The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Los Angeles Convention Center,
Los Angeles, California, USA

Panel II: Intercontinental Networks –Technology Opportunities in the Submarine Interconnection of Da

Panel II: Intercontinental Networks –Technology Opportunities in the Submarine Interconnection of Da

Tuesday, 22 March
12:30 - 14:00

Lisa Bickford, Google, USA

Panel Description:

This panel will begin with a very short primer on the undersea market. Large end-users such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook are increasingly using submarine facilities for intercontinental connection of their data center networks. This panel will point out the fiber exhaust problems today and will take a look at the need for technology upgrades to older SLTE infrastructure. Discussions on:

•To what degree is the old style wet plant changing to new types of solutions like wavelength switching? 

•What new strides need to be made in restoration to ensure no part of the global economy is disconnected?

•Is undersea is optimized for 100G? Will 400G meet the distance requirement?

•In order to increase spectral efficiency, what is the rate of migration to smaller than 50-GHz spacing?

•What about new undersea fiber?

•What percentage of subsea networks has not been upgraded to 100G, yet?


Herve Fevrier, Xtera Communications, USA

Mattias Fridström, Vice President, Technology, TeliaSonera, Sweden

Jamie Gaudette, Sr. Manager, Transport Technology and Architecture, Microsoft, USA

Tim King, Sr Director, Global Subsea Product Management, Level 3, USA

Erik Kreifeldt, Senior Analyst, Telegeography, USA


Mattias Fridström
ith over 15 years in the telecommunications industry, Mattias Fridström can be considered a veteran – but his enthusiasm hasn’t faded. Mattias combines expert knowledge with anecdotes from behind the scenes and deep insight into the networked economy: What are the challenges of tomorrow for network providers? How can we meet ever-increasing traffic demand and customer quality expectations within the same cost frame?

Mattias holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wollongong, Australia. Since joining Telia in 1996, he has worked in a number of senior roles within TeliaSonera International Carrier. Since 2011, Mattias has held the position of Vice President, Technology; with the responsibility for the entire global network.

Jamie Gaudette
Jamie Gaudette is the Senior Manager of the Transport Technology & Architecture team at Microsoft.  Over the past 8 years Jamie has helped lead the adoption of coherent technology onto undersea cables as an author of the revised ITU performance specifications, and through design and implementation of over 300 Terabits of coherent capacity onto undersea cables with Ciena and Microsoft.  As part of great teams, his research produced 4 US patents in the field of undersea telecommunications, the best paper at SubOptic in 2013, and has won the Subtel Forums Award for Innovation for Submarine Line Terminating Equipment.  Jamie is currently working on Data Center Networking and Open Submarine Cable Systems at Microsoft. 

Tim King
Tim is a Senior Director of Product Management and is responsible for the Product and Strategy for Level 3 Communications Global Submarine network. Tim has held a number of roles within Level 3 Communications; prior to the global submarine role Tim was responsible for the Transport & Infrastructure Product line within the European region. Before joining Level 3 in 2008, Tim held a number of technical and operational roles within the submarine cable division of Cable & Wireless (now Vodafone) including the Operations Director of the Apollo and Gemini Submarine cable networks. Tim has over 20 years of experience in the Telecommunications Industry and Submarine cable networks, including overseeing of the design, construction and operation of a number of Transatlantic and pancontinental cable systems. Tim is based in London, UK.


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