The future of telecoms… in a converged world: new challenges and opportunities' Conference

20 May 2015

13.00 - 17.45 GMT

One Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London SW1H 9JJ

We are delighted to invite you to 'The future of telecoms… in a converged world: new challenges and opportunities' conference.

A little over 30 years ago BT was privatised and the world of telecoms changed forever. Today's competitive landscape might just have been within the wilder dreams of the policy makers, regulators and economists of 1984. However, the recent and dramatic corporate consolidation, accelerating convergence of telecoms and media, development of the Internet into an essential staple of society, the overarching EU direction of regulatory policy and the impact on enterprise and consumers of superfast broadband might have come as rather more of a surprise.

This event is therefore designed to take stock of where we are and where we are headed, in particular looking at:

  • Infrastructure development
  • Network and corporate consolidation
  • Markets and competition: real convergence
  • The future for regulation and regulators
  • The vital importance of radio spectrum and
  • The growing value of customer data and its protection.

Speakers come from across the industry spectrum: from network owners, spectrum users and OTT service providers to Government and EU policy makers, interspersed with commentary from Bird & Bird specialists

Would you like to attend?

The programme

13.00 - 13.40

Registration and lunch

13.40 - 14.50

Infrastructure development, cross-platform consolidation and convergence
  • The future for networks and network owners
  • Investment, risk and financing
  • Third party access
  • Operators mere bit carriers and/or multi-media players?
  • Future Internet(s) - UK role?
  • Impact of OTT services and applications

Raj Sivalingam: Executive Director - Telecoms and Spectrum, techUK

Stuart Revell: Chief Technology Officer, tech UK

Stephen Ainsworth: Relationship Director, or Sean Duffy, Director, Barclays

Matthew Redding: Director of Joint Ventures & Partnerships, Legal Affairs, EE

Richard Allwood: Group Strategy Director, BT

14.50 - 15.25

The future for regulation
  • Is regulation working, well-targeted, consistent?
  • Impact of EU directives and initiatives: force for good or no?
  • Role of Governments and regulators
  • Regulatory decision-making: legal challenges more or less likely? 

A conversation with Dr Nick Munn: Head of Spectrum Policy, DCMS/BIS, Digital Economy Unit

15.30 - 15.55

Coffee break

15.55 - 16.25

Privacy and security
  • Challenges posed by technology advances: e.g. the Internet of Things/Everything, Big Data, eHealth
  • Social media
  • International approaches to data privacy and cyber security
  • Regulation of data access, message interception/monitoring

Guest speakers and Bird & Bird

16.25 - 17.25

The march of spectrum
  • Essentiality of spectrum for ubiquitous modern communications
  • Spectrum resources, access, re-farming, sharing and trading
  • Government and regulatory policy approaches
  • EU/other International coordination, harmonisation and intervention

Rachel Clark: Director of Spectrum Policy, Ofcom

Wassim Chourbaji: Head of Public Policy & Government Affairs Europe, Middle East & North Africa, Qualcomm

Daniela Genta: Head of Regulatory Affairs, AirbusKumar Singarajah: Head of Regulatory, Avanti

17.25 - 17.45


From 17.45

Drinks reception