Next generation networks: regulation and investment

 Tutoring the tutors

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






 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