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Programme

Monday 29 June 2015

Welcome & Opening Address

Welcome

  • Fabio Colasanti, President, International Institute of Communications
  • Gagik Buniatyan, Chairperson, National Commission on TV and Radio of Armenia (NCTR
  • Vache Gabrielyan, Vice Prime Minister of Armenia

Session 1: Convergence and the issues it raises

  • How has convergence affected traditional forms of communication – where does broadcasting (television and radio) sit? Fixed line telephony? Do they need to be safeguarded?
  • Differential regulations for different platforms and services – what does convergence mean at a practical level?
  • Are the issues the same for converged markets as they were for telecommunications or media?
  • What are the key challenges: Over-the-Top players, new applications, net neutrality, interconnection charging, protection of the consumer?

In the Chair

  • Antonio Amendola, Executive Director of International External Affairs, AT&T  

Speakers include

  • Dr Stephen Collins, Vice President Corporate Affairs EMEA, Microsoft
  • Rikard Englund, Head/Director of Competition Department, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS)

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  • Alan Evans, Director, Industry Area Mediacom, Ericsson

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  • Dmitry Filippov, CFO, SPB TV

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  • Weijun Lee, Top Strategic Technologies Executive,Cloud Computing and IT Division, ZTE (TX) Inc

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Session 2: Investment, infrastructure and innovation issues

  • Which regulatory measures and models foster investment?Financial incentives – is there a place for public funding?
  • Funding models – Public Private Partnerships, government intervention..
  • Regulatory holidays – do they work?
  • Models to ensure that the backbone infrastructure is built to last – how key is competition?
  • Giving access to rural population

In the Chair

  • Fabio Colasanti, President, International Institute of Communications

Speakers include

  • Antonio Amendola, Executive Director of International External Affairs, AT&T
  • Aram Barseghyan, Deputy Director, UCOM 
  • Rikard Englund, Head/Director of Competition Department, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS)
  • Xia Wei, Head of Representative Office, China Telecom Global Limited, Central Asia
  • Hovhannes Alexanyan, Commercial Director, Arpinet LLC

 


Session 3: Consumer, cultural and citizen protection in a convergent world

  • Protection of minors and the vulnerable – what does this mean in a global world?
  • What are the regulatory mechanisms used to address issues such as

Illegal content, Online advertising/Pop ups etc., Spam, The importance of trust

  • Concerns about privacy, the protection of personal information, freedom of expression – will they stifle economic growth?
  • National values vs. global content
  • Over-the-Top or Content and application providers – issues raised for the regulator
  • Social media/apps – whose responsibility?
  • Access to content and piracy – interoperability and legality

In the Chair

  • Augusto Preta, CEO, ITMedia Consulting, Italy; Chairman, IIC Italian Chapter

Speakers include

  • Dr. Joan Barata Mir, Principal Adviser to the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
  • Maxim Ksenzov, Deputy Head, Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media, Roscomnadzor

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  • Grigori Saghyan, Vice Chair, Internet Society Armenia; Secretary, Armenian Internet Governance Council

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  • Karol Warzecki, Chief Specialist for Retail Services, Legal Services and International Relations, Office of Electronic Communications (UKE), Poland Shant Karamyan, Acting General Director, "Cross Hi-Tech" LLC

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  • Andranik Minasyan, Director, ARANEA 

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tUESDAY 30 JUNE 2015

Session 4: Developing a digital society for all

  • How governments, regulators and industry can make the transition to digital a success
  • What role can the regulator play in the development and encouragement of national broadband plans/targets? What is the regulatory role of the state in the digital world?
  • Is there a role for universal service funds?
  • Is digital inclusion a right and how can the regulator limit the impact of a digital divide?
  • Is content regulation still needed - why and is it feasible?
  • Who is the digital consumer?

In the Chair

  • Dr Stephen Collins, Vice President Corporate Affairs EMEA, Microsoft

Speakers Include

  • Grigor Amalyan, General Director, Television and Radio Broadcasting Network of Armenia CJSC
  • Maria Stoyanova, Member, Council for Electronic Media, Bulgaria
  • Nejra Cehic, Senior Reporter, Bloomberg Media EMEA
  • Aram Barseghyan, Deputy Director, UCOM
  • Igor Pigarev, Manager, Government and Industry Relations, Ericsson
  • Hayk Faramazyan, General Director, GNC-ALFA CJSC, Rostelecom Group

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  • Georgi Chaltikyan, Founding President and CEO, AATM (Armenian Association of Telemedicine)

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