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08:30 - 10:15
Fiber networks that will enable a digital revolution in the Philippines

08:30 - 08:40
Words of welcome from the FTTH Council Asia-Pacific
Wataru Katsurashima, President, FTTH Council Asia-Pacific

08:40 - 08:50
Deep fiber as a critical economic platform for the Philippines and a launch pad for Philippine innovation
The Philippine Government hosts open the conference with their view on the importance of communications networks as a foundation for the Philippine economy’s growth.
09:00 - 10:00
The Philippines Telecommunications Leadership Panel

Deploying a deep fiber network that will transform information and communication services in the Philippines.   

The Philippines policy maker and incumbent network operators discuss how the country can achieve its communication vision.

Eliseo Rio, OIC- Secretary, DICT
Oscar Reyes, FVP and Head of HOME Business, PLDT
Gil B. Genio, CTIO, Globe Telecom
Dennis Uy, CEO, Converge ICT
Ronaldo Manlapig, President, Philippine Cable Television Association

14:00 - 17:00
Pre-conference workshops

14:00 - 14:40
Monetising Fibre: Competitive pressure pushing operators to monetise fibre beyond their core business

  • Monetize the core business: quality of service, adjusting pricing policies
  • Find New Revenue streams: up-selling & cross-selling, introducing new business models

Monetize Fibre with a view to 5G
Roland Montagne, Principal Analyst, IDATE DigiWorld

14:40 - 15:20
99.99% availability ultra-broadband FTTx/H - plan and practice - Network solution design according to different application scenarios

  • Further network evolution roadmap 
  • Commercial benefit achievement

William Yan, GM of International Marketing, Luster
15:20 - 16:00
How home network connection differentiates subscribers' experience

  • Best QoE of home connection: full Wi-Fi coverage, best video experience, reliability
  • Coax backbone + free Wi-Fi roaming
  • Installation and management


Dr. Zongliang Wu, CTO, Luster
16:00 - 16:40
Cable selection

  • What the latest innovations in in optical fiber and cable? What enables faster network deployments while ensuring future-ready capacity?
  • What do G654 fiber, high fiber count cable, hardened connectors and other features mean for today’s network?
Paul Ng, Marketing Manager SE Asia, Carrier Networks, Corning
16:40 - 17:20
Further workshops to be announced

10:00 - 11:00
Why future proof telecom networks require deep fiber deployed to the edge

10:00 - 10:20
New developments that support fiber deployment across Asia Pacific
Zhuang Dan, CEO, YOFC

10:20 - 10:40
5G Networks: All the wires needed for next generation wireless network to thrive
Ankit Agarwal, Director, Sterlite Technologies Limited
10:40 - 11:00
Key considerations and best practices in the deployment of FTTH
Sanjay Krishnaa, Sr. Vice President & Global Head - Communications & President -Asia Pacific Region, Cyient

11:45 - 12:15
Highlight Presentation

Further details to be announced

12:15 - 13:30
APAC Network Operator Leadership Panel

  • The importance of fiber to the network edge for future proof telecom networks
  • The challenge of moving from copper to full fiber networks – key considerations
  • Designing win-win partnerships between government, carriers, “over the top” players and non-traditional investors
  • Enhancing the business case to guarantee a short payback period for infrastructure investments
  • Understanding enterprise and business fiber broadband use cases to gain and retain subscribers

Ajay Sunder, Vice President, Telecom, Frost and Sullivan
Akter Ul Alam, Chief Strategy Officer, Fiber @ Home
Thien Than Toe, CEO and Co-founder, Global Technology Co. Ltd
Gary McLaren, CTO and Co-owner, Hong Kong Broadband Network
Keshav Nepal, CEO, WorldLink

15:00 - 16:00
APAC Network Design and Operation Panel

  • How to incorporate data centers into network deployment strategies
  • Fiber to the village: How to action rural deployment for universal coverage
  • Can shared infrastructure enable more effective deployment or network management?
  • Installation and fiber-handling deployment techniques that uses the best practice techniques and technology 
  • Understanding weaknesses and strengths in a deployed deep fiber network to ensure that it reaches its lifespan

Roland Montagne, Principal Analyst, IDATE DigiWorld
Rajiv Weragama, Engineer, Sri Lanka Telecom
Puneet Garg, CTO, Indosat Mega Media Pt

15:30 - 16:30
Deep fiber convergence in broadband, mobile, television and other networks

A session that explores the need for network convergence and how this will impact both the business strategy and the technical considerations of fixed line, mobile, television and other networks.           
  • What is network convergence and what does it mean in a practical sense for full fiber networks?               
  • What are the new business models being employed by fixed line, mobile and cable television companies across the world to adapt to changing consumer behaviour?           
  • How are relationships between telcos, ISPs, cable television companies and OTT players changing? How can this enable fiber deployment?              
  • How can network convergence be best achieved across Asia-Pacific? What are the challenges and opportunities it presents? 

Anil Pande, Vice Chair, Membership Committee, FTTH Council Asia-Pacific
Scott Gregg, Marketing Director Asia Pacific, Optical Communications, Corning
Wes Oxlee, Director, CCS Business Development, Commscope
Dave Ulmer, Group Head of Broadband & Entertainment, XL Axiata
Joel E. Dabao, , Kabankalan Community Antenna Television, Inc. (K-CAT)

09:00 - 10:00
APAC Policymaker and Regulator Panel

  • How has fiber deployment led to economic advantage? How can government facilitate and support private sector investment?
  • Eliminating regulatory barriers that inhibit carriers or other investors in deep fiber, or restrict digital services or monetisation mechanisms
  • Encouraging voluntary sharing of deep fiber and associated communications infrastructure such as trenches, conduit, rights of way and cell sites to enable effective deployment

Guven Togan, Chair, Technology and Regulation Committee,, FTTH Council Asia-Pacific
YBhg. Tan Sri Dr. Halim Shafie,, Chairman, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)
Suwanto Gunawan, Chairman, Indonesia FTTH Association

10:00 - 11:00
Smart City Networks: Built on a foundation of fiber to the network edge

Smart city session that unites municipal leaders and technology companies to explain the benefits of a fiber power connected city and how they can be implemented. 
  • Engaging local government and voters by outlining the benefits to citizens of a smart city from improved traffic flow, security and utility control
  • What are the fiber network requirements for smart city solutions? Why is structural and functional convergence needed to enable access fiber proliferation and flexible connections?
  • How can carriers, municipal leaders and technology companies coordinate to create seamless digital ecosystems?
  • What is the smart home and why does it need fiber connections to seamlessly fit into smart and digital cities?

Stephen Foster, Chair, Smart Cities Committee, FTTH Council Asia-Pacific
Ajay Sunder, Vice President, Telecom, Frost and Sullivan
Thomas Dragono, Information & Policy Director, FiberStar

11:30 - 12:30
Global FTTH Panoramas

  • How are countries around the world keeping pace with deep fiber deployment to the network edge? 
  • How is broadband growth expected to continue? Which countries are ahead, and which are lagging behind?
  • Which government policies, technical innovations or new techniques that have led to quicker deployment? 
  • What are the markets for fiber and cable supply and demand? How might this impact deployment? 

Roland Montagne, Principal Analyst, IDATE DigiWorld

12:30 - 13:30
Philippine FTTX roll-out focus

- A closer look at Build, Build, Build and The National Broadband Plan and how it can support fiber deployment
- What are the practical, realistic options for the Philippines and the road map to achieving them?
- Connecting 7,000 islands – strategies for subsea and rural fiber deployment
- How the Philippines can become a training capital for SE Asia telecom