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09:00 14:00 (300 mins)


Broadband Forum Access Summit - Open to all Delegates

New Gfast and NG-PON2 technologies have the power to open up new markets and join whole new communities to the world of ultrafast cloud-centric connectivity. This important shift is the driver for an all-new Access Summit from the Broadband Forum. The Summit provides the latest on the deployment of new these optical and hybrid architectures and products that underpin the delivery of demanding Cloud-based services, applications, converged wireless-wireline and integrated premises and access networks.

 You will hear the latest from silicon and component manufacturers, updates on Interop Certification and service provider deployment experiences in single and multi-tenant residential and business locations. This not-to-be-missed event draws together expertise of the world’s leading Broadband Forum members to help you formulate your own access strategies and is an important preview to this year’s Broadband World Forum event - including the Forum’s Interoperability Pavilion activities.

Session 1: Worldwide Access market overview

Lead analysts will provide an overview of the worldwide access market

Session 2: Component market in two parallel tracks

Component vendors in the passive and optical space will present on the challenges and innovations. The focus is on the requirements from network operators that are driving standards developments.


Session 3: Ecosystem overviews in two parallel tracks

Equipment manufacturers will present their individual GFAST and NG-PON2 system offerings and capabilities to manage ever increasing bandwidth demand

Session 4: Integration, deployment and applications 

Leading operators will provide their insights for choosing the specific technologies as their next step in access network deployment and the match to support their bandwidth-intensive cloud-based services and new architectures.

  • Werner Heinrich - Director Portfolio Management Access & Aggregation, ADTRAN
  • Tom Starr - MTS Lead, AT&T
  • Rami Verbin - CTO, Sckipio Technologies
  • Luis Filipe Dos Santos Alveririnho - Director, Engineering & Network Operations, Portugal Telecom
  • Trevor Linney - Head of Openreach Access Technology Research Lab, BT

09:00 14:00 (300 mins)


LeadersIn Broadband Summit - Invitation Only

An invitation only event for our top level attendees.

Keynote presentation will be followed by deep dive discussion groups moderated by our analyst partners. The audience will be divided up into small discussion groups and allocated time to discuss one of the following subjects. After the allocated time is up the moderators will rotate groups and continue the discussion. Once every group has discussed every issue the moderators will form a panel to share the findings.

Discussion topics include:

Political - Allignment of operator strategy with governments connectivity agendas

Economic - Return on investment, pricing, duplication of network by incumbents

Social - Reach, affordability, education & consumer choices

Technical - Network topology, scalability and upgradability 

Legal/Regulatory - Telecom Regulation Enforcement, consumer protection and competition enhancements 

The event will be rounded off with a dedicated CxO tech tour around the exhibition to meet and greet some of our headline sponsors, ahead of the main exhibition opening. 

09:00 14:00 (300 mins)


EU Update - atene KOM Governmental Workshop - Open to all Delegates

  • The Governmental workshop is an initiative aiming at developing an interactive platform for broadband stakeholders & beneficiaries with the focus on public officers, local and regional authorities as well as operators and technology vendors. Our approach is to inform stakeholders and increase their awareness of the existing technologies, current challenges as well as policy updates with the focus on the European context. In addition, the workshop provides a forum to exchange knowledge and experiences for the participants to learn from each other.

     Thematic highlights 
    • European commission policy update on broadband development (focusing on broadband funding possibilities and connectivity for a European Gigabit Society)
    • Broadband development in the EU member states (focusing on practical measures for local and regional authorities as well as trends and examples)
    • Introducing the European broadband platform
    • Spotlight: broadband development in Germany, the experience of German Federal Broadband Funding programme
    • Interactive session: Chances and challenges of broadband development in rural and remote areas (including panel discussions and exchange of successful experiences)
    • Introducing the INTERREG NSR project “CORA- COnnecting Remote Areas with digital infrastructure and services” with the focus on digitalisation in rural and remote areas

14:30 14:50 (20 mins)


Understanding the Evolving Broadband Ecosystem for Supporting the Connected Consumer

- Monitoring disruption – understanding and anticipating new players - The importance of partnerships and working with technology vendors - Will the Gigabit Society usher in a new age of partnerships and collaborations?

14:50 15:10 (20 mins)


Connecting the Dots in Rural and Developing Areas

- Strategies for network deployment in areas with less infrastructure 

- The pros and cons of mobile and satellite technologies 

- Alternative methods for connecting the ‘disconnected’

- Broadband access technology for rural connectivity 

- Identifying ROI of investment & making rural broadband affordable 

  • Tilak De Silva - Chief Business Innovation Officer, Sri Lanka Telecom

15:10 15:30 (20 mins)


Cloudifying Residential WiFi to Deliver Improved Performance for Increasing Customer Demands

- Virtualization of the Broadband Home Gateway (known as vCPE-Home) is an evolving architecture that brings the promise of operation efficiency, and service agility. - As we move towards 2020 goals, and consumer expectation increases, the home network needs to evolve Several trials over last few years have been made in ‘Cloudification’ of sub functions of the Home Gateway including the Home Router, the Graphical Use Interface, and the Provisioning. - In this session we will describe the research in Cloudification of the Residential WiFi Access Point (or vAP-Home), which is an integral part of the Home Gateway. We will discuss how vAP-Home improve security and performance in residential networks.

  • Artur Zaks - Technologist, Strategy and Technology Office, Intel

15:30 16:15 (45 mins)

Main agenda

Networking Break & Exhibition Visit

16:15 16:45 (30 mins)


Will We Be Ready for 2020? Global Operators Discuss 2020 Goals

- What needs to be in place for the 2020 vision to succeed? - Realities of delivering FTTx in cities, towns, and rural areas

- Assesment of different regulatory challenges in different geographies

- The road to 2020 - How have operator strategies evolved over the last 12 months? 

- Is the core network ready for the demands that will be placed on them?

  • Panelist Ahmed Al-Sulaiti - CEO, Qatar National Broadband Network
  • Panelist Antonis Tzortzakakis - Chief Fixed Line Officer, Wind Hellas
  • Panelist Gary McLaren - CTO, Hong Kong Broadband Network
  • Panelist Leo Lundy - CTO, Imagine Communications
  • Panelist Jean-François Fallacher - CEO, Orange Polska

16:35 16:55 (20 mins)


Revolution of Network Infrastructure in Cloud Era

  • - Resource pooling realizes optimal cost.
  • - Elastic resource enables network adjustment with cloud, meets service demands in cloud era dynamically.
  • - Optimized network provides lowest latency.
  • - Simple O&M improves efficiency: one-touch service provisioning, system & network self-recovery
  • Jess Li - Group CTO, ZTE Corporation

16:55 17:25 (30 mins)


Discussion Group: The Road to 2020 – Regulation, Standards & Policy

- Will regulation and policy need to change with the advent of Gigabit speeds

 - What is the impact of Brexit in Europe 

- Regulators role in ensuring affordable and fair access for all - How can standards bodies and regulators support one another? 

- What will the advent of open source platforms mean for standards?

  • Robin Mersh - CEO, Broadband Forum
  • Adrian Scrase - CTO, ETSI
  • Johannes Schmidt - Head of Section: Coordination Office for ICT Standardisation, Bundesnetzagentur für Elektrizität, Gas, Telekommunikation, Post und Eisenbahnen