Capacity Conferences
NOW IN ITS
8TH YEAR

CAPACITY CENTRAL AMERICA & ANDEAN 2017


7:00PM PRE-EVENT: TUESDAY 10 OCTOBER  

PRE-EVENT DRINKS RECEPTION


 

DAY 1: WEDNESDAY 11 OCTOBER 2017

 


08:30am REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING BREAKFAST 

09:35am OPENING CEREMONY AND CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS 

09:35am - 9:55am MINISTERIAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS: AN OVERVIEW OF THE DIGITAL LANDSCAPE IN COLOMBIA AND HOW LATEST POLICY DEVELOPMENTS WILL IMPACT THE WHOLESALE TELECOM INDUSTRY
Since 2010 internet usage has grown exponentially in Colombia, from 2.2 million to 9.9 million in 2017. Simultaneously, in the last 4 years there has been a major increase in the number of submarine cables, from 5 to 9 covering both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. Additionally, the number of households with internet access has grown nationwide from 17% to 50%.

This session will provide an overview on Colombia’s ever changing digital landscape. The Minister will share his perspectives on how the digital landscape has evolved since the implementation of Plan Vive Digital in 2010 to the Plan Vive Digital 2018; what are the new developments and how these will impact the wholesale telecom industry.

09:55am - 10:50am INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: THE FUTURE OF THE WHOLESALE TELECOM INDUSTRY IN THE ANDEAN REGION: WHERE ARE THE MOST PROMISING GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES?
In the past few years the countries that compose the Andean region have experienced different levels of growth in the telecom sector, many of these countries have pioneered and promoted innovative programmes aimed at closing the digital divide whilst others have focused on the formulation and implementation of deregulation measures. As such, the region should not be perceived as a block in regards to the current investment and trends. There are countries undergoing continuous reform, others are focusing on closing the coverage gap and few are leading transformative initiatives that will forever change the telecom industry in the region.

Given this diverse economic scenario across the Andean region, this session will explore the ins and outs of the Andean wholesale telecoms market across these thriving countries and map where the most promising growth opportunities are.

Camilo Mier, VP of Sales - Andean Region, C&W NETWORKS
David Berrios,
Senior Director - Latin America, NTT COMMUNICATIONS
Ricardo Jara Recabarren,
Capacity & Carrier Services Director, ENTEL
Iñigo García del Cerro, CEO, UFINET


10:50am - 11:30am COFFEE AND NETWORKING BREAK


11:30am - 12:30pm PANEL DISCUSSION: ENABLING BUSINESS MODEL TRANSFORMATION AND REAPING THE BENEFITS OF OVER-THE-TOP (OTT) MARKET GROWTH: HOW CAN CARRIERS THRIVE AND STAY AHEAD IN THE DIGITAL AGE? 

In an increasingly complex digital world where companies like Netflix, YouTube and Facebook thrive with their innovative business models; carriers need to stay on top of the ever changing wholesale landscape whilst moving away from more traditional business models to increase profit margins. One of the biggest challenges is to continuously upgrade connectivity infrastructure to meet the increasing low latency connectivity demand. Whilst these upgrades are necessary and greatly benefit the end-user, carriers are not reaping the benefits of the OTT market growth. Many analysts have asserted that the wholesale telecommunications sector is experiencing the ‘perfect storm’. In this context, continuous innovation is needed across the industry and amongst the numerous challenges facing the sector; staying ahead of the digital wave is the most crucial.

Staying ahead of the digital wave

- How can carriers stay ahead of the digital wave?
- How can carriers monetize on OTT content?
- How can carriers innovate their products?
- How can carriers develop new services?
- Why are carriers moving from traditional business models?

Examining growth in traffic and end-user demand

- What are the current challenges in deploying low latency data?
- What is the impact of automation in telecommunications?
- What are the current capacity demands across the region? 

Moderator: Gloria Palavicini, Independent Consultant 
Sean P. Gallagher Arrarte, Commercial & Services Director, AZTECA COMUNICACIONES
Henrique Hablitschek, Head of Capital Markets Strategy, EQUINIX
Mehmet Akcin, Global Network Planning, OATH


12:30am - 2:00pm LUNCH AND NETWORKING BREAK

 


2:00pm - 3:00pm NETWORKING ROUNDTABLE SESSION: PROJECT INNOVATION SHOWCASE: WHO IS ENABLING THE NEXT WAVE OF CHANGE IN THE REGION?

Connect with the Central American and Andean telecom community, to learn from leading CEOs and Directors about the most impactful projects that are currently under development across the region. From submarine cable projects to the largest terrestrial fibre optic cable projects, learn first-hand who is delivering digital transformation across the region. There will be 4 tables, each will have a host. A buzzer will indicate the time to move onto next table. This session provides an opportunity to interact with our speakers and meet new partners.
Roundtable discussion topics include: 

  • Closing the digital gap in Panamá: Exploring the Vida Digital project
    How is Cotas planning to bring content closer to their end-users?
  • Exploring the opportunities that the national optical transport network in Peru will bring to international carriers and MVNOs?
  • How will the South America Pacific Link (SAPL) change the Atlantic coast submarine cable landscape? 

4:30pm - 5:30pm EXTENDED AFTERNOON NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY

5:30pm - 7:00pm CAPACITY CENTRAL AMERICA & ANDEAN 2017 WELCOME DRINKS RECEPTION

 

 
DAY 2: Thursday 12 October 2017

 


09:00am
NETWORKING BREAKFAST


9:45am - 10:10am RE-IMAGINING TELECOMMUNICATIONS: UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF INTERNET USER BEHAVIOUR AND NEXT-GEN TELECOMS TRENDS

Two leading industry experts examine end-user behaviour in the region and the top next-gen telecommunications trends influencing changes in the regional telecom ecosystem. 

Examining the changing consumer behaviour

- How can data on user behaviour help carriers improve connectivity infrastructure? And make informed infrastructure investment decisions?
- How to meet the current regional end-user growing demand for data?
- How does traffic change from country to country?
- Exploring the internet rush hour in Central America and the Andean region

Identifying capacity and bandwidth demand

- How is bandwidth demand across the region affecting OTT services?
- Understanding how IoT will impact the wholesale telecoms industry
- How will virtualisation change telecom networks?
- What are the challenges of server virtualisation?
- What are the benefits of end-to-end automation? And what is the immediate impact on capacity? 

Kevin Vachon, COO, MEF FORUM

10:10am - 10:55am
THE POWER OF CONTENT: HOW ARE LEADING OTTS SHAPING THE WHOLESALE
TELECOMS MARKET IN CENTRAL AMERICA AND THE ANDEAN REGION?

Across the globe OTT companies have become an essential part of the ecosystem and have shaped the market, changed business models and grown exponentially. In Central America and the Andean region the demand for these services is growing and OTTs are changing the way end-users connect. The panel will share insights on how the OTT revolution is shaping the operators’ network and infrastructure.

Moderator:Gina Sánchez, Senior Consultant - Latin America, FROST & SULLIVAN
Mehmet Akcin, Global Network Planning, OATH
Marcos Atehortua,
Business Development Manager, PCCW GLOBAL
Mark Fisher,
VP of Marketing and Business Development, QWILT
Alejandro Silvestre,
Regional Manager, TELECOM ARGENTINA


10:55am - 1135am COFFEE AND NETWORKING BREAK


11:35am- 12:30am CLOSING THE COVERAGE GAP IN CENTRAL AMERICA: REDEFINING RURAL AND REMOTE TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES IN THE REGION 

A panel of Central American carriers, satellite operators and regulators discuss the latest updates in rural network coverage across Central America.

- What are the challenges in providing internet access to remote locations across Central America?
- Which network provides the best coverage in rural areas?
- What is the impact of the growth of VoIP services?
- How is Central America tackling the rural coverage challenge?
- What is the role of satellite internet providers in rural Central America?
- How is satellite improving the end-user experience?
- What are the benefits of satellite technology in Central America?


Roberto Rodriguez, Managing Sales Director - Latin America & Caribbean, INTELSAT
Ariana Batori,
Investment Officer & Global Lead - Digital Infrastructure Initiative, INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION (IFC)


12:30am - 2:00pm NETWORKING LUNCH


2:00pm END OF CAPACITY CENTRAL AMERICA & ANDEAN 2017

 



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