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Building on the success of last year’s Czech Telecoms conference, SMi has produced a unique event exploring the crucial issues surrounding telecoms in today’s Czech market

Czech Telecoms 2000 will be the ideal forum for discussion between the incumbent, competitor operators, service providers and the regulator in this newly-liberalised market. As a senior industry executive, you will be aware of the importance and huge potential of the Czech market. It is therefore my pleasure to invite you to register for SMi’s Czech Telecoms 2000. As you can see from the brochure, key issues including regulation, infrastructure, investment, mobile licensing, billing and Internet service provision will be covered.

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

Network with leading Czech telecoms players including:

  • Ministry of Transport and Communications
  • Cesky Telecom
  • Eurotel Praha
  • Oskar Mobil
  • British Telecom
  • Global One
  • GTS
  • Teleglobe

Please register now to guarantee your place at this unique conference

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Ivan Sloboda

Ivan Sloboda, Regional Director, Eastern and Central Europe, Inmarsat

9:10 TELECOM REGULATION IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Jiri Domansky

Jiri Domansky, Director of Telecommunications Department, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Government of the Czech Republic

  • Reviewing the latest regulations developments in the Czech Republic
  • The regulator’s influence on telecommunications policy
  • Liberalisation and commercialisation in the Czech telecoms market
  • The impact of corporate service provision by national energy supply companies and media sources
  • The growth of the Czech mobile sector
  • The process of selling remaining state stakes in Cesky Telecom
  • 9:40 THE POSITION OF THE INCUMBENT

    Premysl Klima

    Premysl Klima, CEO, Cesky Telecom

  • Market liberalisation: how has Cesky Telecom reacted to this?
  • What pressures will Cesky Telecom face in the near-future?
  • Technological change and its effect on heightened competition
  • Development and consolidation of market share in fixed and mobile markets: the incumbent’s perspective
  • International partnerships
  • 10:20 COMPETITIVE PERSPECTIVES

    Bal Panesar

    Bal Panesar, Director, Planning and Product Management, Aliatel

  • Investment in the developing Czech telecoms market
  • Service provision after January 1st 2001
  • Issues in competing with the incumbent
  • The future of the Czech telecoms market
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 PERSPECTIVE FROM AN ALTERNATIVE OPERATOR

    Milan Rusnak

    Milan Rusnak, Director General, Dattel

  • The relationship between the regulator and operators in the Czech Republic
  • The relationship between the incumbent operator and competitors
  • How alternative operators compete with the incumbent: how is January 1st 2001 going to change this state?
  • Marketing strategies
  • The outlook for the future
  • 12:00 DOING BUSINESS IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

    Josef Lebl

    Josef Lebl, Senior Advisor to CEO, CzechInvest

  • Basic economic data about the Czech Republic
  • Business environment in the Czech Republic
  • Investment climate in the Czech Republic
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 ACCESSION TO THE EU

    David Cantor

    David Cantor, Partner, Weil, Gotshall & Manges

  • State of play in the EU liberalisation process, and its impact on the Czech Republic
  • The accession process of the Czech Republic, an asessment of current regulatory convergence, key issues
  • The impact of EU accession on the telecoms market
  • The evolution of the EU regulatory framework and its impact for Czech regulatory policy
  • The Czech Republic’s position in the International Management System and its impact on the telecoms market
  • 14:40 IP SERVICE PROVISION

    Marek Hencl

    Marek Hencl, Managing Director, Rapid Link CR

  • Changing the market dynamics through IP telephony
  • Technical challenges posed by running VoIP
  • Perspective from a global IP service provider
  • Value added consolidated voice and data services
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 PERSPECTIVE FROM A FOREIGN INVESTOR

    John Klein-Bluemink

    John Klein-Bluemink, President, TelSource

  • Track record since 1995
  • Shareholder and stakeholder
  • Managing local content with a global perspective
  • European context and the rules of the game
  • Transformation of a stock-listed company to a competitive environment
  • 16:20 GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS

    Josef Smrt

    Josef Smrt, General Director, Global One

  • The scope for global services on the Czech market
  • The Eurasian Continental Market Area and its relationship to the growing VPN market
  • International versus domestic services, or, international and domestic services?
  • Full service provision in a maturing domestic market: voice, data, Internet, video and secure global neworking
  • Global operator’s view to the approximation of Czech regulation to the EU regulatory framework
  • 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

    Lyall Davidson

    Lyall Davidson, Director of Strategy, Contactel

    9:10 PERSPECTIVE OF THE CZECH MOBILE MARKET

    Paul Renaud

    Paul Renaud, Strategic Planning Director, Eurotel Praha

  • Growth of the mobile market: the effect of pre-paid SIM cards on market behaviour
  • New service provision as a way of expanding the mobile market
  • Customer base growth
  • Future implications of market liberalisation and license awards
  • 9:40 MOBILE SATELLITE COMMUNICATION

    Ivan Sloboda

    Ivan Sloboda, Regional Director, Eastern and Central Europe, Inmarsat

  • Inmarsat: past, present and future
  • The communications revolution
  • Global business means global communication
  • The Inmarsat Global Area Network
  • Conclusions
  • 10:20 FURTHER COMPETITION TO THE MOBILE MARKET

    Daron Stewart

    Daron Stewart, Senior Director, Business Development, Oskar Mobil

  • The process of license awards in the Czech Republic
  • Strategies in building a customer base
  • Product and service differentiation as the third operator
  • Is the Czech market ready for further liberalisation?
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 BROADBAND NETWORKS

    Ivan Laska

    Ivan Laska, Senior Consultant, GTS Czech Republic

  • Broadband backbone networks in Europe / Central Europe: overview
  • The expected ‘broadband world’ in the first decades of the 21st century
  • Bandwidth supply and demand aspects and valuation models, bottlenecks at the local loop
  • Regulatory aspects
  • New technology implications
  • Alternative carriers coming to the Central European region
  • 12:00 CONSEQUENCES OF LIBERALISATION ON BT STRATEGY

    Stephen Tucker

    Stephen Tucker, Country Manager, Czech Republic, BT

  • BT’s position and experience in the UK
  • BT expansion in an increasingly international European market
  • BT experience in emerging markets
  • Developing value added services in the Czech Republic
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 FOREIGN INVESTMENT

    Richard Sterling Surrey

    Richard Sterling Surrey, Partner, Squire Sanders & Dempsey

  • Market opportunities and challenges
  • EU harmonisation, convergence and integration policies
  • New technologies and new structures
  • Licensing and market opening
  • Interconnection and pricing issues
  • 14:40 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

    Zdenek Gütter

    Zdenek Gütter, Head of Networks and Service Development Department, Technical Centre of telecommunications and Posts

  • Requirements on equipment and interconnection of networks in the Czech Republic
  • Approximation to the EU regulatory framework
  • European technical standards and their usage in equipment conformity assessment
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIVITY

    Frantisek Samla

    Frantisek Samla, Managing Director, Teleglobe

  • Positioning your company in the global marketplace
  • What are the potential chances for private carriers in the Czech Republic?
  • Will privatisation of the market lead to greater opportunities for foreign operators?
  • Regulation changes affecting foreign competition after the year 2000
  • What are the trends in global Internet service provision?
  • The future competitive outlook
  • 16:20 BILLING AND ACCESS REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CZECH TELECOMS MARKET

    Jiri Hylmar

    Jiri Hylmar, Marketing Director, TELECOMSPOL

  • Indirect access to alternative networks
  • Managed indirect access solutions
  • Calling pattern information and value added service provision
  • Billing bureau services and product sale
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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    Telecom Regulatory Environment in the Czech Republic
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    Telecom Regulatory Environment in the Czech Republic

    Renaissance Hotel
    8th September 2000
    Prague, Czech Republic

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    V. Celnici 7
    Prague CZ 11121
    Czech Republic

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