E-marine to host international plenary meeting on protection of submarine cables in Dubai

Dubai, 2013: E-marine, the principal provider of submarine cable solutions in the Middle East, has announced that it will host the 47th Plenary Meeting of the International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC), the world’s premier submarine cable industry association, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in early 2014.

The ICPC plenary event is a major forum for the exchange of technical, legal and environmental information about submarine power and telecommunications cables that is held every year in a region, specifically chosen to facilitate wider participation among ICPC’s members. The last Plenary was held in Miami during May this year and attracted 124 delegates from 35 countries, representing 82 companies operating as submarine cable owners, maintenance authorities, system manufacturers, cable ship operators, submarine cable route survey companies and even Governments.

The strategic location of the UAE is fitting, not only because of its excellent international connections, but also because it has many subsea cables running through the region, making it the ideal place to promote and discuss developments and issues facing the submarine cable industry.

The Arabian Peninsula has been a critical location in the progress of submarine telegraphy between the East and the West since the end of the 19th century.  More recently, the Middle East region has seen substantial growth in the construction and announcement of new submarine cable systems and competing terrestrial systems, along with the total demand for international capacity from the Persian Gulf countries,

E marine was born out of a need to serve the region, from the region, and has over 25 years of subsea cable experience in the Middle East. During this time it has laid some of the first communication cables to the United Arab Emirates, connecting it with neighboring countries.

Omar Jassim Bin Kalban, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of E-marine, said: “As part of the growth engine that helps to facilitate the communications infrastructure in the Middle East and beyond we are eager to host major industry events. As the submarine cable pioneer in the Middle East we make a major contribution to the advancement of the region – stretching from India and Iraq to Egypt and Tanzania. The ICPC Plenary event will offer stakeholders a chance to interact and discuss present and future issues related to submarine telecommunications cables and submarine power cables, since these are increasingly critical components in today’s global communications networks and power grids.”

Neil Rondorf, ICPC’s Chairman, said: “The ICPC is delighted to hold its 2014 Plenary Meeting in Dubai with the support of E-marine. It is conveniently located between Europe and Asia, and given the significant growth recorded in the Middle East recently thanks to an increase in broadband and mobile penetration, and digital content consumption, Dubai embodies a lot of the industry’s future opportunities and developments. It will confidently build upon the success of the 2013 event and showcase the truly global nature of ICPC activities.”

Further details on the event theme, exact dates and location for the upcoming ICPC Plenary Meeting in Dubai will be announced over the coming months at http://www.iscpc.org/