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PRE-EVENT PROGRAMME: Monday 25 January 2016


4:30pm - 6:00pm
Think Tank sponsored by ZAYO GROUP
ZAYO post IPO: Year One 
ZAYO will discuss the comparison of running a public company vs. running a private company. The session will cover the challenges and successes one year post IPO.

7:00pm - 9:00pm
Beer and Barbecue Evening sponsored by TIME WARNER CABLE BUSINESS CLASS

DAY ONE: Tuesday 26 January 2016

8:15am
Registration

9:15am
Networking breakfast sponsored by ZAYO GROUP

9:30am - 9:40am
Welcome address by the Chairman
Andrew Lipman, Partner, MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS

9:40am - 10:10am
Opening Keynote
Following last year’s “Dark Fiber and Towers: Batman vs. Superman” opening address, hear from ZAYO CEO Dan Caruso on bandwidth changes and predictions that will shake the market in 2016 and beyond.
Dan Caruso, Chairman and CEO, ZAYO GROUP

10:10am -11:00am
CEO Interviews: Identifying the steps to maintaining the competitive edge in the metro market
Revenue opportunities in VAS:
• What are the next steps to effectively monetizing the network?
• Where is the industry currently seeing the biggest areas of investment? Is it in technology of infrastructure?

Developments outside of the metro market:
• Is fiber-to-the-tower deployment going to be the next big thing?
• What are the opportunities for fiber expansion in suburban and rural areas?

Potential upcoming challenges:
• What effect will the increased involvement from cable companies have on the current metro ecosystem?

Moderator: Andrew Lipman, Partner, MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS
Dave Schaeffer
, Founder and CEO, COGENT COMMUNICATIONS
Bob Udell
, President and CEO, CONSOLIDATED COMMUNICATIONS 
Stephen Leeolou
, President and CEO, CONTERRA BROADBAND SERVICES 
Chris Morley
, President and COO of Srategic Business Segments, ZAYO GROUP

11:00am - 11:45am
Morning coffee and networking break sponsored by LIGHTPATH

11:45am - 12:00pm
Metro market financial analysis
Hear an in-depth valuation on the up and coming buyers and sellers and the most pressing economic trends that will affect the market for 2016.
Colby Synesael, Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst, COWEN & CO

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Still a buyer's market? - The latest in mergers and acquisitions
Bird’s-eye view of 2015’s M&A activity:
• What were the most surprising and influential deals?

Understanding the drivers behind the deals:
• How do you identify the right time to buy or sell?
• When is the M&A approach preferable over organic growth?

Addressing the rumour mill for 2016:
• Who are the predicted buyers and targets?
• As traditional fiber providers expand their service portfolio into data centers, cloud services and even security, what impact will
this have on smaller regional providers? What services can they provide?

Moderator: Colby Synesael, Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst, COWEN & CO
Scott Widham, CEO, ALPHEUS COMMUNICATIONS
James Henry
, Senior MD, BANKSTREET
Kenny Gunderman
, CEO and President, CSAL
Bjarni Thorvardarson
, CEO, HIBERNIA NETWORKS

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Networking Lunch


2:30pm- 3:30pm
The big impact of small cells - The next generation of wireless upgrades
Case studies:
• Who are the biggest small cell players and which regions are most active?
• What have been the most successful small cell backhaul strategies?
• What challenges need to be overcome when building in dense areas?

The long-term strategy:
• With only 300 macro towers in the US and 1 million towers predicted to become necessary in the next 5 years, how will the industry
accommodate for the demand?
• What are the long term implications of small cell technology? Does it pose a threat to the existing business model?

Moderator: Aaron Blazer, Senior Partner, ATLANTIC-ACM
Maria Browne, Partner, DAVIS WRIGHT TREMAINE 
Ron Mudry, CEO, TOWERCLOUD 
Ray La Chance, President and CEO, ZENFI NETWORKS

3:30pm-4:30pm
Afternoon and networking break

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Feeding the fiber demand
Ones to watch:
• Who are the next generation of fiber providers?

Dark vs Lit:
• What is the business case for lit fiber vs dark fiber?
• How will enterprises' increased interest in dark fiber rental impact the industry in the short term?

Strategies for implementation:
• How do fiber providers navigate the challenges of catering to different sized businesses, and balance price vs quality?
• Are there any key aggregation points outside of the established metro areas?

Moderator: Chad Crank, MD, STEPHENS INVESTMENT BANKING
Hunter Newby, Founder and CEO, ALLIED FIBER
Kevin Coyne
, CFO, FIBERLIGHT
Sunny Kumar, CCO, SUMMITIG
Judd Carothers, Co-Founder, USA FIBER

5:30pm - 7:00pm
Evening reception sponsored by USA FIBER

8:00pm – 11:00pm

DARK FIBER COMMUNITY SOCIAL sponsored by ALLIED FIBER/DARK FIBER
Join ALLIED FIBER for the Dark Fiber Community Social at Hyde Beach at the SLS Hotel, all Metro Connect delegates are invited to attend. Registration is required through this link. The DFC Social offers an excellent networking environment combining great music, food and drinks with industry colleagues and business partners. Transportation will be provided from the Eden Roc 


DAY TWO: Wednesday 27 January 2016


9:00am - 10:00am
Networking breakfast sponsored by CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS

9:35 - 9:45am
Welcome address by the Chairman

9:45am - 10:30am
Reinventing the role of the cable company: Making an impact in the fiber space
• Will MSO’s investment in increasingly sophisticated Ethernet offerings make them a more appealing choice to SMEs?
• Is content ownership imperative to maintaining a competitive edge in the fiber business of the future?
• Is there a glass ceiling for cable companies? Where will they look to for future investment opportunities?
• What regions are cable companies most active in?
Moderator: Jennifer Fritzsche, Managing Director, WELLS FARGO SECURITIES
Don Detampel, EVP, Technology and President, Commercial Services, CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS
Jeremy Bye, VP, COX COMMUNICATIONS
Thane Storck, Group VP, Carrier Services, TIME WARNER CABLE BUSINESS SERVICES 
Steven Cochran, President and CEO, WOW! BUSINESS 

10:30am - 11:45am
Morning coffee and networking break sponsored by SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC

11:45am - 12:45pm
Data center investment: The next step in portfolio expansion?
Will there be a convergence of fiber providers and data centers?
• Should fiber providers become more prominent players in the data center space? Or vice versa?
• How are fiber providers currently utilising their acquired data center assets?

The evolving impact of data centers:
• How will data centers increasing their purchase of fiber networks impact the current fiber ecosystem?
• With localised content being the next step to assuring quality of content delivery to the end-user, how are fiber providers utilising data
centers to achieve this?

Future of Value Added Services:
• How has the increase in cloud migration impacted the need for connectivity between data centers?
• Should fiber providers invest in dark fiber and position themselves as transport focused or become more enterprise orientated, and provide services such as cloud, security etc?

Moderator: Dave Burns, VP - Network Technology, QTS DATA CENTERS 
Randy Brouckman, CEO, EDGECONNEX 
Jack Lodge, President, GLOBAL CAPACITY  
Gil Santaliz
, Founder and Managing Member, NJFX
Mike Hagan,
VP of Sales, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC BANK STREET

12:45pm - 1:45pm
Networking lunch

1:45pm - 3:00pm

Data Center Summit: The intersection between Connectivity and Data Center infrastructure
Roundtable Discussion hosted by Bank Street & Schneider Electric 

Join Bank Street and Schneider Electric as they host a thoughtful and provocative round table discussion with some of the leading services operators in the Data Center ecosystem.

Participants will explore topics shaping our industry including:

The intersection between connectivity, bandwidth and providing data center infrastructure services
Service Providers continue to refine/differentiate their offerings to meet customer demands and differentiate themselves in the market. How do all the pieces fit together: Wholesale Colocation, Retail Colocation and Managed Services to the Cloud. Solving a puzzle that works for you.
Big Data, Content providers and the Internet of Things are driving the increased need for Edge Computing and Local Caching. Will this affect the trends for traditional megacentralized data centers?

Moderator: Richard Lukaj, Senior Managing Director, BANK STREET
Grant Van Rooyen
, President and CEO, COLOGIX
Anthony Rossabi, Managing Director, SVP, DIGITAL REALTY
Mike Hagan, VP of Sales, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC 
Chris Downie, Former CEO, TELX
Kevin Bostick, CFO, 365
Chris Morley, President and COO of Strategic Business Segments, ZAYO GROUP

Bring your questions and insights and plan to join the conversation

3:00pm
Close of Metro Connect USA 2016

 



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