Ocean Specialists Inc. (OSI) was in Houston last month for the 50th anniversary of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), where the theme of “Going the Distance” reflected on what is there to expect for the next 50 years of the conference and offshore Oil and Gas technology. With almost 60 thousand attendees from over 100 nations, OTC proved to be the conference to attend for all things O&G.
The SubOptic conference is a great venue to discover the latest technologies in the subsea telecommunications industry and to get a glimpse of what the future may bring in terms of developments that will tackle the ever-growing need for more content, faster.
Single threaded – a term of art for submarine cables which means there is only one submarine cable serving a country or jurisdiction. In most cases, once a country obtains its first undersea fiber optic cable connection, they begin a journey that reshapes their world for years to come.
Ocean Specialists Inc (OSI) looks back on a fruitful week at SubOptic 2019. After three years in the making, SubOptic 2019 lived up to and surpassed attendees’ expectations. With over 900 global telecom specialists on site, this year’s event was the largest in the conference’s records.
Some of us will recall the last downturn in the submarine cable industry which occurred from roughly 2002 until 2007 or perhaps longer. During that time, system suppliers and many others sought out new markets and one of the most promising was cabled ocean observatories. These systems are used to provide scientific sensors with permanent communications and power, a huge advantage over battery powered sensor deployments that are left on the seabed for months or even years before any of the data can be accessed. Several dozen such systems have been installed around the world, the largest of which are NEPTUNE Canada, located in British Columbia, and the Regional Scale Node system installed in Washington and Oregon states. The Japanese DONET and S-Net systems are primarily for seismic and Tsunami warnings but can also be considered cabled observatories.