Prior to joining WIK, Ilsa was a Director at the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA), where she developed and presented recommendations on public policy and telecoms regulation to the European institutions on behalf of more than 100 operators. A key research project she led during this time was the ECTA Regulatory scorecard, which benchmarked institutional and regulatory frameworks and market outcomes for telecoms across 22 European countries using 120 indicators.
From 1998-2002, Ilsa was senior policy advisor at the UK telecoms regulator Oftel. During that period, she was responsible for Oftel’s first analysis of the broadband market. Together with the UK Ministry for trade and industry, Ilsa also developed policy and negotiated on the 2000 EU Unbundling Regulation and 2002 EU Telecoms Framework.
Ilsa has an MA in classics from Oxford University and studied postgraduate economics at London University.
Are we doing enough in the standards bodies to streamline Fiber Access Networking? What have learned from the last 15 years of deployment experience that we can apply to the latest standards? This session discusses key operators benefits that Broadband Forum are addressing while working with ITU-T and FSAN related to the standardization of GPON, XGS-PON and NG-PON2.
He joined the Alcatel Research Center in Belgium in 1989. In 1992 he started research on ADSL and became a central figure in the team that developed the first commercially available DMT ADSL chipset. In 1995, Paul took the lead for all Alcatel research activities on ADSL and VDSL. In 1999 he was appointed General Manager of the Alcatel VDSL Virtual Company that developed the first DMT VDSL chipset. Since 2002, Paul has been responsible for Alcatel-Lucent’s xDSL technology strategy, a role that he retained after the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent by Nokia.
Paul Spruyt also actively contributed to the standardization of ADSL and VDSL in the former U.S. standardization committee T1E1.4 (now NIPP-NAI). Since 2005, he has been a member of the ARCEP Experts Committee for the introduction of new xDSL technologies in France.
Paul received the Blondel Medal (2000) for his noteworthy scientific and other contributions to the advance of the telecommunications industry in the domains of ADSL and VDSL. He was nominated Alcatel Fellow (2006) and Bell Labs Fellow (2010). In 2015, Paul received a special recognition from the International Telecommunication Union for his outstanding contribution to the advancement and development of ICT worldwide.
Steen (firstname.lastname@example.org) currently holds a position as Head of Department, Net R&D at Fullrate A/S, a subsidiary of TDC A/S. Responsible for the access platform, provisioning and support systems, and any equipment placed in the subscribers home. Steen has a strong interest in data analysis, decision-aiding systems, and techniques to automatically detect and remedy issues, before the subscriber makes the call to helpdesk.
Wilhelm regularly participates in national and international working groups in the area of NGA and NGN. He is Co-Chair of the NGN expert working group of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC).
Before he joined the Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications in 2001 he worked eight years for the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Wilhelm holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Technical Sciences from Vienna University of Technology.
He also works closely with cities, public utilities and private sector players to help their smart transformation in terms of governance, services and business models. His analysis focuses on the relationship between innovation and urban services as well as on end to end digital infrastructure, especially in the context of Smart City projects.
Before joining Diffraction Analysis, Guillaume worked for Tactis, a recognized French consultancy specialized in high-speed infrastructure development. Within Tactis he helped French local governments define and implement their digital infrastructure strategies and innovating services.
A business and technology expert in the ICT field with involvements in more than 40 ICT companies during the past 15 years covering financing, business development, organization development and turn-around management. Before that 9 years at Nokia in different senior executive positions in Consumer Electronics covering solutions for home communications, mobile devices and displays.
He is also The Chair of Access Working Group in the MoCA Alliance.
Leveraging its inherent strengths in high performance and high reliability, the Multimedia over Coax Alliance is introducing MoCA AccessTM, its new broadband access specification that leverages the existing in-building coaxial cabling. It is based on the current MoCA 2.5 standard which is capable of 2.5 Gbps actual data rates.
MoCA Access is point-to-multi-point serving up to 63 modems per RF-port. It is designed to co-exist with legacy services such as TV, DOCSIS and cellular (4G/5G) technologies and works over any age or condition of the existing coax. The operating frequency range is 400MHz – 1675MHz.
This fiber extension technology is well suited for operators and ISP that are installing fiber-to-the-basement FTTB) or fiber deep into the network, and want to use the existing coax for connection to each apartment or unit. MoCA Access also appeals to commercial integrators in market segments such as hospitality/hotels, restaurants, offices, and any other buildings with existing coax.
InCoax Networks is a Contributor Member of the MoCA Alliance and have worked with MoCA based technology in MDU and hospitality deployments for the past 6 years.
Competitive markets: regulation or market based solutions?
The Dutch telecommunications market is one of the most competitive markets in the EU with two competing nationwide fixed networks, four competing nationwide mobile (4G) networks and many local networks. Recent development is the concentration of Ziggo and Vodafone into a new joint venture, creating a strong fixed/mobile player. Given these developments, the question is how to deal with access regulation. At the moment KPN is regulated while Ziggo/Vodafone is unregulated. Is regulation still needed, can the market rely on commercial wholesale deals? How do you weigh the danger of overregulation against the danger of too little regulation?
Ed managed the recent Strategic Review of Digital Communications (DCR), Ofcom’s first holistic review of its telecoms strategy in 10 years. The review considered questions such as how to promote the deployment of ultra-fast broadband, how to improve quality in the sector, and whether the structure of BT Group needs to change to support investment and competition. He is now responsible for coordinating the implementation programme across Ofcom.
Last year, Ed presented the conclusions and forthcoming actions from the Digital Communications Review, Ofcom’s first strategic review of its approach to telecoms regulation in a decade. At this year’s conference Ed will update on the proposals Ofcom has brought forward over the past year to put that strategy into practice, including a new approach to promoting ultrafast broadband deployment, improving quality of service across the industry and proposals to introduce automatic compensation for consumers.
Abstract: “The Role of Plastic Optical Fiber for Future In-Home Networks”
In the last few years, the customer demand for higher throughput has constantly risen, in particular from
wireless devices, which generate most of the Internet traffic. The in-home network cannot be the
bottleneck for the consumers’ experience. A cost-effective converged broadband in-home connectivity is
the next issue to be resolved. In the Flexible Broadband Communication project, we believe that plastic
optical fiber is a good candidate to solve the problem. In this project, we focus on finding low-cost, low-
power and broadband solutions for the in-home network convergence through baseband and radio multi-
standard transmission over POF. Examples of the POF capabilities are given through the recent results of
Since then John has been involved in the design, simulation, specification, evaluation, standardisation and deployment of various Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) based digital transmission systems in the UK access network.
He is currently responsible for managing a team of engineers at Adastral Park, Ipswich with a particular interest in evaluating the performance of Next Generation Access (NGA1 and NGA2) transmission systems. In addition, John is Vice Chairman of the ETSI TM6 Standards Committee.
John was awarded the UK IEE/National Physical Laboratory Measurement Prize in 1998 and the BT Gold Award for Innovation in 2011.
John is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
He started his career as a journalist for the business magazine Trends, after which he became responsible for companies in the information and communications technology as an assistant director at Agoria, the federation of the technological industry. From 1994 to 1999 he was an adviser to Van den Brande. He advised the Minister-President on policy in the fields of research and development, liberalisation of utilities (gas, electricity and telecommunications sectors) and international organisations (EU and OECD). Afterwards he became responsible for strategy and business development at Imec (Interuniversitair Micro-elektronica Centrum). In 1999 he became Director Regulatory Affairs and Interconnection at Telenet. In 2013 Luc Vanfleteren is appointed as a member of the BIPT Council; in January 2017 he was nominated once more as a Member of the Council.
Abstract: the dynamics and competitiveness of the Belgian communication market.
We start with an overview of the Belgian market in terms of market shares of the most important players in the different markets and look at the overall investments. In a second part we discuss the benefits of the current market competition in terms of NGA coverage, speed, uptake and innovation & quality of service. In the next part we look at pricing, choice for customers and switching between operators. In a final part we discuss the different regulatory intervention: increasing transparency & switching and providing for access where necessary.
Taking on many roles, his main responsibility is developing and managing R&D projects in the Dutch and European telecom markets. His focus is on TNO’s media networking and access/in-home networks domains.
Until recently, he coordinated the commercial activities of the Networks research group, matching knowledge and business in different area’s (e.g. Telecom, Defense and Mobility).
He has been responsible for the organisation and agenda of TNO’s Ultra-fast Broadband seminar since its first edition as the DSL seminar.
From 2007 to 2010 he was secretary of the Dutch spectral regulatory forum (“SOO”) where Dutch operators strive towards consensus about the optimal use and spectral management of the copper access network.
Before he joined TNO in 2003, he was lead chip designer for DWDM and photonics applications at C2V, Alcatel Optronics and Kymata Netherlands.
Teun holds an MSc degree in Applied Physics from the University of Twente in The Netherlands.