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Programme

monday 7 october

Welcome address
  • Ed Richards, Chief Executive Officer, Ofcom

Session 1: Differential regulation for different platforms/sectors
  • Is a level playing field in content regulation and/or telecommunications regulation necessary or to be preferred?
  • Content traditionally has been more regulated than telecommunications. In a converged world are these differences still justified, and are they sustainable? 
  • What changes must be made to regulatory practice – for example, what are the challenges raised by the revision of the Telecoms and Audio Visual Media Services Directives in Europe; why are they being revised?

Chair

  • Claudio Pollack, Group Director, Content, Consumer and External Affairs, Ofcom

Speakers

  • Georg Serentschy, Chief Executive Officer, RTR - GmbH, Austria
  • Dr Howard S H Shyr, Chairperson, National Communications Commission, Taiwan

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  • Colonel Dr Natee Sukonrat, Vice Chairman, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, Thailand
  • Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission, USA

 How  can the regulator evaluate itself and its success?
  • Building regulatory capacity and adapting skillsets to new models – what lessons can be learned?
  • How long should the regulator hold back – is there a correct time for regulatory forbearance and how do you judge that?
  • Is it valid to set KPIs for industry when the regulator is not independently evaluated?
  • How appropriate are so-called independent measures (such as those of the OECD) and how can they be tested? Do they matter?

Chair

  • Freya Guinness, Director, Operational Transformation, Ofcom

Speakers

  • Bo Andersson, Chief Economist, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS)
  • William Stucke, Councillor, ICASA, South Africa

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  • Howaida Nadim, Strategic Planning Executive Director, ICTQatar

 Session 3: International Cooperation – where is it possible? Covering issues including:
  • Technical standards
  • IP rights
  • Spectrum allocation
  • Content and freedom of expression
  • National vs. global
  • Trade
  • Investigation and enforcement
  • WCIT

Chair

  • Steve Unger, Group Director, Strategy, International, Technology and Economists, Ofcom

Speakers

  • Chris Chapman, Chairman, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
  • Paarock VanPercy, Director General, National Communications Authority (NCA), Ghana 

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  • Dr Hamit Ersoy, Member, Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), Turkey
  • Dr Dongwook Kim, President, KISDI, Korea

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OTT or Content and application providers – issues raised for the regulator
  • Level playing field arguments are made but whose jurisdiction?
  • Development of OTT content – where does this leave regulation?
  • Social media/apps
  • The regulation of connected TV – hardware, software, delivery – and pricing.

Chair

  • Steve Gettings, Director of Strategy Development, Ofcom

Speakers

  • Dr Carlos Manuel Baigorri, Head, Technical Advisory, National Telecommunication Agency - Anatel, Brazil
  • Lin-Net Koh, Chief Executive Officer, Media Development Authority, Singapore
  • Dr Carlos Magno, Chairman, Portuguese Regulatory Authority for the Media – ERC

End of day one
Welcome Dinner for delegates, co-hosted by Squire Sanders and Frontier Economics at Vinopolis

 

tUESDAY 8 OCTOBER

Opening Remarks
  • Fabio Colasanti, President, International Institute of Communications
Access infrastructure issues and is getting the best deal for the consumer the best for society?
  • Access infrastructure issues and is getting the best deal for the consumer the best for society?
  • Avoiding bottlenecks – is this possible?
  • Models of funding – public vs. private: what role does the regulator play?
  • Connectivity – landing rights, interconnection charges
  • Demand vs. supply
  • As licences end how should the regulator position new licensing regimes (e.g. the re-assignment of spectrum for public mobile services)
  • Issues in emerging economies – how does the regulator enable economic development?

Chair

  • Stuart McIntosh, Group Director, Competition, Ofcom

Speakers

  • Eliza Lee, Director General, Communications, Office of the Communications Authority, Hong Kong SAR

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  • Professor Angelo Marcello Cardani, President, Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM), Italy 

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  • Batsukh Balgansuren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Communications Regulatory Commission of Mongolia

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  • Dr Henry Nkemadu, Head of Policy, Economic Analysis, Nigerian Communications Commission

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“Piecemeal responses to new issues” (ACMA, 2011)
  • How can the regulator allow new developments in the communications industry – and their concomitant benefits – to flourish?
  • Where there are established regulators, how can they keep up? How do the relatively new regulators avoid the dangers of legacy regulation?
  • Regulatory overlaps: press, competition, financial, health, information, security – how should the communications regulator deal with these? What serves the consumer the best, and how?

Chair

  • Chris Woolford, Director of International, Ofcom

Speakers

  • Dr Carlos Pablo Márquez Escobar, Executive Director, Commission for Communications Regulation, Colombia
  • Dr Annegret Groebel, Head of Department, International Relations / Postal Regulation, Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), Germany
  • Dr Rahul Khullar, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India

End of conference
14:30 – 17:30 IIC IHUB AT OFCOM: FACILITATED PRIVATE NETWORKING EVENT
18:00 - 20: 00 Opening Reception for the International Institute of Communications 44th Annual Conference, hosted by Ofcom at The Swan @ The  Globe Theatre.

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