Welcome to Issue 121, our Datacenters & New Technology and 20th-anniversary edition!

November 23, 2021

2021 has turned into a year of perseverance for our world in the face of the pandemic, yet in our small, unique industry, we are still doing what we do best – designing, constructing, and maintaining cable systems around the world. The general pace of things has not slowed, and we have found workarounds for keeping factories open, and people and ships at sea. As a result, few systems have been irrevocably delayed due to COVID-19. As an industry we have much to be proud of.

Banks - SubTel Forum Issue #121 ExordiumThe year has also turned into a year of personal growth, and in our corporate family we have had the chance to welcome two new souls to the fold.

Banks was born to Kelsey and Matt in October and will be surfing the Florida shores in no time.

Thomas, my new grandson, and son to Kristian and Kacy was born one week later, and his tweeted picture will no doubt out trend everything else we have had this year!

2021 has been an awesome year…Thomas - SubTel Forum Issue #121 Exordium

Industry Report

In October, SubTel Forum published our 10th edition of the annual Submarine Telecoms Industry Report (https://subtelforum.com/products/submarine-telecoms-industry-report/), which was authored by our analysts without whom this report would not be possible. We continually strive for our annual Industry Report to serve as an analytical resource within the trio of SubTel Forum products of Submarine Cable Map published every January, Submarine Cable Almanac published quarterly, and online Submarine Cables of the World Interactive Map. The presentation of the annual Industry Report has been updated once again, drawing upon the highly successful formatting of our Submarine Telecoms Forum Magazine as inspiration, as well as including personal video commentaries from multiple industry representatives from around the world. The goal is for the Industry Report to be read online or downloaded for browsing elsewhere. As such we have attempted to make a significant, encompassing view of the submarine fiber industry available to you – our readers.

SubTel Forum 20th Anniversary Issue

When Ted Breeze and I established our little magazine in 2001, our hope was to get enough interest to keep it going for a while. We were building on our previous successes of “Soundings” and “Real Time” from BT Marine and SAIC, respectively, and we realized that the industry that had sustained us was headed into a dark time; it would need a place to express itself like never before.

Ted Breeze - SubTel Forum Issue #121 ExordiumSo, we kicked around a few ideas, talked with a few trusted industry friends, and took a BIG chance. And in November 2001, just after 9/11 and the start of our largest industry downturn, and with a budget consisting of the balance of a severance package from me and some “borrowed” software and pics from him, we published our first issue, which consisted of eight articles and seven complimentary advertisements.

In our now 20th year, we’ve upped our game in ways never originally imagined, tried novel approaches to businesses new to us, even recreated our mission statement as a part of our drive toward providing continuing education:

“To provide a freely accessible forum for the illumination and education of professionals in industries connected with submarine optical fiber technologies and techniques.”

We continue to publish SubTel Forum with two key founding principles always in mind, which annually I reaffirm to you, our readers:

  1. That we will provide a wide range of ideas and issues;
  2. That we will seek to incite, entertain, and provoke in a positive manner.

Thank you to the more than 100+ Sponsors and 650+ Authors who have contributed to SubTel Forum over the last 20 years! Thanks also for their support to this issue’s advertisers: APTelecom, BDA, Ellalink, PTC, Southern Cross, and Telecom Egypt. Of course, our ever popular “where in the world are all those pesky cableships” is included as well.

So, here’s to you, our readers, and supporters, thank you as always for honoring us with your interest, stay well and see you at PTC in January,

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Wayne Nielsen,


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