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2016 ISPA Conference: Enabling opportunity through the Digital Economy

24th November 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The annual ISPA Conference took place on Thursday 24 November in the offices of K&L Gates LLP.

The UK’s digital economy continues to grow, innovate and out-perform other sectors. At a time of uncertainty caused by the vote to leave the European Union, it offers unrivalled opportunities as the UK renegotiates its relationship with the EU and pursues global opportunities. This conference discussed the internet industry priorities for Brexit, provided valuable insight into what lies ahead from leaders on key industries that rely on ISPs in the UK, discuss key industry trends and issues and learnt from legal and regulatory experts through consumer workshops.


9:30 – 9:50: Keynote address - Ian Levy, Technical Head, NCSC

9:50 – 11:00: What does the Internet industry want from Brexit?

Preceded by a presentation on what Brexit means for telecoms, this panel will discuss the major implications of Brexit and analyse the risks and opportunities for ISPs when the UK leaves the EU. Panellists will also spell out what industry should ask for in the upcoming negotiations.


  • Ignasi Guardans, Partner, K&L Gates (Chair)
  • Dana Tobak, CEO, Hyperoptic
  • Simon Burckhardt, MD, Vonage
  • Matthew Hare, CEO, Gigaclear
  • Dan Butler, Head of Public Affairs, Virgin Media

11:00 - 11:15 Break

11:15 – 11:30: Technology Presentation: Delivering Fibre-Like Wireless Services for the Bandwidth Demanding Residential Market, Yaron Ziv, MD, RADWIN

Today wireless ISPs are facing multiple challenges: Growing demand for bandwidth, increased competition from telecom operators deploying fiber and VDSL and the high cost of site acquisitions etc.

RADWIN's wireless JET PtMP series addresses these challenges and assures future proof network while delivering best quality service

11:30- 12:30: Enabling opportunity: how will the Internet be used in the future?

The Internet of Things, smart cities and more mobile data will change how people and businesses will use the Internet in the coming years. This panel of cutting edge online businesses will discuss what new services will be coming online, how the Internet will develop and what ISPs, data centres and hosts need to do to make this happen.

  • Kat Hall, The Register (Chair)
  • Paul Adams, Customer Marketing Director, Nokia
  • Alan Tait, CTO, Stream Technologies
  • Simon Kissel, CEO, Viprinet
  • Simon Geenty, UK General Manager, 90seconds
  • Kathryn Corrick, COO, Represent.me

12:30 - 12:45: Technology Presentation: SD-WAN: Threat or Opportunity for Service Providers - Gerold Arheilger, CTO, Xantaro

12:45 – 14:00 – Lunch

14:05 – 15:05 Legal workshop: Future ISP liability

This workshop will look at how and when ISP liability will change in the face of new legislation (such as the General Data Protection Regulation), new IoT services, a future EU-UK 'privacy shield' and more.


  • Claude Armingaud, Partner, K&L Gates
  • Arthur Artinian, Partner, K&L Gates (Chair)
  • Etienne Drouard, Partner, K&L Gates

This is an open forum and all attendees are encouraged to participate.

14:05 – 15:05: Broadband workshop: What next for the UK Broadband Market?

This breakout is an opportunity for ISPs to discuss how they expect the broadband market to adapt in the face of changing user demands, as well as asking how people will interact with their ISP, how products will evolve and where future opportunities will arise. There will also be a presentation from EY on what consumers expect from ISPs.


  • Andrew Ferguson, Editor, Thinkbroadband (Chair)
  • Jean-Benoit Berty TMT Partner, EY
  • Oliver Johnson, MD, Point Topic

This is an open forum and all attendees are encouraged to participate.

15:05 – 15:20 Break

15:20 – 16:30: The National Cyber Security Strategy & ISPs

With the National Cyber Security Strategy published , this panel will discuss how the strategy will affect the sector, what is expected from ISPs, network protection technology, the rules around breach reporting and what the key concerns are.


  • James Blessing, ISPA Chair (Chair)
  • Dave Harcourt, Chief Security Adviser, BT
  • Sian John, Security Strategist, Symantec
  • Daniel Smith, Cyber-security Policy Manager, LINX
  • Etienne Drouard, Partner, K&L Gates
  • Cabinet Office (Exact Representative TBC)

16:30-17:15: In conversation with Clive Selley

This discussion between The Guardian's Juliette Garside with Openreach CEO Clive Selley will examine the future of UK digital infrastructure, new products and innovations and the regulatory framework.

17:15 – 18:30: Drinks reception


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24th November 2016
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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K&L Gates
1 New Change
London, EC4M 9AF United Kingdom
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