Next generation systems and networks of the future

Managed by

Fatih Yaman, NEC Laboratories America & Lidia Galdino, Corning


These sessions will cover various aspects, from new technologies enabling the next generation of Petabit cables and low-latency routes to alternative energy supplies and sensing networks. The aim is to provide a glimpse into the future, envisioning the submarine network of tomorrow.


“We are thrilled to organize the ‘Next Generation Systems and Technologies: Networks of the Future’ sessions. Submarine industry has a reputation to be conservative and it has many reasons to be so. However, time and time again, this industry showed that it will not hesitate to be the first adopters, as we have most recently seen with the multicore fibres. Therefore, we eagerly anticipate, and encourage future-looking solutions to many challenges the submarine networks face today, from powering limitations, to improving availability to ever-looming cost per bit.”

Subjects that can be addressed include, but are not limited to:

  • The next generation of technology underpinning future submarine systems and subsystems: EDF, SOAs, multicore amplifiers, uncoupled and coupled-core multicore fibres, hollow-core fibres, lower outer diameter fibres, and MIMO DSP
  • Techno-economics: cost per bit vs cable capacity and route diversity, scaling network capacity to 1Pb/s and beyond, terrestrial extension of submarine route to the pop
  • Future of submarine connectivity as a part of global network: Low latency pop-to-pop routes, hollow core fibres, shortest route design, microwave link from SLTE and PoP, competition/cooperation with large LEO satellite constellations
  • Highly available networks: global network route diversity, new routes, minimization of traffic loss risk, self-healing, faults tolerance, cable cut prediction and rapid repair
  • Interconnecting subsea systems: transition from point-to-point to meshed submarine networks; technologies enabling subsea interconnection, new ownership models, regulatory solutions
  • Diversifying power supplies: powering submarine cables from local sources, individual powering of branches/segments
  • Innovative sensing for submarine networks: the next generation of sensing/intelligent systems techniques to improve monitoring cable health and external threats focusing on new techniques and paradigms, as well as management of big data generated by sensing
  • Submarine network data security: classical encryption to QKD, physical and network layer security
  • AI applications and their impact in submarine networks: how will growing AI applications change requirements on capacity, latency, connectivity, redundancy