Day 1 programme


Conference Day One


Registration and morning networking


Organiser's welcome remarks

Connecting tomorrow

The world economy today is undergoing a shift in business models, powered by the Internet and a generation of connected users. These users - human, enterprise and even machine - are creating and consuming data at unprecedented rates, and as new platforms develop to drive greater connectivity between diverse populations, what kind of future can we expect? In this morning segment, we’ll look at what’s changed, what hasn’t and how we’re addressing the needs of the next generation of connected users.  
Scott Bales

Opening Keynote Address: Deriving meaning from data in a hyper-connected future

  • Data is being created and consumed at an unprecedented rate, but they’re currently disparate and isolated pools of information
  • Imagining the possibility of a hyper-connected, data-driven global environment – how can we make sense of the data and how will this drive the next wave of economic, social and technological change?
  • Infrastructure for the future – what can we expect in a world that runs on data?
Alan Mauldin

The 5Ws of the submarine cable industry

This presentation will answer questions using the journalistic concept of the Five Ws (Who, What, When, Where, and Why) to shed light on demand, pricing, and investment trends that are shaping the submarine cable industry. 
Steve Alexander

Shannon Limit, or Opportunity?

  • The Shannon Limit will be defined and explained in layman’s terms
  • Understand why all new and existing cable operators should care about this limit
  • Learn how to address the Shannon Limit using other technology solutions 
Panel discussion

Keynote Panel: Cables for a changing tomorrow

  • Relooking at business models – how effective is the traditional consortium model in today’s business climate?
    • Private vs consortium pros and cons: will we see a new business model emerging?
    • Who will build the next generation of cables? What will this mean for carriers
    • Which routes/regions can we expect a boom in new builds and growth in bandwidth consumption?
  • Addressing the changing face of the market
    • What do today’s customers want from cable operators/owners? How are we trying to meet their expectations?
    • How does that affect what operators and owners want from their suppliers?
  • Planning for tomorrow
    • How can we best plan to mitigate the risk imposed by permitting delays or capacity shortfalls?

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

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!

Erikas Napjus

Artimon, Benguela, Challenger and Discovery

Dan Whitford


Dan Whitford, General Manager of Wholesale, Superloop

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!

System Cost Engineering

Submarine cables are built typically to last for 25 years or more, with each project worth millions of dollars. At the same time, there are systems whose economic lifespans fall short of 25 years, raising the question of building cables with a shorter technical lifespan. Furthermore, with cables today being built for different purposes with varying requirements, are there ways to reduce the cost of building systems (be it through a shorter lifespan or system capabilities etc)?
In this session, we’ll discuss the possibility of building cables for a lower cost and what considerations would go into such a system for it to become a reality.

Panel: Building cables systems at a lower cost, how much are you willing to give up?

  • Comparing what customers want today vs before – how much has (or hasn’t) changed?
    • Given that the economic lifespan of a cable system isn’t always for ≥25 years, do we have a stronger case today for building cables with a shorter technical lifespan?
  • (for buyers) What options are you currently exploring with your suppliers in looking to drive down costs of new cable builds
    • What are the technical capabilities or specifications you would be willing to give up in order to achieve a lower price?
  • Are our cables currently being engineered beyond what today’s customers want/need?
    • (for suppliers) Building for cheaper - Are there ways to reduce the costs of a cable build? What are they and by how much can the overall cost be realistically reduced?
  • How can suppliers continue to innovate and push the boundaries of what’s possible?
    • What are some ways supplier can collaborate with buyers on this?

(cont'd) Panel: Building cables at a lower cost, how much are you willing to give up?

Capacity Drivers & Emerging Markets

In this session, we invite bandwidth-hungry consumers to share their thoughts on future consumption trends and how we can meet the demands of a hyper-connected population

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 both physical and cyberattacks, and incorporating security as an integral function of the NOC.

Case Study 1 - New media and emerging technologies

  • What are the current and future drivers of growth for today's media industry?
    • What are tomorrow's consumers expecting from media providers and what are the key challenges to meeting them?
  • How will new technologies such as AR/VR, 360 video etc on the way media is consumed?
    • How will this impact the requirements on the network supporting these platforms?
  • Specifically on emerging markets - how do their consumption habits differ from the more developed markets (eg straight to mobile/mobile-intensive usage) and what are the unique challenges present to cater to their bandwidth needs?
    • How can cable owners/operators better partner with CDNs to meet these challenges?

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

  • What are the new threats facing the Internet today vs before? 
    • Takeaways from 2016 DDOS attack – how can we better protect our Internet traffic 
  • Physical threats to our submarine cables
    • Review of recent cable cuts/breaks and the need for greater resiliency
    • How does this impact the need for new cables?    
  • What are the new security considerations to take note of as we move towards more open and accessible network architectures?

Case Study 2 - Financial Services

  • What are the current and future drivers for the global banking/finance industry that will create new demands for international capacity?
  • What are banks/financial institutions looking for when they purchase capacity today vs before?
  • Are our current networks sufficient? Where are the new markets/routes expecting growth?

Assessing cybersecurity standards for submarine cable systems

  • Existing cybersecurity threats and how they can affect our subsea networks
    • At what layer and which segment of the network?
  • Cybersecurity considerations and best practices for subsea cable systems
    • What can we apply from existing security frameworks for terrestrial networks and/or IT systems?
    • What are the characteristics unique to subsea networks that the industry needs to think about? 
  • Moving forward: how can the industry best collaborate on setting common standards to protect our networks from cyber-attacks?

Sub-Saharan Africa – Driving new economic models

  • Assessing current capacity supply – is it sufficient for the expected growth in bandwidth consumption? 
  • Accelerating innovation with the creation of new digital infrastructure
  • Creating new intercontinental partnerships through improved connectivity 

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?  

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


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.
Alice Shelton

Open for Discussion – the challenges of Open Systems and how to overcome them

Panel discussion

Quick-fire round: Open networks and cable systems

We invite two cable operators/owners with different perspectives to provide their assessment on the pros and cons of open networks and set the stage for the closing panel discussion. 
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?

Chairperson’s closing remarks and end of conference day one


Evening Cocktail Reception @ Baccarat sponsored by Xtera

Everyone’s invited!

BACCARAT @ Suntec City
3 Temasek Boulevard #01-434, Suntec City North Wing, 038983
last published: 20/Sep/17 03:15 GMT