[Shenzhen, China, Aug 30, 2018] The 4th Asia-Pacific Submarine Networks Forum with the theme of “Innovation Driving Future Submarine Networks”, was held in Shenzhen yesterday. The forum attracted more than 300 participants from government, financial institutions, consultants, major telecom operators in Asia Pacific, Africa and China, and well-known Chinese Internet companies Alibaba and Tencent.
“The submarine cable industry is in the golden age of its development,” said Huawei Marine’s COO Mao Shengjiang in his welcome speech. “Facing change and new trends, we need to work with all parties to explore more diversified models of cooperation to jointly promote the development of the submarine cable industry. Over the past ten years, Huawei Marine has focussed on research and innovation, and we have sucessfully signed 90 projects covering more than 75 countries. The total length of construction projects exceeds 50,000 kilometers. Huawei Marine has always adhered to customer centricity and to the industry mission of connecting the world, one ocean at a time. In the future, we will continue to actively work with partners to meet industry requirements and challenges.”
At the forum, a white paper on China’s International Optical Cable Interconnection, prepared by the China Information Communications Research Institute, was officially released. The white paper discusses trends in global submarine cable development, the current status and future development suggestions for submarine cable development in China. The paper gives a comprehensive overview of global submarine cable development and puts forward specific suggestions for the future development of the submarine optical cable industry in China.
Huang Ye Jing, Director of the Information Communication Development Division of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China, said: “China attaches great importance and strongly supports construction of international network infrastructure such as submarine optical cables, and encourages the interconnection of communication infrastructure. We are ready to work with relevant competent departments and enterprises in the industry to strengthen communication and deepen cooperation in submarine optical cable and network interconnection.”
A forum highlight was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), for landing party services for the PEACE project between Pakistan network service provider Cybernet and Djibouti Telecom. This represents a significant milestone in the development of this important project, which includes permit application activities in each country.
The signing ceremony of China Aviation Cloud-Huawei Marine Strategic Cooperation Agreement was also witnessed by the attendees which marks a closer cooperation between the two companies in the development of the China-Thailand submarine cable project.
The Asia-Pacific Submarine Networks Forum is an annual forum hosted by Huawei and Huawei Marine. It serves as a platform, bringing together key stakeholders associated with the submarine cable industry in the Asia Pacific region and globally to gather together to discuss challenges and opportunities facing the industry. Previous, forums have been held in Hang Zhou, Singapore and Beijing.