Alasdair Wilkie | Chief Technology Officer
Deep Blue Cable | Saint Lucia

Alasdair Wilkie, Chief Technology Officer, Deep Blue Cable

Alasdair joined the STC (now ASN) in 1985 having left Newcastle University with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Whilst at STC he worked on UK-Belgium 5, the first international optical submarine cable and subsequently numerous other submarine systems, mainly in the marine department. On leaving ASN he worked in C&W(Marine) then IT International Telecom, Flute Ltd, Hibernia Networks. Following a short tenure as Subsea Programme Director for Digicel Group in Jamiaca, Alasdair  is now based in St. Lucia as the CTO of Deep Blue Cable Ltd. Alasdair has authored several papers and is a Member of both the IET and the IEEE.
Alasdair represents Deep Blue Cable on the International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC) as well as being the Chairman of the Atlantic Cable Maintenance Agreement; the preeminent marine cable maintenance solution in the Atlantic ocean.


Conference Day Two @ 09:20

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?

Conference Day Two @ 14:55

Panel: Relooking at maintenance models to achieve greater efficacy

  • Current challenges facing today’s maintenance market for submarine cables
    • Investment into fleet renewal – how sustainable are the existing methods of fleet renewal?  Can this be improved, and how?
  • Assessing the potential for greater inter-industry maintenance models
    • Lessons from changes in ACMA
    • How applicable is this across other regions?
    • What are the technical and commercial limitations of this collaboration?
  • The way forward: how can the industry better address the issues facing the maintenance market today?
    • Are there alternative models that can be considered?
    • How will the way new systems are being designed (e.g. mesh networks with greater resiliency) change or open new ways of looking at this issue?

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