definition of “open” – is there an industry standard that we can agree on?
  • To open or not open: assessing the pros and cons of adopting an open cable system
    • Are open systems for everyone? Will there be cases where it’s not feasible and/or necessary? What will those be?
  • Commercial considerations in opting for the open network model
    • What are the foreseeable business opportunities with the adoption of open submarine networks? What are the implications when combined with a more advanced terrestrial network?
    • Consortium vs private cable management of open networks: how will this differ and what would be the challenges that each party would face?
    • How can operators best manage vendor responsibility with multiple vendors on one network; what can vendors do to help?
Qian Zhong, Managing Director, TE SubCom

Chairperson’s closing remarks and end of conference day one



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last published: 27/Jun/17 10:25 GMT