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After thirty years of successful events, SubOptic Association is restructuring 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 North America during 2019 – the association is widening the scope of its activities and services 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 the logistics of the conference. The new role of the Host, which for SubOptic 2019 is Ciena, will be principally that of prime sponsor, rather than conference organizer. SubOptic will still retain complete editorial and programme development responsibility, to ensure the conference truly remains, “For the industry – by the industry”.
Whilst this exercise is underway the current President, Yves Ruggeri from Orange, and the current Executive Committee* will remain as an interim management group.
We expect to have the draft Constitution for the new organization, together with terms of membership, ready by the end of February, at which time all participants from within the sector will be invited to join the new SubOptic Association. The first General Meeting of the new organization is expected to take place at the same time as ITW17, which opens May 17 in Chicago. On that occasion members will elect a new Executive Committee to take over from the interim management group.
Please watch this space for new information – we’ll be keeping you posted!
*Composed of members are 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.