Carrying over 99% of the world’s Internet traffic, submarine cables have reached the status of “too big to fail”, with cables outages caused by inclement weather, sabotages and/or other marine activities resulting in a a whole country being taken offline and economic losses equal to millions of dollars.
As such the protection of submarine cables has become all the more crucial, and companies such as UltraMAP make use of the web-based AssetMonitor service and AIS to help protect undersea cables from potential damage caused by shipping activities.
We spoke briefly to Martin Connelly, Commercial Director at UltraMAP who shared his thoughts on the industry before he joins us later this month in Singapore.
In one sentence, how would you describe the state of the subsea communications industry today?
I see the subsea telecommunications industry as one that is in a state of perpetual growth, attempting to keep up with the demands of the Internet.
How do you see the industry evolving in the next 5 years?
I see the industry continuing to grow. I see demands for bandwidth being generated by the world’s need for up to date information and for live streaming services. I think this will drive the invention of technologies to cope with the growth, some of which we’ll see and hear about at this conference.
What do you think is one key challenge facing the industry today? How do you think it can be overcome?
I also see that the growth in subsea cables causes a risk to them as they start to interact more fully with and impact on other maritime users. That’s where I see our services complementing the growth as we help to manage some of those interactions and help to manage any negative impact on the cables.
Why are you excited to be at Submarine Networks World 2017?
As our web-based protection service can make us a little remote at times, I’m excited to be here to meet some of my customers face-to-face.
Meet Martin (UltraMAP) and the SeaGard team at Booth #20 at Submarine Networks World 2017 (25-27 September, Singapore) to learn more about Asset Monitor and how cable operators can better protect their systems.
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