ISPA Conference 2018




ISPA Conference 2018

30 October 2018


Added 01-Jan-1970

The conference will explore the ever changing telecoms landscape, assess what impact it will have on ISPs and provide attendees with the opportunity to debate how providers should react to stay competitive in challenging and changing market conditions.

There will be panel sessions throughout the day with various keynote speeches and addresses from sponsors.

This all-day conference includes lunch and will conclude with a networking reception.

The Agenda

9.00-9.25 - Registration and refreshments

9.25-9.35 - Welcome and introduction from Simon Shooter - Partner, Bird&Bird and Andrew Glover - Chair, ISPA

9.35-10.00 - Keynote - James Heath, Director, Telecoms at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Morning Theme: Competition

10:00-11.15 - Panel 1 – Competition

Right regulatory environment for competition

The Government has outlined their vision of a full fibre future, with Ofcom set in the same strategic direction. The bulk of the roll out will be left to industry, with ambitious targets of 15m premises by 2025 and full coverage by 2033, that will require sufficient regulatory and policy backing to achieve. As we move into this phase of development of national next generation networks, what more needs to be done to ensure the most effective and competitive environment of delivery?

  • Do the FTIR and Ofcom strategy go far enough to create the right framework for infrastructure competition?
  • Can the Government’s targets be met? And what more needs to be done to reach this?
  • How will the FTIR fit into existing central and devolved Government programmes?
  • How many infrastructure providers can the country viably support long-term?


  • Ofcom – Brian Potterill, Director of Competition Policy
  • DCMS - Henry Shennan, Deputy Director, Telecoms
  • Openreach - Catherine Colloms, Director Corporate Affairs
  • Cityfibre – Mark Collins, Director of Strategy & Public Affairs
  • Community Fibre - Jeremy Chelot, CEO

Chair: Richard Eccles, Partner, Bird&Bird

11:15-11:35 Coffee Break

11:35-12:00 - Q&A - Mike McTighe, Chairman, Openreach

12:00-12:25 - Presentation: Advances in Hyper scale Routing - Stuart Steele, Regional Manager, Service Providers, Arista Networks. The proliferation of the cloud has changed architecture, design and scaling requirements of IP and MPLS networks from flat partial mesh topologies to hierarchical clos networks. This session will discuss the introduction of disaggregated, deconstructed and distributed ‘super nodes’ utilising leaf-spine to drive next generation core networking.

12:30-13:30 Lunch

Afternoon theme: Collaboration

13:30-13:45 - Presentation by Xantaro/Juniper IP/Optical integration

13:45-14:45 - Panel 2 – Collaboration

Despite competition being at the heart of the industry, the ISP market is by its nature characterised by interconnectedness, with a large network of providers playing a role in delivering an array of services to consumers and businesses. The future telecommunications market is likely to be more complex with competition running across an even larger variety of separate networks and services. This panel will consider current and future options for how the industry can best collaborate to ensure that customers can make the most of this new evolving environment and the opportunities it presents:

  • Do we need a new approach to switching and who would bring this about?
  • Do we need a new approach to selling and consuming services over a more diverse network infrastructure?


  • Glide - James Warner, Director of Sales Marketing and Product
  • Nokia - Paul Adams, Marketing Director, UK&I
  • FluidOne - Russell Horton, CEO
  • INCA - Malcolm Corbett, INCA

14:45-15:00 Coffee Break

15:00 -15:15 - Market update from Oliver Johnson, CEO, Point Topic

15:15-16:15 - Panel 3 – Customers

Government is pushing the full fibre agenda, investment has been significant, and there are players in the market ready to roll out services. There is still, however, some way to go to fit the final piece of the puzzle and stimulate take up. Whilst the regulatory backdrop has a key role, industry must consider the importance of building consumer confidence in the sector to drive the demand side.

  • How can we best stimulate the consumer market to boost take-up of fibre services to bring demand in-line with roll out plans?
  • What more can be done by industry to build trust amongst consumers?
  • Is Ofcom’s approach to price competition helpful/consistent with incentivising fibre take up?
  • How can industry and regulators facilitate switching between infrastructure providers to give consumers more choice?


  • uSwitch - Richard Neudegg, Head of Regulation
  • Openreach - Katie Milligan, MD Customer, Commercial & Propositions
  • Exa Networks - Edd Grinham, Marketing Manager
  • Hyperoptic - Eylem Yangin, Marketing Director

Chair: Point Topic - Oliver Johnson, CEO

16:15-17:00 Networking reception