Wet Technology, Oil & Gas

Vice Chairs Wet Technology, Oil & Gas

Steve Grubb, Facebook & Olivier Courtois, ASN


These sessions will delve into the current specifications of fibers, cables, repeaters and branching units for telecom and Oil & Gas applications, and what future designs must improve upon to meet system needs.

Additional areas to be covered include

  • Current Status and Evolution SDM solutions/products
  • Cost/bit optimized designs
  • Submarine Cable: high fiber count cable, new cable materials, new conductor materials, armoring improvements
  • Open networks Standardization
  • Network flexibility: Optical: WSS ROADMs, Fiber switch functionalities
  • Electrical: switching BUs, reconfigurable powering, alternative powering technologies
  • Network architectures: Mesh, cross-connection of submarine cables, integration with terrestrial networks \
  • Software-defined network
  • Sensing technologies and Applications
  • Smart repeaters
  • Technologies and product for Oil and Gas market
  • Offshore Platform connectivity and how to combine with telecom network
  • Emerging Special Markets for O&G application


“It is our pleasure to coordinate the review of submissions dealing with the “Wet Technology and Oil & Gas” topic of SubOptic 2023. This topic targets all technologies that play a major role in submarine optical telecommunications networks: cable, repeaters, branching units, fiber, gain equalizers, power feeding as well as specific technologies involved in unrepeated systems and sensing. Last but not least, this topic will also address the challenges raised by the recent solution on SDM to optimize the cost/ bit or further increasing network capacity as well as flexibility through new R-OADM or fiber switching. The capacity increases we have seen over the past decade have been dominated by dry plant (SLTE) advances, we believe the innovations over the next several years will come from Wet Plant technology! “


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.