Stephen Dawe | Engineering & New Business Manager
Vodafone Group Services Limited

Stephen Dawe, Engineering & New Business Manager, Vodafone Group Services Limited

Stephen is the Engineering & Business Development Manager for Vodafone Submarine Systems Engineering (VSSE), part of Vodafone Group Services.  He has more than 33 years’ experience in the submarine systems industry and an extensive background in engineering.  Stephen is Vice Chairman of the European Subsea Cables Association (ESCA), an active member of the SubOptic Executive Committee; and Executive Committee Member of the ITU/WMO/UNESCO-IOC Joint Task Force on SMART Cables for Observing the Ocean, and Co-Chairman of its Business Model Committee.

Stephen is an experienced leader in international project implementation and his expertise includes international connectivity and carrier commercial arrangements for submarine cables.  Career highlights include serving as Director of Submarine Systems Engineering at Cable & Wireless Communications, where his innovative solutions to meet customer requirements led to the development and implementation of four repurposed cable projects that redeployed a total cable length exceeding 6400 km. Some previous roles include Network Manager for the Japan-US Cable System, independent advisor to the Southern Cross finance facilitator and Engineering Manager on CJFS.

Prior to taking up his current role for Vodafone, Stephen was Director of Submarine Systems Engineering at Cable & Wireless Global Networks where he led C&W’s submarine system consultancy practice, providing strategic advice to telecoms companies on building and operating submarine networks to meet their future needs.


Submarine Networks Europe Day 2 @ 15:15

Workshop 1: Spatial planning - why consultation and flexibility are key

    workshop session aims to discuss issues arising from the cumulative effects of multi sector seabed use.The EU has areas where there are no EEZs between costal states where jurisdiction extends to the TW borders this brings with it cables that may be constrained and licensed by two or more sets of spatial planning rules.  When normally a cable would exit a Coastal States regulatory regime and enter the EEZ where the cable would be un-licensed until it enters the TW of another Coastal State.The workshop will address:
  •     Infrastructure co-location
  •     Infrastructure co-existence
  •     Planning guidance harmonisation
  •     Cable Protection
  •     Infrastructure securityThe workshop will be interactive and the audience will have the opportunity to address questions to the panellists. 

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