The 19th annual Submarine Networks World was held from 17 – 19 October at Suntec Singapore Convention Centre. With a two-day plenary programme and a post-conference day, the event achieved a 45% growth from 2015, with a total of 462 attendees on-site from 204 organisations across 57 countries!
This year’s programme set out with the intention of pushing the industry to reflect, think and create beyond traditional boundaries, and discussions across the two days were centered on the future of the business, stakeholder relationships, routes and network capabilities.
The conference opened with a keynote address by Parag Khanna, Author, Connectography who shared with the audience his vision for the future of connectivity, reminding the industry that “…building more connectivity builds a more resilient world, and in a world where the value of services, of data, of our digital interactions with each other is coming to equal and almost surpassing the value of trade of physical goods, you are absolutely at the forefront of building this resilient world“.
2016 also saw the introduction of the first-ever Cable Project Poster Session, an interactive lunchtime segment with the cable project owners, featuring various ongoing projects taking place around the world. Not forgetting the ever-popular Global Cable Projects Showcase and Project Developers Roundtable, where attendees got up close and personal with the key stakeholders driving some of the world’s latest and exciting cable projects.
The post-conference activities also took place on 19th October, with a Masterclass on “Financing Strategies for Your Subsea Cable” and a site visit to 1-Net North Data Centre, providing additional learning opportunities for all who attended.
No event is complete without networking over drinks, and this year saw two evening cocktails hosted by China Unicom Global and Super Sea Cable Networks respectively. Attendees had a chance to unwind after a full day of content, and a few lucky individuals walked away with copies and Parag Khanna’s “Connectography” and Huawei electronic devices during the lucky draws held on both days.
Overall feedback from this year’s participants has been very positive, with most commending the growth in attendance, increasingly international representation, quality of both speakers and content discussed, and unparalleled networking opportunities.
It’s been a delight to host and organise this year’s conference, and Terrapinn is committed to providing an effective platform for the industry and deliver excellence year on year.
For more information on this year’s attendees, event statistics and photos, you can download the 2016 Post-Event Report.
In case you missed some of the sessions, do keep a look out for our upcoming E-Book -> 19 things you missed at Submarine Networks World 2016
2017 marks the 20th year of Submarine Networks World, and we look forward to seeing you in Singapore again next year!