Singapore, 27 September 2023 – As the world's leading annual submarine communications gathering, the Submarine Cable Network 2023 event returned on 27-28 September 2023 at the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore. This event serves as a dedicated platform to exchange knowledge, explore the latest projects, develop strategies, and forge profitable new partnerships to propel the industry forward. Telin was among the participants.
SNW 2023 was the largest of its kind, attracting over 800 subsea expert leaders and more than 120 speakers. It featured an expanded agenda that enhanced the attendee experience and increased networking opportunities. The event provided participants with the opportunity to make new connections and explore innovative ideas while featuring motivational keynote speakers and engaging panel discussions.
Izani Karim, Telin's Group Head of Subsea Cable Development, made a significant contribution as a panelist in an insightful discussion titled "Navigating Challenges in Subsea Cable Installation." This discussion took place on the first day and was attended by four other distinguished experts in the field. During this active panel discussion, several crucial insights and cutting-edge tactics were revealed, shedding light on the complex world of subsea cable installation and addressing the specific challenges that the industry faces.
The panelists discussed how innovative approaches are needed to address operator shortages and ensure timely installation in response to the increasing demand for new submarine cables. Partnerships, efficient operations, and the use of cutting-edge technologies like robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are all integral components in addressing this matter. Izani Karim stated that, in response to countries facing permit challenges due to the complex interpretation of requirements, "We need to establish strong partnerships in those countries, maintaining constant contact with the authorities, engaging with them periodically to ensure smooth operations."
It is also essential to note that high-fiber and multi-core cables require continuous maintenance, repair, testing, and advancements in monitoring and preventive maintenance. While emerging technologies like AI are reshaping cable deployment, they are also enhancing testing and management procedures. Precise testing and measurement techniques, as well as effective scaling to accommodate growing data demands, are critical.
These discussions provided insight into how the deployment, upkeep, and management of submarine cables are evolving, demonstrating how technology and strategic thinking can be leveraged to overcome challenges in the sector and meet the increasing data demands. Izani Karim's participation not only showcased Telin's commitment to staying at the forefront of the industry but also emphasized the value of teamwork in addressing the complex issues associated with subsea cable deployment.