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Session on the Economic Impact of OTTs on National Telecommunication/ICT Markets

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Time and place: Tuesday, 1 October 2019, 09:30 – 1​2:30 and 14:30 – 1​7:3(Room K)

The International Telecommunication Union hosted a thematic ​​workshop on the “Economic Impact of OTT on National Telecommunication/ICT Markets”. The workshop was held in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday, 1 October 2019 at ITU Headquarters (ITU Montbrillant building, Room K) from 09:30 to 17:30.              

Photos from the sessions can be found here​
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Background information

OTTs (or Over The Top) is amongst the most discussed and debated topics with the telecommunication industry as it has reshaped several aspects of the telecommunication/ICT market across the globe. The impact of OTTs spans issues of business models, infrastructure development, competitiveness, as well as telecommunication/ICT regulations.

Study Groups within the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector prepare reports, guidelines and recommendations to support the development of the ICTs around the world. This workshop is co-hosted by the management teams of ITU-D Study Group 1 Question 3/1, which studies “Emerging technologies, including cloud computing: m-services, and OTTs" and Question 4/1, which studies “Economic policies and methods of determining the costs of services related to national telecommunication/ICT networks".

During the workshop, expert participants will discuss topics including the impact of OTTs on network infrastructure, OTT and Mobile Network Operator (MNO) commercial relationships, modernizing communications regulatory frameworks, and the social and economic impact of OTTs.

As a result of the workshop, the aim is to develop a standalone white paper which will be shared with the membership in the form of  an annual deliverable jointly produced by the two study Questions, for consideration at the February 2020 ITU-D Study Group 1 meeting.

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[09:30 - 09:50] Opening session

Mr Nasser Kettani, Rapporteur for Question 3/1, Microsoft Corporation (United States of America) ​[biography]
Mr Arseny Plossky, Rapporteur for Question 4/1, Radio Research & Development Institute (NIIR)(Russian Federation)[biography​]

Presentation: Mr Robert Pepper, Facebook (United States of America)[biography​][presentation​]​[keynote address​]​

[09:50 - 11:00] Session 1: OTTs and network infrastructure

Session 1 topics​

Moderator: Prof Emanuele Giovannetti, Vice-Rapporteur for Question 4/1, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (United Kingdom) [biography​]

Mr Jorge Martinez, Vice-Rapporteur for Question 4/1, Axon Partners Group Consulting (Spain) [biography​][presentation][discussion paper]
Mr Richard Morgan​​, Analysys Mason Limited (United Kingdom) [biography​][presentation][discussion paper​]
Mr David Geary, Digicel (Jamaica) [biography​][presentation][discussion paper​]
​Mr Robert Pepper, Facebook (United States of America)​ [biography​]

11:00 - 11:15 Coffee/tea break

[11:15 - 12:30] Session 2: Modernizing communications regulatory frameworks

Session 2 t​opics:

Moderator: Mr Geraldo Neto, Vice-Rapporteur for Question 3/1, Telecommunications Management Group Inc. (United States of America) [biography​]​​

Mr Jeremy Godfrey, Chairman of BEREC and Commissioner of Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg)(Ireland) [biography​]
Mr Steve Unger, Flint (United Kingdom) [biography​][discussion paper]
Prof H. Sama Nwana, Cenerva (United Kingdom) [biography​][discussion paper]
Ms Archana Gulati, Department of Telecommunications (DOT), Ministry of Communications (India)[paper submission only​]​​

[14:30 - 16:00] Session 3: OTT and MNO relationships

Sessio​n 3 t​opics:

Moderator: Mr Arseny Plossky, Rapporteur for Question 4/1, Radio Research & Development Institute (NIIR)(Russian Federation) [biography​]

Dr Christoph Stork, Research ICT Solutions (RIS)(Canada) [biography​][presentation][discussion paper]
Ms Aminata Drame Thiam, Orange-Sonatel (Senegal) [biography​][presentation​]
Mr Michael Blanche, Google (United States of America) [biography​]
Ms Imme Philbeck, SAMENA Telecommunications Council [biography​][discussion paper]

16:00 - 16:15 Coffee/tea break 

[16:15 - 17:20] Session 4: Social and economic impact of OTTs

Session 4 t​opics:

Moderator: Mr Nasser Kettani, Rapporteur for Question 3/1, Microsoft Corporation (United States of America) [biography​]

Ms Regina Fleur Assoumou-Bessou, Chairman, ITU-D Study Group 1 [biography​]
Mr Kakou Bi Djè Kanvoli, Autorité de Régulation des Télécommunications/TIC de Côte d'Ivoire (ARTCI), Côte d’Ivoire ​[biography​][presentation]
Mr Talent Munyaradzi, Vice-Rapporteur for Question 4/1, Zimbabwe​ [biography​][presentation]
Mr Dhanaraj Thakur, Research Director, World Wide Web Foundation and Alliance for Affordable Internet​ [biography​][presentation][discussion paper]
​​Dr Fabro Steibel, Instituto de Tecnologia & Sociedade do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) [biography​][presentation​]

[17:20 - 17:30] Wrap up and closing remarks

Mr Nasser Kettani, Rapporteur for Question 3/1, Microsoft Corporation (United States of America) ​
Mr Arseny Plossky, Rapporteur for Question 4/1, Radio Research & Development Institute (NIIR)(Russian Federation)

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