With a 15-year history, SubCableNews has become one of the key go-to news publications for anyone associated with building undersea cables. We chat with its founder Eckhard Bruckschen, as he shares his thoughts on the market and how he sees the subsea communications market developing in the years ahead.
Tell us more about yourself (and your organisation)
I’m a Master Mariner (Captain) and MBA and joined the submarine cable industry in 1992. I installed (myself as an Offshore Superintendent) more than 15,000 km of submarine telecom cables and approx. 2,000 km of submarine power cables. I worked on both sides of the table, being an installer or being a client. Currently I’m a consultant to several submarine power cable projects in Europe. I founded SubCableNews in 2002 to gain more up to date information from this interesting industry. I have to this date issued 182 Newsletters, being in business for over 15 years.
In one sentence, how would you describe the state of the subsea communications industry today?
The submarine telecom industry is very vibrant and active, as more and more countries and locations are being connected and older systems being replaced.
How do you see the industry evolving in the next 5 years?
Over the next 5 years further cables will be installed, also the Arctic Circle cables will become reality. The population of the world is growing further and the data transfer will exponentially increase. So more submarine cables are for sure needed within the next 5 years. Transmission systems will become more sophisticated and will extend the life time of the cable systems. Chinese submarine cable manufacturers will take over the lion market share from the established European and American manufacturers. Protectionism of countries not allowing cables from certain manufacturers to be installed at their shores will not stop the industry to evolve further.
What do you think is one key challenge facing the industry today? How do you think it can be overcome?
The key challenge the industry is facing today is delays in delivering the projects in time due to permitting issues. The old idea of a fully connected world has to be implemented to facilitate this. Cooperation instead of confrontation.
Why are you excited to be at Submarine Networks World 2017?
I’m excited to be at SNW 2017, as it is a double celebration, 15 years of SubCableNews and 20 years of Submarine Networks World.
Join SubCableNews in celebrating their 15th anniversary (as we celebrate our 20th!) next month in Singapore at Submarine Networks World 2017 (25-27 September, Suntec Singapore Convention Centre). Remember to bring along your business cards and drop them off at the coffee bar (co-sponsored by China Telecom Global. SCN and Turk Telekom International) to take part in SCN’s celebratory lucky draw on Day Two (27th September)!
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