The SubOptic Association Announces The Conference Theme For SubOptic 2019: To The Beach And Beyond – Rethinking Global Networks

SubOptic Association Press Release

February 16, 2018

The SubOptic Association has announced the conference theme for SubOptic 2019 as To the Beach and Beyond - Rethinking Global Networks.Sterling, Virginia – The SubOptic Association has announced the conference theme for SubOptic 2019 as To the Beach and Beyond – Rethinking Global Networks. This premier industry event will attract more than 1,000 subsea fiber-optic telecommunications professionals to New Orleans, LA (USA) from the 8th to the 11th of April, 2019.

It is less than 2 years since SubOptic 2016, but in this short span the industry has seen massive changes as the combined factors of data driven bandwidth and the associated explosion of data centres dislocated from the traditional telco PoPs have begun to stretch the limits of the physical infrastructure.

SubOptic 2019 will celebrate these radical developments with an agenda encompassing traditional topics such as Marine and Oil & Gas but including the very latest developments on Data Centre networking, Open Systems, Disaggregation, SDN and everything in between.

The 2019 Programme Committee is led by Dr Stuart Barnes, Xtera, and the 2019 Papers Committee Co-Chairs are Marc-Richard Fortin, TE Subcom and Stephen Dawe, Vodafone. The programme will include Keynote Speakers, Master Classes, Round Tables and Workshops, and will be structured, as always, around the Oral Papers and Poster Session with all content for these sessions coming from the industry.

The Papers Committee will go through the traditional ‘Call for Papers’ and manage the peer review selection process for each of the topic areas to ensure a fair process in selection of papers. The Call for Papers will be launched in April 2018. Look for news on the website

Each topic area will be managed by a Vice Chair on the Papers Committee. All Vice Chairs are now in place and will be announced shortly along with the chosen topic areas.

“fThe oral and poster sessions have always seen excellent participation by industry professionals and 2019 will be no exception. We look forward to many of you signing up to keep SubOptic 2019 the conference organized for the industry, by the industry,” welcomes Stephen Dawe and Marc-Richard Fortin the Co-Chairs of the Papers Committee.

To volunteer to join one of the Papers Review Committees, please contact Marc-Richard ([email protected]) or Stephen ([email protected]).

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About SubOptic 2019:

SubOptic 2019 ( will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA on 8-11 April 2019 and is the longest running and most comprehensive conference series in the world for the submarine fiber industry. SubOptic ( is a non-profit international organization active in the undersea communications industry and best known for the conference it organizes widely considered to be the global summit of the submarine cable community.