Howard Kidorf | Managing Partner
Pioneer Consulting | United States

Howard Kidorf, Managing Partner, Pioneer Consulting

As a managing Partner in Pioneer Consulting, Howard and his team provide specialist marine consulting, engineering and management services to a wide variety of subsea cable projects. With a 30 year background in undersea cable engineering, Howard was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff for Forward-Looking Technology Assessment at Tyco Telecommunications, AT&T Bell Laboratories and Director of Services Engineering at Tyco Submarine Systems Ltd. Howard holds numerous patents and has authored many technical papers and text books. He has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University.


Conference Day Two @ 11:30

Panel: Going beyond today’s subsea capacity transmission limits for tomorrow’s Internet

  • Evaluating what we have vs what we need – how are today’s hardware capabilities holding up?
  • Creating the new normal – how much can we continue to push the physical limits of capacity transmission? What is key?
  • Programming smarter, more agile and flexible networks – how can we leapfrog today’s capabilities after physical potential is completely exhausted?
    • Next-gen coherent technology – what can we expect (or hope for) with advancements in technology?
    • Assessing the feasibility of the space-division-multiplexing technique for submarine cable systems
    • The case for network disaggregation to create greater scalability and flexibility – what are the commercial implications for cable operators/owners?
  • Maximising the potential of virtualised networks  

Conference Day Two @ 14:40

Submarine cable maintenance market – the next 10 years

  • Overview of the current marine services market
  • Existing challenges and new opportunities
  • What’s the predicted market performance for the next 5 – 10 years
    • What are some new models of maintenance that could potentially emerge?
    • What would be their barriers to success and/or limitations
    • Will we see new players entering the market?

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