The openness movement is an unstoppable juggernaut finding its way into all parts of the network, and the submarine networking space is no exception. The adoption of an “open mindset” allows submarine network operators and content providers to select best-in-breed technologies and products from different vendors that best serve their unique business and technology requirements. Providers of turnkey submarine network solutions are also adapting their products and commissioning procedures to this new “open” area.

  • Workshop discussion points to be covered include
  • Overview of important terms, definitions, and acronyms
  • Technology and business drivers of the openness movement
  • New submarine network topologies and use cases
  • Disaggregating submarine network hardware
  • Disaggregating submarine network software
  • Open Submarine Network standards status
  • Future outlook

At the end of this workshop, attendees will better understand the opportunities and challenges related to Open Submarine Networks allowing them to make highly informed decisions, as they plan, deploy, manage, and monetize their Open Submarine Networks.

Principal Instructor, Open Submarine Networks
Brian Lavallée, Senior Director of Portfolio Solutions Marketing

Brian Lavallée is Senior Director of Portfolio Solutions Marketing with global responsibility for Ciena’s submarine network solutions. He has over 20 years of telecommunications experience with previous roles in Product Line Management, Systems & Network Engineering, Research & Development, and Manufacturing. During his career, he has worked in numerous areas related to packet and optical networks from access networks to submarine networks, and everything in between. He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Concordia University and an MBA in Marketing and International Business from McGill University, both located in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Principal Instructor, Open Submarine Networks
Pascal Pecci, Senior Product Line Management
Alcatel Submarine Networks

After his PhD in 2000, Pascal Pecci started working for Alcatel Research and Innovation on 40G transmission in optical fibre and had 2 world records transmission. He then transitioned to development where he specified a design tool used worldwide for terrestrial networks. He also designed networks for customers such as Telecom Italia, Orange, Verizon, Embratel, Bharti… After 9 years in R&D he joined the Product Line Management team to become a PLM of the Alcatel Lucent design tools for terrestrial networks. In 2013, Pascal Pecci joined the Submarine division of Alcatel-Lucent, where he defined the design rules for submarine and designed many advanced networks on Atlantic (BRUSA: Brazil USA) and Pacific oceans (HKA: Hong Kong America). He wrote a chapter entitled “ULH submarine transmission” in “Undersea Fiber communication systems” book edited by José Chesnoy and had articles in recent SubOptic, OFC and ECOC. In 2018, he joined the submarine PLM team of ASN to promote technically the ASN products.



Moderator, Open Submarine Networks
Steve Desbruslais, CTO
Open Systems Solutions

Stephen Desbruslais received an Honours degree in physics from Imperial College, London in 1976 and a PhD in physics from the same college in 1992, where his research advanced computer simulation techniques for the design of three dimensional electron optical systems. He joined the technical staff at STC Submarine Systems in 1976, initially working on coaxial transmission systems. Subsequently, while working with Nortel, Alcatel Submarine Networks and Xtera he developed EDFA and Raman optical amplifier simulators and nonlinear transmission system simulators and contributed to the understanding of soliton systems. He was also a research associate at University College London where he developed DSP techniques for coherent transmission and the optimization of FEC for PM-QPSK systems. Currently, he is Principal Scientist with Open Systems Solutions, specialising in the theoretical aspects of high capacity fibre-optic telecommunications systems, developing bespoke simulation tools and novel techniques to support this design work. He is the author or co-author of 13 patents and 24 publications.