Broadband and telecom

OECD Workshop on fibre investment and policy challenges


Stavanger Forum
Gunnar Warebergsgate 13
4021 Stavanger

10 - 11 APRIL 2008



The workshop examined fibre investment across the OECD and looked at best practices across a range of investment scenarios.  It also examined how regulations concerning fibre are evolving in OECD countries and how to ensure that these networks help promote effective competition.





DAY 1: Thursday, 10 April 2008


WELCOME: Erik LAHNSTEIN, Vice-Minister of Transport and Communications, Norway
Chair:  Vince AFFLECK, Chair, OECD Working Party on Communication Infrastructures and Services Policy & OFCOM


SESSION 1:  Technological developments geared to policy makers

This session will provide an overview of technological developments in fibre networks geared to policy makers. Session participants will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of various network topologies and technologies along with their implications for markets.


• Herman WAGTER, Citynet Amsterdam  
FttH as a communication infrastructure: a primer


• Marvin SIRBU, Carnegie Mellon 
Topology – benefits and drawbacks


• Karl BAUER LEONI, NBG Fiber Optics 
Installation – last mile and last meter challenges and issues

SESSION 2:  Demand for high-bandwidth networks

This session will examine how demand for high bandwidth is evolving, the future uses of networks, and whether subscribers need the speeds which will be offered.  An increasing number of content suppliers are looking at offering streaming video, high-definition TV and other applications which require high bandwidth.  There are also arguments put forward that subscriber demand is not sufficiently strong for high-bandwidth connections.


• Kjell Arne Yttervik, IBM 
Evolution of video – Is fibre necessary?


• Bas BOORSMA, Cisco 
Broadband and the Connected Urban Development experience


• Richard CLARKE, AT&T 
VDSL as a broadband strategy


SESSION 3:  Investment opportunities and challenges

This session will examine opportunities and challenges facing existing communication operators and new market entrants (e.g. utilities) as they work to expand fibre coverage. The session will evaluate situations where investment makes economic sense for private firms and other situations where governments may need to play a more active role. It will look at the track record of various public/private sector partnerships and attempt to find some effective recommendations.


• Dennis WELLER, Verizon 
Fibre investment risks and rewards – an operator's perspective


• Rudolf VAN DER BERG, LogicaCMG 
Dig or wait: Is now the best time to roll out fibre?


• Benoit FELTEN, Yankee Group 
Municipal fibre – an overview


• Grant FORSYTH, BT 
How Telecoms Regulation Can Support Businesses

SESSION 4:  Reducing barriers to entry

This session will help identify innovative ways to reduce barriers to fibre investment. The session will examine how governments can help promote investment through passive infrastructure such as access to ducts, poles and rights-of-way and inside wiring. The session will also examine other barriers, such as access to backhaul facilities and use of demand aggregation to overcome demand barriers.


• Robin ECKERMANN, Eckermann & Associates 
The Hard Yards and the Easy Yards in the Last Mile


• Lorenzo PUPILLO, Telecom Italia 
Duct and pole sharing – challenges and opportunities


• Antony WALKER, UK Broadband Stakeholders Group : What levers are available to Governments to reduce barriers to fibre investment? A UK perspective


Fibre in the last 100 metres- potential to share?


DAY 2: Friday, 11 April 2008


CHAIR: Ottar OSTNES, Director General, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Norway


SESSION 5:  Fibre rollout project examples

There are innovative fibre projects covering large cities as well as others in small rural areas. This session will look at projects of different sizes and also distinguish between projects in urban and rural areas. The goal of this session is to help policy makers identify best practices that relate directly to the type of geographic areas where they are promoting investment.


• Anders BRANDT, Lyse Tele 
Small scale


• Christian BERG, Dansk Energi 
Medium scale


• Annette LUNDBERG, Stokab 
Large scale


• Byung Tak LEE, ETRI, Korea 
National plans

SESSION 6:  Promoting competition

The rollout of new fibre infrastructure may require a review of existing telecommunications regulation. This session will examine issues facing policy makers. First, the session will look at the extent that facilities-based competition, particularly in metropolitan areas, may be feasible. In addition the toolbox available to policy makers/regulators to promote fibre infrastructure deployment could be discussed (e.g. making it mandatory to install fibre in new buildings, sharing of ducts and installations in multi-dwelling units, etc). The session will also examine alternative methods under consideration in the OECD for fostering fibre competition such as extending unbundling requirements or functionally separating operators. Finally, the role of open access networks, particularly when government funds are involved, will be examined.


• Willy JENSEN, Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority 
The role of facilities-based competition with fibre


The unbundling and separation debates


• Vianney HENNES, France Telecom 
A broadband policy toolbox


• Mikael GRAPE, Tele2 
Safeguarding competition and consumer choice in the roll out of fibre (NGA)


SESSION 7: Fibre and social inclusion

CHAIR: Dimitri YPSILANTI, OECD Secretariat

This session will assess how to stimulate next generation networks deployment and the role of alternate platforms in complementing fibre networks. The session will also outline government policy initiatives to stimulate demand for next generation access networks and policy options for promoting fibre deployment in markets with different competitive situations. 


• Lucilla SIOLI, European Commission (DG INFSO)
Fibre deployment and public funding


• Shigeo OKAMOTO, MIC Japan 
Japan's Strategy for the Nationwide Development of Broadband and FTTH


• Rafael DIEZ VEGA, Telefónica 
NGANs and the geographical segmentation of markets


Hugo PARR, Norwegian Ministry of Government Administration and Reform



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