North American CEO, Gil Santaliz, provides insight on Transatlantic Subsea Evolution: TAT 2.0

The subsea industry has undergone a major transformation in recent years with new builds happening around the globe. This growth is spurred mostly by content providers wanting to get into the TaT 2.0game in order to control their own subsea systems, increase bandwidth capacities and lower costs. Now, hyperscale OTTs are making waves by building out their own subsea cable systems, such as the HAVFRUE transatlantic subsea cable system between NJFX’s carrier-neutral cable landing station (CLS) in New Jersey and Denmark – led by a consortium including Facebook, Google, Bulk Infrastructure and Aqua Comms.

Gil Santaliz recently spoke at Submarine Networks EMEA 2019 in London about the changing dynamics of the subsea industry and specifically about the transatlantic subsea evolution. In his keynote, Transition at Transatlantic TAT 2.0, Santaliz spoke about new uses of subsea networks, new players and entrants into the market along with the changing business models, innovative technologies and the benefits of carrier-neutral cable landing stations like those provided by NJFX in Wall, New Jersey.

As noted in Santaliz’s Total Telecom Q&A: Transition at Transatlantic TAT 2.0, dynamics include:

  • As a traditional hub for cable systems and terrestrial backhaul routes, NYC metro is now congested with unmanageable manhole systems – including fiber cables that can’t be recognized and have been abandoned.
  • Many enterprises’ network-dependent businesses are unknowingly connected through overlapping routes, which can make them susceptible to damage from outages, cut networks as well as inadvertently by regrooming networks due to industry consolidation.
  • Thousands of miles of buried fiber optic cable are at risk of drowning under the rising seas within two decades, with New York as one of the most susceptible locations (as noted in, a recent study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Oregon).

Learn more in Gil’s video interview by Total Telecom, which includes the latest on:

  • Recent trends and how subsea networks are being used in a way not seen before — to interconnect with each other and provide dynamic new routes
  • Optical capacity of subsea cables and the increase from one to five terabits to now up to 300 terabits for a single cable system
  • How CLS were traditionally built by incumbents with few options
  • The new players that are on the horizon – large internet companies are dictating where subsea cables need to land and that evolution is something that is here to stay and will grow multiples

“By being carrier-neutral,” stated Santaliz, “we can have many backhaul providers in one location, and the very nature of that allows for competition, better service, better diversity and better price execution.”

While at the conference, Santaliz also spoke with Hot Telecom in a HotShot FaceOff video with Nigel Bayliff, CEO for Aqua Comms. The two CEOs sparred about trends, future industry outlooks (specialization is the name of the game and will allow for best in breed across the board), and of course what will be HOT in the year ahead. Check out the HotShot video here. In the end, the two thought-leaders both agreed that collaboration and building great relationships are the keys for success going forward. In other words, go big or go home!