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Live webinar 27 June - Maintenance strategies for subsea networks: How to prevent and tackle issues effectively

Subsea network maintenance

If something goes wrong with a subsea network, whole countries or even continents could become cut off (Credit: KateStudio/

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Thu, Jun 27, 2024 3:00 PM BST

With some 99% of the world’s data carried over subsea networks, they are undoubtedly the cornerstone of international communications. This means, however, that when something goes wrong, whole countries or even continents can become cut off, and it’s not always a quick and easy fix, particularly given the landscape in which the cables are situated.

This was illustrated earlier this year, when an outage on a subsea cable in the Red Sea, between Mombasa in Kenya and Zafarana in Egypt left regions of Kenya and Egypt affected; and again when parts of Africa experienced disruption to internet services following damage to multiple major subsea cables coming into Ghana. Many internet, data and Voice over IP (VoIP) services were affected, leaving customers disconnected, and national operators and service providers under pressure.

This webinar will examine some of the maintenance strategies to ensure that subsea networks remain robust and durable, and provides advice for network operators on how to tackle issues effectively if something does go wrong.

Who should attend this free webinar?

Optical communications professionals responsible for the design, deployment, and maintenance of subsea networks within telecoms companies, specialist subsea cable operators, consortia and partnerships, service providers, and even government agencies and financial investors. If you’re a CEO, CTO, Head of Engineering, System Architect or anyone involved in subsea networks who wants to find out about the most effective maintenance strategies, and how to best prepare for and tackle any issues, this webcast is for you.


Mattias Fridström
Vice President and Chief Evangelist, Arelion


With more than 20 years in the telecommunications industry, Mattias Fridström can be considered a veteran – but his enthusiasm hasn’t faded. He combines expert knowledge with anecdotes from behind the scenes and deep insight into the networked economy: What are the challenges of tomorrow for network providers? How can we meet ever-increasing traffic demand and customer quality expectations within the same cost frame?

Mattias holds an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wollongong, Australia. Since joining Telia in 1996, he has worked in a number of senior roles within Telia Carrier/Arelion and most recently as CTO.

Chris Wood


Chris Wood is a key figure in Africa’s digitisation and led the industry’s response to connectivity disruptions experienced by businesses and individuals throughout west and southern Africa following cuts to multiple subsea cables near Côte d’Ivoire in early March 2024. He has led WIOCC since its formation in 2008, and drove the implementation of converged open access digital infrastructure across Africa, which enabled content providers, cloud operators, fixed-line and mobile telcos, internet service providers (ISPs) and major enterprises to accelerate the digital transformation of this rapidly developing continent.

Chris has grown WIOCC into Africa’s digital backbone, the organisation responsible for the continent’s first, truly hyperscale network infrastructure, and one of the largest providers of connectivity to the ‘Big 5’ capacity users in Africa. He has contributed significantly to Africa’s digitisation imperative, ensuring the ability of WIOCC Group clients to deploy scalable, value-added services through extensive infrastructure investment and improvement.

Geoff Bennett
Director of Solutions and Technology, Infinera


Geoff Bennett is the Director of Solutions and Technology at Infinera, a leading manufacturer of Intelligent Transport Network solutions.  

He has more than 35 years of experience in the data communications industry, including IP routing with Proteon and Wellfleet; ATM and MPLS experience with FORE Systems; and optical transmission and switching experience with Marconi, where he held the position of Distinguished Engineer in the CTO Office.  Geoff is a frequent conference speaker, and is the author of “Designing TCP/IP Internetworks”, published by VNR.

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