Interview with David Kuan, VIAVI Solutions

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VIAVI Solutions develop and manufacture test and measurement products used by Telecommunications Service Providers, Data Center operators, and Submarine Network operators to deploy and maintain their networks. A leader in telecom test equipment, VIAVI Solutions has been providing test and measurement solutions for over 90 years.

We caught up with David Kuan, Regional Product Line Manager, APAC, for a short interview to hear this thoughts on how the subsea cable industry will develop. David has worked in the telecommunication industry for about 15 years and his business unit focuses on high speed transport networks and network technologies for VIAVI Solutions.

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

Growth, Growth, Growth. More subsea cables are planned to build across the regions America to Asia e.g. Bay to Bay Express Cable shows the unprecedent growth as more bandwidth and ultra-low latency services are needed to support cloud services, video, and enterprise applications. In addition, Data Center Interconnect are also driving growth from the terrestrial plant to the submarine cabling landing stations, linking to regional subsea cables.

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

In Asia, many new cables will be deployed in the region with major Tier 1 service providers and private equity groups. Data Centers and Internet Content Providers continue to build connections across the region resulting in unprecedent growth.  Internet content providers like Facebook, Google, and Microsoft no longer just buy/lease capacity, they also invest in new cable builds e.g. Microsoft’s investment in New Cross Pacific cables with Japan, China, and Korea service providers. Also, the new cable, Curie will be fully funded by Google.

In addition, the capacity of the cables increases multiple fold with 100G technology and future 400G technology in 2018/2019. This will push cable capacity from a few Tbps to 100’s Tbps or more. Submarine DWDM vendors will need to make sure they get optimal performance balancing signal power and cable loss budgets.

No doubt, the industry is in the growth stage whereby multilateral development banks such as World bank and its affiliates and private investors are increasingly willing to invest in submarine telecommunications infrastructure. As a result, ecosystem suppliers will pour more investment into products and solutions making the infrastructure optimal, robust, and profitable.


Visit VIAVI Solutions at Booth #17 at Submarine Networks World 2018 (24-26 September, Singapore) to learn more about VIAVI’s role in the industry and how their solutions contribute towards building a resilient and efficient network.

VIAVI Solutions joins over 40 sponsors and exhibitors at this year’s Submarine Networks World, which is shaping to be our largest edition ever.

Want to attend? Get your passes here! Sign up in groups of three or more and enjoy a greater discount.

If you’d like to find out more, feel free to get in touch with the team:

To sponsor: Bastiaan van der Heijden |
To speak: YunXuan (YX) Koh |

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