Agenda

Please consider provisional; all speakers, topics and timings are liable to change.
All timings quoted in Central European Time (CET)

12:00 - 12:40
Visionary Keynote

An industry thought leader will provide a keynote address that will touch upon the major shifts that are expected in the communications sector in light of recent developments. Examples of issues to be covered include:

  • Has the pandemic fast-tracked the Gigabit society?
  • The recognition of communications networks as an essential connector in crisis
  • The boom in remote work, video calling and other bandwidth pushing trends
  • What is the future for smart cities and smart buildings?
  • Fibre enabled stimulus through 5G, FTTx and connected lifestyles

Speaker:
Eric Festraets, Strategic Marketing Director, Fixed Networks, Nokia and President,, FTTH Council Europe

13:00 - 14:00
Optical fibre and cable leadership panel

The world’s leading producers of optical fibre and cable discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead for supplying global fibre and cable markets.

  • How did the fibre and cable industry respond to the pandemic?
  • In which products do you see the greatest opportunities?
  • What market segments will be the winners and losers in the new normal?
  • What role is there for fibre and cable in a green recovery?

Speaker:
Philippe Vanhille, Executive Vice President Telecom, Prysmian
Panellists:
Bernhard Deutsch, Vice President and General Manager, Optical Fiber and Cable, Corning
Speaker:
Zhuang Dan, President, YOFC

14:30 - 15:50
Telecommunication Industry Trends

Industry leaders provide their insights on the trends that will impact demand for optical cable products and the message they would like to communicate to the industry

  • How has the pandemic affected network deployment expectations?
  • Have recent events changed the appetite for 5G rollouts and network convergence trends?
  • What fibre cable products are more in demand in the new normal?
  • Will hybrid cables be needed for IoT networks?
  • Are rural networks now considered a higher priority?


Speaker:
Ankit Agarwal, CEO - Connectivity Solutions, STL
Rob Wessels, VP Global PLM/R&D Cable and Cable Assemblies, Commscope
Brad Johnson, President, Superior Essex Communications

16:50 - 17:30
Telecom Network Operator Keynote

How TELUS has responded to the challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic

  • What does the crisis and expected recovery mean for optical fibre and cable industries?
  • How is the global market now balanced in supply and demand?
  • What fibre-intensive stimulus measures are expected?
  • What are the repercussions of a decoupling of the global economy?

Speaker:
Robert Sinclair, TELUS Fellow, Chief Technology Office, TELUS

10:00 - 11:00
Asia markets spotlight meeting and speed networking

Insights on the trade dynamics in Asia followed by a speed networking session timetabled to be within Asian working hours.


13:00 - 13:40
CRU View on Optical Fibre and Cable Supply Outlook

CRU’s leading wire and cable industry expert provides the CRU view on market trends


Speaker:
Michael Finch, Head of Wire and Cable, CRU

13:40 - 14:40
Deployment Improvement and Cable Innovation

Senior technical development representatives from the leading producers of optical fibre and cable discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead for supplying global fibre and cable markets.

  • Fibre density
  • Improved reliability
  • Ease of installation
  • Cost efficiency
  • Splicing technology
  • Sustainability

Speaker:
Olivier Delwal, Fiber R&D Director, Prysmian Group
Pieter Arickx, Commercial Manager for Germanium Products in Europe and Asia, Umicore
Xavier Renard, Marketing Director, ACOME Group

15:40 - 16:40
Developments in the European fibre and cable market

Leading players in the European market discuss new investments in the European fibre and cable supply chain and how this will benefit the market and customers in this region.


Speaker:
Karl Bauer, Owner & CEO, NBG Technologies
Ulrich Lossen, Managing Director, j-fiber

13:00 - 14:00
Preform, fibre and materials innovation

This session will provide a platform for innovators in the production of preform and fibre and the other materials that go into cable production.

  • Latest developments in preform processes for single mode fibre
  • Ultra-low loss fibre
  • Improved performance polymer and additive materials

Speaker:
Duane Robbins, Manager of Product Line Management, Corning Incorporated
Alain Giraud, Sales Director, Nextrom and Managing Director, Rosendahl Nextrom SA
Jitendra Balakrishnan, CTO, Connectivity Solutions, STL

14:30 - 15:30
Cable demand dynamics

A deeper discussion of the supply and demand balance, what is driving demand in different parts of the world and what this might mean for international cable trade.

  • What does the crisis and expected recovery mean for optical fibre and cable industries?
  • What fibre-intensive stimulus measures are expected?
  • What are the repercussions of a decoupling of the global economy?

Speaker:
Michael Finch, Head of Wire and Cable, CRU
Mike Render, CEO, RVA
Roland Montagne, Business Development Director, Broadband & FTTx Principal Analyst, IDATE DigiWorld