ECTA Ultra-Fast Broadband Conference

Date

20 May 2012 22:00

Event Type

L - Conference, forum

Organiser type

Federations / Associations

Section

InfoSociety

Event Location

Brussels

Event Description

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

08.00-09.00
Registration and networking
 
09.00
INTRODUCTION
Tom Ruhan, Chairman, ECTA
 
09.00-09.15
SETTING THE SCENE: TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN FIXED AND MOBILE BROADBAND
Dr. Robert Pepper, Vice President, Global Technology Policy, Cisco Systems
 
09.15-10.30
SESSION 1: CAN ENTRANTS WIN THE FIBRE RACE?  PERSPECTIVES FROM VARIOUS COUNTRIES OF THE FIBRE ROLL-OUT EXPERIENCE
Most of Europe's FTTH has been installed by entrants, but in what circumstances can they get ahead and is the business case sustainable?  We hear from four countries where entrants triggered the race for fibre
 
Chair: Magnus Franklin, Chief Correspondent, MLex ITM
Maxime Lombardini, CEO, Iliad Group
Miroslaw Godlewski, President & CEO, Netia SA
Ana Marques, ExecutIve Board Member, Optimus
Norbert Westfal, Member of the board of BREKO and VATM and Chief Financial Officer of EWE TEL GmbH
 
10.30-11.00 BREAK
 
11.00-12.30 SESSION 2: ENABLING FIBRE ROLL-OUT: FINANCING AND DEMAND
Equity investors have reacted strongly to proposals by the Commission to incentivise fibre roll-out through a proposed Recommendation on cost methodologies. Are their fears well-founded? Can the interests of shareholders and "the public" be reconciled?
Chair: Anna Krzyżanowska, Head of Unit, Evaluation & Monitoring, DG Infso Unit C3, European Commission
Stephen Howard, Head of Global Telecoms, Media & Technology Research, HSBC Bank Plc
Stuart Gordon, Senior Analyst Telecoms, Berenberg Bank
Bridget P. Cosgrave, Founder & President, EveryEuropeanDigital
Marco Pierani, Head of Public Affairs, Altroconsumo and member of BEUC
Dr. Karl-Heinz Neumann, General Manager and Director, WIK Consult
 
12.30-13.00
KEYNOTE SPEECH
Neelie Kroes, Vice President and EU Commissioner for Digital Agenda, European Commission
 
13.00-14.30
LUNCH
 
14.30-16.00 SESSION 3: DO WE NEED INDUSTRIAL POLICY TO ACHIEVE THE DIGITAL AGENDA TARGETS?
Will the market deliver the digital agenda targets on its own or should policy makers be more proactive in delivering the digital agenda targets? Should policy-makers favour "fibre-to-the-home" or be "technologically neutral"? Should pricing be used to incentivise investment in NGA? Should policy-makers favour "infrastructure competition" or a "one network" approach?
 
Chair: Wolter Lemstra, Senior Research Fellow, Delft University of Technology
Sean Williams, Group Director Strategy, Policy and Portfolio, BT Group
Philippe Distler, Director General, ARCEP
Dr. Karl-Heinz Neumann, General Manager and Director, WIK Consult
Tiziana Talevi, Regulatory Affairs Director, Fastweb SpA
 
16.00-16.30
BREAK
 
16.30-18.00 SESSION 4: OWNERSHIP, SEPARATION AND EQUIVALENCE: BUSINESS MODELS AND OUTCOMES
How have different models for "separation" influenced NGA roll-out and policy regimes? Where should the dividing line be to maximise competitive potential? Does separation affect the approach to pricing legacy copper and fibre? Can equivalent results be achieved without separation - if so what is the role of the Commission's Recommendation on non-discrimination?
 
Chair: Craig Lonie, Associate Director, Oxera
Stuart McIntosh, Group Director Competition, Ofcom
Eduardo Martinez Rivero, Head of Unit – Antitrust Telecoms, European Commission, DG Competition
Richard Feasey, Public Policy Director, Vodafone Group
Gordon Moir, Partner, Webb Henderson
 
REFLECTIONS AND NEXT STEPS
18.00-18.10
Ilsa Godlovitch, Director, ECTA Brussels office
 
18.10-18.20
Dr. Iris Henseler-Unger,Vice President, BNetza
 
18.20-18.30
Gerard de Graaf, Director for Electronic Communications Policy, European Commission
 
18.30
Conference close
Tom Ruhan, Chairman, ECTA
 
18.30-19.30
COCKTAIL RECEPTION
 

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