Networks of the Future

Vice Chairs Networks of the Future

Massimiliano Salsi, Google & Georg Mohs, SubCom


When thinking about “networks of the future” the authors should focus on content that presents a clear demarcation with the present. The scope is broad, from business models to technologies, but the common denominator is change. The goal is to create a feeling of flash-forward during the sessions, so that all the participants can experience the submarine cable business of the future and discuss the challenges and opportunities together.

Among the topics discussed we want to cover

  • Projected growth of OTT networks: new business models in the industry, future role of traditional operators
  • Scaling network capacity: future cable capacity, expected route diversity, solutions for powering limitations, disruptive technologies
  • High-availability networks: new routes, risk avoidance, self-healing, tolerance to faults, cable cut prediction and intervention, rapid repair
  • Interconnecting submarine systems: from pipes to meshed subsea networks; strategies and technologies for deep-water interconnection, regulatory challenges, new ownership models, benefits
  • Synergies and competition between large LEO satellite constellations and the submarine industry
  • Alternative energy supplies: locally powered submarine cables, self-powering branches/ segments, green energy for cables and vessels
  • New manufacturing models enabling scaling to high fiber-count systems with a low cost supply chain: standard wet-plant elements, control systems, abstract models 
  • Submarine sensor networks: from data-pipes to data-sources. The next generation of sensing/intelligent systems and the impact on other sciences
  • Rapid network expansion: change in permitting, planning, manufacturing and installation when the business model is not for one cable but for an entire series of cables


“SubOptic is a great place to review and discuss what we have achieved together in the industry in the last three years. But SubOptic is even more about looking ahead and sharing ideas of what is to come in the next three years and beyond. We are very excited about getting involved and helping to organize the sessions for Networks of the Future and look forward to all your great thoughts and submissions to Networks of the Future!”


Guideline for Submission

The SubOptic Papers Committee is pleased to request industry experts to submit Abstracts for papers to be presented as either oral or poster presentations at SubOptic 2023


Deadline for Abstract Submission

The deadline for submission of Abstracts is 16 September 2022


Format of Abstracts

Abstracts must be written in English, and consist of plain text only, maximum 300 words. Essentially the abstract should be a brief summary (or an 'abstract') of the proposed paper or poster.

Each Abstract should be original in nature and cover some aspect of the program topics detailed in this Call for Papers. Abstracts will be evaluated and scored for quality, credibility, originality and general interest.

Overt product advertising or company publicity within an Abstract (or the subsequent paper) is not permissible and will be cause for rejection of the submission.

Any type of company of the submarine industry (operators, vendors, manufacturers, service providers, etc.) is invited to submit.


Abstract Submission Method

To submit an Abstract for consideration, the lead author of the paper should:

  1. Click on "Enter Call for Papers Portal"   
  2. If this is your first submission you will be required to register. Complete all the details in the form and submit
  3. You will be sent an email confirmation and be directed to the submissions form.
  4. Fill in the submission form, then click on ‘Submit’(note all fields with an asterisk are required)
  5. You will receive an email confirming your form submission
  6. You can submit multiple submissions 
  7. You will be able to edit your submission up until the 16 September 2022

The SubOptic 2023 Papers Committee reserves the right to change the designated topic area for any Abstract, as may be appropriate.


Notification of Acceptance

Under the guidance of the SubOptic 2023 Papers Committee, multi-company panels of industry experts will review all abstracts in an objective and professional manner, and select the papers desired for presentation at the conference. The Lead Author will be notified by email in early November 2022 of the committee's decision.


Publication in the Proceedings of SubOptic 2023

If an Abstract is accepted for oral or poster presentation, the author will be required to submit a paper (nominally three to five pages, but any length within reason will be accepted), written in English, to the SubOptic 2023 Papers Committee by 31 January 2023

Accepted papers will be published in the SubOptic 2023 Conference proceedings, contingent upon the transfer of copyright to the SubOptic 2023 Executive Committee.