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ISPA Conference – Competition & Collaboration

30th October 2018




Headline sponsor




9.00-9.25 - Registration and refreshments

9.25- 9.35- Welcome and introduction by Richard Eccles, Partner, Bird&Bird and Andrew Glover, Chair, ISPA

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

Morning Theme: Competition

10.00 - 11.00 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?


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

Chair: Richard Eccles, Partner, Bird&Bird

11.15-11.35 Coffee Break

11.35 - 12:00 - Q&A with Mike McTighe, Chairman of Openreach   

12:00-12.25 - Advances in Hyper scale Routing by 

Speaker : 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
.         FluidOne - Piers Daniell, Chairman
.         Nokia - Paul Adams, Marketing Director, UK&I
.         INCA - Malcolm Corbett, CEO


14:45-15.00 Coffee Break

15:00-15:15 UK broadband consumers and technologies: Where, when, what and who? by 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
·         Exa Networks - Edd Grinham, Marketing Manager
.         Openreach - Katie Milligan, MD Customer, Commercial & Propositions
.         Hyperoptic - Eylem Yangin, Marketing Director

Chair: Oliver Johnson, CEO, Point Topic

16.15-17.00 Networking reception

About our sponsors

Openreach is Britain’s digital network business.

Our mission is to build the best possible network, with the highest quality service, making sure that everyone in Britain can be connected.

We’re a wholly owned and independently governed division of the BT Group and we work on behalf of more than 600 communications providers like SKY, TalkTalk, Vodafone, and BT, and our fibre broadband network is the biggest in the UK, passing almost 28 million premises.

Over the last decade, we’ve invested more than £11 billion into our network and we’re continuing to make superfast broadband speeds available to thousands more homes and businesses every week.

Additionally, our Fibre First programme will reach 3 million homes by 2020, and we want to reach 10 million premises by the mid-2020s. We believe we can ultimately fully-fibre the majority of the UK under the right conditions.

For more information, visit openreach.co.uk

Xantaro, design, build & maintain, secure high-performance networks. Our 3 key pillars of technology solutions are: visibility, automation & defence. Being the single point of contact towards numerous international technology leaders, Xantaro supports its customers locally in the sustained development of business-critical networks and high-performance services, across technological and corporate boundaries. The long-lasting experience and the multilateral know-how of its in-house technology experts is concentrated by Xantaro into the core competence of “Service Integration”: Through useful combination of existing and/or new network components and technologies within an end-to-end services portfolio, tailored solutions are evolved.

www.xantaro.net      020 3795 2348       enquiries@xantaro.net


Arista Networks was founded to pioneer and deliver software-driven cloud networking solutions for large data center storage and computing environments. Arista's award-winning platforms, ranging in Ethernet speeds from 10 to 100 gigabits per second, redefine scalability, agility and resilience. Arista has shipped more than 15 million cloud networking ports worldwide with CloudVision and EOS, an advanced network operating system. Committed to open standards, Arista is a founding member of the 25/50GbE consortium. Arista Networks products are available worldwide directly and through partners.

At the core of Arista's platform is the Extensible Operating System (EOS™), a ground-breaking network operating system with single-image consistency across hardware platforms, and modern core architecture enabling in-service upgrades and application extensibility.



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