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NextGen 12 Agenda

‘Connectivity for the Digital Economy’ - the UK’s essential infrastructure needs, how they are being met and alternative approaches to achieving complete coverage.

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The conference will be chaired by Brian Condon - Director CBN
Monday - 8 October - at a glance (timings are provisional)

Morning - The Big Picture - ‘what is needed’ - featuring: Dr. Peter Cochrane; the UK as seen from Europe; Fibre to the Home, Point Topic’s latest analysis and the UK experience of Europe’s leading fibre manufacturer Prysmian Group - plus responses from DCMS
Afternoon - UK digital investment - ‘meeting the needs’ - in detail:
Openreach; Online Centres Foundation; Chinese giant Huawei, City of Westminster and urban wireless solutions from UK Broadband.
Evening - 'Celebrating Success’ - Conference Dinner and NextGen Challenge Awards presentation in the Members' Dining Room, Palace of Westminster

08.30Registration and Refreshments
09.45Official Opening and Welcome - Ben Goward - Interim CIO Westminster City Council
10.00NextGen 12 - setting the scene - Lorne Mitchell - MD Objective Designers
10.15Bandwidth - The Bigger Picture Dr Peter Cochrane OBE Keynote
10.40 The future is digital - Karin Ahl - President Fibre to the Home Council Europe
10.55Refreshments, opportunity to visit the exhibition and display areas and network
11.30FTTH - From Start to Finish - Keynote Richard Thomas - Director Marketing Prysmian Group Telecom Solutions
12.00 Broadband in Europe - Results of the recent Point Topic study. Is the EU on target to reach its goal of 30Mb/s for every household by 2020 Oliver Johnson - CEO Point Topic
12.10Robert Madelin - Director-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG Connect) at the European Commission on the work of the Directorate and EU policy followed by a digital policy debate with Simon Towler - Head of Spectrum, Broadband and international ICT policy at DCMS and David Stewart - Competition Policy Director Ofcom Chaired by Stephen Hilton - Service Director Bristol Futures Group, Bristol City Council.
12.50Lunch, networking, and opportunity to visit the exhibition and display areas
13.45Fibre Broadband - Superfast, Open and Affordable - Liv Garfield - CEO Openreach
14.05 Meeting the Bandwidth Challenge - Keynote Stefano Cantarelli - UK Vice President Network and CTO Huawei
14.25Transparency, inclusion and public service delivery. Discussion with Helen Milner - Chief Executive of Online Centres Foundation and Kat Braybrooke - Community Coordinator Open Knowledge Foundation
15.05Wireless technology, its role in delivering the promise of Next Generation Access for all Nicholas James - CEO UK Broadband
15.30Refreshments, opportunity to visit the exhibition area and network
16.00Breakout into sessions including: From Oxford Tweet to Leicester Share; the impact of O2 Wifi in the City of Westminster, Bringing Internet Services to Rural Communities - why fixed wireless broadband is a compelling solution by Cambium Networks and Scream if you want to go faster! the challenges of providing community broadband by Daniel Heery - Director CBN
17.00Official Conference Drinks Reception in the Assembly Hall - sponsored by Keymile
18.00Close of Day 1
19.30Official Conference Dinner and presentation of NextGen Challenge Awards at House of Commons Members' Dining Room (you can book for dinner when you register - dress code: business attire)

Tuesday - 9 October - at a glance (timings are provisional)

Morning - Digital Strategies - ‘alternative approaches’ - featuring:
Lord Inglewood (Lords Communication Committee’s recent report); non-incumbent viewpoints; the Dido Harding interview; Swedish Broadband; Intelligent Cities and the Digital Economy.
Afternoon - Digital Diversity - ‘for complete coverage’ - featuring:
Virgin Media; mobile and wireless solutions, and alternative designs for fibre. The afternoon ends with a panel debate including ISPA, Virgin Media, Prysmian Group and Broadband Forum, with refreshments and a last chance to visit exhibitors.

08.30Registration and Refreshments
09.00Opening and welcome
09.05Lord Inglewood presents on the findings of the recent House of Lords Select Communications Committee inquiry into superfast broadband - Broadband for all
09.25 Panel discussion to debate the HOL findings and take these forward - panellists include Lord Inglewood, Chi Onwurah MP British Member of Parliament representing Newcastle upon Tyne Central and Shadow Minister for Innovation & Science, Francesco Caio - Chief Executive Officer Avio Group and author of the 2008 Caio Review on Broadband and Matt Yardley - Partner Analysys Mason. Chaired by The Earl of Erroll
10.10Breakout into sessions including Alternative approaches for broadband roll out Mark Collins - Director Regulation and Public Policy CityFibre, Felipe Florez Duncan - Managing Consultant Oxera and David Cullen - Prism Business Consulting. Chaired by Dave Carter - Head Manchester Digital and Chair INCA; The Rise of Intelligent Cities - developing a UK capability introduced by Allan Mayo - Head Services Policy Unit at BIS with Raj Mack - Head of Digital Birmingham Birmingham City Council. Chaired by Michael Mulquin - CEO IS Communications and From ‘Soup to Nuts’: building, operating and growing a greenfield fibre network by Spatial Info
11.00Refreshments, opportunity to visit the exhibition and display areas and network
11.30Fibre Optic Makes The 3 Lions Roar! - Wembley City, An Icon Re-Born - Mark Kellett - CEO Magnet Networks
11.50 Digital Infrastructure Diversity - solutions and choices in the UK panel debate - panelists: Duncan Watts - Head of Business Development, Fixed and Wireless Expansion at Virgin Media, Mark Gracey - ISPA Chair, Carl Pimblett - Huawei Solutions Director, Robin Mersh - CEO Broadband Forum and Adam Ashenden - Market Manager Prysmian Group. Chaired by David Harrington - Head Regulatory Affairs CMA
12.35Breakout into sessions including: The Digital Economy by Dr Catherine Mulligan - Research Fellow Imperial College London; Open Access Networks - the Swedish experience by Crister Mattson - Senior Advisor Acreo and Iain Perry - Sales Manager - Utsikt Bredband AB. Chaired by James Saunby - CEO GreySky Consulting and You’re not putting that in my road! everything you ought to know about micro-trenching by Stirling Lloyd
13.10Lunch, networking, opportunity to visit the exhibition and display areas and network
14.00Breakout into sessions including a look at Developments in the Mobile World by John Cooke - Executive Director Mobile Operator's Association and Caroline Gabriel - Research Director Rethink Technology Research. Chaired by David Brunnen - Managing Editor Groupe Intellex; Helping Local Authorities get the Best NGA Deal by Benoît Felten - CEO Diffraction Analysis and The market opportunity for hyper-fast broadband by Dana Tobak MD Hyperoptic
14.35Interview session with Dido Harding - CEO TalkTalk Group and Go ON UK Board
15.10Closing session in the Assembly Hall
15.25Refreshments and end of Conference Networking

During the 2 days of the conference you can discover the advantages of FTTH at the FTTH Council Europe’s World of Applications Health Care showcase and experience hands-on demos of FTTH-enabled services and applications.

NG Events Ltd reserves the right to make changes to the scheduled programme

Delegate Registration

Members from our partner organisations receive 20% discount (ISPA, CMA, MOA, ICF, BSG, FTTH Council Europe, ScotlandIS and INCA)

Exhibitor Registration

Location: Church House Conference Centre, Westminster, London