To the Beach and Beyond – Rethinking Global Networks

Papers sessions at the conference have been broken into 8 categories and range from environmental to future considerations for technology, equipment and service. With a variety of topics, the conference appeals to every professional and academic in the submarine telecommunications industry. Submission guidelines and deadlines for papers will be available in April 2018.

The SubOptic 2019 Conference Program will cover a wide range of industry topics.

Commercial and Funding

Dry Technology

Global Citizen

Marine Advancements

Networks of the Future

Oil & Gas, Special Markets

Regulatory, Legal & Security

Wet Technology

The SubOptic 2019 Conference Program will include a Poster Session to provide a meet and greet for poster authors.

A staple of the SubOptic Program, the Poster Session will host over 40 posters from eight different topic areas concerning the submarine cable industry. Engage and converse with the authors and colleagues during this educational opportunity. Food and beverages provided.

All registered attendees and +1 Pass holders are welcome.





Gary Smith
Gary SmithPresident and CEO, Ciena

Gary B. Smith is President and CEO of Ciena, a global network strategy and solutions company that delivers best-in-breed technology by driving openness and choice in the market to interconnect the lives of those around the world.

Under Smith’s leadership, Ciena has grown from approximately $300 million in annual revenue to a nearly $3 billion annual revenue run rate, with #1 or #2 market share globally in every category the company participates in, including packet-optical and data center interconnect. As one of the fastest-growing companies in the sector since 2001, Ciena’s 5,500+ employees serve more than 1,300 customers across 60 countries, including 80% of the world’s largest service providers as well as cable operators, web-scale companies, governments and large enterprises.

One of the longest-serving CEOs in the technology sector, Smith, 57, has successfully led Ciena through two recessions. Named CEO just before the unprecedented telecommunications industry downturn in 2001, Smith formulated and executed on a strategy to transform Ciena from a company with a narrow product line and concentrated customer base to a broader solutions-based business with a more diverse set of customers. During that time, he oversaw the acquisition and integration of multiple companies in high-growth markets, while reducing Ciena’s operating expenses by more than 50 percent. From 2003 through 2008, Ciena achieved a market-leading 30 percent average compound annual growth rate (CAGR), including 19 consecutive quarters of revenue growth. In 2010, Smith secured Ciena’s global leadership in the sector by steering the acquisition of Nortel’s Metro Ethernet Networks (MEN) business through a highly competitive and complex bankruptcy sale process.

A citizen of both the U.S. and UK, Smith has lived on three continents and worked extensively on six. He joined Ciena in 1997 to launch its international business, later leading Worldwide Sales before becoming Chief Operating Officer in 1999 and CEO in 2001. Prior to Ciena, Smith served as VP for Sales and Marketing at Intelsat, a leading provider of fixed satellite services, where he significantly increased revenue and profits and re-engineered the company for privatization. Before Intelsat, Smith held senior global executive roles in a number of pioneering European communications companies, including Cray Communications Group, Tricom Communications PLC, and Case Communications Group.

In 2011, Smith was appointed to the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC). Also that year, industry publication Light Reading inducted Smith into its Hall of Fame, based on his achievements and “staying power” as CEO. He is currently the longest serving chief executive amongst his industry peers. He also serves as a Director and Chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee of Commvault Corporation, a leader in unified database management software. Smith is a Commissioner for the Global Information Infrastructure Commission; serves on the Wake Forest University Advisory Council for the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship; and, participates in initiatives with the Center for Corporate Innovation.

Smith earned an MBA from Ashridge Management College in the UK. He is an avid photographer, competitive CrossFit athlete and advocate, and resides in Maryland, USA, with his wife and two children.

Amber Case
Amber CaseAuthor,

Amber Case studies the interaction between humans and computers and how our relationship with information is changing the way cultures think, act, and understand their worlds. Case is currently a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and a visiting researcher at the MIT Center for Civic Media.

In her work Case often declares that we are all cyborgs already, as a cyborg is simply a human who interacts with technology. According to Case the technology doesn’t necessarily need to be implanted: it can be a physical or mental extension. She argues that these days humans have two selves: one digital, one physical. Her main focus in recent years has been Calm technology, a type of information technology where the interaction between the technology and its user is designed to occur in the user’s periphery rather than constantly at the center of attention.

Case is the author of Calm Technology, Design for the Next Generation of Devices. She spoke about the future of the interface for SXSW 2012’s keynote address, and her TED talk, “We are all cyborgs now,” has been viewed over a million times. Named one of National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers, she’s been listed among Inc. Magazine’s 30 under 30 and featured among Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology. She was the co-founder and former CEO of Geoloqi, a location-based software company acquired by Esri in 2012. In 2008, Case founded CyborgCamp, an unconference on the future of humans and computers.

Born in about 1987, Case graduated with a sociology major from Lewis & Clark College in 2008, having written a thesis about cell phones. In 2008, she co-founded CyborgCamp, an unconference on the future of humans and computers. Case currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Portland, Oregon

Vinton G. Cerf
Vinton G. CerfVice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He contributes to global policy development and continued spread of the Internet. Widely known as one of the ‘Fathers of the Internet,’ Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and on the faculty of Stanford University.

Vint Cerf served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2000-2007 and has been a Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1998. Cerf served as founding president of the Internet Society (ISOC) from 1992-1995. Cerf is a Foreign Member of the British Royal Society and Swedish Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of IEEE, ACM, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum, the British Computer Society, the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, the Worshipful Company of Stationers and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has served as President of the Association for Computing Machinery, chairman of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) and completed a term as Chairman of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology for the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. President Obama appointed him to the National Science Board in 2012.

Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet, including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the Prince of Asturias Award, the Tunisian National Medal of Science, the Japan Prize, the Charles Stark Draper award, the ACM Turing Award, the Franklin Medal, Officer of the Legion d’Honneur and 29 honorary degrees. In December 1994, People magazine identified Cerf as one of that year’s ’25 Most Intriguing People.’


Since SubOptic 2010 in Yokohama, Submarine Telecoms Forum has produced three Excellence in Industry Awards for every SubOptic conference. In conjunction and timed with each triennial SubOptic conference, the Excellence in Industry Awards were created to honor the exceptional contributions to the conference, reflecting the best and brightest stars in the submarine profession from across the globe.

The long process managed by each SubOptic conference Papers Committee to select the conference presenters is an arduous task.  The Papers Committee Vice Chairs supported by 80-100 reviewers, industry experts in their field, review and mark the abstracts submitted from across the globe in each topic area.  Every abstract is marked by at least 10 reviewers ensuring a fair and consistent approach, since a place to present at a SubOptic conference is a coveted accolade.

All accepted authors produce a paper based on their abstract and are invited to present their paper either as an oral presentation or as a poster presentation.  The Papers Committee’s reviews of the abstracts and papers form the basis of a short list of candidates for the Excellence in Industry Awards, thus honoring individuals who have made an impact on the profession through their contribution of papers to the SubOptic conference program.

SubTel Forum and SubOptic announce that they will again present Excellence in Industry Awards to honorees during SubOptic 2019.  Honorees receive a desktop award and wall certificate engraved with SubTel Forum and SubOptic logos.

Presentation of the awards will take place during the SubOptic 2019 Closing Ceremony on 11 April 2019.  Profiles of the award honorees will be published in in SubTel Forum Magazine post-SubOptic 2019 issue in May.

Excellence in Industry Award Descriptions

  • SubOptic 2019 Best Oral Presentation Award – Selected by SubOptic Programme Committee and presented to a paper presenter for innovative SubOptic oral paper presentation
  • SubOptic 2019 Best Poster Presentation Award – Selected by SubOptic Programme Committee and presented to a poster presenter for innovative SubOptic poster paper presentation
  • SubOptic 2019 Best Newcomer Award – Nominated and selected by SubOptic Programme Committee and presented to a new industry professional for innovative SubOptic oral or poster presentation

In the short period of time since SubOptic 2016, the submarine fiber industry has seen massive changes as the combined factors of data driven bandwidth and the associated explosion of data centers dislocated from the traditional telco PoPs have begun to stretch the limits of the physical infrastructure.

The conference theme represents the challenges to the industry as a result of these changes, the consequences of the shift from telephony to data and the rapid repositioning of PoPs in both a physical and global sense.

Together with an examination of the changes in our industry, the SubOptic 2019 conference program will also encompass and invite dialogue on traditional topics such as Marine Services and Operations, Legal and Regulatory issues, Network Operations and the Oil & Gas market.

SubOptic 2019 aims to update the new topics debated at SubOptic 2016 and which are now an established part of the industry, for instance data center networking, Open Systems, Disaggregation and Software Defined Networking (SDN).

To learn more about the committee in charge of producing the conference program, please click here.

The SubOptic 2019 Conference will focus on the changing dynamics of the industry as it moves away from telephony and towards data center driven networks.
All information about the program is subject to change as the conference continues to develop.