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08.30    Registration

09.15    Welcome

09:30 SESSION 1: What inroads are being made into closing the digital divide? Delivering the demand and digital infrastructure to enable connectivity at the national and regional level

•    Quantifying the digital gap between regions and income groups
•    Difficulties in closing these gaps and possible alternatives to overcome them
•    estimations of the economic benefits of including low income population into the digital economy


11:00  Refreshments


11:30 SESSION 2: Future of content and online video in a post-convergence world

•    Implications of the changing consumption patterns of audio-visual content
•    Video-sharing platforms – definitions / regulation / monitoring
•    Quotas / prominence in a global content world
•    State aid and the future of PSBs
•    Tackling disinformation / fake news


13:00  Lunch


14:00 SESSION 3: Evolving financial, taxation and trade paradigms for the digital economy

•    What new metrics are required to assess the impact of digitization?
•    Economic incentives, new financing models, digital taxation
•    Examining the intersection of trade policy and telecom/media
•    How to create the digital single market for LatAm / Caribbean


15:30  Refreshments


14:00 SESSION 4: Consolidation, competition dynamics and market concentration - business model analysis / policy and regulatory implications

•    Network and content vertical integration – what constitutes a successful business model?
•    Killer acquisitions: how do we know when they are benign or not? What’s the impact on incentives for innovation and entrepreneurship?
•    Balancing ex ante and ex post interventions - can these tools be a one size fits all template across countries? Should ex post interventions be preferred given the speed of change?
•    Access to data: is this a barrier to competition/innovation? What can we do?


17:20  Closing of day one

18:00  Drinks reception at the Palms Hotel (pre-booking required)





friday 17 may 2019


08.30    Registration

09.00    Welcome

09:15 SESSION 5: The road to 5G – how will the LatAm / Caribbean regions keep pace? What are the realistic use cases and timelines?

•    What are the objectives and policies for 4G and 5G investment, innovation and rollout?
•    What are the short to medium term use cases for 5G in Latam and the Caribbean? 5G for smartphones versus 5G for the rest of the heterogeneous ecosystem
•    Spectrum policy – frequency availability, license length duration, renewal criteria
•    mm Wave spectrum - how much appetite from the private sector? Will this be an opportunity for new players?
•    How will near ubiquitous overage, consistent levels of quality and the industrial internet be achieved?
•    Network densification - what can federal governments do to fulfil their digital goals and align with local governments?


10:30  Refreshments


10:45 SESSION 6: Preparing for WRC-19: key considerations and questions for spectrum management, satellite, terrestrial and broadcasting services


12:00  Keynote


12:30  Lunch


13:30 SESSION 7: Cybersecurity and data governance frameworks – building a collaborative approach

•    Cybersecurity realities in a world of tension between end-to-end encryption (privacy) and security
•    Implications of GDPR for LatAm / Caribbean – is it a suitable model?
•    Data localization, cross-border data flows, bilateral mechanisms  
•    Data ownership, data rights, data sharing architectures


14:30  Refreshments


14:45 SESSION 8: Operationalising digital projects - removing barriers to deployment and closing the disconnect between political desire and reality


15:45  Closing remarks

15:50  Close of Forum


All sessions will have Spanish/English simultaneous translation to ensure maximum participation from all.
Para garantizar la activa participación de todos, todas las sesiones contarán con interpretación simultánea español/inglés.

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