Metro Connect USA 2018
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DAY 1: MONDAY 29TH JANUARY 2018

(DAY 1 Conference sessions will be exclusive to telecom & technology providers only. The exhibition, networking activities and functions will be open to all attendees of Metro Connect)

12:00pm REGISTRATION OPENS

12:00pm Welcome lunch & networking

1:25pm Opening remarks 

WHAT IS CONTENT WITHOUT DELIVERY?

1:30pm THE CONTENT PERSPECTIVE: IDENTIFYING THE ROADMAP FOR FUTURE CONTENT REQUIREMENTS 

·        What is the next step in evolution for current content providers?

·        What does the industry have to do to prepare? How do we work together with content providers to provide the best service?

·        What will the roadmap to high quality wireless consumption look like?

·        How are content providers working with the edge data centres to provide a high quality service?

 

Confirmed speakers:

Presenter: Frank Rey, Director, Global Network Acquisition, MICROSOFT

2:00pm THE ACCESS PROVIDER PERSPECTIVE: MEETING THE DEMANDS OF TODAY’S WORKPLACE

 

• What services are enterprises looking to invest in?

• How important is virtualisation when servicing these customers? Who is set to launch their commercial virtualised platform in 2018?

• How do you convert legacy networks? What do new businesses need to have in order to ensure ROI?

•How can the industry improve quality in delivering cloud services?

 

2:30pm PANEL DISCUSSION: WHAT IS CONTENT WITHOUT DELIVERY?

 

Confirmed speakers:

Moderator: Frank Rey, Director, Global Network Acquisition, MICROSOFT

3:30pm Afternoon coffee break & networking

4:00pm UNDERSTANDING THE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR MAINTAINING THE COMPETITIVE EDGE REQUIRED IN SERVICE DELIVERY 

• How to optimally engineer your network for delivering content?

• Understand the industry technologies and standards

• What are the implementation procedures for deploying FTTB?

• Understand how to speed up fiber deployment

4:20pm – 4:50pm PANEL DISCUSSION: UNDERSTANDING HOW TO CATER FOR THE ENTERPRISE

Confirmed speakers:

Moderator: Aaron Blazar, Partner, ATLANTIC-ACM

Darren Feder, President, SKYWIRE NETWORKS

Alexander L. Gellman, CEO, VERTICAL BRIDGE HOLDINGS

4:50pm THE TOWER PERSPECTIVE: THE KEY PIECE OF THE 5G FUTURE?

 

Confirmed speakers:

Moderator: Peter Murray, Executive Director, DENSE NETWORKS

Hugh Carspecken, CEO, DARTPOINTS

Senior Representative, SBA COMMUNICATIONS

Jonathan Adelstein, President & CEO, WIRELESS INFRASTRUCTURE ASSOCIATION (WIA)

5:20pm End of day one

6:30pm Beer & BBQ

 

TUESDAY 30TH JANUARY 2018(open to all)

8:15am Registration & networking breakfast

9:00am WELCOME ADDRESS

ESSENTIAL INSIGHTS FROM THE TOP: PREDICTING THE FUTURE FOR THE METRO MARKET

9:05am

UPDATE ON REGULATION: PRESENTATION FROM THE FCC  

9:30am ZAYO KEYNOTE

Dan Caruso, Chairman & CEO, ZAYO GROUP

10:00am CEO INTERVIEW: DRIVING THE NEXT PHASE OF FIBER DEPLOYMENT 

Future opportunities:

 

• What are the emerging technologies that the industry needs to invest in?

• How do we prepare for the infrastructure requirements needed in local connectivity to deliver the Internet of Things, smart cities and e-health future? What is the bandwidth that is required?

• How are the networks changing to service today’s enterprises? What services are they looking at?

Infrastructure:

• Where outside of fiber is the industry investing?

• Where is partnering necessary vs. internal development?

• What is the future of dark fiber?

• How do we address the digital convergence?

• Where is the industry going? What is the next major catalyst for growth?

Confirmed speakers:

Moderator: Andrew Lipman, Senior Partner and Chair, Telecommunications, Media & Technology Practice, MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS

Bob Udell, President & CEO, CONSOLIDATED COMMUNICATIONS

Brett Lindsey, CEO, EVERSTREAM

Timothy Blitz, President & CEO, LUMOS NETWORKS

Ronald J. Mudry, President, Sales & Business Development, UNITI FIBER

 

11:00am Coffee & networking breakfast

M&A PREDICTIONS AND ANALYSIS

11:30pm METRO MARKET 2018: DISPELLING MYTH FROM REALITY

Confirmed speaker:

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

12:00pm PANEL DISCUSSION: ARE WE IN THE FINAL STAGE OF CONSOLIDATION?: THE LATEST IN MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS 

 

• How have the opportunities to invest evolved?

• What effect will the new regional players have on the wider ecosystem?

• What are the key factors driving the substantial increase in consolidation?

• Who do we see leading the next wave of fiber consolidation?

• Understanding the best way to measure the success of M&A strategy

 

Confirmed speakers:

Moderator: James Henry, Co-Founder & Senior MD, BANKSTREET

Kurt Van Wagenen, FIRSTLIGHT FIBER

Richard D. Calder, Jr., President & CEO, GTT COMMUNICATIONS

Kenny Gunderman, President & CEO, UNITI FIBER

12:50pm PANEL DISCUSSION: THE FINANCE PERSPECTIVE: UNDERSTANDING THE LANDSCAPE FOR FIBER INVESTMENT

• How do you identify the right time to buy or sell?

• What is the criteria for investment?

• Where do see the industry going in 2017?

Confirmed speakers:

Jan Vessely, Director, EQT PARTNERS

John Siegel, Partner, COLUMBIA CAPITAL

Jason Hill, MD, MVP CAPITAL

George Morgan, Partner, RIDGEMONT EQUITY PARTNERS

1:20pm Lunch & networking

NEW TECHNOLOGIES: WHAT DOES THE INDUSTRY NEED TO PREPARE FOR?

3:00pm PANEL DISCUSSION: UNDERSTANDING HOW SD-WAN IS CHANGING THE NEXT

GENERATION OF METRO NETWORKS       

Deployment:

·        How can the industry utilise SD-WAN technology to service our customers?

·        When will we start to see the first SD-WAN products?

·        What’s the impact new network builds? How do legacy networks convert?

·        How does SD-WAN vs MPLS compare in terms of implementation, ROI and long term saving?

Cloud:  

·        How to adapt SD-WAN to accommodate cloud-based applications?

·        How are most enterprises connecting to cloud providers and should this change going forward?

Business models:

·        How is SD-WAN increasing revenue and reducing operating costs?

·        How have these services been implemented?

·        How much have margins improved since SD-WAN products been employed?

Confirmed speakers:

Moderator: Erik Kreifeldt, Principal Analyst, TELEGEOGRAPHY

3:30pm THE FUTURE OF CONNECTIVITY IN THE AGE OF STREAMING VIDEO AND IOT

The industry is projecting exponential growth in data and storage driven by IOT and the increase of connected users, more applications and streaming videos. Consumers are accessing this data via wireline as well as wireless infrastructure at ever increasing rates, with the expectation of instant response from their devices. Bandwidth and latency issues are driving the need to move solutions to the edge—outside the data center and closer to the data processing. Join Schneider Electric and our panellists as we discuss the common physical infrastructure practices seen today and a look at what the future solutions could support to ensure secure, always-on availability in this digital transformation.

Confirmed speakers:

Jason Walker, Regional Director, Cloud & Service Provider Segment, East

Region, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC

4:30pm Evening drinks reception

 

WEDNESDAY 31ST JANUARY 2018 (open to all)

9:00am Networking breakfast

THE ROLE OF CABLE

10:00am PANEL DISCUSSION: CAN WE EVER HAVE TOO MUCH FIBER?: THE NEXT STEPS IN THE METRO AND MSO MARKET

 

• What are the current challenges in driving fiber deeper into the network?

• How integrated will MSO’s become in servicing SMEs?

• How can cable companies get a stronger foothold in the special access market?

• What is the Ethernet offering outside of ILEC?

• Should MSO’s move over to the CLEC business model?

• How does e-rat play a role?

• What is the FCC’s agenda for the new funding?

• How will recent consolidation effect current dark fiber programmes?

• What role are MSO’s playing?

• How are fiber providers navigating the transition into selling additional services such as public Wi-Fi and DDoS?

Confirmed speakers:

Jeremy Bye, VP, COX BUSINESS

11:00am Coffee & networking break

5G: THE KEY INGREDIENTS FOR SUCCESSFUL 2020 DEPLOYMENT

11:30am PANEL DISCUSSION: THERE IS NO WIRELESS WITHOUT WIRES: BUILDING FOR THE MOBILE FUTURE

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

• What are the different strategies businesses have employed to prepare for the 5G boom?

• How does the industry service the need for network densification?

• What is the current timeline for 5G?

• How can we make the current network architecture C-RAN?

Confirmed speakers:

Dave Mayo, SVP of technology, T-MOBILE

12:15pm PANEL DISCUSSION: FIBER’S NEXT ACT: THE STEPS TO MAKING THE 5G AMBITION A REALITY

• How will the change in regulation on Small Cells impact the industry? How do they overcome regulation?

• How do we build infrastructure to cater for Small Cells? How can we improve the challenges in small cell citing?

• What is the dark fiber demand?

• Is the current business model for densification of networks sustainable outside of urban areas?

• Will wireless overtake the metro demand?

Confirmed speakers:

Moderator: Ray LaChance, President & CEO, ZENFI NETWORKS

Marc Ganzi, CEO, DIGITAL BRIDGE

Jon Zatlokowicz, Engineering Manager, INTEGRA OPTICS

Jennifer Fritzsche, MD, WELLS FARGO

1:00pm Lunch & networking break

2:30pm End of Metro Connect 2018

 


 

 

 

 



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