Joel Saltsman

Secretary to the SubOptic Executive Committee

[email protected]


Ciena named official Host and SubTel Forum selected to manage event

LONDON – Jan. 15, 2017 –  SubOptic is pleased to announce that the Executive Committee has chosen New Orleans as the venue for its next event, SubOptic 2019, with Ciena, a global network strategy and technology company, as the Host.

North America was a natural choice following SubOptic’s tradition of venue rotation across the globe; previously Dubai in 2016, Paris in 2013, Yokohama in 2010 and Baltimore in 2007.

“I am delighted that for SubOptic 2019 the Executive Committee has selected New Orleans, a world-class destination for our world-renowned industry event”, said Yves Ruggeri, SubOptic President.  “New Orleans will be rolling out the southern hospitality to welcome SubOptic 2019 participants and partners to this vibrant, diverse and historic seaport.”

SubOptic is also pleased to announce that Submarine Telecoms Forum, Inc. (SubTel Forum), one of the premier news sources for the submarine fibre industry, will manage the organisation and staging of SubOptic 2019, with SubOptic retaining programme build responsibility and editorial control. The partnership with SubTel Forum reflects a new approach that will produce the best conference experience yet for future participants. It will allow SubOptic to concentrate on building a programme that provides maximum value to attendees, supported by a host who provides deep market insights and expertise, as well as a professional event manager with experience in this field handling logistics for the event.

Concurrently, SubOptic is widening the scope of its activities and services in 2017 by becoming a membership-based trade association for the undersea cable sector to better serve the interests of the industry it represents.

“Ciena is honoured to serve as host of SubOptic 2019, the leading global industry forum for the undersea communications sector. In joining forces with SubOptic and SubTel Forum, we are committed to delivering an event that brings together experts and professionals across the submarine networking community toward making greater advancements in this critical technology arena,” said Anthony McLachlan Vice President and General Manager, Submarine, Ciena.

“SubTel Forum is honoured to manage SubOptic, an event I’ve personally attended each year since it was held in 1993 in Versailles,” said Submarine Telecoms Forum Publisher and President Wayne Nielsen.  “We are looking forward to continuing its thirty-year tradition in the spirit and high standards the association and its members deserve.”

Further details of SubOptic 2019, and of the new Association, were presented during PTC ‘17, held in Hawaii, on the 15-18th January 2017.

About SubOptic

SubOptic ( is a non-profit international organisation active in the undersea communications industry. It is best known for the conference it organises, the longest running and most comprehensive in the world covering this industry, and widely considered as the global summit of the submarine cable community. Hosted by Ciena, SubOptic 2019 will be the tenth in the series and will be held in New Orleans on April 8-11, 2019.

About Ciena

Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) is a network strategy and technology company. Ciena translates best-in-class technology into value through a high-touch, consultative business model – with a relentless drive to create exceptional experiences measured by outcomes. For updates on Ciena, follow Twitter @Ciena,LinkedIn, the Ciena Insights blog, or visit

About Submarine Telecoms Forum, Inc.

Submarine Telecom Forum, Inc. ( is a media company located in the United States that serves thousands of readers in over 100 countries. The Company publishes an independent commercial bi-monthly e-magazine and complimentary digital and print publications that discuss and analyse the submarine telecommunications cable industry.  Its operating divisions provide data-driven business intelligence services, organise and manage conferences, and offer print and digital resources.

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