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The NBN: Rebooted Making Australian Broadband Work

A Communications Day/Communications Alliance Workshop Event Addressing National Broadband Policy Implementation Challenges and Priorities for Industry, Government and Other Stakeholders

Venue: Swissotel Sydney, 18 and 19 November 2013

Day 1 – Monday 18 November

Session 1 – Key Objectives and Challenges
9.00: Opening Remarks – Mr Michael Lee, Chair, Communications Alliance
9.05: Keynote Address – The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, MP, Minister for Communications(invited)
9.45 Keynote Address – Executive Chair of NBN Co
10.15: Industry Overview - John Stanton, CEO, Communications Alliance
10.45: Break

Session 2
11.10: Service Provider Panel:
Senior representatives of key service providers give their views on the priorities from a CSP and service-delivery perspective during the next phase of NBN roll-out
Bill Morrow, CEO, Vodafone Australia
Stuart Lee, Group Managing Director, Telstra Wholesale
Jules Rumsey, CEO, CloudPlus
Moderated by: Grahame Lynch
12.40: Keynote: Federico Guillen – President, Alcatel-Lucent Fixed Networks
13.00 Lunch Break

Session 3
14.00: The Roll-out Challenge
- Learnings from early stage NBN roll-out – brownfields & greenfields
- The experience from non-NBN Fibre network rollouts
- The interoperability challenges
- Facilitating FTTN and VDSL2 implementation in Australia – timing and scope of trials
- Roll-off of FTTH schedule
- Scorecard of offshore rollouts – NZ, Singapore, AT&T, Verizon etc
Phil Smith - Opticomm
Gary McLaren – CTO, NBN Co
Paul Brooks – Layer 10
Graham Mitchell – CEO, Crown Fibre (invited)
Moderated by: Matt Healy – National Executive, Industry & Policy, Macquarie Telecom

15.20 Keynote: Mike Galvin – Managing Director, Network Investment, BT Openreach
15.45: Break

Session 4
16.00: Commercial Constructs:
- Getting the “Buy Side” right
- Consumer Pricing models
- Customer Plan/usage structures
- The need for speed – how much, how soon?
- Applications & Content – who plays where?
- Digital Economy Strategy – driving innovation, demand and productivity
Informa Asia-Pacific analyst Tony Brown
John de Ridder – telecommunications economist
Bronwyn Howell – NZ communications economist
RSP Representative - TBC
Moderated by: Phil Dobbie
17.20: Wrap-Up of Day One proceedings
Evening: Cocktail Reception

Day 2 – Tuesday 19 November

Session 1
09.00: Access Technology Issues
Panel discussion including service providers and technology vendors:
- What are the latest developments in various access technologies (FTTP, FTTN, wireless and HFC)?
- How could these technologies play a role in a rebooted NBN?
- How do we decide on the optimal mix and normalise the experience across different broadband access technologies?
- What will the changes mean for industry players and consumers
Greg Tilton – Chairman, Dgit.
Sean O’Halloran – Managing Director, Alcatel-Lucent Australia
Kevin Bloch – CTO, Cisco Australia
Dr John Cioffi – CEO ASSIA
Moderated by: Petroc Wilton – Editor, Communications Day

10.30: Shadow Minister for Communications (TBC)
11.00: Break
11.20: The Regulator’s Outlook – (TBC)
11.40: Optimising Networks to Meet Regional Challenges
- Fixed wireless – more influential or less in the new NBN?
- Enhancing regional mobile coverage – leveraging site sharing and backhaul
- Mobile Wholesale business models
- Future LTE evolution (Carrier Aggregation, Broadcast Service) and what services they
will enable
- Interim satellite service & transition to Ka-band service
Tony Malligeorgos – Ericsson Australia
Jason Ashton – CEO, Big Air
Paul Sheridan (Optus Satellite) and Matt Dawson (NBN Co Satellite)
Moderated by: TBD
13.00: Lunch Break

Session 3
14.00: Finance & Co-Funding Issues:
- Models to allow communities to buy onto the fibre footprint
- Is there a case for greater private sector involvement in greenfields or more
- How might various models impact RSP margins & values?
David Kennedy - Ovum
Mark McDonnell - BBY,
Infrastructure Banking expert - TBD
Moderated by: Andrew Barlow, PriceWaterhouse Coopers
15.00: Over the Horizon - The Longer Term Evolution of the NBN: Bob James
15.20: Break

Session 4
15.40: Closing Roundtable:
- What Needs to be Refined or Re-cast?
- Industry’s Role & Coordination with Government
- Next Steps
David Epstein – VP Corporate & Regulatory, Optus
James Spenceley – CEO, Vocus
Jane van Beelen – Chief Regulatory Officer, Telstra
Steve Dalby - iiNet Chief Regulatory Officer – TBC
Moderated by: Grahame Lynch
17.00 Close

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