The workshop took place in Porto, Portugal on 25-26 October 2004. This document contains the final agenda and workshop presentations.
To download presentations (PDF format), click on the speaker's name.
DAY 1: Monday, 25 October, 2004
8:30 - 9:00 REGISTRATION
9:00 - 9:30 WELCOME:
Portugal: Host country welcome and introduction
Nuno Morais Sarmento, Minister of State and Minister for the Presidency, Portugal
Basilio Horta, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the OECD, Portugal
Diogo Vasconcelos, President of UMIC (Innovation and Knowledge Society Mission Unit), Portugal
OECD: Welcome and introduction
Pekka Lindroos, Head of ICCP Division, OECD
OECD: Overview of broadband development and diffusion
Sam Paltridge, Principal Administrator, EAS Division, OECD
SESSION 1: Equipping Rural Broadband Networks
9:30 - 10:50 This session will examine trends in technological development which can be used to provide broadband access to rural and remote areas. Speakers from leading manufacturers will present the latest developments and projections concerning rural coverage across a range of platforms including DSL, fibre networks, cable modem networks, fixed wireless networks.
Chair: Dietmar Plesse, Chair OECD Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Services Policy and Ministry of Economics and Labour, Germany
Peter Linder, Technical Director, Wireline Business Unit Systems, Ericsson, Sweden
Jean-Pierre Lartigue, Vice-President, Marketing & Communications, Access Networks Division, Alcatel, France
Peter Zwinkels, Public WLAN Solutions, Nortel, The Netherlands
Paolo Campolio, Director, Solutions Marketing, Cisco, Italy
10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break
SESSION 2: Rural and remote broadband access through xDSL and Cable
11:10 - 12:30 The session will examine opportunities and challenges to the upgrading of networks with the largest customer bases, using platforms such as DSL and cable modems, as well as extending coverage with fixed wireless into rural and remote areas. The session will also look at practical initiatives which have been introduced by the private sector concerning the expansion of these services/networks to less populated areas.
Chair: Nils Elnegaard, Senior Researcher, Broadband Strategies and Economics, Telenor R&D, Norway
Trish Jones, General Manager, Regional Broadband Partnerships, BT, United Kingdom
Tony Warren, Group Manager, Regulatory Strategy, Telstra, Australia
Gaby Waisman, Strategic Marketing EMEA, Alvarion, Israel
12:30 - 13:40 Lunch break
SESSION 3: Wireless Technologies and New Entrants in the Broadband Rural Market
13:40 - 15:00 This session will examine practical examples and models of new entry by the private sector in rural and remote areas for the provision of broadband access. The focus will be on examining innovative solutions by small companies who are providing service to less populated areas. The technologies used are often fixed wireless services resulting in the emergence of regional wireless Internet service providers (WISPs).
Chair: Bernard Barani, Head of Sector, Networked & Audio Visual Systems, DG Information Society, European Commission
Guy J. Kelnhofer III, President and CEO, NextNet Wireless, United States
Per Thorvaldsen, Department Manager, System Design, NERA, Norway
Jean-Claude Beauchemin, Chef de l'unité Collectivités territoriales, ART, France
15:00 - 15:15 Coffee break
SESSION 4: Emerging Platforms for Rural and Remote Access
15:15 - 16:30 This session will continue the examination of new entry by the private sector in rural and remote areas for the provision of broadband access but with an emphasis on other emerging platforms, such as electricity networks, WiMAX and the role satellites can play. Speakers will discuss technology choices and how different technologies can work together to provide broadband solutions (e.g. satellite/wifi, powerline/wifi and so forth).
Chair: Anne Ståhl Mousa, IT- strategist, Local authority of Gotland, Sweden
Yves Blanc, Director of Institutional Relations, Eutelsat, France
Christian Morales, Vice President & General Manager, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Intel
José Comabella, Network PLC Director, Endesa, Spain
DAY 2: Tuesday, 26 October 2004
SESSION 5: The role of government and the private sector
9:00 - 10:45 This session will build on the OECD Council’s Broadband Statement in relation to the provision of rural broadband access. This would include discussion of the role of government and the private sector. Further issues to be discussed include when and how governments should intervene and whether this should be on the demand or supply side; local and regional models for sustainable broadband deployment and operation in rural areas – direct public investment, public-private partnerships, etc.; highlighting best practices in terms of not distorting potential competitive outcomes. Consideration will also be given to the issues that arise with municipal or provincial networks.
Chair: Jozef Cornu, Executive Assistant to the Chaiman and CEO and Member of the Board of Directors of Alcatel
Charles Glass, Office of Spectrum Management, Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, United States
Dirk H. van der Woude, Responsible for ICT Strategy & Policy, City of Amsterdam, Citynet, the Netherlands
Björn Björk, IT- strategist, Swedish Association of Local Authorities, Sweden
Axel Wehmeier, Vice President Regulatory Affairs, Group Headquarters Deutsche Telekom AG, Germany
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee Break
SESSION 6: Government Programmes and Rural broadband
11:00 - 12:45 In this session OECD governments will outline their policy initiatives in the area of rural broadband. Examples include demand aggregation schemes, financial intervention as well as how information is collected to inform policy making. In addition, case studies and practical examples of the provision of broadband to particular communities will be presented.
Chair: Christina Speck, Vice Chair OECD Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Services Policy and National Telecommunications and Information Administration, United States
Gabriel Silva, NetDouro Project, AdDP, Portugal
Mark Swarbrick, Deputy Director, Broadband Aggregation Project, DTI, United Kingdom
Peter Hill, Director of Broadband, Industry Canada, Canada
Maria Häll, IT Policy Strategy Group, Ministry of Industry, Employment and Communications, Sweden
12:45 - 14:30 Lunch Break
SESSION 7: Government Programmes and Rural Broadband
14:30 - 16:15 In this session OECD governments will outline their policy initiatives in the area of rural broadband. Examples include demand aggregation schemes, financial intervention as well as how information is collected to inform policy making. In addition, case studies and practical examples of the provision of broadband to particular communities will be presented.
Chair: Roberto Carneiro, President of the Observatory for Innovation and Knowledge, Portugal
Carolyn McNally, General Manager, Regional Communications Policy Branch Department of Communications, Australia
Niall O Donnchu, Head of Telecommunications Division, Department of Communications, Marine & Natural Resources, Ireland
Peter Sere, General Director (Department of Market Analysis), Ministry of Informatics and Communications, Hungary
Stelios Sartzetakis, Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Greek Broadband Task Force, Greece
16:15 - 16:30 Coffee Break
SESSION 8: Rural broadband and its implications for the future of Universal Service
16:30 - 18:00 This session will focus on the future of rural and remote broadband access in relation to universal service policies.
Chair: Dimitri Ypsilanti, Principal administrator, Information, Computer and Communications Policy Division, OECD
Uri Olenik, Director General, Ministry of Communications, Israel
Dennis Weller, Chief Economist, Verizon, United States
James Allen, Head of Pricing Costing and Regulation, Analysys, United Kingdom