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DAY ONE: WEDNESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2018
 

8.00am

REGISTRATION & NETWORKING BREAKFAST

9.00am

WELCOME ADDRESS

9.05am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

9.45am



PANEL DISCUSSION: CEO INTERVIEW: CREATING THE METRO FIBRE NETWORK OF THE FUTURE

·         How do we drive the next phase of fibre deployment?

·         How is the industry driving convergence? What are the main catalysts for this change?

·         What are the key drivers for growth?

·         Where are the future investment opportunities?

·         How are business models evolving? As the wireless offering becomes increasingly important, is this the aspirational business model for all fibre providers?

·         How is the industry preparing for 5G? 


Confirmed speakers:

Jennifer Smith, CFO, EUNETWORKS

Alex Goldblum, CEO, EUROFIBER
 

10.05am

COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAKFAST

11.05am

METRO MARKET FORECAST & TRENDS

Confirmed speakers:
Jonathan Dann, Managing Director, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS

11.25am

 

PANEL DISCUSSION: UNDERSTANDING THE MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS SHAPING THE EUROPEAN FIBRE INDUSTRY

·         What are the key drivers for consolidation?

·         What are the factors for acquisition vs. internal development?

·         How will financing affect deal flow?

·         With the emergence of infrastructure and pension funds investment, what are the investment strategies?

·         How successful have the transactions been? What are the key metrics to measuring successful deals?

·         How are businesses shaping their acquisition strategy to prepare for 5G?

·         With such an increased activity in the M&A space what will the market look like next year compared to 5 years from now?

·         Do networks need to diversify their portfolio to be more appealing to investors?

·         What are the opportunities at the convergence of towercos, network operators and data centres business?

·         With an increase in businesses implementing “full fibre” deployment strategies, how are fibre providers tackling challenges with legacy networks?

·         How is the submarine cable landscape influencing terrestrial network routes?


Confirmed speakers:

Marc Ganzi, CEO, DIGITAL BRIDGE

12.15pm

PANEL DISCUSSION: THE FINANCE PERSPECTIVE: KEY FACTORS AND INFLUENCES AFFECTING EUROPEAN INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT

·         What are the key deals in the next 12-18 months?

·         How are private equity investment strategies evolving?

·         What are the strategic and financial criteria investors are using when looking at opportunities in European infrastructure?

·         Who do we see leading the next wave of fibre consolidation?

·         With such an increased activity in the M&A space what will the market look like next year compared to 5 years from now?

·         Where are the opportunities for collaboration between telecoms and utilities? 


Confirmed speakers:

Moderator: Colby Synesael, MD & Senior Research Analyst, COWEN & CO

Matt Evans, Partner, Global Origination, Infrastructure Equity, AMP CAPITAL

Stéphane Ifker, Senior Partner, ANTIN INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERS

Steven Sonnenstein, MD, DIGITAL COLONY PARTNERS 


1.00pm

LUNCH & NETWORKING

2.30pm

PANEL DISCUSSION: HOW IS REGULATION DRIVING FIBRE INVESTMENT?

·         How will Europe’s Single Market agenda drive investment in fibre?

·         How does the Europe Electronic Communications Code impact business models?

·         How will new co-investment rules ensure long term investment?

·         What cross industry regulation is required to deliver metro fibre for the future? 


Confirmed speakers:
Henk  Don, Board Member, AUTHORITY FOR CONSUMERS AND MARKETS (ACM) Vincenzo Lobianco, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, AUTORITA PER LE

GARANZIE NELLE COMMUNICAZIONI (AGCOM)

Luc Hindryckx, Executive Director, ECTA

Anthony Whelan, Director Electronic Communications Networks and Services,

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

 

3.30pm

AFTERNOON COFFEE & NETWORKING

4.15pm

PANEL DISCUSSION: ARE THERE LESSONS TO BE LEARNT? COMPARING THE FIBRE NETWORKS OF EUROPE, ASIA AND THE U.S.A

·         What lessons can Europe learn from Asia and US?

·         Where does Europe stand in comparison?

·         Who is currently looking at expanding their footprint in Europe?

·         How successful have the energy and fibre collaborations been in the European space?

·         Is there an opportunity for European investors looking to expand their footprint internationally? 


Confirmed speakers:

Moderator: Hunter Newby, Owner, NEWBY VENTURES

Vincent Teissier, CMO, COGENT COMMUNICATIONS

Annette Murphy, Managing Director, Europe, ZAYO

 

5.15pm

EVENING DRINKS RECEPTION, sponsored by EUROFIBER


DAY TWO: THURSDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER 2018

9.00am

NETWORKING BREAKFAST

10.00am

PANEL DISCUSSION: UNDERSTANDING THE CHALLENGES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR 5G DEPLOYMENT

·         How does the industry build the necessary infrastructure for the wireless future?

·         What can the industry do to increase alliances between mobile and fixed operators? How do fibre companies access wireless capabilities?

·         What is the current timeline for 5G across Europe and how are network operators preparing for 5G?

·         What are the opportunities for infrastructure owners, tower operators and small cells? How is the fibre industry servicing these businesses?

·         How crucial is network and infrastructure sharing for reducing cost in 5G deployment?

·         What will the role for tower companies be in the roll out of 5G?

·         How will changes in regulation impact 5G deployment? 


Confirmed speakers:
Moderator: Jennifer Fritzsche, Managing Director, Equity Research, WELLS FARGO
Jan Vesely, Partner, EQT PARTNERS
Bart Oskam, CTO, EUROFIBER

 

11.00am

COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK

12.00pm

PANEL DISCUSSION: SERVICING HIGH QUALITY CUSTOMER EXPERIENCES: UNDERSTANDING THE DELIVERABLES FOR CLOUD & IOT

·         How are these to be delivered?

·         What is the impact of emerging technologies on existing delivery models?

CLOUD

·         With expanding cloud services, how are data centres able to respond to the demand for capacity?

·         What is the new architecture look like for delivering content and capacity?

·         Where do you put cloud services: metro providers? Tower companies? Should it be decentralised?

IOT

·         Can the network sufficiently prepare for the necessary network densification needed to provide a seamless IoT customer experience?

·         How are networks looking to monetise on IoT traffic?

·         How are businesses preparing for bringing the network closer to the edge?

·         To what extent are data centres and towers moving to the edge? 


Confirmed Speaker:
Jean-Claude Geha, SVP International Delivery Unit, Strategic Programs, DEUTSCHE TELEKOM
Carl Roberts, CCO, EPSILON
Giuliano Di Vitantonio, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, INTERXION
Federico Protto, CEO, RETELIT

 

1.00pm

LUNCH & NETWORKING BREAK

5.30pm

END OF METRO CONNECT EUROPE 2018

 



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