30 October 2018
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.
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?
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.
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:
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.
Chair: Point Topic - Oliver Johnson, CEO
16:15-17:00 Networking reception