Interview with Mahesh Jaishankar, du

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Another veteran with over 20 years of industry experience, Mahesh Jaishankar of du oversees the company’s global infrastructure development and management, which in turns supports du’s commercial goals and requirements. Though a relatively young operator, du has seen healthy growth over the last decade, and currently holds over 45% of market share. With the Middle East and Africa region predicted to have a 6-fold growth in IP traffic and 445 million new Internet users by 2020, Mahesh and his team can expect a busy time in the years ahead, as the team is also in charge of building the business cases for investment into infrastructure such as submarine cable systems and data centre deployments.

We caught up with Mahesh recently where he shared some thoughts on the susbea industry today, and the changes he thinks need to happen in order for the industry to progress further.

  1. In one sentence, how would you describe the state of the subsea communications industry today?

Subsea communication industry in a state of flux, the usage patterns are changing the drivers have changed and hence the players in this field will also change.

  1. How do you see the industry evolving in the next 5 years?

The industry will become like the cloud services industry, more demand driven with increasing amounts of flexibility.  Enterprise customers usage patterns are changing.  The wholesale cable sales will not be a sustainable business model.  OTTs and Service providers will drive the industry.

  1. What do you think is one key challenge facing the industry today? How do you think it can be overcome?

The access to subsea cables are controlled through cable landing stations and the rigidity and closed club mentalities of the consortiums.  This needs to be overcome by open access subsea cables.  We need an “Android” kind of a model for subsea cables.  On an open platform, everyone can join with a minimal investment and pay for usage.

  1. You’ll be participating in the panel “The era of land and sea convergence” which discusses the evolving DC-subsea industry relationship. Can you share your thoughts on how this relationship will develop in the next 5-10 years?

It’s a natural coming together of two connectivity channels that complement each other and will strengthen the industry collectively.

  1. Why are you excited to be at Submarine Networks World 2017?

It’s a premier event that brings together the best and the brightest in the subsea cable industry.  We hear a lot of new ideas and opportunities for collaborations.  We have seen large projects being conceived over coffee at this event.  I have been fortunate to be part of the event almost every year for the last 10 years.  Looking forward to the show.


Mahesh will be participating in the panel “The era of land and sea convergence” on 27th September alongside the following speakers at Submarine Networks World 2017 (25-27 September, Singapore).


Join him together with over 500 industry leaders at the only annual platform dedicated for the subsea communications community to meet, exchange knowledge and develop new strategies and partnerships.

For more information, download the latest conference brochure.  Early bird discounts are still available, so get your passes here

Keen to learn more? Get in touch with the team:

Hazel Chen | +65 6322 2730
Regina Koh | +65 6322 2308

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