The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Los Angeles Convention Center,
Los Angeles, California, USA

Panel III: Global Market for Subsea Fiber Optic Networking Applications

Tuesday, 21 March
14:30 - 16:00
Theater I

Eve Griliches; Product Line Manager, Cisco Systems, Inc., USA
Ting Wang; Department Head, NEC Labs America, Inc., USA


Panel Description:

Submarine optical networks form the backbone of global communication networks that connect different continents and countries. Conventional submarine networks are mainly for long distance point-to-point links. The rapid growth of the dynamic Internet traffic and IoT services not only lead to exponential bandwidth demand, but also require the network to be more flexible. As a result, submarine optical networks are evolving from the conventional static networks to more flexible ones with different distances and bandwidth requirements. Furthermore, new subsea fiber optic networking applications, such as sensing, scientific observation, security, and oil/gas exploration and production, are adding the opportunities and challenges for subsea fiber optic networks.
This Market Watch session will provide an overview of various technologies and applications in subsea fiber optic networking, such as:

  • Trans-oceanic high bandwidth data communication

  • Reconfigurable submarine optical networking and switching

  • Sensing and monitoring of subsea physical structures and systems

  • Control and data transmission between offshore and onshore oil/gas facilities and in subsea tieback system

  • Infrastructure security monitoring and intrusion detection

  • Ocean bottom scientific observation and environmental exploration


Lisa Bickford; Network Operations Sr. Program Manager, Google, Inc.
Rao Lingampalli; Sr. Manager Optical Network Architecture, Equinix, USA 
Georg Mohs; Sr. Director System Design and PLM, TE SubCom, USA
Takaaki Ogata; Assistant General Manager, NEC Corporation, Japan
David Smith; SVP Network Operations, Hibernia Networks, USA 


Eve Griliches; Product Line Manager, Cisco Systems, Inc., USA (Moderator)

Eve Griliches is a Product Line Manager at Cisco for Optical Planning Tools and Multi-Layer Solutions. Previously, Eve was Director of Solutions Marketing at BTI Systems, and Managing Partner of the global research firm ACG Research where she was VP of Optical Networking. Before ACG, Eve served as IDC Program Director for Telecommunications Equipment, where she provided in-depth analysis on key telecom market technologies. Additionally, Eve has more than 10 years of product management experience at equipment vendors including Marconi (Ericsson), PhotonEx, Nortel Networks, Bay Networks and Wellfleet Communications. She also spent four years at Thinking Machines Corporation, one of the first parallel processing supercomputer companies.

Lisa Bickford; Sr. Program Manager, Google, Inc.

Lisa Bickford is a Senior Program Manager for the Global Transport Deployment team at Google.  For the last 6 hears Lisa has helped the Network Operations team at Google build the largest private network in the world, focusing on submarine line terminal equipment and terrestrial backhaul systems.  Lisa is also a Board Member for several non-profit organizations related to youth, boating and the environment. Lisa has been in the high tech sector for more than 20 years, first working for Bay Alarm Company as their IT Director, and then as President and COO of InReach Internet and Nationwide Internet, Internet Service Providers with offices around the US, and now at Google in Network Operations, building the largest private network in the world. Lisa was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and is an advocate for the environment, for technology, and for education. Lisa earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree at CSU-East Bay and an MBA from University of the Pacific and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Submarine Cable Termination and Network Interconnections in Data Centers

Rao Lingampalli; Sr. Manager Optical Network Architecture, Equinix, USA 

Rao Lingampalli is currently a Senior Manager at Equinix leading optical network architecture and solutions development for Equinix global data center network interconnection services. His group is responsible for inter data center optical connection networks architecture and designs, intra data center optical interconnects, submarine cable landing station termination solutions, and optical transport SDN. He has nearly 25 years of experience in service provider and optical networking industries. He is a frequent speaker and panelist at optical networking conferences and customer events.  He holds Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology with fiber optical communications specialization and Executive MBA from Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University.

Agile High Capacity Undersea Fiber Optic Networks
Georg Mohs; Sr. Director System Design and PLM, TE SubCom, USA

Georg Mohs is the Director of System Design and Product Line Management responsible for the engineering solutions of transoceanic cable systems at TE SubCom. Georg joined TE SubCom in 2001 and held various positions in transmission testing, system design and transmission research before moving closer to the commercial side of the business in 2013 with roles in Technical Sales and Project Management support.  

Evolution and Prospect of Submarine Network for High Capacity Demands

Takaaki Ogata; Assistant General Manager, NEC Corporation, Japan

Takaaki Ogata is an Assistant General Manager at Submarine Network Division of NEC Corporation. He has been with NEC Corporation since 1987 and has contributed to the development of optical submarine systems and relevant advanced products, covering 10Gb/s DWDM systems, and 40/100Gb/s digital coherent systems. 

David Smith; SVP Network Operations, Hibernia Networks, USA  




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