13 February 2018

The “Governmental Day” Workshop is an initiative that aims at providing an interactive platform for broadband stakeholders in the EU with a strong focus on addressing and tackling the challeng-es of broadband deployment that occur for public local and regional authorities.

Our approach is not only to inform stakeholders about policy developments on the European level, but also to demonstrate possible solutions to given challenges and to facilitate a fruitful exchange in order to create a robust broadband stakeholder community.

Moderator: Tony Shortall, Director of TELAGE

14:00-14:05

Welcome and Opening Remarks

 
Speakers:
Tim Brauckmüller
Managing Partner at atene KOM, BCO Germany
14:05-14:25

European Commission Policy Update

European commission policy update on broadband development, initia-tives, actions (e.g. Broadband Plat-form), BCO Network, funding possi-bilities (e.g. Connecting Europe Broadband Fund), Connectivity for a European Gigabit Society, WiFi4EU and Broadband Europe

 
Speakers:
Carlota Reyners Fontana Head of Unit B5, European Commission DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology Investment in High-Capacity Net-works
14:45-15:30

Planning successful broadband rollout! Best Practices from European regions

Winners of the 2017 European Broadband Awards share their experiences

 
Moderator:
Tony Shortall
 
Speakers:
Winners of the European Broadband Awards
Steven Eke Project Manager Colchester Borough Council
Colchester Business Broadband, UK
Valeria Montanari Assessor Digital Agenda Reggio Emilia
Coviolo Wireless, Italy
Anne Ståhl Mousa IT Strategy and Interna-tional Officer Gotland County
Optic fiber to all houses on Gotland, Sweden
Heinz-Peter Labonte Chair, KOMBUNT
Initial impulse Glass-Fiber-City Lauchhammer Brandenburg, Germany
15:30-16:00

Coffee Break

16:00-16:10

Tackling the digital rural divide

Ideas from the Interreg NSR project Connecting Remote Areas with digital infrastructure and services

 
Speakers:
Peyman Khodabakhsh
CORA Project Partner atene KOM
16:10-16:20

Building a Collaborative Economy over Networks as in Com-mons

Local/regional example for tackling the rural divide

 
Speakers:
Roman Rocca Project Manager, Guifi-net foundation, Spain
16:20-16:45

Multilogues – Tackling the digital divide

 
Moderator:
Darijus Valiucko
 
Speakers:
All Participants
16:45-17:20

Round Table Presentations

 
Speakers:
All Participants
17:20-17:30

Workshop summary

Summary of outputs of the work-shop and outlook

 
Speakers:
Tim Brauckmüller
Managing Partner at atene KOM, BCO Germany

14:00-15:30

Fibre-based Technologies as a key enabler for 5G

 
Moderator:
José Salgado Altice Labs
 
Speakers:
José Salgado Altice Labs
NG-PON2 the best ally of 5G on the slot
Jörg Fischer
Rong Zhao Detecon
Fibre to the 5G - fixed access considerations for the future frontahaul
Mike Knott Corning
Network confergence and impact of 5G
Jonas Verstuyft Comsof
Plan for all, build for 5G - strategies for designing a heterogeneous fibre network
16:00-17:30

FTTH Technology Innovation (Passive and Active Infrastructure, Implementation)

 
Moderator:
José Salgado Altice Labs
 
Speakers:
Thomas Martin Calix
Innovative Active Infrastructure
Eric Joyce
SDN Use Cases in FTTH Access Networks
Goncalves Vitor Plumettaz
Intelligent Installation Devices
Michael Timmers Nokia
Transition from copper-based fixed access to FTTH

14:00-15:30

The Socio-Economic Impact of FTTH

This session will explain in depth the findings in the recently updated Socio Economical Benefits study conducted by WIK. The session will explain the impact of FTTH on society and the choices households makes based on given information.

 
Moderator:
Karin Ahl Member of the Market Intelligence Committee, FTTH Council Europe
 
Speakers:
Iris Henseler Unger Managing Director, WIK
Marco Forzati Acreo
Crister Mattsson Rise Institute
16:00-17:30

Real case benefits and developments

The session will focus on real cases where FTTH is used as an enabler to develop sustainable communities around the globe based on digital services and IoT. The main focus will be on cases from Sweden as the study is conducted there but also an international outlook.

 
Moderator:
Karin Ahl Member of the Market Intelligence Committee, FTTH Council Europe
 
Speakers:
Roland Montagne Principal Analyst Idate, Director DigiWorld Institute, UK
Mia Forsäng Business Accelerator, Strategy & Transformation, TeliaSonera Sweden
Staffan Ingvarsson CEO, Stokab Sweden

14:00-15:30

How does rules-based engines add performance to FTTH deployments?

This workshop will provide network business development, network engineers, construction manager, and network operations personnel who want to reduce the time and high-level resources needed to plan and design fiber networks the criteria they need to select solutions. The session covers changing processes with rules-based and architectural engines to create prescribed routes and designs. A network route will be created with a rules-based engine, output will be reviewed, and areas for value-engineering will be discussed.

 
Moderator:
Dustin Sutton President, 3-GIS
 
Speakers:
Tommy Siniard Chief Technology Officer, 3-GIS
Andrew Wright Solutions Engineer II, 3-GIS
Are Haslund Telecom Engineer Fibre Solutions, Powel Fibre
Malbritt Fyhn Nielsen Department Manager Project Documentation, Eniig Fiber
Mikael Christensen Leader for Project/Documenation, Eniig Fiber
16:00-17:30

Making defensible network design selections

The second part of the workshop will compare network design architectures generated with an architectural engine. Considerations for selecting between the designs for the best fit will be discussed. Design edits will be made to localize the network. The workshop will cover using mobile applications with the design output to make the critical ride out inspections more accurate and fast.

 
Moderator:
Dustin Sutton President, 3-GIS
 
Speakers:
Tommy Siniard Chief Technology Officer, 3-GIS
Andrew Wright Solutions Engineer II, 3-GIS
Are Haslund Telecom Engineer Fibre Solutions, Powel Fibre
Malbritt Fyhn Nielsen Department Manager Project Documentation, Eniig Fiber
Mikael Christensenr Leader for Project/Documentation, Eniig Fiber

Moderator: Vincent Garnier, Marketing Manager, Commscope

14:00-14:30

Optimize your network investment priorities thanks to integrated analytics

 
Speakers:
Sebastien Delataille CEO, Real Impact Analytics
14:30-15:00

“Model” your architecture options and optimize your costs across multiple markets

 
Speakers:
Raf Meersman CEO, Comsof
15:00-15:30

Choose the appropriate connectivity solutions for future proof networks while minimizing total cost of ownership

 
Speakers:
Paul Hubbard Director of market development, Commscope
16:00-16:30

Learn from the experience of a key European Service Provider by Matteo Gatta, Technology Strategy & Innovation Director

 
Speakers:
Representative from Proximus
16:30-17:30

Panel Discussion

14:00-15:30

Overview of internal and external factors that impact the network architecture

An operator chooses how to deploy its FTTH network. This is determined by the corporate strategy and is influenced by external market and regional factors. In this session we will zoom in on these factors and strategic choices and examine the cost impact and practical implications of different architectures. We will also discuss a case study for Flanders (Belgium) following the announcement of the Flemish minister of Innovation beginning of October.

 
Moderator:
James Wheatley Product Line Manager, GE
 
Speakers:
Marlies Van der Wee Senior Researcher, imec
Jonas Verstuyft Marketing Manager, FiberPlanIT by Comsof
Xavier Smet Consultant, FiberPlanIT by Comsof
16:00-17:30

Moving from planning & design into network build and operations: Operational considerations for FTTH deployments

Deploying an FTTH network results in a huge volume of field work. Activities will include field-based reviews of designs, moving through network build into service activation. We will explore the challenges with in-field design, work management and workforce management processes. We will use a range of customer examples to highlight some of these challenges and suggest the capabilities that software solutions require to address these challenges and drive greater efficiency for the field teams.

 
Moderator:
Jonas Verstuyft Marketing Manager, FiberPlanIT by Comsof
 
Speakers:
James Wheatley Product Line Manager, GE
Dave Bolsdon Senior Solution Architect, GE
Salvador Peya Solution Architect, GE

Moderator: Scott Modha, International Business Development, Emtelle

14:00-15:00

Improving speed & Efficiency of MDU Installations

  • Planning, network records & documentation – best practices
  • Buying only the fibre needed, addressing supply shortages and best practices for strategy and deployment
  • Ensuring you are engaged with the right supplier, including procuring the correct products for maximum longevity and ROI.
  • Reliance on the supplier for technical support and assistance throughout project lifecycle
  • Ensuring maximum efficiency from procuring as many products as possible from one supplier, and the associated benefits this brings
  • Open and upgradable networks to maximise lifecycle of your network to the point of FTTH maturity – circa 2025.
 
Speakers:
Scott Modha International Business Development, Emtelle
Tony Eaves Business Development Manager, Condux
15:00-15:30

Choosing the most suitable installation equipment for your MDU installations, ensuring maximum portability and ease of installation

  • Miniaturisation of blowing equipment & advantages
  • Technology for protecting the network at its most vulnerable state and ensuring fibre is installed properly
  • Speed of install, longevity of machinery and ease of use/training to enable speed to market to take place quicker than ever before.
 
Speakers:
Scott Modha International Business Development, Emtelle
Tony Eaves Business Development Manager, Condux
16:00-17:00

Choosing the correct connection, distribution and termination points for your MDU installations

  • Speed and ease of connecting the subscriber
  • Pre connectorisation in an MDU environment – “Plug & Play”
  • Labelling & importance of ease of identification of different drops
  • Mechanical sealing and relative advantages vs. traditional sealing methods
 
Speakers:
Jason James Technical Director, Hellerman Tyton
Scott Modha International Business Development, Emtelle
Tony Eaves Business Development Manager, Condux
17:00-17:30

Q&A

14:00-15:30

Process driven rural roll-out – a real construction company case

The process for rural roll-out will be introduced and put into perspective. With the focus on the three main aspects: logistics, engineering, construction
The choices facing a construction company will be explained. How do you organize the most efficient and effective construction roll out in the rural area, how do you choose the right materials and material concepts and what tooling and data are instrumental and/or helpful.

 
Speakers:
Harry van Gunst Director Sales & Business Development, BAM
Dieter Gerritsen CEO, GeoStruct
Piet Lock Senior Specialist Connectivity and FttX, Prysmian
16:00-17:30

The future of rural roll-out – Developments of technologies and engineering concepts

A sneak preview is given of engineering and data collection technologies that are either available, but not widely used, or in development with clear potential. The light will shine on engineering optimization software, 3D mobile mapping, mixed reality (Hololens): x-ray of cable routes.
Furthermore some engineering views on various material concepts will be presented.

 
Speakers:
Bas Wouterse Director Mixed Reality, GeoStruct
Dieter Gerritsen CEO, GeoStruct

10:00-11:15

The infinite need for more bandwidth

Bandwidth needs for a normal household will quadruple within the coming years.
At the same time, we will see increased public services drive the need for connected households throughout Europe. This will demand new solutions, processes, methods and tools.
During this workshop we will discuss challenges our industry faces, give examples and share ideas. Robustness and security are in the core of this session.

 
Moderator:
Mikael Karlström, CEO Kyllaj Inv. AB
 
Speakers:
Mikael Karlström
CEO Kyllaj Inv. AB
Roger Mobrin
Director Solution Management, Eltel Networks AB
Magnus Angermund
CEO, Hexatronic Network Solutions AB
Kieran Stone
CTO, Hexatronic UK
11:45-13:00

Focus on robustness and security (Processes, methods and tools)

How do you build a robust and secure FTTH- network in a cost-efficient way?
Europe demands a new FTTH- infrastructure to drive prosperity. One of the major challenges is to deploy this in the near future. Another is the lack of resources, such as skilled people, tools and material.
The session will based on a case study were we will discuss following topics:
Challenge, Material, Resources, Organisation and Logistics.

 
Moderator:
Mikael Karlström, CEO Kyllaj Inv. AB
 
Speakers:
Mikael Karlström
CEO Kyllaj Inv. AB
Roger Mobrin
Director Solution Management, Eltel Networks AB
Magnus Angermund
CEO, Hexatronic Network Solutions AB
Kieran Stone
CTO, Hexatronic UK

14:00-15:30

Nordic hands-on experiences for efficient FTTH roll-out. Market Summary and Passive Network

Suppose you are responsible for building a FTTH-network in a European city that will scale up to tens of thousands of households in a few years. What do you need to think about? And what pitfalls are there on the road?

This workshop will discuss experiences from the Nordic region which already has had an extensive FTTH roll-out. The purpose is to provide step by step experience how to build a passive FTTH-network.

 
Moderator:
Mr. Guðmundur Gunnarsson

Managing Director, Lýsir

 
Speakers:
Mikael Ek
Managing Director, Swedish Local Fibre Alliance
Kieran Stone
CTO, Hexatronic UK
Peter Lo Curzio
Product Manager Fiber Solutions, Hexatronic Cables & Interconnect
16:00-17:30

Nordic hands-on experiences for efficient FTTH roll-out. Active Network and Automation

Now that you have a clear view about the passive infrastructure, how do you light it up and build the most effective network to deliver reliable and attractive services? How do you keep the network operation as efficient as possible?

Learn from 15 years of FTTH roll-out experience of tens of thousands of households; the active network, the orchestration and automation, the challenges and solutions to meet service needs from different customer types.

 
Moderator:
Mr. Guðmundur Gunnarsson

Managing Director, Lýsir

 
Speakers:
Simon Kristiansson
Head of City Networks, Affärsverken
Johan Ullström
Senior Network Engineer, Affärsverken
Patrik Gustafsson
CTO, Karis Telefon

The European institutions are close to finalise the new Electronic Communications Code, that will prepare Europe for the era of 5G by promoting investment, competition and development of new services for the benefits of society and industry. Boosting investment is necessary to ensure that the EU is able to meet the ever-growing demand for gigabit connectivity, which is a vital part of the digital revolution.

The new European framework sets a specific regulatory regime for wholesale-only operators, that is to say telecom operators  investing and focussing resources into ultra-broadband networks, while exclusively providing wholesale connectivity to any access seeker. Incentivizing such networks is part of the European strategy to encourage investments in very-high capacity networks. Such network operators are unlikely to discriminate against and amongst access seekers since, in the absence of a retail arm, their only business consists in providing wholesale access services. The specific regime provided by the new Code is necessary to create legal certainty for long-term investors, since the roll-out of ultra-broadband network from scratch involves a long investments return. In addition, incentivizing wholesale-only networks could attract investors who are less interested in vertically-integrated operators, increasing the total level of investment in telecoms sector.

Therefore, while wholesale-only model was originally created as just the solution of local authorities to the lack of ultra-broadband connectivity for their communities, now it could become, thanks to the endorsement by the new Code, a change of paradigm for a market traditionally dominated by vertically-integrated operators. 

What may be the impact of such new model in a market requiring increasing investments in ultra-broadband networks in light  of the emerging 5G economy and society? A recent study of WIK suggests that such kind of wholesale-only networks may result in multiple retail providers offering mainly stand-alone services, whereas multi-play bundles and less service providers are the norm in market dominated by vertically-integrated operators. In other words, will  competition created by wholesale-only networks lower the barrier for the entry of OTT, 5G mobile and IoT services?

14:00-15:30

The wholesale-only model in practice - presentation of national cases

 
Moderator:
Innocenzo Genna Regulatory expert
 
Speakers:
Luigi Gambardella Open Fiber
Welcome and introductory remarks
Stephen O’ Connor Siro, Director Corporate Affairs
The case of Ireland and the combination of energy utility and telcos
Erling Freyr Gudmundsson Fiber Reykjavik, CEO
The case of Iceland
Luigi Gambardella Open Fiber, Head of European Public Affairs
The wholesale-only in Italy: from niche to national players
Gabrielle Gauthier Caisse Depot
the case of French municipalities
Representative from Stokab
FTTH in Nordic metropolitan areas 
16:00-17:30

the path towards 5G

 
Moderator:
Innocenzo Genna Regulatory expert
 
Speakers:
Representative of 5G association (tbc)
Henry Piganeau Managing director, Cube
Anthony Whelan (tbc) Director DG Connect, European Commission
Antonio Nicita (tbc) AGCOM Commissioner
Robert Pepper (tbc) Facebook

10:00-11:15

Germany after the General Election - getting real about Gigabit?

This session will reflect on new aspects of the digital/broadband policy in Germany, in particular technology, business models and state aid.

 
Moderator:
Prof Dr Nico Grove Co-Founder, Di²
 
Speakers:
Martina Westhues Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Deutsche Telekom
Wolfgang Heer Managing Director, BUGLAS
Dr Matthias Pohler Managing Director, TKI GmbH
Johannes Theis Head of Brussels Office, Breko
11:45-13:00

The migration from copper to fibre - developments in the UK, Italy and Germany

The second session will compare contrast the German situation to that of other "copper markets", such as the UK, Italy or Belgium

 
Moderator:
Thomas Langer Co-Founder, Di²
 
Speakers:
Thomas Langer Founder, Di²
Joeri Van Bogaert Founder, Auguste Experts
Benoît Felten Managing Director, Diffraction Analysis
Matthew Hare CEO, Gigaclear
Christian Emborg CEO, DKT

This workshop shows the pivotal role of the Spanish telecom sector as a great achiever with regard to the promotion of Very High Capacity connectivity, fibre deployment and infrastructure competition. The strong commitment to FTTH in Spain is also proven by the last data from the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia, which show the outstanding result of FTTH lines surpassing 6 million in September 2017.

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Governmental Day
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FTTH Technologies as Key Enabler for Gigabit Society including 5G
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Why fibre? The socioeconomic perspective on full fibre networks
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Break-throughs in deploying FTTH
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How analytics and convergence improve the ROI of FTTH
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How to make the right FTTH network architecture choices
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Improving the speed and efficiency of MDU installations for FTTH, in a time where fibre resources are limited
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Real Rural Rollout (a Construction Company Story)
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The huge roll out of FTTH around Europe demands new solutions and methods!
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Fast, efficient and reliable FTTH roll out, hands-on experiences from the Nordic region.
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Which ultra-broadband network for a 5G economy and society? The wholesale-only FTTH business case
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Germany after the General Election - getting serious about Gigabit?
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