Regulatory, Permits, Legal and Security

Vice Chairs Regulatory, Permits, Legal and Security

Kate Panayotou, GHD & Andrew Lipman, MorganLewis


These sessions will explore multiple aspects, in particular

  • Global telecom and facility based permitting and licensing process
  • Environmental licensing and permitting
  • Interaction and negotiation with fishing interests, mining, and other relevant subsea constituencies
  • National Security considerations involving submarine cables
  • Network security issues involving submarine cables
  • Privacy and cyber related issues involving submarine cables
  • The intersection of subsea and terrestrial routes and how terrestrial routes differ from subsea needs
  • Cabotage; the right of submarine cables to operate in particular geographies
  • The role of coastal states as to when submarine cables don’t land in that particular country; UNCLOS issues
  • Law of the Sea issues pertaining to submarine cables
  • Local country favoritism and bias as to submarine cables; Are we back to the day of nationally flagged systems
  • East/West divide as to submarine cable regulation


“Kate and Andy are honored to be chairing the SubOptic session on Regulation. This is a multifaceted discussion of regulatory, environmental, government relations and national security considerations. Even more so than in past years, the multiple layers of regulation impacting the global submarine cable industry has grown more substantial, far reaching, complicated and controversial. We are all aware that these regulations provide hurdles to construction, increase costs and often cause system delays. And, in certain recent cases of global submarine cables, regulatory issues have actually thwarted the development of certain North America to Asia submarine cables. Our panels will explore and analyze these critical issues, offering insights on the future of regulation and how successfully we as industry leaders can successfully overcome these current and future regulatory hurdles. We draw upon a substantial body of knowledge and experience from our industry expert panelists. We believe these discussions will greatly facilitate the ability of the global Submarine Cable industry to become even stronger in the years ahead”


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.