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Building on the success of similar telecommunications conferences, SMi has produced a unique event exploring the crucial issues surrounding Local Network Access.

Local Network Access will be the ideal forum for discussion of the latest developments in access technologies, paying particular attention to European regulatory situations, network upgrades, alternative access and competition strategies.

As a senior industry executive, you will be aware of the importance and huge potential of this issue. It is therefore my pleasure to invite you to register for SMi’s Local Network Access conference.

The conference will enable you to network with key decision makers in the local network sector. Attend to discover the potential and the realities of investment in the Local Loop and match your organisation’s resources to the needs of the market.

Network with leading players including:

  • Robert Verrue, Director General, DGXIII, The European Commission
  • Ilsa Godlovitch, Policy Advisor, Regulatory Policy Directorate, Oftel
  • Peter Hadorn, Business Director, KPN Qwest
  • Robert Bratby, Legal and Regulatory Counsel, Colt Telecom
  • Mike Valiant, Market Development Manager, 3Com
  • Dr. William Webb, Head of Strategy, Fixed Wireless Division, Motorola
  • Simone Hirt, Regulatory Strategy and Telecommunications Policy, Viag Interkom
Please register now to guarantee your place at this unique conference

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Alan Horne

Alan Horne, Managing Director, InterConnect Communications

9:10 COMPETITION IN THE LOCAL LOOP

Robert Verrue

Robert Verrue, Director General, DGXIII, European Commission

  • Tackling the European local loop’s near monopoly status
  • Telecommunication regulation as a key factor in local loop activity
  • Should unbundling be viewed as a medium term solution?
  • WLL, broadband, UMTS and cable as long term solutions
  • European country-specific issues linked to local loop investment, unbundling and competitive trends
  • 9:40 ACCESS STRATEGIES

    David Gunning

    David Gunning, Vice President, Marketing, Integral Access

  • IP-based technologies for the provision of integrated voice and broadband data services
  • The importance of QoS for carriers
  • MPLS as the ideal platform for QoS management
  • MPLS as a way of prioritising traffic and network bandwidth
  • 10:20 THE LIBERALISED LOCAL LOOP

    Javier Berasategi

    Javier Berasategi, Partner, Stanbrook & Hooper

  • Using competition law to unbundle the local loop
  • Dominant undertakings and essential facilities
  • The Commission’s policy on mergers/cooperation agreements
  • Competition law and the liberalised local loop; Unbundling issues under competition law
  • Market definition and dominance in the light of local loop access technologies
  • Rethinking the Commission’s policy on mergers/cooperative agreements
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 CABLE NETWORKS

    Mike Valiant

    Mike Valiant, Market Development Manager, Cable Access, 3Com

  • Providing successful cable networks
  • Accessing the latest technology through cable networks
  • Expansion of the cable networks for the twenty-first century
  • Implications for the telecommunications market
  • Benefits of cable networks in the twenty-first century
  • Advancing into the future
  • 12:00 UK LOCAL LOOP REGULATION

    Ilsa Goldlovitch

    Ilsa Goldlovitch, Policy Advisor, Regulatory Policy Directorate, Oftel

  • Higher bandwidth developments in the UK
  • Oftel’s LLU policy
  • Progress towards implementing LLU in the UK
  • Future issues in local loop regulation
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 IP IN THE LOCAL LOOP

    Eric Chiaramonti

    Eric Chiaramonti, Marketing Manager, Local Loop Products, CS Telecom

  • Market trends
  • Limitations of current architecture
  • Next DSLAM generation
  • Architecture migration
  • 14:40 PRACTICAL UNBUNDLING

    Robert Bratby

    Robert Bratby, Legal and Regulatory Counsel, Colt Telecom

  • How is unbundling of the local loop being regulated?
  • How is this regulation being turned into reality?
  • What are the successes and the problems?
  • Tips to successfully negotiate with the incumbent
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 INTERCONNECTION

    Ralf Grünendahl

    Ralf Grünendahl, Senior Consultant, Eutelis

  • Carrier types and market entry strategies
  • Regulatory issues surrounding the local loop
  • The current European interconnection and unbundling regime
  • Advantages and disadvantages of access networks
  • Economic implications of interconnection and unbundling on market entry strategies
  • 16:20 LOCAL LOOP ACCESS MANAGEMENT

    Jacob Bridger

    Jacob Bridger, VP Corporation Marketing, Surf Communication Solutions

  • System design considerations for voice-data convergence
  • Ways to design equipment that support evolving and future standards
  • Incremental gateway solutions as the PSTN evolves into packet data networks
  • The DSP software solutions for modem, voice and fax convergence
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:10 Drinks Reception for Delegates & Speakers

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Kevin Carter

    Kevin Carter, Managing Director, Profundus

    9:10 COMPETITION STIMULATION

    Mark Naftel

    Mark Naftel, Telecommunications Lawyer, formerly Regulatory Counsel, TeleDanmark

  • What is the legal basis for local loop unbundling?
  • How can local loop unbundling stimulate telecoms competition?
  • Types of local loop unbundling and end user access
  • The US and EU successes and failures
  • Regulation and competition law initiatives
  • The role of the WTO
  • 9:40 ALTERNATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE

    John Norbury

    John Norbury, Consultant, Eurobell

  • Current problems of local loop access: real life examples
  • Further unbundling: access to in-house networks
  • Regulation of access fees
  • Specifics of alternative access technologies: WLL, broadband, cable and powerline
  • 10:20 DSL CASE STUDY

    Peter Hadorn

    Peter Hadorn, Business Director, KPN Qwest

  • KPN’s strategy in launching DSL services
  • Defining and qualifying the target market
  • Assessing the competitive environment
  • Network management issues: integrating operations and adminstration
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 DSL IN EUROPE

    Nadine Berezak-Lazarus

    Nadine Berezak-Lazarus, Managing Director, BMP

  • Overview of DSL services
  • Defining and qualifying the target market
  • Assessing the competitive environment
  • Strategic issues: content
  • The marketing of DSL services
  • 12:00 FIXED WIRELESS ACCESS

    Yuval Sovinsky

    Yuval Sovinsky, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Floware Wireless Systems

  • Fixed wireless access: a strategic decision rather than a short term measure to improve infrastructure?
  • The choice of access technology for new entrants to the market
  • Rollout timescales: the determining factors
  • Interconnection with incumbents: a hindrance?
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 WLL IMPLEMENTATION

    Dr. William Webb

    Dr. William Webb, Head of Strategy, Fixed Wireless Division, Motorola

  • Costs involved in WLL implementation: Eastern European (CEE) examples
  • WLL: a strategic decision rather than a short term measure to improve infrastructure?
  • The choice of WLL as access technology for new entrants to the market
  • WLL rollout timescales: the determining factors
  • Convergence with the cellular market
  • Interconnection with incumbents: a hindrance?
  • 14:40 THE FOURTH DIMENSION

    Richard Redgrave

    Richard Redgrave, Marketing Director, PAV Data Systems

  • What are the pressures on the local loop?
  • What are the pressures on the local loop?
  • What are the runners and riders in the broadband access field?
  • What are their relative strengths and weaknesses?
  • Who is the new kid on the block?
  • How will this change the market?
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 GERMAN LOCAL LOOP

    Simone Hirt

    Simone Hirt, Manager, Carrier Relations, Viag Interkom

  • German regulatory issues regarding the local loop
  • The current interconnection and unbundling regime
  • The challenge for functioning competition: the local loop’s near-monopoly status
  • The specifics of access technologies available in the German market
  • 16:20 UNBUNDLING IN THE LOCAL LOOP

    Olivier Huart

    Olivier Huart, Head of Local Network Access, Cegetel

  • Should unbundling of the local loop be regulated?
  • Is unbundling really desired and if so by whom?
  • Can it really happen?
  • Will these measures promote healthy competition?
  • Is it possible to compete with the incumbent for access to the local loop?
  • Where does this occur?
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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