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ISPA Conference – Competition & Collaboration

October 30

| Early Bird tickets now on sale

Our annual Conference will take place on 30th October in the offices of our members Bird & Bird LLP in London.

The Early Bird tickets are now on sale through Eventbrite.

The theme of this year's Conference is Competition and Collaboration.

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? (business rates)
  • How will the FTIR fit into existing central and devolved Government programmes?
  • How many infrastructure providers can the country viably support long-term?
  • 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?
  • Is there wholesale-resale related dimension to this?
  • Role of software-defined services and the cloud (eg: SD-WAN)
  • New business models
  • 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?
  •  Keynote speeches: Mike McTighe, Chairman, Openreach; and Citizens Advice Bureau

    More speakers and the full list of panellists will be revealed soon...
    There are sponsorship opportunities available - if you would like to address the Conference, demonstrate your products and/or sit on the panel discussing the  topic of your choice, please contact admin@ispa.org.uk

    Book your Early Bird tickets here


    October 30
    Early Bird tickets now on sale
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    Bird&Bird LLP
    15 Fetter Ln
    London , EC4A 1JP United Kingdom
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