The pace of cable system deployment over the last few years has been unrelenting and is set to have a huge, disruptive impact on submarine capacity prices. This unique conference will explore the key operational, technical, and financial issues affecting the subsea-networking sector – from system owners and contractors to capacity buyers and investors. The style will be informative, stimulating and focused.

We would like to invite you to register for SAE Media Group’s Atlantic & European Subsea Networks conference – our third annual submarine fibre systems event. As you will note from the program, we have secured a fantastic range of industry-leading speakers. We think you won’t question whether you need to attend – rather how many of your colleagues will go with you. Please also note that you have the chance to ask questions and discuss the issues that matter to you.

Atlantic & European Subsea Networks is organised and produced by SAE Media Group: we specialise in providing senior executives with timely, strategic, focused and commercially relevant information. SAE Media Group conferences are leading-edge business events offering delegates the opportunity to meet senior industry and government figures and seek their advice and opinions.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Nick Higham

Nick Higham, Partner Telecommunications Practice, Denton Wilde Sapte


Tom Soja

Tom Soja, President, Tom Soja and Associates

  • Assessment of deployed infrastructure
  • Planned & proposed systems
  • Supply and demand forecasts
  • A view on the price elasticity of demand

    John Tibbles

    John Tibbles, Vice President International Backbone Networks, Worldcom

  • Identifying regional growth
  • Prioritising backbone investment
  • Buying and selling submarine capacity
  • Serving the global market
  • 10:20 CASE STUDY

    Ian Parker

    Ian Parker, Programe Director, Global Submarine, Level 3

  • Project overview
  • Achieving the most cost-effective and timely solution
  • System redundancy and technology risk
  • Key deployment challenges
  • Working with partners and co-owners
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee


    Larry Malone

    Larry Malone, Executive Vice President, Viatel

  • The move from IRU’s
  • Portable bandwidth contracts
  • Managing price erosion
  • Using options in risk management
  • Assessing the role of exchanges

    Ted Mercer

    Ted Mercer, Partner Telecommunications Practice, Taylor Joynson Garret

  • Structuring the deal
  • Assessing and planning for risk in IRU purchases
  • Tax treatment of international capacity contracts
  • Structuring OTC option contracts
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 AFRICA ONE

    David R Sprawls

    David R Sprawls, Managing Director for Europe and the Middle East, Africa One

  • Why build Africa ONE?
  • Project overview, rollout schedule and RFS date
  • Technical and architectural summary
  • Offering connectivity between Africa and the Global Network
  • 14:40 CASE STUDY

    Alan Robinson

    Alan Robinson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Silk Route

  • Project overview
  • Technology summary
  • Examining the projects key drivers
  • Demand for global connectivity in the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Rollout schedule and RFS date
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea


    Marc Verheecke

    Marc Verheecke, Director Carrier Relations, Mednautlius

  • Review of existing submarine facilities and capacity
  • Analysis of potential future demand for managed circuits
  • Regional bottlenecks and regional growth
  • Offering submarine wavelengths and dark fibre
  • Global connectivity for the Eastern Mediterranean

    Graham Finnie

    Graham Finnie, Consultant, Telegeography

  • Assessing bottom-up bandwidth demand models
  • The Telegeography historical inventory of network deployment
  • Redundancy and excess capacity issues
  • A view on future international bandwidth demand
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Steve Martin

    Steve Martin, Power and Telecoms Division, Metoc

    9:10 C&W’S APOLLO

    Tim King

    Tim King, Project Implementation Manager, Apollo, Cable and Wireless

  • Assessing the business case
  • Technical overview
  • Route selection and planning
  • Managing execution risk
  • 9:40 CABLE SHIPS

    Mike Downie

    Mike Downie, Chief Executive Officer, Global Marine Systems

  • Assessing cable ship capacity in the EMEA
  • Importance of SLA’s
  • Use of remote monitoring systems
  • Advances in cable laying and maintenance techniques

    Brian Rousell

    Brian Rousell, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Tycom

  • Utilising a unique perspective on the market
  • Achieving efficiencies and economies of scale
  • Addressing competitive concerns
  • Overview of Tycom's European and Atlantic rollout
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 CASE STUDY

    Frank Denniston

    Frank Denniston, Chief Technical Officer, Flag Telecom

  • Project overview
  • Key technical and architectural features
  • Deployment challenges and issues
  • Post installation monitoring and maintenance
  • FA-1's role in Flag Telecom's global system

    Tony Frisch

    Tony Frisch, Director Product Marketing, Alcatel Submarine Networks

  • Short-haul and festoon network architectures
  • Transmission systems and equipment
  • Deploying repeatered and repeaterless systems
  • A view on future technology development
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 CASE STUDY

    Olav Harald Nordgard

    Olav Harald Nordgard, Vice President and Director, Enitel and Enitel Offshore Communication

  • System introduction
  • Review of system architecture and technical description
  • Use of offshore oil and gas platforms
  • Maintenance and cable protection issues
  • Analysis of potential future demand for managed circuits across the North Sea
  • 14:40 DEPLOYMENT

    Paolo Mario Finzi

    Paolo Mario Finzi, Marketing Director, Pirelli Submarine Systems

  • Making the right fibre choice
  • Transmission equipment and network architecture
  • Power feed and repeater issues
  • Ensuring cable protection
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea


    Richard Orren

    Richard Orren, Geophysics Manager, Fugro

  • Route planning and data collection- enabling route flexibility
  • Applying survey data to hazard analysis and risk management
  • Burial assessments - integrating the data to better reduce the installation risk
  • 16:20 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference



    Deployment, Maintenance and Post-installation Analysis of Submarine Cable Systems

    Deployment, Maintenance and Post-installation Analysis of Submarine Cable Systems

    The Hatton, at etc. venues
    19th September 2001
    London, United Kingdom

    Deployment, Maintenance and Post-installation Analysis of Submarine Cable Systems

    Deployment, Maintenance and Post-installation Analysis of Submarine Cable Systems

    The Hatton, at etc. venues
    19th September 2001
    London, United Kingdom

    The Hatton, at etc. venues

    51/53 Hatton Garden
    London EC1N 8HN
    United Kingdom

    The Hatton, at etc. venues



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