If you're reading this story, it means I may still be alive. On the fourth of January, I embarked from Chicago via ice bridge across Lake Michigan, taking a circuitous path (I won't bore you with the details -- a few more Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway, etc.) to the Arctic Circle and around North America, where I rented a dinghy (that's right -- I said "dinghy") to take me to the PTC 2015 submarine cable conference in Hawaii this week. But, in a hugely ironic bit of misfortune, the dinghy's captain, Maurice, had not pulled in and secured his anchor according to international seamen guidelines, we snagged on a submarine cable, and now, well, we're just sitting here.
So, long story short -- I know, I know -- I didn't make it to PTC 2015, but because there is now truly Internet everywhere, even out here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean (I just saw a dolphin with a WiFi antenna fused to its snout -- it looked mad), I was able to gather enough information to write this roundup. Please read it thoroughly, and then, for God's sake, send help. Maurice is looking at me like I'm roasting on a spit with an apple stuffed in my mouth.
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PTC 2015 in Hawaii this week commenced just as several major submarine cable projects have been looking to raise funding, while others have been continuing with 100G bandwidth upgrade projects. It's no surprise that news coming out of the show features a little of both:
— Dan O'Shea, Managing Editor, Light Reading