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Pre-event: Monday 5 September 2016


2:00pm – 4:00pm 


Introduction on using a local agent in Iran

Ahmad Reza Habibi, CEO, PARS SUPALA

Workshop: How to do business in Iran


With an economy growing faster than any other in the Middle East, and a nation finally gaining access to billions in frozen assets following the lifting of international sanctions, foreigners are jumping at the opportunity to invest in a telecoms goldmine. All international delegates are invited to join the pre-event workshop for a 360-degree overview of what steps you will need to take before investing, trading, partnering, or registering a company in Iran. The workshop will also introduce you to local partners, law firms and investment firms to help you seal the deal over the coming days.

Topics covered include:

- How to enter Iran’s market
- Due diligence for client take-on and new business approval processes
- Influence of Iranian security services
- Inflation and price control
- How to remain compliant with all remaining sanction regimes
- How accessible is information and how do you find business?
- Export finance and insurance
- Are there any risks with doing business in Iran? 

Duncan Macdonald, Legal Director, TAMARIND ASSOCIATES
Dr. Ahmad Khonsari, Partner, WATSON FARLEY & WILLIAMS 

4:00pm – 8:00pm
City Tour & Dinner hosted by BISTALK


Day One: Tuesday 6 September 2016


8:00am – 9:00am
Registration and networking breakfast 

Opening Keynotes


8:45am – 9:00am 
Opening Ceremony 

9:00am – 9:10am
Welcome Address by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Iran

H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Vaezi, Minister, MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IRAN

9:10am – 9:20am
Keynote Address

Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, Deputy Minister, Chairman of the Board & Managing Director, TELECOMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE COMPANY I.R IRAN


Investment Opportunities in a ‘Re-Emerging’ Market

9:20am – 10:20am
Panel Discussion: Managing the international surge of requests for delivery of services in Iran: where should the investment happen?

Moderator: Adib Tohme, Senior Partner, ARJAN CAPITAL
Stefano Pileri, CEO, ITALTEL
Abdollah Fateh, CEO, PARS ONLINE
Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, Deputy Minister, Chairman of the Board & Managing Director, TELECOMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE COMPANY I.R. IRAN
Kaan Terzioğlu, CEO, TURKCELL GROUP

10:20am – 11:15am
Coffee and morning networking break


11:15am – 11:30am
Sizing & understanding the market growth & opportunities within Iran's mobile, fixed and wholesale markets

Mohsen Malaki, Managing Director & Parner, SYNGERGY CONSULTING

11:30am – 11:45am
Presentation: A legal and regulatory overview of investment



Advancing Mobile Broadband and VAS


11:45am – 12:30pm
Panel Discussion: Expanding data services and voice connectivity

Moderator: Ivan Skenderoski, Managing Partner, SALIENCE CONSULTING
Shahab Vahabzadeh, CTO, ASIATECH
Denis Souillart, Managing Director, Middle East & North Africa, BICS
Dr Ali Asgharzadeh, Chief Carrier Wholesale Officer, ETISALAT AFGHANISTAN
Anne Morel, SVP Global Carrier Sales, International Carriers, ORANGE 
Alessandro Talotta, CEO, TELECOM ITALIA SPARKLE

12:30pm – 2:00pm
Networking lunch


Upgrading the Country’s Next Generation Networks


2:00pm – 2:15pm
TCI in year 1400 (2021)

Rasoul Saraeian, CEO, TELECOMMUNICATION COMPANY OF I.R. IRAN


2:15pm – 3:15pm 
Panel Discussion: Submarine and terrestrial routes: Will Iran become the new hub of connectivity between Central Asia, Pakistan, Turkey and Europe?
Moderator: Ivan Skenderoski, Managing Partner, SALIENCE CONSULTING
Liu Changhai, Managing Director, Africa & Middle East, CHINA TELECOM LIMITED
Hayk Faramazyan, CEO, GNC-ALFA CJSC (ROSTELECOM GROUP) 
Muhammed Rashid Shafi, CEO- Global Business, SEVP & CSO, MULTINET PAKISTAN
Sohail Qadir, VP, Wholesale, OMANTEL
Ali Yousefi Sahzabi, Chairman of the Board & Managing Director, PISHGAMAN KAVIR ASIA

3:15pm – 4:30pm
Coffee and afternoon networking break


4:30pm – 6:00pm
Evening reception sponsored by BICS


Day Two: Wednesday 7 September 2016


9:00am– 10:00am
Networking breakfast

Iran’s Digital Agenda 


10:00am – 10:15am
Presentation: Expanding 4G services in Iran and preparing for the launch of 5G by 2020

Dr Hamid Reza Nikoofar, Deputy CEO, MOBILE COMMUNICATION COMPANY OF IRAN

10:15am – 11:00am
Panel Discussion: How can Iran expand OTT and content services?


Moderator: Dr. Shahram Niri, Founder & CEO, MOBINTEC
Hamidreza Kalantari, Member of Board, BISTALK IRAN
Mark Britt, CEO, IFLIX
Aleksandr Yesayan, Deputy CEO, UCOM

11:00am – 11:45am
Coffee and morning networking break

11:45am - 12:00pm
Presentation: Small cells in 5G

Shahram Niri, Founder & CEO, MOBINTEC


12:00pm – 12:30pm 
Panel Discussion: Navigating through regulations & future developments in IPTV services

Moderator: Johann Adjovi, Principal, ANALYSYS MASON
David Whitefoot, Senior Telecom Advisor, FANAP
Hussain Tehrani, CEO, IPTV BARAN TELECOM
Mahdi Davari, Chairman, TARASHE SABZ-E-TEHRAN


12:30pm – 2:00pm
Networking lunch sponsored by PARS ONLINE


The Role of MVNOs in Iran’s Competitive Landscape


2:00pm – 3:00pm
Panel Discussion: Who are the new players and how will MVNOs improve QoS, attract new investment and bring innovation in new services?

Moderator: Johann Adjovi, Principal, ANALYSYS MASON
Denis Souillart, Managing Director, Middle East & North Africa, BICS
Mohammad Bozorgi; Managing Director, BISTALK IRAN
David Whitefoot, Senior Telecom Advisor, FANAP
Hassan Shanesaz Zadeh, President, SHATEL

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Coffee and afternoon networking break

4:00pm
Close of Iran Connect 2016


 


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