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Agenda Day 2


Wednesday 10 June 2015           

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Global Regulators - Industry Dialogue (GRID) sessions

09.00 – 10.30 


Session 3 - Spotlight on network sharing business models

This session will examine network sharing models that have been developed among various utilities.
  • What are the successful models out there? Sharing, co-ownership, infrastructure ownersHow to attract investment in all layers, and in particular infrastructure?
  • Innovative business models for sustainable development: the case of smart cities
  • Cooperation with other utilities providers                
  • Fiscal incentives and other regulatory measures as a business game changer
  • Managing risks: regulatory options

Presentation: Discussion paper on Network Sharing ModelsPresentation​, Mr Malcom Webb, Partner, WebbHenderson

Interactive panel discussion 

Moderator: Mr Marufu Antony Chigaazira, Executive Secretary, CRASA
- Mr Jacques Stern, Board Member, ARCEP, France
- Mr Mike Jensen, Internet Access Specialist, APC
- Mr Peter Pitsch​, Executive Director, Intel
- Mr Mongi Marzoug, Vice President, Internet Governance and Digital development, Orange 

Coffee break
​10.45 - 12.00 

Session 4 - The impact of taxation on the digital economy

This session will examine how taxation affects the deployment and take-up of services in a digital environment.
  • Understanding the impact of fiscal charges on competition and innovation in a digital economy
  • Setting favorable conditions for investment in ICTs to flourish, whose responsibility is it?
  • Taxation: a tool for social development or a business inhibitor? 
  • How can taxes affect demand and broadband uptake?
  • What fiscal regime applies to over the top services and applications?

Presentation: Discussion paper on The Impact of Taxation on the Digital EconomyPresentation, Dr Raul Katz, President, Telecom Advisory Services LLC and Director, Business Strategy Research, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information

Interactive panel discussion 

​Moderator: Mr Lin Mombo, President of the Regulatory Board, ARCEP, Gabon and GSR1-5 Chair
- Mr Hishem Besbes​, President, INTT, Tunisia 
- Ms Cynthia Reddock-Downes​, Executive Officer, TTAT, Trinidad and Tobago

 ​Lunch break
13.30-14.00    (Information session on the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) - Presentation​, ​Mr François Rancy, Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU
​14.00 – 15.30 

​Session 5 - Internet of Everything: are we ready?

This session will examine how convergence, cloud services, sensors, big data and data analytics are leading the way to the Internet of Things (IoT). What does it mean for the future and how to prepare for it from a policy and regulatory standpoint.
  • What is it all about? From human-to-machine communications to machine-to-machine communications and everything-to-everything communications
  • Are we there yet? Understanding the regulatory implications: data protection, privacy, lock-in, switching, interoperability, spectrum, etc.
  • IoT, data analytics and smart cities                
  • What investment is needed to sustain IoT?

Presentation: Discussion paper on the Internet of Things​  │ Presentation​, Prof. Ian Brown, Associate Director, Oxford University's Cyber Security Centre and Professor, Information Security and Privacy, Oxford Internet Institute

Interactive panel discussion   ​

Moderator: Mr Hodge Semakula, Executive Secretary/CEO, EACO
- Mr Alain Billerot, Regional Director, IBM Central and West Africa
- Mr Shiv Bakhshi, Vice President, Industry Relations, Ericsson
- Mr Eric Loeb, Vice President, AT&T
- Mr Abderrahi Koumaa, Director General, Gabon Telecom


Coffee Break
15.45 – 17.00

Session 6 - Interoperability in the digital ecosystem: a layered approach

This session will discuss the importance of interoperability to prevent consumers from being locked-in when using apps and services and understand its effects on innovation and competition.
  • Defining ICT interoperability in the market place, among technologies and systems, its impact on consumer choice, quality of service and the advent of IoT
  • The need for interoperability of equipment, devices and operating systems as a market and legal prerequisite in a digital world 
  • Interoperability to avoid lock-in effects                
  • How can interoperability spur innovation and competition?
  • The drawbacks of interoperability: security, privacy, etc.

Presentation: Discussion paper on Interoperability In a Digital World​Presentation​Prof. Dr Urs Gasser, Executive Director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University

Interactive panel discussion 

Moderator: Eng Mohammad Al Taani​, Chairman of the Board/Chief Executive Officer, Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC),  Jordan

-       Mr Jean-Louis Beh Mengue​, Director General, ART, Cameroon
-       Mr Sonam Phuntsho​, Director, BICMA, Bhutan
- Ms Patricia Cooper​, Vice President, Government Affairs and Policy, Intelsat 
  17.00-17.30 Information Session on Measuring the Information Society: better data for better policy making, Presentation​, Dr Cosmas Zavazava, Chief, PKM Department, ITU/BDT