25-26 April 2017 | Dusit Thani, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Conference Day One

8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration, refreshments and networking

9:00 am - 9:30 am Introduction by IQPC

9:15 am - 9:45 am Opening remarks by Chaiman

Ed McCormack - International Consultant .
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Ed McCormack

International Consultant
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HIGHLIGHTING RECENT CABLE PROJECTS AND THE DIFFERENT COMMERCIAL MODELS FOR CABLE SYSTEMS

9:45 am - 10:15 am Product line optimization for submarine cable upgrade and terrestrial backhauling applications

Guillaume Crenn - Product Line and Marketing Director Ekinops
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Guillaume Crenn

Product Line and Marketing Director
Ekinops

10:15 am - 12:00 am Meeting the African market’s increasing bandwidth demands by hunting for new routes to avoid congestion

António Nunes - CEO Angola Cables
Artur Mendes - CCO Angola Cables
  • Discussing the current opportunities in the African market and analysing how operators can overcome cost and technological challenges
  • Highlighting best practices to avoid cable congestion and failures in the future
  • Forecasting the future growth in the African market and highlighting new and upcoming projects in the region
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António Nunes

CEO
Angola Cables

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Artur Mendes

CCO
Angola Cables

10:45 am - 11:15 am Networking break

  • Discussing the technical challenges operators need to bear in mind before upgrades
  • Is there a possibility to extend the life of submarine cables to beyond 25 years?
  • Analysing best methods to recover and re-use existing systems
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Praveen Agarwal

Business Head for GCC Region
Bharti Airtel

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Mohamed Nasr

AVP
PCCW Global

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Loucas Balis

Product Marketing Manager
OTEGlobe S.A

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Mahesh Jaishankar

VP
du

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Jamil Al Koussa

International Business Development
Omantel

12:00 pm - 12:00 am Discussing the commercial models of developing submarine cable systems and how it affects the investment decision

Mohamed Nasr - AVP PCCW Global
  • Providing an in-depth understanding of the different models of submarine systems including consortia, private or hybrid
  • Why carriers or investors will chose one model over another?
  • How is the model different from one region to another?
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Mohamed Nasr

AVP
PCCW Global

12:30 pm - 12:00 am Modern Submarine Cables: How upgradeable are they and what is the impact on investment decisions?

Dr. Colin G Wallace - VP Sales for Submarine, ICP and IXP EMEA Ciena

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Dr. Colin G Wallace

VP Sales for Submarine, ICP and IXP EMEA
Ciena

Roundtable Session

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Networking Lunch

2:00 pm - 12:00 am Roundtable session: Submarine cable project updates

This is an interactive session allowing delegates to get an opportunity to meet with cable operators, owners and project leaders. During this session, cable developers will give a quick update about the latest developments on happening with these cable projects and how these projects will impact the industry. They will share lessons learnt, timelines and plans for future developments.

2:00 pm - 12:00 am AAE-1 - Asia-Africa-Europe 1

Loucas Balis - Product Marketing Manager OTEGlobe S.A
AAE-1 - Asia-Africa-Europe 1 is a 25,000km submarine cable from South East Asia to Europe across Egypt, connecting Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia,Singapore, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy and France. The cable construction agreement was signed in 2014 and the cable is currently in its commissioning stage
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Loucas Balis

Product Marketing Manager
OTEGlobe S.A

2:00 pm - 12:00 am SEA-ME-WE 5

Mahesh Jaishankar - VP du
The SEA-ME-WE 5 (SMW5) is a 20,000km submarine cable system connecting 17 countries from Singapore to the Middle East to France and Italy in Western Europe, with a capacity of 24 tbps. The construction and maintenance agreement of the cable was signed in 2014
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Mahesh Jaishankar

VP
du

The Africa 1 is planned to be a 12,000 km long cable along Africa’s east coast with up to an additional 5,000 km for branches. The construction agreement is to be signed soon. This roundtable will provide further details about this new cable system
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Haitham Zahran

General Manager, Projects Development
Telecom Egypt

2:00 pm - 12:00 am South Atlantic Cable System (SACS)

António Nunes - CEO Angola Cables
Artur Mendes - CCO Angola Cables
The SACS is an approximately 6000 km cable linking Angola and Brazil. The connection consists of 4 pairs of fibre, with a capacity of 40 tbps, bandwidth of 100x100 gbps per fibre pair.
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António Nunes

CEO
Angola Cables

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Artur Mendes

CCO
Angola Cables

PANEL DISCUSSION

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm End of conference day one

Ed McCormack - International Consultant .
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Ed McCormack

International Consultant
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3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Closing remarks by chairperson