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2018 Agenda 


DAY ONE: Wednesday 21 February 2018

8:30am
REGISTRATION & NETWORKING BREAKFAST


9:15am
CAPACITY CARIBBEAN 2018 WELCOME ADDRESS


9:45am
KEYNOTE PANEL DISCUSSION: HOW CAN CARRIERS DRIVE CHANGE AND REDEFINE THE CARIBBEAN WHOLESALE TELECOMS SECTOR? 

In recent years, the Caribbean region has experienced a significant wave of change across its shores. From IoT implementation to consolidation, the Caribbean telecoms market is going througha dynamic phase. Redefining growth strategies and modernising the way businesses operate are apriority for many carriers to succeed in the ever-changing digital world. This session explores thecurrent M&A activity, digital landscape, market disruption and strategies that carriers are using to adapt to the new digital scenario.  

Evaluating market consolidation in the Caribbean
- What are the benefits of consolidation? 
- What’s driving the industry’s need to merge? 
- What is the expected long-term effect of market consolidation in the Caribbean? 

Digital landscape overview
- What are the recent developments in the market? 
- What is the impact of IoT on the current network infrastructure?
- What are the current challenges with fibre connectivity? 
- What are the challenges of developing 4G and 5G networks in the region?
- What is the impact of over-the-top (OTT) services in network infrastructure 

Driving change and developing strategies to boost growth
- How are carrier’s new business models changing the traditional ones? 
- How important is collaboration between service providers to revamp existing business models?
- What are your top strategic priorities for 2018? 

Paul Scott, President, C&W NETWORKS 
Rory Kyte,
Director of International Business, DIGICEL GROUP



10:35am
MORNING COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK


11:30am
CASE STUDY: ASSESSING THE BENEFITS OF COLLABORATION BETWEEN INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS (ISPs) AND OVER-THE-TOP (OTT) PLAYERS

A leading expert analyses the complex relationship between ISPs and OTTs, the role of both in the prevalent digital scenario and how an improved collaboration can lead to efficient content delivery.

Gabriel Recalde
, Senior Policy Analyst, GOOGLE 


11:50am
CASE STUDY: STRENGTHENING CONNECTIVITY IN THE CARIBBEAN: MEETING THE SURGE IN DEMAND

Across the region bandwidth demand is growing, due to an increase in regional infrastructure investment. Existing fibre-optic connectivity is technologically disadvantaged and undersea cable links across the Caribbean are exceeding their lifespan. Examining the surge in demand across developing countries in the Caribbean is critical to develop infrastructure that will strengthen connectivity in the region. This session will explore new technological advances and key insights on the deployment of the Deep Blue subsea cable system. 

Stephen Scott
, CEO, DEEP BLUE CABLE 


12:15pm
PANEL DISCUSSION: EXAMINING DISASTER RECOVERY STRATEGIES: PLANNING FOR POTENTIAL OUTAGE AND ENSURING CONTINUITY 

The Caribbean has been left with catastrophic damage to its telecom network infrastructure by recent hurricanes and storms that hit several islands in the region. Critical regional infrastructure has been affected and measuring the impact and disaster planning is essential to face future natural disaster threats. This panel examines the aftermath of the hurricanes that have passed over the Caribbean islands and discusses the considerations that need to be addressed after damage to critical infrastructure. 

- What is the impact of the recent natural disasters on regional telecommunication infrastructure?
- What are the considerations that need to be addressed after damage to critical infrastructure?
- What are the complexities surrounding today’s Caribbean telecommunications networks?
- Is it possible to reduce network vulnerability in the future? 
- What are the long-term plans to rebuild damaged cable systems and regional telecommunications infrastructure across the Caribbean? 


Teresa Wankin,
Secretary General, CANTO
Nigel Irvine, Director of Permitting, DEEP BLUE CABLE
David Geary, General Counsel – Caribbean, DIGICEL GROUP

1:00pm
NETWORKING LUNCH


3:30pm

AFTERNOON COFFEE & NETWORKING

5:30pm
EVENING DRINKS RECEPTION

After a busy first day of conference sessions and meetings, join your colleagues and clients and have a drink at the Day One Drinks Reception, sponsored by C&W Networks.


DAY TWO: Thursday 22 February 2018

9:00am
NETWORKING BREAKFAST


9:30am
KEYNOTE ADRESS: UNDERSTANDING PUERTO RICO’S REGULATORY FRAMEWORK

This session provides an overview of Puerto Rico’s local regulatory framework. 

- What is the role of the Junta Reglamentadora de Telecomunicaciones de Puerto Rico (JRTPR)?
- What are the key achievements of the JRTPR?
- How is the JRTPR shaping Puerto Rico’s digital landscape?  

Sandra Torres, Presidente, JUNTA REGLAMENTADORA DE TELECOMUNICACIONES (JRTPR)


9:50am

PANEL DISCUSSION: BUILDING A REGULATORY FRAMEWORK THAT ENABLES INNOVATION AND TRANSFORMATION ACROSS THE CARIBBEAN 

From liberalisation to de-regulation, the Caribbean region has undergone significant innovation and transformation in the last five years. With newcomers changing the industry radically, regulation needs to modernise its framework recurrently to better suit the regional telecommunications landscape. This session will evaluate the current regulatory framework and explore the different regulatory schemes that benefit regional innovation. 

- How to promote intense competition across the Caribbean?
- Is asymmetric regulation being applied across the region? 
- What are the benefits of asymmetric regulation?
- What schemes are likely to promote innovation across the industry in the Caribbean region? 
- How can innovation improve quality of network access services and price reduction? 
- How will the new telecommunications law promoted by ECTEL members impact the regional landscape? 
- What lies ahead for the regional regulatory landscape?  

Moderator: Ulises Pin, Partner, LEWIS & BOCKIUS LLP
Franklin A. Sluis,
CEO, BUREAU TELECOMMUNICATIE EN POST
Deborah Bowers, General Counsel, EASTERN CARIBBEAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY (ECTEL)
Sandra Torres
, President, JUNTA REGLAMENTADORA DE TELECOMUNICACIONES (JRTPR)


10:40am
MORNING COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK


11:20am
KEYNOTE SESSION: THE ART OF SELLING NETWORK CAPACITY

A leading international expert explains the dos and don'ts when selling network capacity to key industry players

Mehmet Akcin, Senior Director & Chief of Staff, OATH: A VERIZON COMPANY


11:50am
PANEL DISCUSSION: EXAMINING THE RISE OF ON-DEMAND CONTENT: HOW IS CURRENT DEMAND SHAPING THE CARIBBEAN’S NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE

A panel of industry experts share industry insights and examine how the growth of low-latency connectivity demand is shaping the Caribbean’s network infrastructure. 

- How is low-latency connectivity demand shaping the Caribbean’s network infrastructure?
- What is the impact of OTT demand growth on infrastructure investment plans?  
- What OTT services are in demand across the Caribbean? 
- What are the security concerns with increased OTT service growth? 
- What is the impact on cloud traffic growth? 
- What are the strategies used to alleviate current network constraint?
- What are the key challenges that data centres are currently facing? 
- What are the opportunities that increased demand will generate? 

Gary Kalloo, ICT Consultant, CARIBBEAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS UNION (CTU)
José D. Casillas
, General Manager, PREPA NETWORKS
Rahul Vijay,
Global Strategic Sourcing, UBER
Dawane Young,
Division VP - Platforms and Applications, VERIZON


12:30pm
NETWORKING LUNCH


2:30pm
END OF CAPACITY CARIBBEAN 2018

 



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