Michael Ruddy | Director of International Research
Terabit Consulting Inc. | United States

Michael Ruddy, Director of International Research, Terabit Consulting Inc.

Michael Ruddy has been the Director of International Research at Terabit Consulting since the company's founding in 2000. There, he has overseen the creation of a wide range of industry reports including the 1,600-page Undersea Cable Report and the International Telecommunications Infrastructure Analysis. He has also overseen market and traffic studies for dozens of fiber projects around the world, including the East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy), the Australia-Japan Cable (AJC), Hibernia Atlantic, the Seychelles East Africa System (SEAS), the Montserrat Caribbean Submarine Cable Project, the Central African Backbone, and the BIMP-EAGA Rink Project, among many others. In total his studies have resulted in the funding of several billions of dollars of fiber projects in virtually every region of the globe. Prior to joining Terabit Consulting, in the late-1990s he was responsible for the creation of the submarine cable market research program at Pioneer Consulting, where he created and authored the Worldwide Submarine Fiber Optic Systems report. Mr. Ruddy was also an analyst at Kessler Marketing Intelligence (KMI, where he authored studies that included Beyond ACMA and SONET/SDH) and performed market analysis for the US Department of Commerce in Montreal, Canada. He was also a Foreign Service Officer with the US Department of State.


Pre-Conference Day @ 09:05

Part One: Determining market demand

  • Factors to consider when assessing market conditions and determining project feasibility 
  • How can cable owners increase the accuracy of their demand forecasts?
    • Competition review and X-year outlook – with demand expected to continue growing and technology advancing quickly, what’s a realistic outlook for planning of upgrades, BUs and contractual leases?

Conference Day Two @ 14:40

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 are technologies such as SDN changing the way bandwidth is consumed and in turn co-location pricing models?
    • What are the physical and/or commercial constraints of extending the submarine network further inland?
  • How can the subsea cable owners and data centre operators work cohesively in facilitating the new digital economy?
    • What are the foreseeable challenges (e.g. regulatory) and how can they be overcome?

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