Metro Connect USA 2019
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DAY 1: MONDAY 29TH JANUARY 2018

Day one conference sessions will be exclusive to telecom and 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

WHAT IS CONTENT WITHOUT DELIVERY?

1:25pm

OPENING REMARKS

Hunter Newby, Owner, NEWBY VENTURES

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 centers to provide a high quality service?

2:00pm
PANEL DISCUSSION: WHERE SUBSEA MEETS METRO: BRIDGING LAND AND SEA

How have subsea cable landings affected changes in data traffic patterns? And why have these new locations proven to be effective?

What consideration do submarine cable owners give to terrestrial connectivity when building new routes? What are their requirements?

How important is data center proximity to landing stations?

How can we promote better business models between subsea and terrestrial connections?

Moderator: Hunter Newby, Owner, NEWBY VENTURES

Mike Cunningham, CEO, CROSSLAKE FIBRE

Erick W. Contag, Executive Chairman, GLOBENET

Gil Santaliz, CEO, NJFX

2:45pm
PANEL DISCUSSION: WHAT IS CONTENT WITHOUT DELIVERY?

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

Richard A. Steenbergen, CTO, PACKETFABRIC

3:15pm AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK & NETWORKING SPONSORED BY WAN NEW YORK

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

Phill Lawson-Shanks, Chief Innovation Officer, EDGECONNEX

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

Moderator: Aaron Blazar, Senior Partner, ATLANTIC-ACM

Darren Feder, President, SKYWIRE NETWORKS

Jon DeLuca, MD & Operating Partner – Fiber, DIGITAL BRIDGE HOLDINGS

Jason W. Adkins, President, UNITE PRIVATE NETWORKS

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

Moderator: Peter Murray, Executive Director, DENSE NETWORKS

Hugh Carspecken, CEO, DARTPOINTS

Clayton Moran, Director, Strategy, SBA COMMUNICATIONS

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

5:30pm End of day one

6:30pm Beer & BBQ SPONSORED BY SPECTRUM ENTERPRISE

TUESDAY 30TH JANUARY 2018 (open to all)

8:15am REGISTRATION & NETWORKING BREAKFAST SPONSORED BY ZAYO

9:00am WELCOME ADDRESS

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

9:15am
ZAYO KEYNOTE

Dan Caruso, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, ZAYO GROUP

9:55am
PANEL DISCUSSION: CEO INTERVIEW:

DRIVING THE NEXT PHASEOF 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?

Moderator: Andrew Lipman, Senior Partner &

Chair, Telecommunications, Media &

Technology Practice, MORGAN, LEWIS &

BOCKIUS

Bob Udell, President & CEO, CONSOLIDATED COMMUNICATIONS

Brett Lindsey, President & CEO, EVERSTREAM

Timothy Blitz, President & CEO, LUMOS NETWORKS

10:45am COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAKFAST SPONSORED BY FIRSTLIGHT

M&A PREDICTIONS AND ANALYSIS

11:15am

METRO MARKET 2018: DISPELLING MYTH FROM REALITY

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

11:40am

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

Moderator: James Henry, Co-Founder & Senior MD, BANK STREET

Stephen R. Leeolou, Chairman & CEO, CONTERRA BROADBAND

Kurt Van Wagenen, President & CEO, FIRSTLIGHT FIBER

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

Chris Downie, CEO, FLEXENTIAL

12:30pm

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 2018?

Confirmed speakers:

Moderator: Todd Holder, MD, TD SECURITIES (USA)

Jan Vesely, Partner, EQT PARTNERS

John Siegel, Partner, COLUMBIA CAPITAL

Chris Moon, MD, ING

Jason Hill, MD, MVP CAPITAL

George Morgan, Partner, RIDGEMONT EQUITY PARTNERS

1:00pm LUNCH & NETWORKING SPONSORED BY CONTERRA

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

2:30pm

UNDERSTANDING HOW SD-WAN IS CHANGING THE NEXT GENERATION OF METRO NETWORKS

Deployment:

Why are enterprises and service providers adopting SD-WAN? What are their use cases, and what results have they achieved?

How do enterprises evaluate fully managed SD-WAN service vs. access-only network service plus self-provisioned SD-WAN?

Does SD-WAN facilitate a regional multi-network vendor sourcing strategy over a single global WAN provider?

How does SD-WAN impact the enterprise network service market for VPN and DIA?

How universal will SD-WAN become in the enterprise service market?

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?

Moderator: Erik Kreifeldt, Senior Analyst, TELEGEOGRAPHY

Rich Vidil, VP of Sales Engineering, GTT

Vincent English, CEO, MEGAPORT

3:00pm COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK SPONSORED BY FLEXENTIAL, A COMBINATION OF PEAK 10 & VIAWEST

3:30pm

THE FUTURE OF CONNECTIVITY IN THE AGE OF STREAMING VIDEO AND IOT

Hosted by Schneider Electric

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.

Moderator: Jason Walker, Regional Director, Cloud & Service Provider Segment, East Region,SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC

Travis Keller, Partner, ALTMAN VILANDRIE & COMPANY

Phill Lawson-Shanks, Chief Innovation Officer, EDGECONNEX

Michael F. Hogan, Senior Technical Manager, IBM RESILIENCY SERVICE

Ted Mocarski, Senior Partner, NOVACAP

Jack Waters, CTO, ZAYO

4:30pm EVENING DRINKS RECEPTION SPONSORED BY GTT COMMUNICATION


WEDNESDAY 31ST JANUARY 2018 (open to all)

9:00am NETWORKING BREAKFAST SPONSORED BY CONSOLIDATED COMMUNICATION

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-Rate 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?

Moderator: Scott Widham, CEO, ALPHEUS COMMUNICATIONS

John Colbert, CEO, FIDELITY COMMUNICATIONS

Brian Beers, CEO, PARADIGM TELECOM

Rhonda Cook, CEO, PS LIGHTWAVE

Bill Harrison, CFO, RITTER COMMUNICATIONS

11:00am Coffee & networking break SPONSORED BY CAPACITY NORTH AMERICA

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?


Moderator: Mary Stanhope, Founder, Principle Consultant, IMARKET2

Nitin Rao, VP - Infrastructure, CLOUDFLARE

Bart Oskam, CTO, EUROFIBER GROUP

Dave A. Mayo, SVP, T-MOBILE USA

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

Vincenzo Clemente, President & CEO, CROSS RIVER FIBER


Marc Ganzi, Co-Founder & CEO, DIGITAL BRIDGE

Jennifer Fritzsche, MD & Senior Equity Analyst, WELLS FARGO SECURITIES

1:00pm LUNCH & NETWORKING BREAK

2:30pm END OF METRO CONNECT 2018

 

 



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