Conference and Workshops programme

20 expert workshops, 19 conference panels sessions and 6 keynote speeches offering insights from leading policy makers, business leaders, technology experts and investors in the telecoms and digital communications sector

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“More than 150 'C' level executives, technology specialists, investors and policy makers will cover a wide range of FTTH-related topics and unveil exclusive data, such as the state of the market in Europe… plus much more!”

Vincent Garnier
Director General

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'Workshop' day at the FTTH Conference is an unmissable part of our event. A series of 20 expert workshops on a wide range of FTTH and other fibre enabled technology, regulatory and service subjects, organised by members of the FTTH Council Europe with the support of Board Members and our Committee chairs.  No need to book, simply access whichever workshops you are interested in.  

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  • 10.15-13.30
    Managing the talent pipeline in fibre
    Organised by: FTTH Council Women in Fibre Working Group
    Managing the talent pipeline in fibre

    23 May 2022 10.15-13.30 Workshop Room 6 - Ground Floor Session

    "This house believes that talent, in particular our female talent, must be proactively nurtured to support gender diversity in our industry.”  By actively attracting a gender-diverse talent pool and nurturing that talent through the infancy of their careers we can help to ensure that we are all creating healthy work environments that support the career growth and longevity of our employees. 

    Join the Women in Fibre working group as they reflect on the results of the 2021 survey and share ideas and best practices for promoting female talent from a grassroots level and developing mechanisms for ensuring the retention of talent in later career stages by addressing the stereotypes and assumptions faced by the female workforce. 

  • 10.15-13.30
    Streamlined Full-Fibre Deployments from Start to Finish
    Organised by: Plumettaz, Dura-Line, Prysmian, Marais, Bautechnik Solutions, & Sogetrel
    Streamlined Full-Fibre Deployments from Start to Finish

    23 May 2022 10.15-13.30 Workshop Room 2 - Ground Floor Session

    Building optical fibre networks is hard. It costs a lot of money, it takes a lot of time, and it causes a lot of disruption. Or at least that’s always been the case. 

    But things have changed.  Today, miniaturized optical infrastructure and innovative construction methods can reduce capex, accelerate time to market and lower the overall footprint of an installation.

    In this workshop you will learn about:
    •    Construction methods that require less labour and lower cost
    •    Conduit systems that ensure dig-free, permit-free future upgrades
    •    Blown fibre approaches that offer longer, faster cable installs
    •    Optical cable technologies that deliver unprecedented fibre density
    •    Real world success stories from pioneering civil contractors

    Join the panel of thought leaders and discover how to streamline full-fibre deployments from start to finish and achieve multiple kilometres per-day, with no compromise on network capacity or robustness. 

    OUR SPEAKERS: 

    • Vitor Gonçalves, Senior Business Development Manager, Plumettaz
    • Matthew Guinan, Global Application Marketing Manager, Dura-Line
    • Ralph Sutehall, Principal Installation & Applications Engineer, Prysmian
    • Thomas Caucigh, CEO, Bautechnik Solutions GmbH 
    • Thirion Remy, Manager of Study Services, Sogetrel 
    • Marilyne Cerdan, Operations Manager, Sogetrel 
  • 10.15-13.30
    Fiber Optic Trainings and Education in Europe
    Organised by: AFOR with support from FTTH Council Members
    Fiber Optic Trainings and Education in Europe

    23 May 2022 10.15-13.30 Workshop Room 7 - 1st Floor Session

    • 10.15 – 10.20: Introduction of workshop. Cornel Barbut, AFOR, Romania
    • 10.20 – 10.35: Physical Infrastructure Access UG & OH for FTTH . Martyn Cook – CTTS UK
    • 10.35 – 10.50: Why is training free of charge - Ian Gordon Fudge - Fiberdk Aps Denmark
    • 10.50 – 11.05: Deployment of fiber optic networks: a structured training offer, the need to anticipate the skills of tomorrow- Mathieu HUSSON – INNOVANCE, France
    • 11.05 – 11.20: First Fiber Training Center in Europe created by a Municipality in Croatia – Case study. Cornel Barbut – Vegacomp & Romanian Academy of Fiber Optic
    • 11.20 – 11.35: Internal Training Centers - when installers make the choice to have their own training centers Emeric Dont – Topo Consulting France
    • 11.35 – 11.50: Dura-Line: skills and support for success in fiber networks  - Thomas Hofmann – Duraline
    • 11.50 – 12.00: Fiber Optic Trainings – an Americas perspective - Steven Harris - SCTE US
    • 12.00 – 12.20: Q&A session for all
    • 12.20 – 12.40: coffee break + presentation of photos and videos from training in Europe
    • 12.40 – 13.25: Free discussions among the panelists and workshop participants about the Fiber Optic Trainings and Education in Europe
    • 13.25 – 13.30: Conclusions of workshop

    Speakers: 

    • Colin Sweeney, CTTS UK
    • Ian Gordon Fudge, Fiberdk Aps Denmark
    • Thomas Hofmann, Dura-Line
    • Mathieu Husson, Innovance, France
    • Cornel Barbut, AFOR
    • Emeric Dont, Topo Consulting France
  • 10.15-13.30
    Italy’s Broadband Deployment Status - network delivery challenges, processes implementation and choices made to deliver a gold standard network at scale.
    Organised by: Open Fiber, Viavi Solutions & Sterlite Technology
    Italy’s Broadband Deployment Status - network delivery challenges, processes implementation and choices made to deliver a gold standard network at scale.

    23 May 2022 10.15-13.30 Workshop Room 9 - 1st Floor Session

    In this workshop, we take a unique view into Italy’s developing nationwide Ultrabroadband (UBB) full fiber program. We will explore PON infrastructure and design criteria to suit local environment and conditions. 

    The workshop will discuss the process, operations, and field deployment challenges across network creation phases and how operators such as Open Fiber in Italy are using solutions, systems and automation to ensure a high-quality fault-free network during build and installs. 

    We will also outline how systemising the approach across lifecycles are also helping deliver lower-cost operation and maintenance of the in-life network. Optimising operations can be especially difficult in a neutral wholesale model environment that serves multiple ISPs Internet Service Providers). This Italy case study will take a pragmatic look at the decision criteria, processes, and approaches implemented across the passives and active infrastructure and how systems are helping automate and create a gold standard network.  

     

    Speakers: 

    • Patrick Faraj, Global PLM Centralized Test Solutions, VIAVI Solutions
    • Marco Nati, Network & Operations Technology Demand Planner, Open Fiber
    • Riccardo De Vita, Network Delivery and Assurance Process Specialist, Open Fiber
    • Matteo Villani, PLM Cables & Connectivity, Sterlite Technology
  • 10.15-13.30
    Connecting Rural Europe: What are industry actors doing to speed up fiber to the home builds?
    Organised by: Comsof, Commscope, Noegig & HCOB
    Connecting Rural Europe: What are industry actors doing to speed up fiber to the home builds?

    23 May 2022 10.15-13.30 Workshop Room 5 - Ground Floor Session

    Starting from a latest status update on rural FTTH deployments in Europe (based on the latest idate report and presented by Eric Joyce) we will look into different topological and technological options that are used across the Europe for deployment of fiber in rural areas, with a look at the pro’s and con’s of each (presented by Jose Luis Gonzalez on behalf of Commscope). We will then zoom in to the costs of a rural FTTH deployment in a concrete case of a real life rural area, to understand the impact of main choices on costs and the business case in general (by Gustav Janssens on behalf of Comsof). After a short break Gerrit Hecking from HCOB will take us through some more details on the view point of a private investor: what is important for them to say yes to an investment in FTTH in a rural area. For the end of the workshop we will turn our focus to 2 concrete rural FTTH projects in Austria – our host country for the conference. Petra Rodiga-Laßnig (for BIK) and Igor Brusic (for NöGig) will give insights on the choices they made, and the actual challenges and chances they discovered while creating a success story and reference project in rural Austria based on a Public-Private cooperation.

     

    • 10.15: welcome and intro by Jay Cadman (IQGeo)
    • 10.30: an overview of the status of rural FTTH deployments in Europe by Eric Joyce (Adtran and board member of the FTTH Council)
    • 10.50: the right topology and technology choices for both active and passive equipment in a rural network by José-Luis Gonzalez (Commscope)
    • 11.10: a concrete case study for a rural FTTH network: impact on cost and optimization of the business case by Gustav Janssens (Comsof)
    • 11.30: break
    • 12.00: Financing Fiber in rural areas through the lens of a private investor by Gerrit Hecking (Hamburg Commercial Bank and board member of the FTTH Council)
    • 12.20: Rural project in Austria (1): Challenges and chances of the Carinthian way by Petra Rodiga-Laßnig (Breitband Initiative Kärnten)
    • 12.40: Rural project in Austria (2):  Lessons learned from the perspective of a public infrastructure owner by Igor Brusic (nöGIG)
    • 13.00: panel session with all speakers for Q&A, moderator by Jay Cadman (IQGeo)
    • 13.25: Closing
  • 10.15-13.30
    Investment & Technologies for Wholesale & Open Access Networks
    Organised by: Nokia, Open Fiber, Eurofiber & Deutsche Glasfaser
    Investment & Technologies for Wholesale & Open Access Networks

    23 May 2022 10.15-13.30 Workshop Room 1 - Ground Floor Session

    Nowadays, wholesale and co-investment agreements accelerated, demonstrating the interest in shared and open access networks. The explosion in demand for connectivity shows no sign of slowing, and that makes for sustainable, low-risk, long-term investment opportunities. This workshop will explore the best practices of successful open access networks, business models and new technologies and approaches that enable a faster, smoother implementation.   
     
    Transforming digital infrastructure into return on investment is of utmost importance for those who step into the “Neutral Host” model.

    Session 1 :

    • Business Success with Wholesale & Open Access Networks. Hilary Mine – Nokia, VP Sales Strategy & Technology
    • Open Fiber Wholesale Only Model – a Success Story. Simone Bonannini – Open Fiber, Chief Commercial & Marketing Officer
    • Open Access Model across Countries.  Martijn Nuijten – Eurofiber, Director Strategy
    • Wholesale-only and Open Access in Germany – an Overview.  Christof Sommerberg – Deutsche Glasfaser, Head of Public Affairs
    • Panel Session – “Commercial Success of Open Access Fibre Networks”. Moderated by Florian Damas – Nokia, Head of Policy & Regulatory Affairs

    Session 2 :

    • Key Criteria of an Open Access Network – how to become a successful Wholesaler. Filip De Greve – Nokia, Fixed Networks Marketing Director
    • Deploying seamless Retail and Wholesale Multi-Gig Solutions. Pieter Vissenberg – Proximus, Head of Fiber Network
    • Building Neutral Host Digital Infrastructure. Paul Choiseul - American Tower, VP Fiber CTO EMEA & LATAM
    • Building Fibre Future in Africa. Sunil Piyarlall – Openserve RSA, Executive, Network Architecture & Modeling
    • Panel session - “How to overcome challenges in becoming a successful Wholesaler” Moderated by Stefaan Vanhastel - Nokia, CTO & Marketing Fixed Networks

     

  • 10.15-13.30
    Building ecosystems to deliver end-to-end integrated and automated solutions to operators
    Organised by: Setics, Keypro, PacketFront, Geomatikk UK & Vitruvi Software
    Building ecosystems to deliver end-to-end integrated and automated solutions to operators

    23 May 2022 10.15-13.30 Workshop Room 3 - Ground Floor Session

    This workshop will focus on identifying key elements of building a complete solution to serve the needs of operators. We will explain why an ecosystem of best-of-breed software and services could bring the best value by addressing the entire integration and optimization of end-to-end processes in the plan/design/build/operate space while focusing on the specific needs of each operator.

    Speakers: 

    • Alain Meller - Setics, Deputy CEO
    • Toni Paila - Keypro, Vice President International Markets
    • David Roberts-Lock - Geomatikk UK, GIS Services Manager
    • Timo Kuusela - PacketFront Software, VP Sales
    • Jake Woods - Vitruvi Software, Global Lead - Business Development
  • 10.15-13.30
    Trends, Practices and Lessons learned regarding different FTTx deployment models in EU and further experiences around the world.
    Organised by: TCS, GE Digital, Comsof, UPP & Deutsche Telecom
    Trends, Practices and Lessons learned regarding different FTTx deployment models in EU and further experiences around the world.

    23 May 2022 10.15-13.30 Workshop Room 4 - Ground Floor Session

    Based on the FTTH Handbook workflow (Plan, design, build and operate) this workshop will discuss Trends, Practices and Lessons learned regarding different FTTx *deployment models around the world and will aim to highlight the many different operating models for FTTX plan, design and build and explain how to make the right choices to speed up deployments, increase first-time rights and avoid unexpected future costs or limitations. And how to set up efficient processes and governance.

    Speakers: 

    • Kelly Fournier, Comsof
    • James Wheatley & Colin Waterworth, GE Digital
    • Piet den Ouden & Abhishek Mishra, TCS
    • Alex Marshall, UPP
    • TBC, Deutsche Telecom
  • 10.15-13.30
    Take-up-rates in rural areas – a self-fulfilling prophecy?
    Organised by: HCOB, Bird & Bird & Deutsche Giganetz
    Take-up-rates in rural areas – a self-fulfilling prophecy?

    23 May 2022 10.15-13.30 Workshop Room 8 - 1st Floor Session

  • 13.30-14.30
    Lunch Break & Networking
    Lunch Break & Networking

    23 May 2022 13.30-14.30 Break

  • 14.30-17.45
    Upgrading the FTTH network - key considerations
    Organised by: FTTH Council Europe D&O Committee
    Upgrading the FTTH network - key considerations

    23 May 2022 14.30-17.45 Workshop Room 5 - Ground Floor Session

    The past decade has seen huge investment in FTTH networks throughout the world and Europe is no exception with more than 200 million homes in Europe now able to access FTTH services. In addition, the demands placed on these networks are constantly changing and increasing. As a result, network operators must regularly question if their networks are still fit for purpose to deliver what customers want and if they are still competitive. One of the key questions that must be explored is whether the network needs to be upgraded in any way in order to deliver enhanced performance. Any decision to upgrade will require additional capital investment and so cannot be taken lightly.
    This workshop will explore the questions around upgrading FTTH networks in detail and will include speakers from network operators who are faced with these questions today. Some of the key issues to be explored will be:


    •    When is an upgrade required?
    •    What are the options and what are their benefits/downsides?
    •    How future-proof will the upgrade be?
    •    Passive layer upgrade options  

    Speakers: 

    • Franck Chevalier – Anlaysys Mason               
    • Lars Riegel – Arthur D Little                    
    • Ana Pesovic – Nokia                                    
    • Ronan Kelly – Adtran                                  
    • Trevor Linney – Openreach                       
    • Jeremy Chelot – Netomnia                       
    • Alex French- Siro                                         

     

     

  • 14.30-17.45
    In-home Broadband Excellence: A new world to discover
    Organised by: FTTH Council In-home Broadband Excellence Committee
    In-home Broadband Excellence: A new world to discover

    23 May 2022 14.30-17.45 Workshop Room 4 - Ground Floor Session

    The In-home Broadband Excellence (IBE) committee has been active since last year. Its objective is to assist Communication Service Providers (CSPs) in avoiding churn and creating revenue opportunities by means of enhanced user experience inside the home. This workshop will introduce how IBE will change the world and bring together both technology and business aspects of IBE. The relevance of standards, and in particular those of the Broadband Forum will be discussed, and we will mark the release of the first edition of the IBE handbook. The workshop concludes with a panel discussion on IBE and a look at what we can expect in the future.

     

    Speakers: 

    • Maarten Egmond, CTO Genexis 
    • Thomas Martin, Calix
    • Carlos Castaneda, Detecon
    • Laszlo Gyalog, Nokia 
    • Christof Sommerberg, Deutsche Glasfaser
    • Craig Thomas, Broadband Forum
       
  • 14.30-17.45
    Sustainable by Design
    Organised by: FTTH Council Sustainability Working Group
    Sustainable by Design

    23 May 2022 14.30-17.45 Workshop Room 8 - 1st Floor Session

    We will discuss the need for regulation and standardization in order for the sector to focus on emission reduction even more and in a structured way. Can the sector impose self-regulation, for example, based on the adoption of certain sustainable product design principles (e.g. EDP), or do policymakers need to intervene and force quick and tangible action from the sector?
    Can we learn from other sectors that have implemented standardization/self-regulation that works? 

    Norian Wasch, Group Director Procurement - Eurofiber

    Martijn Rooijakkers, Senior Commercial Product Manager - Genexis

    Akim Bohdanowicz, Product Line Manager - Nokia

    Paolo Bertoldi, Senior Expert - European Commission

    Jean-Michel Rossignol, Head of Environment Group - Legrand

    Roland  Montagne, Principle Analyst - FTTH IDATE

    Alban Eraclas, Director CSR - Acome

    Axel  Schalt, Principal ESG Analyst - Adtran

     

  • 14.30-17.45
    A Focus on Fibre in Austria
    Organised by FTTH Council Market Intelligence Committee
    A Focus on Fibre in Austria

    23 May 2022 14.30-17.45 Workshop Room 1 - Ground Floor Session

    Our Workshop will take a clear look at the current and future state of FTTH in the host country, Austria.  With our Panel consisting of large-scale Tier 1 operators, alongside representatives of the alternative network provider, regulatory and investment community, we will examine the progress to date and understand the opportunities and challenges in front of us to meet the goals set out for Europe's Digital Decade.

     

    Speakers & Moderators

    Eric Joyce - Chair, Market Intelligence Committee, FTTH Council Europe

    Florian Schnurer, Managing Director, Verband Alternativer Telekom

    Martin Wachutka, Vice President Open Fibre Austria

    Kurt Schlager, Head Access Networks, A1 Austria

    Johannes Pressl, Mayor and Speaker, Telecommunication in the Community Association Austria

    Dr. Martin Lukanowicz, Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (RTR)

    Giovanni Della Pesca, Senior Vice President at Macquarie Capital                             

  • 14.30-17.45
    Investors Committee: changing investor preferences – survey results and expert discussion
    Organised by FTTH Council Europe's Investors Committee
    Investors Committee: changing investor preferences – survey results and expert discussion

    23 May 2022 14.30-17.45 Workshop Room 9 - 1st Floor Session

    Introduction: survey results on investor preferences

    First discussion round: learnings from past business cases.

    Network break

    Second discussion round: driving technology

    Third discussion round: new investment models

    Wrap up and conclusion

  • 14.30-17.45
    “Governmental Day” Workshop
    Organised by: atene KOM & FTTH Council Europe Policy & Regulatory Committee
    “Governmental Day” Workshop

    23 May 2022 14.30-17.45 Workshop Room 6 - Ground Floor Session

    The “Governmental Day” Workshop is an initiative that provides an interactive platform for broadband stakeholders in the EU. The overall focus of the 2022 edition will be on:

    • Part 1. Policy update by the European Commission,
    • Part 2. Showcasing best practice projects and trends from Europe on fostering the development of fibre networks, digital resilience and enhancing the uptake of digital services,
    • coffee & Quiz
    • Part 3. Driving take-up and usage - Integrated digital Transformation of Smart Regions

    The workshop will update stakeholders about the recent developments and future plans of the EU Commission and the Member States, demonstrate successful approaches and projects as well as facilitate the exchange among the broadband community. It will provide a mix of keynotes, interactive elements as well as good practices to stimulate innovation and engagement of key stakeholders from the EU Member States and to facilitate a transfer of knowledge and ideas towards creating a European Gigabit Society.

    Our Speakers: 

    1. Tony Shortall, Director, Telage

    2. Gerasimos Sofianatos, Deputy-Head of Unit B5 “Investment in High-Capacity Networks”, DG CONNECT (Communications Networks, Content and Technology), European Commission

    3. Viktor Milosevic, Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung, "Broadband Deployment Project Sankt Nikolai im Sausal", Austria

    4. Fergal Mulligan, Programme Director, Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, "Broadband Connection Points (BCPs) - National Broadband Plan for Ireland"

    5. Laurent Rochette, Managing Director of Seine-et-Yvelines Numérique, "High speed broadband for all in Yvelines", France

    6. Alanus von Radecki, CEO of DKSR (Daten-Kompetenz für Städte und Regionen)

    7. Peyman Khodabakhsh, Head of Smart Regions, atene KOM

    8. Darijus Valiucko, Senior Project Manager, atene KOM

    9.Eglė Misienė, Head of Legal and Corporate Affairs, PE „Broadband Internet“, Lithuania

  • 14.30-17.45
    Accelerate your fiber built with quality - a hands on workshop
    Organised by: EXFO, Hexatronic, Deepomatic and Sumitomo
    Accelerate your fiber built with quality - a hands on workshop

    23 May 2022 14.30-17.45 Workshop Room 3 - Ground Floor Session

    One might think that the acceleration of FTTH fiber rollout would be accompanied by lower network quality due to the shortage of labour and skilled workers. However, these two components are not mutually exclusive and can work hand in hand. The key to success is automation and doing things right the first time with the correct tools. 
    This workshop will give you practical hands-on experience to make your ongoing FTTH rollout a success. We will cover the full FTTH network construction, though focus on the Last mile and in-house cabling, since here most problems occur.
    You will receive valuable applicable knowledge on how to blow and install a fiber without delays in a high-quality way. You will first-hand do splices and learn how to best handle fibers. Finally, you will validate and qualify your work with different measurement tools and get insights into the different automation approaches, which will further speed up your deployment.

    This workshop is both aimed at Operators as well as Contractors, who want to build an FTTH network as fast and efficient as possible, while maintaining a high-quality network and getting ahead of the competition.

     

    Speakers: 

    • Christian Till, EXFO
    • Michael Zartenar, EXFO
    • Gwenola Hayden, Sumitomo Electric
    • Mark Nightingale, Hexatronic
    • Ralf Winterling, Hexatronic
    • Alexandre Iorga, Deepomatic
  • 14.30-17.45
    Innovations that drive ROI for Fibre Network Operators
    Organised by: Adtran, Corning, Plume and Maxlinear
    Innovations that drive ROI for Fibre Network Operators

    23 May 2022 14.30-17.45 Workshop Room 2 - Ground Floor Session

    From the Fibre in the ground, speed of deployment, through the active network to the phones and tablets in our hands, we take a look at some of the latest areas where innovation is allowing network operators to increase their return on investment versus deploying traditional solutions on new fibre networks.

    Our workshop takes 4 FTTH experts, looking at the fibre deployment technologies and how we can unlock the value in the access network while also identifying the key-ways a network operator can streamline and solve issues with high speed broadband delivery in the home thereby redefining the whole customer experience, while providing new opportunities for revenue

    We will be inviting operators from different European countries to share their experience and what strategies they have implemented to deliver a successful ROI

    Speakers: 

    • Katia Safonova – Market Development Manager, Corning
    • Barbara Tonarelli – Senior Sales Engineer, Adtran
    • Stefan van den Broek, VP of Customer Success, Plume
    • Feka Samakuva, Netomnia
    • Carlos Bock – Chairman of several fibre companies: F&W Networks (UK), Digital Infrastructure (UK), FibraLink (Spain)
    • Matthias Kindler – Maxlinear
  • 14.30-17.45
    Deploying fibre in historical towns: technical experiences and regulatory implications
    Organised by: Isiline, Prysmian & Vermeer
    Deploying fibre in historical towns: technical experiences and regulatory implications

    23 May 2022 14.30-17.45 Workshop Room 7 - 1st Floor Session

    This workshop will discuss policy and technical issues concerning the deployment of fiber in complex environments, such as historical towns, starting from a case study of the Isiline FTTH network in the Piedmont region of Italy. Isiline has built a network that reaches more than 100,000 units in 50 municipalities. The network has been built in towns and villages that feature some very old streets and buildings. Starting from the experience gained by Isiline in the Piedmont region, the workshop will, inter alia, discuss how to overcame the challenges presented by historical streets and buildings and how it can be possible to leverage existing infrastructures, such as for instance the “district heating” right of way to build a state-of-the-art FTTH network. The workshop will focus on all aspects of such projects from initial concept and high level design through to construction and day-to-day operations.  Regulatory and competition implications, also with respect to state aids, will be also examined.

     

    Speakers: 

    • Ivan Botta, CEO, Isiline
    • Innocenzo Genna, Genna Cabinet Sprl
    • Adrian Amezcua, Prysmian
    • Rik Missault, Fiberklaar
    • Björn Van de Weghe, Vermeer
    • Luca Serale, Cuneo Town

    • Michele Pianetta , ANCI Piedmont

  • 14.30-17.45
    Would OpenRAN pave the way for new x-haul operator?
    Organised by: Acome, Setics, Viavi & supported by CREDO
    Would OpenRAN pave the way for new x-haul operator?

    23 May 2022 14.30-17.45 Workshop Room 10 - 1st Floor Session

    Fibre is definitely the preferred solution for 5G base stations connection. With the development of OpenRAN, the segmentation Fronthaul / Midhaul / Backhaul becomes always more relevant.

    Investments in fibre networks will be so important that commercial operators might be willing to transfer part of their CAPEX investment into OPEX.

    Until now TowerCo were only interested in the management of sites and were not involved in the network vision. Today, some enlarge their scope and become with the backhauling management. Furthermore, fibre infrastructure wholesalers expect a lot from the opportunity to address the mobile market.    

    Speakers: 

    Mrs. Houria BOUAKAZ - CORNING
    Mr. Samuel BUREAU - VIAVI
    Mr. Philippe CHANCLOU - ORANGE
    Mr. John CASSIDY - CIENA
    Mr. Vincent ROGER-MACHART  - CREDO
    Mr. Ludovic YBERT - ACOME

The annual FTTH Conference is a unique event, bringing together 'C' level representatives, technical and regulatory experts from FTTH Council Europe member and non-member companies plus senior government and industry representatives, technology specialists, engineers, policy makers, regulators and investors to discuss and debate all aspects of FTTH and other fiber enabled technologies and services, and the benefit they bring to society. There is no other conference quite like it.

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  • 9:30-09:45
    Welcome from the FTTH Council Europe's President
    Council's vision and key positions
    Welcome from the FTTH Council Europe's President

    24 May 2022 9:30-09:45 Conference Room 1 Keynote

    As president of the FTTH Council Europe, Eric Festraets will share his analysis of the FTTH state of play and future trends. He will position the FTTH Conference 2022 within the context of FTTH Council Europe's mission and actions.

    Eric Festraets
    Strategic Marketing Director Fixed Networks at Nokia | President, FTTH Council Europe
  • 9:45-10:00
    Keynote Speech 1 - Roberto Viola, Director General of DG Connect at EU Commission
    Europe fit for the Digital Age
    Keynote Speech 1 - Roberto Viola, Director General of DG Connect at EU Commission

    24 May 2022 9:45-10:00 Conference Room 1 Keynote

    Roberto Viola
    Director General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT) | European Commission
  • 10:00-10:15
    Keynote Speech 2 - Annemarie Sipkes, BEREC Chair 2022
    BEREC’s activities and priorities for the European digital sector
    Keynote Speech 2 - Annemarie Sipkes, BEREC Chair 2022

    24 May 2022 10:00-10:15 Conference Room 1 Keynote

    BEREC’s activities and priorities for the European digital sector

    Annemarie Sipkes
    BEREC Chair 2022 | BEREC
  • 10:15-10:25
    Keynote speech 3 - Mr. Florian Tursky MSc. MBA, State of Secretary in the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance
    Austrian digital strategy and FTTH roll out plans
    Keynote speech 3 - Mr. Florian Tursky MSc. MBA, State of Secretary in the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance

    24 May 2022 10:15-10:25 Conference Room 1 Keynote

    Austrian digital strategy and FTTH roll out plans

    Mr. Florian Tursky MSc. MBA
    State of Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Finance | Republic of Austria
  • 10:25-10:40
    Keynote Speech 4 - Rupert Wood, Research Director at Analysys Mason
    Fibre-enabled technologies and latest trends
    Keynote Speech 4 - Rupert Wood, Research Director at Analysys Mason

    24 May 2022 10:25-10:40 Conference Room 1 Keynote

    Fibre-enabled technologies and latest trends

    Rupert Wood
    Research Director | Analysys Mason
  • 10:40-11:10
    Coffee break
    Coffee break

    24 May 2022 10:40-11:10 Break

  • 11:10-11:25
    Keynote speech 5 - Andrii Nabok, Head of Fixed Broadband Unit at the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine
    Fibre optic networks deployment in Ukraine: before and during the war
    Keynote speech 5 - Andrii Nabok, Head of Fixed Broadband Unit at the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine

    24 May 2022 11:10-11:25 Conference Room 1 Keynote

    Fibre optic networks deployment in Ukraine: before and during the war

    Andrii Nabok
    Head of Fixed Broadband Unit | Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine
  • 11:25-11:40
    Keynote speech 6 - Yurii Kurmaz, CEO at JSC Ukrtelecom
    The voice of Ukraine
    Keynote speech 6 - Yurii Kurmaz, CEO at JSC Ukrtelecom

    24 May 2022 11:25-11:40 Conference Room 1 Keynote

    The voice of Ukraine

    Yurii Kurmaz
    CEO | JSC Ukrtelecom
  • 11:40-11:45
    Keynote speech 7 - Reinhard Heiserer, CEO of Jugend Eine Welt
    Our commitment to support the victims of the war in Ukraine
    Keynote speech 7 - Reinhard Heiserer, CEO of Jugend Eine Welt

    24 May 2022 11:40-11:45 Conference Room 1 Keynote

    Jugend Eine Welt's commitment to support the victims of the military conflict in Ukraine. Click here to learn more about the partnership between the FTTH Counci Europe and the Austrian NGO in providing humanitarian aid to the victims of the war in Ukraine

    Reinhard Heiserer
    CEO | Jugend Eine Welt
  • 11:45-12:00
    FTTH awards ceremony
    FTTH awards ceremony

    24 May 2022 11:45-12:00 Conference Room 1 Break

  • 12:00-13:15
    Panel 1 - Opening Panel
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    Panel 1 - Opening Panel

    24 May 2022 12:00-13:15 Conference Room 1 Session

    Overview of key opportunities and challenges for the development of Very-High Capacity Networks in Europe

    Vincent Garnier
    Director General | FTTH Council Europe Team
    Alex Goldblum
    CEO | Eurofiber
    Marta Wojciechowska
    CEO | Fiberhost
    Nicolas Jaeger
    Delegate CEO Executive Finance | iliad Group
    Thomas Arnoldner
    CEO | A1 Telekom Austria Group
    Thorsten Dirks
    CEO | Deutsche Glasfaser
  • 13:15-14:45
    Lunch break
    Lunch break

    24 May 2022 13:15-14:45 Break

  • 14:45-16:00
    Panel 2 - Policy & Regulation
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    Panel 2 - Policy & Regulation

    24 May 2022 14:45-16:00 Conference Room 1 Session

    The European Commission's proposal for a decision establishing the 2030 Policy Programme "Path to the Digital Decade" spells out very clear targets for Europe’s digital transformation by 2030. Speakers will discuss the main opportunities and challenges to reach these targets with a special focus on connectivity. The discussion points will be refined closer to the event depending on the European Institutions’ legislative activities.

    Philippe Defraigne
    Director | Cullen International
    Annemarie Sipkes
    BEREC Chair 2022 | BEREC
    Clive Carter
    Director of Regulatory Affairs | BT Group
    José Antonio Vázquez Blanco
    CEO | Onivia
    Pascal Rogard
    Executive Director Orange Brussel’s Office | Orange
    Rita Wezenbeek
    Director Connectivity | DG CONNECT – European Commission
  • 14:45-16:00
    Panel 3 - Market Panorama & Global Ranking
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    Panel 3 - Market Panorama & Global Ranking

    24 May 2022 14:45-16:00 Conference Room 2 Session

    Synthetic presentation of our market reports at Sept 2021: Panorama, Rural, Forecasts and Global Panorama and reactions from experts of other regions

    Eric Joyce
    Business Development Manager EMEA at Adtran | Board Member, FTTH Council Europe
    Abdulrahman Al Humaidan
    Senior Director Fixed Access Network | Etisalat
    Anne Chitan
    Partner | CMS
    Lars Riegel
    Partner Digital Transformation | Arthur D. Little Austria GmbH
    Roland Montagne
    Principal Analyst Broadband & FTTx, Director Networks & Smart Territories Business Unit | IDATE DigiWorld
  • 14:45-16:00
    Panel 4 - CTO panel
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    Panel 4 - CTO panel

    24 May 2022 14:45-16:00 Conference Room 3 Session

    Chief Technology Officers from leading operators will discuss the latest trends impacting FTTH roll out . This will include: Fixed Mobile Convergence, Evolution to NG PON (XGS PON on – 25G 50G 100G to come), Complementarity/competition of FWA satellite, copper cable, Serving Enterprises and Mobile Operators

    Eric Festraets
    Strategic Marketing Director Fixed Networks at Nokia | President, FTTH Council Europe
    Gilles Bourdon
    Group Vice President Wireline Networks and Infrastructure | Orange
    Joost Steltenpool
    EVP FTTH Rollout | KPN
    Suzanne Tracy
    CTO | SIRO
    Trevor Linney
    Director, Network Technology | Openreach
    Yusuf Kıraç
    CTO | Türk Telekom
  • 16:00-16:30
    Coffee break
    Coffee break

    24 May 2022 16:00-16:30 Break

  • 16:00-16:30
    Coffee break
    Coffee break

    24 May 2022 16:00-16:30 Break

  • 16:00-16:30
    Coffee break
    Coffee break

    24 May 2022 16:00-16:30 Break

  • 16:30-17:45
    Panel 5 - Investors panel
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    Panel 5 - Investors panel

    24 May 2022 16:30-17:45 Conference Room 1 Session

    The FTTH European market has seen a surge of private investment which has transformed the industry. At the same time, public policies are also funding FTTH roll out, with a focus on low density areas. This panel will discuss the latest evolutions of public and private investment strategies and their impact on our industry

    Jakob Bluestone
    Head of European Telecoms Equity Research | Crédit Suisse
    Andreas Waber
    CEO | Swiss Fibre Net AG
    Christoph Holzer
    Managing Director and Co-Head Infrastructure Direct Investments Munich | Allianz Capital Partners
    Gabriele Mandurino
    Chief Financial Officer | FiberCop
    Inka Klinger
    Head of Project Finance | Hamburg Commercial Bank
    Jeroen Kleinjan
    Managing Director I Global Lead Telecom I Head of TMT & Healthcare | ING Wholesale Banking
  • 16:30-17:45
    Panel 6 - Austria & Eastern Europe FTTH Market
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    Panel 6 - Austria & Eastern Europe FTTH Market

    24 May 2022 16:30-17:45 Conference Room 2 Session

    Austria is an historical bridge between Western and Eastern Europe, this panel will explore the different FTTH dynamics of Central and Eastern European countries

    Vincent Garnier
    Director General | FTTH Council Europe Team
    Alexander Stock
    CTO | A1 Telekom Austria Group
    Alexandra Reich
    Executive Chairwoman | Speed Connect Austria
    Dr. Klaus M. Steinmaurer
    Executive Director Telecommunication and Postal Services | RTR
    Jacek Wiśniewski
    President of the Management Board | NEXERA
    Petar Dimov
    Director Fixed Access Network Planning & Operations | VIVACOM - United Group
  • 16:30-17:45
    Panel 7 - Fibre at the core of Broadband Operators Strategies
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    Panel 7 - Fibre at the core of Broadband Operators Strategies

    24 May 2022 16:30-17:45 Conference Room 3 Session

    Cable operators have evolved to become service providers offering fixed and mobile solutions and more . Fiber is at the core of their networks  and is an essential element in their development plans . This panel will be the opportunity for senior representatives of these operators to explain the important role taken by Fibre  in their technology mix and to share how they see the evolution of their models.

    Su Guaglianone
    Senior Marketing Director EMEA at CommScope | Board Member, FTTH Council Europe
    Dietmar Pöltl
    CTO | Tele Columbus Group
    Gerhard Haidvogel
    Managing Director, CTO | Kabelplus GmbH
    Ionut Voinea
    Senior Director Fixed Access | Sunrise UPC
    Stijn Eulaerts
    VP Product Connectivity | Telenet
    Volker Libovsky
    Chief Technology & Information Officer | Magenta
  • 17:45-18:30
    Cocktail reception
    Cocktail reception

    24 May 2022 17:45-18:30 Break

  • 17:45-18:30
    Cocktail reception
    Cocktail reception

    24 May 2022 17:45-18:30 Break

  • 17:45-18:30
    Cocktail reception
    Cocktail reception

    24 May 2022 17:45-18:30 Break

  • 19:00-midnight CET
    Fibration night
    Fibration night

    24 May 2022 19:00-midnight CET Break

  • 19:00-midnight CET
    Fibration night
    Fibration night

    24 May 2022 19:00-midnight CET Break

  • 19:00-midnight CET
    Fibration night
    Fibration night

    24 May 2022 19:00-midnight CET Break

The annual FTTH Conference is a unique event, bringing together 'C' level representatives, technical and regulatory experts from FTTH Council Europe member and non-member companies plus senior government and industry representatives, technology specialists, engineers, policy makers, regulators and investors to discuss and debate all aspects of FTTH and other fiber enabled technologies and services, and the benefit they bring to society. There is no other conference quite like it.

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  • 9:15-10:30
    Panel 8 - Sustainability action plans in the FTTH industry
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    Panel 8 - Sustainability action plans in the FTTH industry

    25 May 2022 9:15-10:30 Conference Room 1 Session

    How the FTTH value chain is developing measurable action plans to reduce its carbon footprint. Is sustainability having a sit in Board rooms?

    Philippe Defraigne
    Director | Cullen International
    Clayton Nash
    Strategy Director | CityFibre
    Jens Müller
    CFO | Deutsche Glasfaser
    Marie Lamoureux
    Director Regulatory and Public Affairs | Altitude Infrastructure
    Philippe Vanhille
    Chairman of the Europacable Telecoms Board | Europacable
    Veronica Thunholm
    CEO | Stokab
  • 9:15-10:30
    Panel 9 - German FTTH rollout
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    Panel 9 - German FTTH rollout

    25 May 2022 9:15-10:30 Conference Room 2 Session

    More than 30 million German Households are still to be connected to full fibre networks. To meet our forecasts, the Country would have to build close to 5 million FTTH lines per year during the next 5 years. What will it take to achieve this?

    Ilsa Godlovitch
    Director, Brussels | WIK-Consult
    Christof Sommerberg
    Senior Vice President Public Affairs at Deutsche Glasfaser Holding GmbH | Board Member
    Franz von Abendroth
    CFO | Lünecom
    Marcus Isermann
    Vice President, Public Affairs Regulation and Federal States | Deutsche Telekom AG
    Steffen Leiwesmeier
    Head of Strategic Treasury | Deutsche GigaNetz GmbH
    Wolfram Rinner
    Managing Director of GasLINE and Board Member of BREKO | GasLINE, BREKO
  • 9:15-10:30
    Panel 10 - Voices of Industry 1
    Industry and technology trends, vision and innovation for Fibre business success
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    Panel 10 - Voices of Industry 1
    Industry and technology trends, vision and innovation for Fibre business success

    25 May 2022 9:15-10:30 Conference Room 3 Session

    Experts speakers representing the European fibre supply chain take stock of the industry and technology trends, discussing vision and innovation for Fibre business success

    Björn Capens
    Vice President Europe, Fixed Networks | NOKIA
    Kevin Liu
    Senior VP, Sales and Channel | Huawei
    Rahul Puri
    Business Head of Europe | STL
    Ronan Kelly
    CTO EMEA & APAC | ADTRAN
  • 9:15-10:30
    Panel 17 - Voices of Industry 4
    How changing industry dynamics and investment are creating new market opportunities for Fibre
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    Panel 17 - Voices of Industry 4
    How changing industry dynamics and investment are creating new market opportunities for Fibre

    25 May 2022 9:15-10:30 Conference Room 4 Session

    Experts speakers representing the European fibre supply will discuss how the changing industry dynamics and investments are creating new market opportunities for fibre

    Tom Bambury
    Director, Business Development, Fujikura Europe Limited | Fujikura
    Johannes Pruchnow
    Managing Director, Gabocom | HellermannTyton
    Matjaž Pogačnik
    Strategy Consultant | Iskratel
    Peter Hajdu
    President | Dura-Line
    Randall René
    Industry Solutions Specialist – Telecommunications and Cable | ESRI
  • 10:30-11:00
    Coffee break
    Coffee break

    25 May 2022 10:30-11:00 Break

  • 10:30-11:00
    Coffee break
    Coffee break

    25 May 2022 10:30-11:00 Break

  • 10:30-11:00
    Coffee break
    Coffee break

    25 May 2022 10:30-11:00 Break

  • 10:30-11:00
    Coffee break
    Coffee break

    25 May 2022 10:30-11:00 Break

  • 11:00-12:15
    Panel 11 - Growing talents in Fibre
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    Panel 11 - Growing talents in Fibre

    25 May 2022 11:00-12:15 Conference Room 1 Session

    Attracting and growing talents is central for all companies involved in Telecom. As Fibre development is now booming in Europe, this becomes an even more critical challenge. We will discuss how these questions can be addressed while ensuring diversity and inclusion

    Eusebi Llensa
    CEO | Outvise
    Ivan Rebernik
    Director of Human Resources, Organization and Facility | Open Fiber
    Marta Wojciechowska
    CEO | Fiberhost
    Mikael Sandberg
    Executive Chairman | VX Fiber
    Philippe Lamazou
    Chief Executive Officer | Circet
  • 11:00-12:15
    Panel 12 - UK FTTH rollout
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    Panel 12 - UK FTTH rollout

    25 May 2022 11:00-12:15 Conference Room 2 Session

    The UK is now moving fast to achieve ambitious FTTH rollout goals. We will present a synthesis of the state of FTTH in the UK and discuss market drivers and roadblocks with senior representatives from key industry players

    Gita Sorensen
    Founder Director | GOS Consulting
    Gareth Williams
    Chief Executive Officer | Gigaclear plc
    Giorgio Iovino
    CEO | brsk
    Greg Mesch
    CEO | CityFibre
    Izzet Güney
    Managing Director | Cube Infrastructure Managers | Head of CEBF Team
    Lindsey Fussell
    Group Director for Networks and Communications | Ofcom
  • 11:00-12:15
    Panel 13 - Voices of Industry 2
    Evolution in Broadband Networks - delivering scalability, affordability and reliability
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    Panel 13 - Voices of Industry 2
    Evolution in Broadband Networks - delivering scalability, affordability and reliability

    25 May 2022 11:00-12:15 Conference Room 3 Session

    Experts speakers representing the European fibre supply chain take stock of the evolution in broadband networks, discussing how to deliver scalability, affordability and reliability

    Jan Schindler
    Market Intelligence & Business Development at Prysmian Group | Board Member
    Andrew Bender
    Chief Technology Officer | DZS
    Dave Keane-Mirajkar
    RVP Solution Architecture, Broadband Network | CommScope
    Hans Neff
    CTO Group Director | ZTE
    Hans-Joerg Kolbe
    Head of Strategic Market Development (SDPON) | Radisys
  • 11:00-12:15
    Panel 18 - Voices of Industry 5
    The importance of smart cities & homes as fibre roll-out and take-up gathers pace
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    Panel 18 - Voices of Industry 5
    The importance of smart cities & homes as fibre roll-out and take-up gathers pace

    25 May 2022 11:00-12:15 Conference Room 4 Session

    Experts speakers representing the European fibre supply chain take stock of the future of FTTH technologies

    Adam Hotchkiss
    Vice President of Customer Solutions | Plume
    Gerlas van den Hoven
    CEO | Genexis
    KommR Karl Bauer
    CEO | NBG Holding GmbH
    Peter Lo Curzio
    Deputy CTO | Hexatronic
  • 12:15-13:45
    Lunch break
    Lunch break

    25 May 2022 12:15-13:45 Break

  • 12:15-13:45
    Lunch break
    Lunch break

    25 May 2022 12:15-13:45 Break

  • 12:15-13:45
    Lunch break
    Lunch break

    25 May 2022 12:15-13:45 Break

  • 12:15-13:45
    Lunch break
    Lunch break

    25 May 2022 12:15-13:45 Break

  • 13:45-15:00
    Panel 14 - Operator Strategies for Data Centres
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    Panel 14 - Operator Strategies for Data Centres

    25 May 2022 13:45-15:00 Conference Room 1 Session

    Data Centres are the core of Fibre networks. As traditional mobile and fixed telecom networks virtualise their applications, as local and edge data centres develop to complete hyperscale infrastructures, this panel will discuss the position of Data Centres in Communication Service Providers’ strategies

    Harald Wium Lie
    Partner | Analysys Mason
    Adela Caushi
    Head of IT & Cloud | A1 Telekom Austria Group
    Bjorn Ronning
    CEO | Norwegian Data Center Industry
    Daniel Danon
    Managing Director Eurofiber Cloud Infra | Eurofiber
    Oliver Bradley
    Managing Director | Macquarie Capital
    Philippe Le Grand
    President | InfraNum
  • 13:45-15:00
    Panel 15 - Italy FTTH rollout
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    Panel 15 - Italy FTTH rollout

    25 May 2022 13:45-15:00 Conference Room 2 Session

    Zoom on FTTH Italian market, the third largest potential market for FTTH Development in Western Europe. Main market players will discuss how Italy can best catch up with leading countries in term of FTTH coverage and adoption

    Philippe Defraigne
    Director | Cullen International
    Benedetto Levi
    CEO | iliad Italia
    Carlo Filangieri
    Chief Executive Officer | FiberCop
    Ivan Botta
    CEO | ISILine
    Luigi Gambardella
    Head of European Affairs | Open Fiber
  • 13:45-15:00
    Panel 16 - Voices of Industry 3
    Network planning, design & architecture for efficiency, performance and flexibility
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    Panel 16 - Voices of Industry 3
    Network planning, design & architecture for efficiency, performance and flexibility

    25 May 2022 13:45-15:00 Conference Room 3 Session

    Experts speakers representing the European fibre supply chain take stock of network planning, design & architecture for efficiency, performance and flexibility

    Raf Meersman
    Chief Executive Officer at Comsof | Board Member
    Antonio Castano
    Director, Market Development CN EMEA | Corning
    Colin Kirkpatrick
    Solutions Director | Emtelle
    Erik van den Oever
    Commercial Director Telecom Benelux | Prysmian Group
    Tom Bambury
    Director, Business Development, Fujikura Europe Limited | Fujikura
  • 13:45-15:00
    Panel 19 - The business of the in-home network: More flexibility or keep it simple?
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    Panel 19 - The business of the in-home network: More flexibility or keep it simple?

    25 May 2022 13:45-15:00 Conference Room 4 Session

    The days when broadband connectivity was just a simple modem or router handing over the connection from Communication Service Provider to consumer are long past us. Most consumer equipment now supports Wi-Fi, and end-user requirements on the experience are higher than ever. But Wi-Fi doesn't 'deliver' everywhere and Cat-5e and better cabling is not always available, so other options are also still needed.

    How are CSPs dealing with this increase of complexity? Do they use the flexibility or do they keep it simple? Are they actively assisting the end-user, or is that a can of worms better left closed? And what do we have to look forward to in future?

    Maarten Egmond
    CTO, Genexis | In-Home Broadband Excellence Committee Chair
    Livia Rosu
    President | HomeGrid Forum
    Martha Suarez
    President | Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA)
    Matthew Hare
    Chief Executive | Zzoomm
    Tor Morten Osmundsen
    CEO | Altibox
    Wim Bouckenooghe
    Director Core & Communication Solutions | Proximus

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