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Past, Present and Future of Convergence in Communications

Supported by

Agcom
IIC

Celebrating 20 Years of the IIC Italian Chapter
Rome, Italy

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On 10 November 2017, the IIC Italy Chapter was hosted by RAI (the Italian public service broadcaster) to a meeting which brought together over 70 senior representatives from the regulator and from the major companies in the TMT sector in Italy.

The meeting began with a video which charted the IIC’s progress from its early days almost 50 years ago, to the formation of the Chapter as the internet came into being. A presentation by Dr Pepper (Facebook), available here, also charted progress over the last twenty years, drawing on a presentation he had made to an IIC event when he was still at the FCC. This too, looked at the exponential growth of user control, of change in technology and looked forward to the changes yet to come. Leaders from the telcos, TIM, Wind Tre and Vodafone, joined their peers from Discovery Networks, Viacom, RAI and Mediaset as well as Google and Open Fibre echoing his words, reflecting the need to be nimble and flexible. The call was made to regulators to be flexible and ready for change. This was a call answered by Professor Cardani, President, Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM) and to Sébastien Soriano, Chairman, ARCEP, France who is also Chair of the European group, BEREC.

Other speakers also looked for change and called to Italy to be forward looking. Dr Roberto Viola, Director-General at DG CONNECT in the European Commission, laid out the plans for Europe as a whole and invited the country to play a full part in preparing for the Digital Single Market. Antonello GiacomelliUndersecretary, MISE closed the meeting by reporting on the progress made in ultra broadband deployment in Italy, including the lsow pace of change in rural areas - possibly an area of market failure that needs addressing.

A rather moving tribute and award was made in memory of Commissioner Preto of  AGCOM who passed away earlier this year. The former IIC President, Fabio Colasanti, was the first recipient of this award to honour advances made in international communications regulation.

It was a lively and thought-provoking event, held in the lovely city of Rome.

Keynote

Roberto Viola (Dr)

Roberto Viola (Dr)

Director-General, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Speakers

Amos Genish

Amos Genish

CEO, TIM

Andrea  Castellari

Andrea Castellari

CEO Viacom Italia, Middle East and Turkey

Angelo Marcello Cardani (Professor )

Angelo Marcello Cardani (Professor )

President, Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM)

 

Antonello Giacomelli (Hon)

Antonello Giacomelli (Hon)

Undersecretary, MISE

Augusto Preta

Augusto Preta

CEO, ITMedia Consulting; Chairman, Italian Chapter, Director, International Institute of Communications

Chris Chapman

Chris Chapman

President, International Institute of Communications

Damir Hajduk

Damir Hajduk

President, Electronic Media Council, Croatia; Vice-Chair, European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA)

Derrick De Kerckhove

Derrick De Kerckhove

Professor at the University of Toronto

Fabio Colasanti

Fabio Colasanti

Board Member, RAI Way; former President, International Institute of Communications

Fabio Vaccarono

Fabio Vaccarono

Managing Director, Google Italy

Gina Nieri

Gina Nieri

CdA Mediaset

Jeffrey Hedberg

Jeffrey Hedberg

CEO, Wind Tre

Marinella Soldi

Marinella Soldi

President & Managing Director Discovery Networks Southern Europe

Maurizio Decina

Maurizio Decina

Professor at the Politecnico di Milano

Pietro Guindani

Pietro Guindani

President Vodafone Italia

Robert Pepper (Dr)

Robert Pepper (Dr)

Head, Global Connectivity Policy and Planning, Facebook

Sébastien Soriano

Sébastien Soriano

Chairman, Autorité de Régulation des Communications Électroniques et des Postes (ARCEP), France

Tommaso Pompei

Tommaso Pompei

CEO, Open Fiber


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Programme

twenty years after
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF CONVERGENCE IN COMMUNICATIONS ON THE TWENTIETH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE ITALIAN CHAPTER

 

Friday, 10 November 2017 - Salone degli Arazzi, Rai, Viale Mazzini 14, Rome

Conference

Master of Ceremonies:  Dullio Giammaria

08.30

Registration

09.00

Welcome Address. IIC Video Presentation

Monica Maggioni, President Rai
Chris Chapman, President IIC
Angelo Marcello Cardani, President Agcom
Augusto Preta, President IIC – Italian Chapter

Session 1 - 20 Years that reshaped the World of Communications

09.45 The Networks Revolution - Maurizio Dècina
10.00  The Media Revolution – Derrick De Kerckhove
10.15  The Internet Revolution – Robert Pepper
10.30 Event in memory of Agcom Commissioner Antonio Preto: Award Ceremony
10.45 Coffee break

Session 2 - The Next 20 Years: Visions and Perspectives

11.00

Fabio Colasanti, Past President IIC and Former Director General DG Infosoc introduces the keynote speech: The Challenges for Europe

- Roberto Viola, European Commission, DG Connect

11.20

The Role of Regulation

- Sébastian Soriano, President Berec
- Damir Hajduk, VP Erga

11.50

 The Industry Vision

- Andrea Castellari, CEO Viacom Italia, Middle East and Turkey
- Amos Genish, CEO TIM
- Pietro Guindani, President Vodafone Italia
- Jeffrey Hedberg, CEO Wind Tre
- Gina Nieri, Mediaset
- Tommaso Pompei, CEO Open Fiber
- Marinella Soldi, President & Managing Director S. Europe Discovery Networks
- Fabio Vaccarono, Managing Director Google Italy
13.15 The Role of Italy
- Antonello Giacomelli - Undersecretary MISE
13.30  End of Meeting

Simultaneous translation English-Italian will be available.

 


 

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