Now bringing you more than just a great Conference
After thirty years of successful events, SubOptic Association is reinventing itself to improve and expand the services it provides to the subsea cable industry. In addition to the renowned SubOptic conferences it organizes – the next to be held in New Orleans in April, 2019 – the association is widening the scope of its activities while opening membership to all participants in the sector, with the aim of becoming the industry’s global trade association.
SubOptic is also in the process of changing the way it organizes the conferences. In the past, we relied on a member of the association to volunteer for the task. Now, we are bringing in a professional event management organization, Submarine Telecoms Forum, Inc., to take responsibility for managing all the logistics of the conference. In its new role, the Host – which for SubOptic 2019 is Ciena – will serve as the lead sponsor rather than the organizer. SubOptic will still retain complete editorial and program development responsibility, to ensure the conference truly remains, “For the industry – by the industry”.
Until a new Executive Committee is elected in May, 2017, the current President, Yves Ruggeri from Orange, and the current Executive Committee* are hard at work to put in place the new constitution and association structure.
With the draft Constitution now ready for approval, and the terms of membership set, we warmly invite all those active in the subsea cable community to become part of the revamped SubOptic. Whether as a member or an observer, please join us at the inaugural Members Meeting, taking place on Sunday May 14 in Chicago to coincide with ITW 2017. On that occasion, we will elect a new Executive Committee and gather your ideas for future SubOptic projects including seminars, working groups, networking events, publications and more.
Please watch this space for more information – we’ll be keeping you posted!
*Composed of members from Alcatel-Lucent (Nokia), AJC, DTAG, EGS, E-Marine, Fujitsu, GlobeNet, GMSL, Google, NEC, Orange, Southern Cross, TE SubCom, TATA, Telecom Egypt, Verizon and Vodafone.