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PRE-EVENT: MONDAY 19 MARCH 2018


7:00pm
WELCOME DRINKS RECEPTION

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DAY ONE: TUESDAY 20 MARCH 2018


8:30am
REGISTRATION & NETWORKING BREAKFAST

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9:25am
OPENING CEREMONY & CHAIRMAN'S REMARKS


9:30am
INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: REDEFINING LATIN AMERICA’S WHOLESALE TELECOMS SECTOR: UNDERSTANDING THE BIG PICTURE OF THE TOP TRENDS 

A panel of leading international experts assess the top industry trends and their impact on the wholesale telecoms sector in Latin America

• Artificial Intelligence (AI) in telecommunications
- What is the impact of AI in telecommunications? 
- How is predictive analytics shaping the industry? 
- How can organisations benefit from predictive analytics?
- How is AI helping operators automate their network configuration and processes? 

• Looking at the Internet of Things (IoT) and what it means for the industry  
- How will consumer demand propel the IoT revolution?
- What is the potential impact of connected cars, smart homes and wearables on network infrastructure?
- Assessing the rapid growth of the smart cities market

• Exploring mergers and acquisitions (M&A) across the region
- How will the recent M&A activity impact the industry across the region?
- Will this consolidation trend continue throughout Latin America?
- What are the challenges and opportunities that M&A bring to the region?

Gabriel Holgado, VP Global Account Division & Wholesale Services - Latin America & Caribbean, CENTURYLINK
Phill Lawson-Shanks, Chief Innovation Officer, EDGECONNEX
Eduardo Falzoni,
CEO, GLOBENET
Michael Wheeler,
EVP, NTT COMMUNICATIONS
Juan Carlos Bernal,
CEO, International Wholesale Services, TELEFONICA


10:25am
INSIGHT SESSION: CAPACITY AND CONNECTIVITY IN THE REGION: EXPLORING THE CURRENT STATE OF THE WHOLESALE TELECOMS INDUSTRY ACROSS LATIN AMERICA

A leading regional industry expert examines the current state of the wholesale telecoms industry across Latin America.

• Analysing the growth in capacity and bandwidth demand
- What is driving this growth?
- How are operators meeting the low-latency connectivity demand?
- What are the infrastructure challenges for operators?

• Identifying the new opportunities and regional investment
- What are the recent projects that will shape the telecoms landscape?
- What is the investment?
- What is the impact of three new cables connecting US and Latin America?

• Evaluating the impact of new regional projects
- How are new projects influencing pricing?
- How will the new projects impact the intraregional routes?
- Will the new submarine projects boost data centre revenue?

Anahi Rebatta, Analyst, TELEGEOGRAPHY

10:40am
COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK


11:20am
INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: AN OUTLOOK INTO THE VIBRANT SUBMARINE CABLE SECTOR: WHAT IS DRIVING THE REGIONAL RE-EMERGENCE OF THE SUBMARINE CABLE CONSTRUCTION BOOM? 

Most recently, Latin America has experienced a boom in submarine cable construction. With over $1.5 billion of new cable investment in 2017 and 2018, Latin America is leading the sector globally. This recent boom has been boosted by the increase in international bandwidth demand, which is doubling every two years. This significant increase arises from the incessant demand of over-the-top (OTT) apps and services across the region. Consequently, some of the new routes being built are a result of this growing trend. With such a wide range of 
projects offering diversity of routes, providing a high level of network availability and resilient connectivity; the new submarine cable construction boom is set to revolutionise the regional telecoms sector. This panel will discuss the recent developments in the submarine cable sector across Latin America and its impact on the wholesale telecoms sector. 

Moderator: Anahí Rebatta, Analyst, TELEGEOGRAPHY
António NunesCEO, ANGOLA CABLES
Mike ConstableChief Executive, HUAWEI MARINE NETWORKS
Gil Santaliz, CEO, NJFX
Larry SchwartzCEOSEABORN
Rafael Arranz, COO, TELXIUS CABLE


12:20pm
PANEL DISCUSSION: THE RISE OF THE SATELLITE: MEETING THE GROWING DEMAND FOR CONNECTIVITY 


- What are the latest projects being deployed to close the coverage gap in Latin America?
- What is the impact of the growth of on-demand content?
- How do satellites improve connectivity across the region?
- What is the projected growth of satellite technology across the industry? 
- What are the biggest challenges facing the satellite industry?

Amos Maidantchik, Sales & Marketing DirectorHUGHES
Marcio Brasil, Managing Sales Director, INTELSAT


1:00pm

NETWORKING LUNCH

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2:30pm
NETWORKING ROUNDTABLE SESSION: PROJECT INNOVATION SHOWCASE:  WHAT PROJECTS ARE DELIVERING DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION ACROSS THE REGION?

Connect with the Latin American community, to learn first-hand from the leaders shaping the regional landscape. From Bolivia to Paraguay, a wide selection of local incumbents and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will participate in this session. There will be 5 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.


3:10pm
PRESENTATION: TELEGEOGRAPHY PRESENTATION: GLOBAL ENTERPRISE NETWORKS AND  SUBMARINE CABLE CAPACITY

A TeleGeography presentation reviewing data trends in enterprise network footprints, connections to the cloud, and carrier SD-WAN service as well as the global submarine networks and their paths, pricing, traffic levels and how these trends affect the corporate network.


3:35pm
PRESENTATION: TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW: WAN SERVICE OPTIONS, BENEFITS AND DRIVERS


3:50pm
INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: PARTNERSHIPS AND INTEROPERABILITY IN THE SD-WAN ECOSYSTEM                  

The SD-WAN revolution has opened up the possibility of many different business models and partnerships for 
both equipment/software vendors and carriers or managed services providers. This panel will review the various 
ways of getting SD-WAN to enterprise customers whether through carriers’ proprietary service, carriers who 
have selected a single channel partner, carriers or managed services providers who use several vendors 
depending on customer needs, and vendors selling directly to the end-user customer. In addition, the panel will
also address interoperability in the age of SD-WAN and how carriers and vendors can work together on 
solutions.

- What are the advantages and disadvantages of a single vendor as a channel partner model for carriers and managed services providers? What about the carriers that have created proprietary service? 
- Can we expect more consolidation or acquisitions such as Cisco and Viptela or VMWare and Velocloud? How do the carriers and vendors expect the market landscape to change in the next few years? 
- What issues with interoperability will carriers face as more and more WANs have SD-WAN deployed and this traffic traverses many networks? What steps can carriers take now to address these issues?


4:30pm
COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK      

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5:30pm
EVENING DRINKS RECEPTION

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DAY TWO: WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH 2018


9:00am
NETWORKING BREAKFAST

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9:30am
INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: PROMOTING THE DIGITAL ECONOMY: HOW CAN THE LATIN AMERICAN TELECOMS INDUSTRY GROW AND TRANSFORM IN THE ERA OF DIGITAL DISRUPTION?

Most recently, Latin America has experienced fast economic expansion and this will continue throughout 2018. With many key regional players coming out of recession and most countries promoting a new telecoms regulatory framework, the region is poised to become one of the biggest markets for investment. Developing and enhancing digital services across the region is an objective shared by the public and private sectors, and creating robust connectivity is the ultimate aim. This brings numberless opportunities for regional and international telecommunications companies, to deliver extensive transformation in the sector. In this context, Latin America’s economic performance will highly depend on transforming the current digital landscape. This interactive panel brings regulators, carriers and OTT players to explore strategies to further enhance and support Latin America’s digital economies.  


ModeratorMariana Rodríguez Zani, General Director, CONVERGENCIA LATINA
Marcello L. Azambuja, Director - Engineering & ProductGLOBO.COM
Mark FisherVP of Marketing & Business DevelopmentQWILT
Maximo Lema, Wholesale Unit – DirectorTELECOM ARGENTINA
José Abraham Méndez Tovar, Prime & Wholesale Director, TIGOUNE


10:15am
INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: ENHANCING ENTERPRISE AND CLOUD SERVICES IN LATIN AMERICA: DEFINING THE FUTURE FOCUS OF THE SECTOR

With enterprise connectivity demand rising year on year, businesses are increasingly considering the price, bandwidth, latency and availability as decisive factors. In a digital world and with so many businesses accelerating the digitisation process; this is a sector that will experience exponential growth across the region. In this context, shifting the focus to enterprise cloud services is of paramount importance to sustain growth. This panel will explore key developments in the sector, regional perspectives and growth opportunities.

- What are the latest developments?
- What factors will determine growth in the sector? 
- What is the impact of enterprise mobility? 
- How are data centres ensuring continuity of service across the region?
- What is the impact of natural disasters? 
- How is low-latency demand shaping partnerships and regional infrastructure? 

Enrique Perez MontemayorManaging Director – LATAM VPVERIZON ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS


11:00am
COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK

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11:40am
STRENGTHENING INTEGRATION AND COLLABORATION ACROSS THE REGION: FACILITATING THE GROWTH OF LOCAL CONTENT

A panel of local and regional ISPs and OTTs will share their perspectives and views on how the industry should emphasize on collaborative practices to enhance low-latency connectivity.

Ariel Graizer, President
CAMARA ARGENTINA DE INTERNET (CABASE)


12:25pm
NETWORKING LUNCH


2:30pm
CLOSE OF CAPACITY LATAM 2017

 



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