SubTel Forum Issue #120 Exordium

Welcome to Issue 120, our Regional Systems edition.

September 22, 2021

I recently attended my first in-person conference in over a year.

A longtime industry friend who moved away from the fiber world and into the offshore wind space a number of years ago suggested I check out the Business Network for Offshore Wind who put together an excellent conference, called IPF ’21, which was held in Richmond, Virginia last month. Besides the usual papers and exhibition (as well as some 1,000+ masked and pre-examined, pre-vaccinated attendees), BNOW held a complimentary 5 hour teach-in on everything offshore wind – the technology, the business, the politics, the players, etc. Two weeks later they conducted on four consecutive Fridays an in-depth training for interested virtual worldwide attendees who received more information than they could ever digest plus a very slick and thick textbook as a back-up reference. The sheer amount of good information about how to do business in their industry was astounding, and our industry could learn quite a lot from these guys.

Offshore energy continues to be a feast and famine industry, but a number of projects are currently underway, and more are in the offing. Since last year’s edition, Tampnet closed on its acquisition of the BP GoM submarine cable system, and they are providing herein some insight as to their plans in store. In addition, the offshore wind industry here in the US is taking off and joining the rest of the world.

Next month we will be releasing the 10th edition of the Submarine Telecoms Industry Report and we are honored that so many industry veterans will again support it with their ideas and insights. There have been a number of interesting developments in our industry over the last year, which we will be discussing there in greater detail. As always, the report will also feature some truly excellent expertise and opining from across our industry, as well as loads of details on where we have been and where we are headed.

We are also accomplishing our annual industry survey, which is embedded in this issue, the results of which will be highlighted in our upcoming Industry Report in October. Please do participate in the survey, which is linked below:

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Work has also already begun on our printed Submarine Cable Map, which will be distributed at PTC ’22 in January then mailed globally thereafter. SubTel Forum’s Submarine Cable Map is literally coming to a wall near you.

As always, we have some really excellent articles in this issue, dissecting and discussing the theme, Offshore Energy, from a myriad of perspectives, covering Oil & Gas, offshore wind, and a bunch of other related topics. We also have exceptional articles considering the linkage between offshore Oil & Gas, wind and yes, submarine telecom systems. Thanks to these system owner, supplier, and contractor authors for their significant inputs.

Thanks especially for their support to this issue’s sponsors: Bermuda Development Agency Bermuda and Pacific Telecoms Council. Lastly, we highlight the updates to the online cable map with both recent cable announcements; and of course, our ever popular “where in the world are all those pesky cableships” is included as well.

Good reading and stay well,

Work has also already begun on our printed Submarine Cable Map, which will be distributed at PTC ’22 in January then mailed globally thereafter. SubTel Forum’s Submarine Cable Map is literally coming to a wall near you.

As always, we have some really excellent articles in this issue, dissecting and discussing the theme, Offshore Energy, from a myriad of perspectives, covering Oil & Gas, offshore wind, and a bunch of other related topics. We also have exceptional articles considering the linkage between offshore Oil & Gas, wind and yes, submarine telecom systems. Thanks to these system owner, supplier, and contractor authors for their significant inputs.

Thanks especially for their support to this issue’s sponsors: Bermuda Development Agency Bermuda and Pacific Telecoms Council. Lastly, we highlight the updates to the online cable map with both recent cable announcements; and of course, our ever popular “where in the world are all those pesky cableships” is included as well.

Good reading and stay well,

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Wayne Nielsen,

Publisher

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