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Time to think of the next steps
Wednesday 10 May 2017 | Conference Day 1

  • Registration and welcome coffee from 07.45
  • Beginning of the Conference 08.30
  • Seated Buffet 12.30.
  • End of conference: 18.30
  • Cocktail Reception: 19.00. Exhibition Hall


Dave Burstein,
Editor, News


Ronan Kelly, CTO, EMEA & APAC, Adtran

Ronan brings over 20 years' experience in the telecom industry. With firsthand experience deploying next-generation optical and copper networks, IPTV platforms, and microwave radio networks, he holds an unusually broad understanding of the challenges faced by today's operators, incumbent and competitive alike.   Combining his long standing technical knowledge with his strong telecoms business understanding (operator, NREN and vendor), Ronan has assisted some of the world's largest operators maximize their value proposition and achieve market success. Ronan has served at board level for a number of our industry's not for profit organizations, including INEX, The New IP Agency, and is currently serving as the President for FTTH Council Europe.   For the past seven years, Ronan has been dedicated to the development of ADTRAN as a global leader in the broadband access and transport arena, and continues in these efforts as we enter the exciting new era of SDN and NFV based Software Defined Access.   He holds an MSc in Technology & Innovation Management and an MBA from the Dublin Institute of Technology.

The Terabit DSL
Investigating the potentials of the use of massive tiny transmitters in a coordinated array where the number of such transmitters significantly exceeds the number of wires in the shielded binder. The essentially treating the binder of wires as a highly complex waveguide in which effectively higher-order transverse/transmission modes could exist and be exploited at sub millimeter wavelengths to open bandwidth possibilities well beyond conventional DSL transmission.

John Cioffi,

Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering,
Stanford University
BT's update on Openreach's Progress
Openreach are working to take the UK from being a superfast to an ultrafast nation and have ambitious plans to make ultrafast available using two fibre solutions - and FTTP. Openreach's deployment is supported by BT's research labs. Giving an update on the breakthroughs in technology over the past year. Highlighting future evolutions.

Trevor Linney,

Peter Bell,
Director of Network Portfolio,
Coffee Break deployments SESSION PART I
The Importance of Interoperability to the Deployment of
A key requirement of the broadband operators is to deliver interoperability from the start of deployments, creating an open and competitive market. Previous broadband technologies have greatly benefited from interoperability programs. Understanding this has produced the signature program for the Broadband Forum with - interoperability Certification.

Frank Van der Putten,

Vice Chair of the Technical Committee,
Swisscom: Latest Status, Progress and Challenges
Overview of Swisscom's UBB strategy towards and explanation of the deployment scenarios and the network architecture. Highlighting the challenges of deploying in the live network and handling of CPE's. First lab experiences and approach for cable modelling.

Daniel Burri, Senior Project Manager, Swisscom

Daniel Burri is IPMA certified Senior Project Director at Swisscom. His passion is to lead challenging strategic telecommunication system introduction projects at Swisscom.   In the past 20 years he introduced already three generation of optical core/metro transport systems and two generation of copper access systems (VDSL2, G.Vector).   Currently hi is responsible for the introduction of the next generation copper access technology ( into the Swisscom operational network.

Lessons Learned from the two largest North America's Deployments
The North American deployments are centered on MDU installations and winning in the MDU space. As with all multiple dwelling units the size, cabling, and deployment locations are all different. Presenting the installation photos, placements, and different form factors. Describing two types of DPU products; a hardened sealing device and a rack mountable 1RU device. Centering on the different wiring types in buildings; station wiring, 2-wire, 4-wire, 6-wire, CAT3, CAT5 to each apartment.

Bill Bittancourt, Senior Product Line Leader, Calix Inc.

Bill Bittancourt is a Senior Product Line Manager at Calix with responsibility for copper based Access technologies for FTTN, FTTB, and FTTdp solutions. These products include and VDSL2/ ADSL2+ solutions for sealed/hardened, fixed form factor, and chassis based solutions.   Bill has contributed to the Calix submissions to the WT-301 standard and has written VDSL2 Vectoring best practice documents ("Vectoring to Win") as well as worked on cabinet and cabinet retrofit OSP solutions. Prior to joining Calix, he has held strategic product line development and marketing roles for L2/L3 router and remote access server products, proprietary embedded communications solutions, and mainframe computer products at other companies.

Seated Buffet deployments SESSION PART II
Proximus Experience
Providing an update on technology learnings (lab and field). Update on wrt 35b vectored VDSL2 technology learnings Specific requirements for both main metallic access technologies ( & VDSL2 evolution) in a Proximus context.

Kurt Coulier,
Senior DSL Technology Expert, Proximus

Kurt Coulier is the technology engineering project lead within Proximus, is responsible for strategic vectored VDSL2 and technology design aspects and represents Proximus in ITU-T SG 15 WP1 Q4.  Since the start of the Proximus FTTCab journey in 2002 he has advised the main Proximus DSL technology choices. Since 2005 he has been responsible for the DSL technology part of all main DSL RFI / RFP / RFQ (DSLAM, CPE modems and master splitters) including technical interoperability ecosystem management.  Kurt Coulier joined Proximus in 2000 (then called Belgacom) and holds an MSc in electronics and electrical engineering for telecommunications

Orange Poland Report
Detailing the results obtained during the field trial performed in Poland. Showing the capability of the technology as well as the customeer feedbacks.

Hubert Mariotte,

Market Perspectives & Technical Challenges SESSION
15.00 Deployment Report
Ovum was commissioned to produce a report by NBN and BT in order to provide an overview of G.Fast, including carrier plans to introduce the technology and its further evolution in the form of XGFAST.

Julie Kunstler,
Principal Consultant, Broadband Access,

Coffee Break
European Broadband Coverage
Reporting the 2016 coverage numbers for the European Commission. Discussing about the growth of the various technologies by country in the EU (+switz, Norway and Iceland). How is LTE progressing, where is appearing what are the challenges and mixes for vendors and customers.

Oliver Johnson,
CEO, Point Topic

Chief Executive of UK based analyst house Point Topic Oliver has been involved in online environments for more than 30 years. He joined Point Topic as the COO in 2004 and moved to CEO in 2007.   Starting with internet projects in the mid-80s running bulletin boards, through building some of the first commercial websites in the UK in the early 90s and then to monitoring and analysing B2C and B2B market demand and supply he has built up a significant breadth of experience. Over the last 15 years he has researched, analysed and reported on global broadband markets and players down to zip code consumer modelling. Familiar with the range of influences that drive broadband, from political to legal to technical to socio-demographic effects he originates the bulk of Point Topic's modelling and data analysis.   Originally a mathematical economist Oliver subsequently moved on from the City (working in strategic management consultancies) and progressed through a number of media rich environments including broadcast TV, online and offline advertising and digital marketing for some of the largest global brands and agencies before arriving at Point Topic.   Oliver oversees the analyst and development work on Point Topic's geographic products in particular and continues to work on broadband scoping projects for the local and national governments, the European Commission as well as a full range of industry clients.

SDN Zero Touch Provisioning
Exploring how SDN enables solutions such as Zero Touch Provisioning and offline management of reverse powered micro-nodes to greatly simplify deployments. The resulting agility and efficiency enables operators to deploy wherever they need it and eliminate complexity while managing large numbers of micro-nodes.

Speaker from Nokia

17.00 DEBATE

Long range What's realistic at 250-300 meters?
Beyond 16-24 ports: What's working for larger buildings?

Dave Burstein,
Editor, News
John Cioffi, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
Oliver Johnson,
CEO, Point Topic
Julie Kunstler, Principal Consultant, Broadband Access, Ovum
Hubert Mariotte, Orange
Trevor Linney, BT
Bill Bittancourt, Senior Product Line Leader, Calix Inc.
Kurt Coulier, Senior DSL Technology Expert, Proximus


End of Conference Day One

Welcome Cocktail

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