Day 2 programme


Conference Day Two


Registration and morning networking


Chairperson’s opening remarks


In this morning segment, we take a look at technologies that are impacting our current network architecture and discuss what changes are needed to our network topologies to support the future Internet.

Internet from the heavens – are laser communications satellites finally ready for takeoff?

  • What’s changed in the field of laser communications?
  • How can serve as a complement (or competition?) to subsea communications and meet the booming demand for bandwidth
  • Limitations of laser technology – circumventing the cloud
  • 5-year horizon and potential applications

Reducing network vulnerability in the digital age

  • What are the new threats being faced by our networks vs before
  • Cybersecurity in the digital age: what role does the subsea cable industry play and how can we meet the challenges?
  • How can cable owners increase resilience to cyberattacks and disruption
    • Where are the existing gaps?
Panel discussion

Keynote network design panel: New network topologies for a next-gen Internet

  • What are some of the new network topologies that we should start considering to accommodate the expected boom in bandwidth consumption
    • Are there lessons to be taken from terrestrial network architectures?
    • Are there new solutions that will enable these changes in network architecture and how can cable owners balance the cost-benefit relationship in investing in such solutions? 
  • Designing for maintainability – how can we improve so as to reduce upgrade and maintenance cycles
  • Managing ROADMs – how can we improve on reliability and reduce risk?
  • Improving interoperability for software defined systems – how can equipment vendors work better to support fast provisioning of capacity?

Morning refreshments & exhibition viewing





New systems, new players: how will they be regulated?

  • How have new players in the market changed the way subsea cables are being regulated?
  • With open cable systems becoming increasingly popular, how does this become a regulatory challenge?

Unlocking the value of an open cable system

  • The definition of “open” – is there an industry standard that we can agree on?
  • Challenges in adopting an open system – how can they be overcome?
  • “Open” the way forward – how will this help reduce the pressures of high cost and low latency?   

ICPC Update: Competition & co-existence with other seabed users

  • How are developments in subsea mining, renewable energy use and MPA growth affecting the way we use the seabed?
  • How will this affect the way we plan for new submarine cable builds and maintain our cables?
  • Updates on BBNJ Prep Com

Extending your network capabilities with Software Defined Networks (SDN)

  • Creating an elastic and flexible submarine network architecture
  • Open ecosystems and collaboration across the cloud
  • How can cable operators best monetize their investment in SDN?

Panel discussion: The changing geopolitics of submarine cable builds

  • How are current geopolitical relationships affecting the laws of the sea, and in turn, how we build cables?
  • Coping with political risk – how does this affect project timelines and financing? What can cable owners do to mitigate this risk?
  • How can the industry address this issue together?

Panel discussion: When Moore is not enough

  • Evaluating what we have vs what we need – how are today’s hardware capabilities holding up?
  • Programming smarter, more agile and flexible networks – what are the existing challenges?
  • Maximisng the potential of virtualised networks  

Networking lunch and exhibition viewing

Serving the underserved

In this segment we take a look at regions that are currently underserved, challenges facing greater connectivity and ways to overcome them
  • Making the case for profitability – what are the new business models for short-haul/inter-island cable systems?
  • Expanding route diversity and resiliency, are there new interconnection options available?
  • Improving competition to drive down the costs of getting connected – what are the new incentives to get involved


Keeping submarine cables free from any defects have become increasingly critical, with our networks reaching the stage of being “too big to fail”. How can cable owners ensure that their cables are kept in constant good health, and minimize downtime by early detection of faults?

Case Study 1


Technical demonstration by EXFO

Join EXFO onstage as they showcase innovations in testing and measurement for submarine cable networks

Data Centres



Case Study 2


It’s all in the cloud: Meeting the demands for next-gen cloud growth

  • Demand for cloud computing – what can we expect as smart city ecosystems mature and the volume of connected devices increase?
  • How will this affect the way networks are designed and how much will and can be pushed to the edge?

Health check – considerations and challenges for cable health monitoring

  • Understanding the challenges that can affect the health of the cable
  • Capturing timely data in order to understand the state of the cable
  • Developing and implementing a proper mechanism to check the health of the cable in order to avoid cable failure

Planning for diversity and resiliency

  • How can cable owners better plan to ensure optimal routing between landing points?
  • Maximisng cable engineering and protection
  • Minimising risk caused by natural and/or manmade hazards

Critical factors for data centre resiliency

  • With data centres increasingly serving as landing points, what new considerations must be given to ensure 24/7 reliability?
    • Security, power, what else?
  • What are the existing challenges and how can they be overcome?
  • Building and designing data centres of the future: what we can expect?

New developments in Marine Surveying technology

  • What are the current challenges facing marine surveying
  • What are the new technologies that are being deployed in surveying today?
  • How does this enable a smoother, faster and more efficient surveying process?



Panel discussion: The era of land and sea convergence

  • How are today’s demands for connectivity, resiliency and 24/7 availability affecting the way we build and locate data centres?
    • Where are the new data hubs or regional hubs of connectivity that are being developed today?
  • How does this affect the way today’s networks are designed and deployed?
  • How can the subsea cable owners and data centre operators work cohesively in facilitating the new digital economy?

New developments in cable protection

  • Which are the essential subsea cable innovations and equipment for disaster prevention and management?
  • How to optimise such equipment usage through business continuity management strategies?


With older cables reaching retirement age and mounting pressures to maintain profit margins, what are the new revenue sources or special markets that cable operators can look into to get more out of their cable?

In this closing session, we take a look at what’s new in cable recycling, green cables and special markets that cable owners and operators can get involved in 

Panel: Deploying innovative subsea cable technologies for disaster prevention and management

  • What are the operational and economic implications of submarine cable breaks?
  • How to incorporate prevention and protection mechanisms in network design engineering to build up cable resilience? What measures can be taken to expedite restoration?
  • Are there enough ships that can be deployed quickly in the case of natural disasters? How can greater collaboration between cable owners be achieved to drive efficiency through minimisation of recovery costs and downtime?
  • Is it possible to effectively bundle cable systems and maintenance?

Chairperson’s closing remarks and end of Submarine Networks World 2017. See you in 2018!

last published: 04/Apr/17 04:25 GMT