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Leaders of submarine telecommunications industry to gather

BALTIMORE, MD - July 31, 2006 --

Few industries influence global commerce, culture and communication more than undersea telecommunications, and no event is more important to that industry and those who work in it than the SubOptic conference held every three years.

The highly anticipated SubOptic 2007 has now been scheduled for May 14-17, 2007, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Maryland, USA. Registration is open, and a call for papers has been issued. Event organizers expect industry leaders from around the world to attend.

“For four days, representatives from every sector of this industry will share ideas and gather to meet one another in this great American city. SubOptic 2007 is the must-attend event for everyone – not just the technical experts or the senior managers,” said Alan Robinson, President of the SubOptic Executive Committee, a non-profit organization. “Anyone with a meaningful contribution, right across the full spectrum of the demand and supply side of the business, can put forward a paper or request a poster slot to be included in the program. The developments in undersea telecommunications have not only helped to flatten the world, but have made a true impact on the world economy and the way we all live.”

In fact, the theme for this year’s conference is “enabling global communications.”

“The mood in the industry is becoming more optimistic again after the excesses of the late 1990s and the downturn in 2000. We always need to look forward to new technologies and new applications, besides continually monitoring the present to achieve even greater efficiencies, cost savings and customer value,” said Robinson. “SubOptic is a unique event and it is a chance for all of us to exchange professional ideas and themes, as well as to renew old acquaintances and establish new friendships. After all, just about every corner of the globe has a need for the capability that fiber optics brings to international communications.”

Because of that, the information and ideas exchanged at “SubOptic 2007 are not just for the economic giants that fund the future. Smaller nations and island communities all need access to international fiber optic capacity,” Robinson said.

Newer undersea telecommunications applications include work being done on homeland defense, cutting-edge scientific exploration and experimentation, as well as the search for new subterranean sites of oil and gas reserves.

Robinson also illustrated how the SubOptic conferences influence the future and direction of the undersea telecommunications industry.

“During SubOptic 2004, re-use of capacity-constricted cables across the Atlantic was explored in a number of papers and presentations,” said Robinson. “Now, this is a reality as an opportunity for today’s smaller users of capacity.”

The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel (, the location for the conference, is one of the most attractive in the city. Overlooking the Inner Harbor of Baltimore’s thriving Chesapeake Bay, the hotel offers not only first-rate accommodations and hi-speed Internet access, but also the convenience of having all SubOptic 2007 events take place under one roof. The seminars, speaker venues and hospitality suites will be strategically located throughout the hotel.

"Baltimore is proud to welcome such a distinguished group of telecommunications experts from around the world,” said Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley. “Baltimore is a great place to visit and we hope that during the attendees' free time, they take the opportunity to sample Baltimore's culture, diverse neighborhoods and wonderful attractions."
For more information, to register for the event, to become a sponsor or exhibitor, or to receive regular email updates about SubOptic 2007, please go to Anyone interested in submitting a paper to be considered for presentation at SubOptic 2007 should click on the “Call for papers” link on the website.

Early registrants receive a special discount rate at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.

SubOptic is a non-profit organization that organizes and oversees this major conference. In 2004, the conference was held in Monaco and in 2001, the event took place in Kyoto, Japan. The SubOptic 2007 Program Committee includes David Robles of Tyco Telecommunications serving as Chair; Alberto Delgado Lopez of Telefonica; Matthew Ma of VSNL International; Vincent Letellier of Alcatel Submarine Networks; Jackie Fitzgerald of Apollo SCS; Michael Tapley of Reach and Motoyoshi Tokioka of NEC.

A total of 14 companies comprise SubOptic’s Executive Committee, including: Alcatel, Australia Japan Cable, BT, Cable & Wireless, FLAG Telecom, France Telecom, Fujitsu, Global Marine Systems Ltd., NEC Corporation, Southern Cross Cable Network, Telecom Italia Sparkle, Deutsche Telekom/T-Com, Tyco Telecommunications and VSNL International.

Tyco Telecommunications, a member of the SubOptic Executive Committee, is the industry host for this year’s conference. “SubOptic 2007 will be an opportunity to celebrate the recent achievements within our industry, while at the same time providing an important forum for the sharing of technical advancements that will shape our future,” said William Marra, vice president of Tyco Telecommunications. “As a leader in undersea telecommunications, Tyco Telecommunications has a special responsibility to help drive solutions for our customers, which is why we are so proud to be the industry host of SubOptic 2007. As a company with a sizeable facility in Baltimore, we look forward to introducing people from all over the world to this dynamic city.”
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This year, event organizers hope representatives from all industries associated with submarine telecommunications will attend. The conference is accessible, affordable and vital, said SubOptic President Robinson.

“SubOptic is largely known as an event ‘by the industry and for the industry,’” said Robinson. “And that remains as true as ever. But whether your interest in SubOptic and the submarine telecommunications industry is technical, financial, academic, environmental, or if you are searching out knowledge for yourself or for your company, you simply can’t afford not to be there. There won’t be another opportunity to find the information available at SubOptic 2007 all in one place until the next conference is held in 2010.”

About SubOptic
The SubOptic conferences exist for one reason: to promote the interests of the entire submarine telecommunications community. First held in 1986, SubOptic is a non-profit, non-incorporated international convention steered and sponsored by leading members of the telecommunications industry. However, the convention is open to every level of the industry, from those who manufacture cables and their components to purchasers of cable networks and system capacity to business analysts and investors.
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About Tyco Telecommunications
Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services, is a leading global supplier for today's undersea communications requirements.

Drawing on its heritage of technical innovation and industry recognized performance, the company delivers the most reliable, high-quality solutions to organizations with undersea communications needs vital to their core mission. In more than five decades of operation, Tyco Telecommunications has designed, manufactured, and installed more than 80 undersea fiber optic systems around the world. Tyco Telecommunication's global presence, backed by industry leading research and development laboratories, manufacturing facilities, installation and maintenance ships, depots, and management team work together to implement integrated solutions and network upgrades, with unsurpassed reliability, that support the needs of telecommunications, Internet providers, offshore and science customers worldwide.

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