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Conference Programme

Conference chairperson: Christine Beylouni, Director General, FTTH Council MENA

Delegates can download the presentations here with the username and password they received. The presentations can be found after the name of the speaker. When it states N.A. either no slides were used or we have no permission to disclose them.

Only conference delegates can download presentations.

8 November 2016

Opening ceremony and keynote speeches
Opening ceremony

His Excellency Salim Al-Ozainah, Chairman and CEO of Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) of Kuwait, will officially open the FTTH Council MENA Conference 2016

Speakers:His Excellency Salim Al-OzainahPresentation:N.A.
Keynote speeches
Speakers:Eng. Hameed Habib Al-Qattan, Undersecretary of the Ministry of CommunicationsPresentation:N.A.
Ebrahim Al-Haddad, Regional Director, Arab Regional Office, ITUPresentation:N.A.
Dr Safa Nassereldin, Chairwoman, FTTH Council MENAPresentation:N.A.
Panel 1: Transforming Economies - The Evolution to a Digital Society
Transforming Economies - The Evolution to a Digital Society – from Government Initiatives and Policies to National Broadband Networks

Learn how the right infrastructure combined with the right national policies can help cities and countries increase their competitiveness, attract investment, improve the quality of life of their citizens and encourage development of cutting edge services.
Part 1 – NBN trends and studies highlighting best practices and potential pitfalls. Creating an NBN is also very complex and requires a concerted and coordinated effort if it is to succeed. 
Part 2 - What are the economic benefits of moving to ultrafast fibre broadband? How can countries exploit these opportunities and benefit from them? 
This session will highlight best practices while also illustrating some of the challenges that have caused problems for initiatives in countries like Australia.  It will also present an overview of the NBN policies study conducted by the Regulatory & Policy Committee in the MENA region.

Moderator:Stefan Stanislawski, FTTH Council MENAPresentation:N.A.
Speakers:Ebrahim Al-Haddad, Arab Regional Office, ITUPresentation:N.A.
Waleed Saleh Alqallaf, Communications & Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA)Presentation:N.A.
Auf Al-Bulushi, Oman BroadbandPresentation:N.A.
Graeme Lowther, Salience ConsultingPresentation:N.A.
Dr Eng. Ahmed Al-Sulaiti, QnbnPresentation:N.A.
Coffee Break and Networking
Session 2: Government and Regulatory Roles in Successful Network Investments
The Role of Government and Regulation in Creating the Right Environment for Successful Investment into New Networks

A key factor in the investment decision in FTTH will be the regulatory frameworks in place and the relevant government policies. Getting these right can encourage the appropriate level of investment and competition. This session will provide guidance on what works and what doesn’t and show the findings of a cost model study by the Regulatory & Policy Committee:
• The financial cost of FTTH network deployment including the financial impact on policy and regulation;
• impact on deployment cost of selected NBN and regulatory policies;
• quantitative analysis to support the policy and regulation recommendations related to FTTH deployment.

Moderator:Dr Suleiman Al-Hedaithy, FTTH Council MENAPresentation:N.A.
Speakers:Erik Whitlock, Salience ConsultingPresentation:Erik_Whitlock.pdf
Stewart White, Akhet ConsultingPresentation:Stewart_White.pdf
Session 3: Smart Cities, FTTH and Cutting Edge Services and Applications
Smart Cities – How Fibre Networks Provide the Nervous System That Enables Cutting Edge Services and Applications

The idea of Smart Cities means different things to different places. The priorities and decisions will vary from city to city and country to country. This session will highlight some best practices in terms of thinking and services, as well as demonstrating some aspects of smart city services built around FTTH by the Smart Cities, Ops & Apps Committee. It will be followed by Smart Demos in the exhibition hosted by our sponsors and partners.

Moderator:Ammar Sabbagh, FTTH Council MENAPresentation:N.A.
Speakers:Labib Matta, Nexgen GroupPresentation:Labib_Matta.pdf
Ahmed Nabeel, Etisalat UAEPresentation:Ahmed_Nabeel.pdf
Lunch Break and Networking
Session 4: FTTH Business Case – Successful Deployment and Operation
The FTTH Business Case – The Keys to a Successful FTTH Deployment and Operation

Increasingly people are finding ways to deploy FTTH in the region, but what are the best practices we should learn from GCC and beyond, and what mistakes should be avoided?  This session will focus on real world experiences that we can all learn from.

Moderator:Dr Karim Taga, Arthur D. LittlePresentation:N.A.
Speakers:Eng. Ghadeer Al-Taqi, Ministry of Communications KuwaitPresentation:Ghadeer_Al-Taqi.pdf
Majid Al-Kharoosi, Oman BroadbandPresentation:Majid_Al-Kharoosi.pdf
Fatima Saleh, Etisalat UAEPresentation:Fatima_Saleh.pdf
Session 5: FTTH Benefits in the Digital Society
FTTH Benefits in the Digital Society – Challenges, Benefits and Solutions Provided by Fibre Connectivity (Sponsors Session)

FTTH is at the heart of the Digital Society, but requires an ecosystem of thinking, solutions and services built around it if the benefits are to be achieved. This session will consider the challenges and some of the services needed to start to deliver on these benefits.

Moderator:Christine Beylouni, FTTH Council MENAPresentation:N.A.
Speakers:Alessandro Pirri, Prysmian GroupPresentation:Alessandro_Pirri.pdf
Dr Arnulf Heuermann, Detecon ConsultingPresentation:Arnulf_Heuermann.pdf
Dieter Verdegem, CommscopePresentation:Dieter_Verdegem.pdf
Mohammed Harith Al Barashdy, OFOPresentation:N.A.

9 November 2016

Session 6: Understanding the World of FTTH & Broadband
Understanding the World of FTTH & Broadband - The MENA Panorama, Global Trends and Best Practices

The FTTH MENA Panorama and Broadband Studies: Considering the state of deployments in the MENA region and trends in other areas.

This session will highlight best practice approaches from around the different FTTH Councils and consider the lessons that can be applied to the GCC. It will present the FTTH MENA Market Panorama conducted by the Market Intelligence/Development Committee.

Moderator:Jan Schindler, FTTH Council MENAPresentation:N.A.
Speakers:Roland Montagne, IDATEPresentation:FTTHCouncilMENA_PanoramaSept2016_Idate.pdf
Jan Schindler, FTTH Council EuropePresentation:FTTH_Council_Europe.pdf
Eduardo Jedruch, FTTH Council Americas and LatamPresentation:FTTH_Council_LATAM.pdf
Mohamed Shajahan Iqbal, FTTH Council Asia PacificPresentation:FTTH_Council_Asia_Pacific.pdf
Juanita Clark, FTTH Council AfricaPresentation:N.A.
Session 7: OTT: How OTT services drive subscribers towards ultrafast broadband
OTT: How OTT services drive subscribers towards ultrafast broadband

Over-the-top services and high-definition content are now becoming dominant in the Middle East market. The expansion of OTT providers and the transformation of streaming services are pushing broadband forward and stimulating consumers' demand for FTTH. This session will show how OTT providers and operators are developing the needed strategies and initiatives to cope with the consumers’ demand and implementing the best solutions to ensure the UHD/4k and 3D video and music content streaming. 

Moderator:Roland Montagne, IDATEPresentation:N.A.
Speakers:Gamal Hegazi, NokiaPresentation:Gamal_Hegazi.pdf
Hariprasad Pichai, Arthur D. LittlePresentation:Hariprasad_Pichai.pdf
Coffee Break and Networking
Session 8: FTTH Solutions and Trends for Successful NGN Deployment
FTTH Solutions and Trends for Last Mile and In-Home Installation for Successful NGN Deployment

Successful NGN deployment is related to the operators’, networks’ and consumers’ efforts applying the best solutions and innovations in the last mile and in-home fibre installation. This session will present an overview for the NGN by the Technology and Training Committee along with the best solutions, technology, services and quality for FTTH deployment to help decision makers making the right and profitable choice.

Moderator:Gamal Hegazi, FTTH Council MENAPresentation:N.A.
Speakers:Edmond Ayvazian, OFSPresentation:Edmond_Ayvazian.pdf
Patrick Faraj, CorningPresentation:Patrick_Faraj.pdf
Anil Pande, DuralinePresentation:N.A.
Didier Lelièvre, SofrecomPresentation:Didier_Lelievre.pdf
Shibu Vahid, Reichle & De-MassariPresentation:Shibu_Vahid.pdf
Lunch Break and Networking
Wrap up and Gathering
Sponsor demos in the exhibition
Sponsor demos in the exhibition

Sponsors will showcase their best products and innovations in live interaction with the audience.
The programme will be added soon.

Speakers:14:30 - 15:00 AVSystemPresentation:N.A.
15:00 - 15:30 DuralinePresentation:N.A.
15:30 - 16:00 General CablePresentation:N.A.
16:00 - 16:30 Global Technology CompanyPresentation:N.A.
Kuwait Road Show
Kuwait Road Show

The FTTH Council MENA is organising a special road show to explore the fibre infrastructure of Kuwait.
The guided tour will take place on the last day of the conference, 9 November 2016, in the afternoon from 02:30pm until 06:00pm. Meeting point is at the venue.
Our sponsors, visitors and participants are all invited to join us in this road show and have the chance to meet with local companies and discover the fibre projects of the country.
Only conference delegates can register to join this guided tour by sending an e-mail to info@ftthcouncilmena.org
As only a limited amount of seats are available, registrations will be on a first-come, first-served principle.

Thank you

for participating in the FTTH MENA 2016 event, making it another success! See you in Tunisia in 2017!