Kenichi Yoneyama | Assistant General Manager, Submarine Network Division
NEC Corporation | Japan

Kenichi Yoneyama, Assistant General Manager, Submarine Network Division, NEC Corporation

Kenichi Yoneyama, Assistant General Manager of Submarine Network Division at NEC Corporation, has worked for the Submarine Cable industry for more than 25 years. He started his carrier designing Submarine Repeater, then went on to widen his role as System Designer and Project Manager of Submarine Cable System construction. He was involved in the design of Optical 3R Repeaters and Optical Amplifying Repeaters from its conceptual design phase, targeting International markets as well as the Japanese domestic. Later, he designed WDM Submarine Cable system like China-US, APCN2, AJC, AUFS, RJCN, SEA-ME-WE-5, FASTER etc. For the past 15 years, he has been actively taking part in the role as Project Manager on several Japanese domestic systems, as well as European, US and Asia-Pacific systems.  His current responsibilities include overall management of Project Team Leaders.


Conference Day One @ 14:00

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?

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