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Following from the success of our previous Interconnect conferences, SMi is providing in June a forum where critical facts and opinions of the key industry players are addressed and reinforced. This unique two-day conference will explore the issues of fixed interconnection, mobile interconnection, regulatory interconnection issues on national and international level, interconnection billing requirements and technical advances.

This two day senior-level business-to-business conference will be informative, stimulating and focused.

The conference offers you the opportunity to network with key operators, regulators and industry experts. Benefit from the practical insight and hard advice provided by an outstanding panel of international speakers. Attend to discover the potential and realities of interconnection across different countries.

Please register now to guarantee your place at this important conference.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Martin Browne

Martin Browne, Consultancy Director, Intec Systems

9:10 INTERCONNECTION REGULATION AND IMPLEMENTATION

Miriam Ogurcak

Miriam Ogurcak, Head of Regulation and Standards Policy, Nortel Networks

  • Proposed EU regulatory regime for interconnection
  • Interconnection architectures
  • New entrants business concerns and regulatory environment
  • Network standards issues
  • Network and technology evolution
  • Interconnection rules related to internet
  • 9:40 CASE STUDY

    Eden Phillips

    Eden Phillips, Integration Manager, Interconnect and International Settlements, BT

  • The implementation of an interconnect billing system
  • Keeping pace with the business
  • How to ensure: Efficiency; Audit and integrity; Customer satisfaction
  • The challenges and solutions faced through interconnect billing
  • 10:20 IMPLEMENTATION IN SWEDEN

    Gunnar Wiktorsson

    Gunnar Wiktorsson, Business Development Manager - Regulations, Telenordia

  • The implementation of the interconnect directive in Swedish Law
  • The 1999 Communications Review
  • The introduction of equal access and pre-selection
  • The introduction of number portability
  • Access to the local loop
  • Interconnect charging in a multi-operator environment
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 INTERNATIONAL INTERCONNECTION

    Terry Brown

    Terry Brown, Senior Inter Carrier Accounting, Level 3

  • The impact of the liberalisation of the telecoms market on interconnect charges
  • Cost of universal service
  • Reconciliation methods used in Europe/North America/Asia
  • International interconnection and accounting rates for call termination
  • Costing methodologies; The cost of getting it wrong
  • Impact of IP/VOIP on interconnect rating
  • 12:00 THE SOUTH AFRICAN EXPERIENCE

    Basil van Jaarsveldt

    Basil van Jaarsveldt, Interconnect Advisor, Vodacom, South Africa

  • General overview of interconnection in South Africa
  • the regulatory regime
  • interconnection agreements
  • interconnection disputes
  • Tariffing and interconnection regimes: affordable prices through the provision of cost-based tariffs
  • The future of the South African telecoms market
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 ENTERING INTO THE SPANISH MARKET

    Xavier Munoz

    Xavier Munoz, Lawyer, Rakisons

  • Licensing regime
  • Individual licenses and general authorisations.
  • "Provisional Authorisations" for VoIP, resellers, international voice resale, and other services
  • Interconnection with Telefonica - timeframe and rates
  • Latest WLL licences granted at 3.5 and 26 Ghz
  • Latest 4 UMTS licenses granted to Telefonica, Airtel, Amena and Xfera
  • 14:40 IP AND ADSL

    Iain Osborne

    Iain Osborne, Director of Regulatory Policy, GTS

  • Why do competing operators need IP/ADSL interconnect?
  • Does the EU legal framework create a right to these products?
  • The role of local loop unbundling: what is the effect of the Commission’s recommendation?
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 INTERCONNECT WHOLESALE

    Richard Elliott

    Richard Elliott, Managing Director, Band-X

  • What are the advantages of buying in the market Band-X rather than direct from mulitple carriers?
  • One interconnect with a market - is it enough?
  • How is quality managed on Band-X?
  • Is it cheaper and simpler to interconnect through a clearing market than through multiple multiple carriers?
  • 16:20 THE WHOLESALE MARKET

    Gert-Jan Huizer

    Gert-Jan Huizer, Senior Product Manager, Network Access Services, KPN Carrier Services

  • Overview of the Netherlands telecoms market
  • Development of operator and service provider market
  • Description of interconnection services
  • The wholesale portfolio in the Netherlands market
  • Operational experiences
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remark’s and Close of Day One

    17:10 Drinks Reception for Delegates and Speakers

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman’s Opening Remarks

    Alan Horne

    Alan Horne, Managing Director, InterConnect Communications

    9:10 FIXED VERSUS MOBILE INTERCONNECTION

    Henrique Correia

    Henrique Correia, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Telecel (Portugal)

  • Addressing the level of interconnection
  • Impact of call origination on revenue for fixed network operator
  • Evaluating the cost-allocation relationship between fixed and mobile networks
  • Differentiated interconnection rates; Comparison between fixed termination rates and mobile termination rates
  • Opportunities for integration of mobile with fixed-line services
  • Assessing the costs for fixed and mobile interconnection
  • 9:40 MOBILE-TO MOBILE INTERCONNECTION - THE AUSTRIAN PERSPECTIVE

    Michael Sprinzl

    Michael Sprinzl, Head of Regulatory Affairs, and Alexander Gratzer, Interoperator Relations, Connect Austria

  • The position of ONE in the highly competitive Austrian mobile market
  • The regulatory environment in mobile interconnection, legal basis and recent decisions
  • Mobile-to-mobile interconnection rates, recent developments and economic aspects
  • Examining the issue of international best practice
  • Creating new market structures by Regulator’s activities?
  • 10:20 MOBILE INTERCONNECTION

    Serafino Abate

    Serafino Abate, Consultant, Ovum

  • Impact of the EC’s 1999 review on mobile interconnection
  • Mobile roaming
  • The impact of second and third generation mobile
  • Mobile origination and cost-based termination
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 UK PERSPECTIVE

    Simon Topping

    Simon Topping, Partner, Bird & Bird

  • The role of the regulator in the interconnection process - proactive or reactive regulation
  • Direct controls? - Regulation of mobile interconnection in the UK
  • Enabling fair competition; Airtime obligation; Indirect access
  • MVNO; 3G/2G roaming
  • The future?
  • EU legislation
  • 12:00 BRITISH CASE STUDY

    Stephanie Liston

    Stephanie Liston, Partner, McDermott, Will & Emery

  • Overview of the British regulatory framework with regards to interconnection issues
  • The situation in the UK as an indicator of particular problems and future challenges
  • What challenges do OFTEL and the DTI face in the UK telecoms market
  • Solutions
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 INTERCONNECTION AGREEMENTS

    Annuschka Badura

    Annuschka Badura, Solicitor, Department Licensed Suppliers & Carriers, Deutsche Telekom

  • Understanding when ‘pick and choose’ applies
  • Appropriate structures for mutual compensation
  • Technical and operational interconnection issues
  • Consequences of future rules on existing interconnection agreements
  • 14:40 ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS

    Matthew Veasey

    Matthew Veasey, Marketing/Interconnect Manager, Telinco

  • The interconnection business process one of the most mission critical to the survival and growth of a telecom company
  • Reducing the cost of processing an interconnect transaction
  • An unending quest for ways to increase profits
  • Squeezing more profits, mandatory for today’s interconnect billing
  • Reducing the overall cost of operation
  • Re-invest in a solution that addresses the true costs of doing interconnect business
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 INTERCONNECTION BILLING

    Sid Hoosein

    Sid Hoosein, Interconnect Billing Product Manager, Telcordia

  • Challenges in the British telecoms market - interconnect billing
  • How to choose the right billing system
  • Examine the need to adopt cost-oriented principles of interconnection
  • International outlook on interconnect billing
  • Costing methodologies
  • The cost of getting it wrong
  • 16:20 BRAVE NEW WORLD

    Yee Liu Williams

    Yee Liu Williams, Interconnect Product Manager, and Peter Zeitler, Mobile Industry Consultant, ICL

  • Understanding the implications of the technology; technology on demand; Will telcos exist? The Information Communications Technology (ICT) marketplace.
  • The changing face of on-line consumerism. New entrants. Who are they? New breed of service providers. Value added services on demand - virtual, hype or real?
  • Assessing the interconnection implications in an e-consumer centric world. Converged, event usage, voice, data next generation reconciliation? Who are and where are the customers?
  • Looking back to the future. Why interconnect?
  • The solution broker in the ICT age. What offerings will be brought to market? What capabilities will need to be developed? A bias towards the brave new world.
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remark’s and Close of Conference

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    The selection and implementation of an interconnect billing system
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    The selection and implementation of an interconnect billing system

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