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2017 Agenda

Day One: Tuesday 5 December 2017


8:00am 
REGISTRATION & NETWORKING BREAKFAST 


9:30am 
PANEL DISCUSSION: SEIZING OPPORTUNITIES OF CHANGE – BUSINESS IN THE RAPIDLY EVOLVING REGIONAL CONNECTIVITY INDUSTRY 

Economic growth in Latin America and expansion of content and cloud services are fuelling growth within the Americas’ submarine industry. The Americas region is currently seeing a submarine cable boom, with more new projects in planning than any other region globally. Find out how the dynamics in the market are changing and where experts see current growth opportunities.

• Companies previously considered OTTs are heavily investing in submarine cables in the Americas’ region. How is this impacting the traditional carrier cables? 
• With many new north-south cables connecting Brazil to the USA, what are the plans and opportunities for the rest of South America? 
• How will planned cables between Brazil and Europe/Africa impact traffic patterns? 
• Where are the new connectivity hubs developing? 

Moderator: Elaine Stafford, Managing Partner, DRG UNDER SEA CONSULTING 
Paul Scott, President, C&W NETWORKS

Stephen Scott, CEO, DEEP BLUE CABLE
Erick Contag, Executive Chairman, GLOBENET
Larry Schwartz, CEO, SEABORN NETWORKS
Federico Porri
, CTO, SPARKLE AMERICAS

10:35am 
COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK

11:20am 
PRESENTATIONS: CABLE NEWS - THE LATEST PROJECTS MAKING WAVES IN THE AMERICAS’ SUBSEA MARKET 

Get updates on recently completed and planned projects directly from the cable owners.

(Monet) Artur Mendes, CCO, ANGOLA CABLES 

(EllaLink) João Pedro Flecha de Lima, CEO & CCO, ELLALINK 
(AURORA) Luiz Fuschini, Chairman & President, FPT

(BRUSA) Roberto Miranda, EVP Sales, TELXIUS


12:30pm 
LUNCH & NETWORKING BREAK  



2:00pm 
EXPERIENCE REPORT: RIDES IN ROUGH WATERS - SUCCESSES & CHALLENGES IN INSTALLATION & MAINTENANCE 

Jorge Porto, Director of Sales, Caribbean & Latin America, TE SUBCOM


2:20pm 
PANEL DISCUSSION: DATA AT THE WATER’S EDGE - IS THIS THE END OF THE TRADITIONAL CABLE LANDING STATION? 

Many high-profile new cable projects these days are foregoing the humble landing station, choosing to connect directly to data centres. Yes, the marketing around data centres at the edge is currently in full steam, yet at this point, a majority of cables are still connected to landing stations. A panel of experts will discuss the future of terrestrial and sea convergence. Is it a hype of the future?

• Are neutral edge data centres and campuses always the best solutions or do landing stations still have a role to play in the future of the industry?  
• From peering to neutral cloud platforms, what capabilities are edge data centres offering? 
• With data centre presence increasing in coastal locations, will we be seeing an impact in traffic patterns? 
• How are legacy cables dealing and adjusting to the new trends?

Moderator: Howard Kidorf, Partner, PIONEER CONSULTING
Nigel Bayliff, CEO, AQUA COMMS
Don Schuett
, VP Commercial Management and Business Development, DIGITAL REALTY

Gil Santaliz, CEO, NJFX
Jon Atkin, Managing Director & Senior Analyst, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS
Amy Marks, CEO, XSITE MODULAR


3:20pm 
COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK


4:00pm 
WORKSHOP: OPEN AND EXTENDED SYSTEMS

This session will address:

• Definition of open and extended systems
• When is it a good idea, when is it a bad idea?
• Structuring contracts and acceptance of open systems

Tony Frisch, CTO, XTERA



5:00pm 
DRINKS RECEPTION

DAY TWO: WEDNESDAY 6 DECEMBER 2017


9:00am 
NETWORKING BREAKFAST 


9:30am 
PANEL DISCUSSION: FINANCING NEW VENTURES AND UPGRADES IN THE RAPIDLY CHANGING SUBMARINE ECOSYSTEM  


Panel of experts will take a dive into the various CAPEX and OPEX financing options for the submarine industry and debate best ways of structuring and securing investment. From project financing by DFIs and conventional banks to vendor financing, discover the pros and cons of different options on the market.

Moderator: Richard Lukaj, Senior Managing Director, BANK STREET 

Eric Handa, Co-Founder & CEO, APTELECOM 
Mike Cunningham
, CEO, CROSSLAKE FIBRE

Jean-Pierre Gérémy, Managing Director - Global Head of Telecoms, Structured & Asset Finance, NATIXIS
Todd Bright
, Managing Director & Head of Americas Private Infrastructure, PARTNERS GROUP



10:15am 
PANEL DISCUSSION: CAPACITY BUYING & SELLING – HOW NEW CABLES AND BUSINESS MODELS ARE AFFECTING THE WHOLESALE MARKET 

New routes, new players, changing demands. Capacity prices are changing, but more than that, some say that the submarine wholesale model is maturing. Hear from experts about the shifts they are currently observing and predictions for the future of the wholesale industry.

Moderator: Tim Stronge, VP of Research, TELEGEOGRAPHY 

Gabriel Holgado, VP Global Account Division & Wholesale Services – Latin America, LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS is now CENTURYLINK
Maximo Lema
, Director Wholesale, TELECOM ARGENTINA


11:00am 
COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK 


11:45am 
PANEL DISCUSSION: CRITICAL RISKS AND MITIGATION MEASURES – ROUTE PLANNING, PERMITTING AND SURVEYING LESSONS FOR THE INDUSTRY

With increased competition, finding optimal routings and mitigation risks for disruptions for cables is more important than ever. Planning is key.

• How is the planning and surveying industry developing at the moment and how is it affected by recent business model changes in the industry?  
• What are the most commonly underestimated risks and complications?  
• Are industry guidelines and sea regulations sufficient to ensure manmade disruptions are minimised?

Moderator: Dave Willoughby, Director Marine Program Management, OCEAN SPECIALISTS
Tony Martin, Director Infrastructure and Permitting, CSA OCEAN SCIENCES
Ryan Wopschall, Director - Networks, PIONEER CONSULTING

12:30pm 
PRESENTATIONS: disaster recovery - ensuring service continuity in the Caribbean


Danilo Zabala
, CCO, BLUE NAP AMERICAS

1:00pm 
LUNCH & NETWORKING BREAK 


2:30pm

TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP: A DREAM OF SEAMLESSNESS – DRIVERS AND CHALLENGES FOR MAKING OPEN SUBMARINE NETWORKS A REALITY   

Open networks have certainly be the hot topic of recent in the industry. The possibilities of seamless terrestrial and submarine networks are promising. Deep-dive into the subject and discover where the industry currently stands in the development of making the dream a reality. Find your role and business opportunities in the development stages to come.


3:30pm 
END OF SUBSEA CONNECT AMERICAS 2017

 

 

 



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