Next generation networks: regulation and investment

 Tutoring the tutors

Date and venue: 16-17 April, Turin, Italy

 

 

  

Programme

 

 Next Generation Networks (NGNs) are very much a current issue for operators, regulators and investors. The aim of the conference is to provide some insights on NGNs in terms of the possible business models, the technological change and the regulatory implications.

 

 

16 April

 

Afternoon: arrivals.  Evening: gala dinner

 

 

17 April

 

9.00 - 9.30         Registration

9.30 - 9.45         Welcome to participants and keynote address

9.45 11.00        The Business Models

 

This section should allow the participants to evaluate the merit of some critical strategic choices, such as those between VDSL and FTTx, and within the latter the various options (FTTH, FTTB, FTTC) in terms of performance, depreciation, return on capital.

 

Question and answer session

 

 

          11.00 11.30     Coffee Break

 

 

11.30 12.45      The Technology  

 

This section will explore via an overview of existing technical solutions already implemented the infrastructure and the technological evolution available to all players. Transformation in the core network (TI), access (Free) and peering (Arbinet) will be examined in the light of recent implementations

 

Question and answer session

 

          12.45 14.15     Lunch

 

 

14.15 16.00    Towards an ERG position on NGN regulation

 

 

Presentation:  the ERG experience

 

 

Panel discussion:

 

l        Openness, Network neutrality and interoperability

l        Non-replicable assets and open access

l        Regulatory (Access) Holidays

l        Ex ante regulation and new markets development

l        NGN and competition law: too little too late?

 

Floor will be open to interventions by Heads and participants

 

 

16.00      Conclusions