The theme for SubOptic 2007, which was held in Baltimore from the 14th – 17th May 2007, was Enabling Global Communications. The programme helped to show the way in which the global undersea communication network, had facilitated the growth of the global economy.

Responsibility for the content, quality and structure of the SubOptic 2007 Conference rested with the Program Committee (PC). The PC was an inter-company body of six industry professionals representing six different aspects of fiber optic communications and infrastructure development.

The PC Chairman was David Robles from Tycom Telecommunications and he led the team of six Vice-Chairs who covered the following areas:

  1. Marine Services & Operations – Alberto Delgado Lopez (Telefonica)
  2. System Design & Applications – Matthew Ma (VSNL International)
  3. Equipment & Component Technologies – Vincent Letellier (Alcatel Submarine Networks)
  4. Project Development & Implementation – Jackie Fitzgerald (Apollo SCS)
  5. Carrier Essentials – Michael Tapley (REACH)
  6. System Supply Market – Motoyoshi Tokioka (NEC)

In addition to the presentation sessions, which included Round Panel discussions and Masterclass-tutorials there were three invited Keynote Speakers:

Jaron Lanier – Computer scientist, artist, musician and technology visionary.
Ambassador David. A Gross – US Coordinator for Communications and Information Policy (US Department of State) (who was represented by Ferial Ara Saeed)
Richard Karlgaard – Columnist and publisher of Forbes Magazine

There are no videos of their keynote presentations.

2007 Session Programme

Monday, May 14 2007

Tuesday, May 15 2007

Wednesday, May 16 2007

Thursday, May 27 2007

2007 Keynote Speakers

The SubOptic 2007 program will cover virtually every aspect of the undersea telecommunications industry. These presentations will also be strongly relevant to related fields. The presence of Mr. Lanier, Ambassador Gross and Mr. Karlgaard will enliven and enlighten the entire audience of conference attendees.

About Keynote Speakers:

jaronLanier is a computer scientist, composer, visual artist and author. The recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Lanier has a regular column, Jarons World, in Discover Magazine and holds several advisory positions, including his membership on the Science Board of the Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center. He was named one of the top 100 remarkable people of the Global Business Network.


David Gross has served in his current position since August 2001 as the U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. He began his career in communications more than 25 years ago, specializing in communications and telecommunications law. Since joining the State Department, Amb. Gross has led delegations to the U.N.s World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperations (APEC) Telecommunications Working Group forum, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). He has also served as a member of the United Nations Information and Communications Technologies Task Force. During his tenure, Amb. Gross has conducted bilateral discussions at senior levels with representatives from more than 70 countries and advocated for the creation of enabling legal and regulatory environments around the world.


Richard Karlgaard is the publisher of Forbes Magazine the worlds most popular business and financial magazine. He is a speaker and author of the twice-monthly column, Digital Rules. He also is the author of the book, Life 2.0 How People Across America Are Transforming Their Lives by Finding the Where of Their Happiness. Karlgaard has co-founded two companies (Garage Technology Ventures, in 1997; and Upside Magazine in 1988) and one civic organization (the 5,500-member Churchill Club in 1985).