10th SEE Telecoms Forum: Strategies and Solutions: Meeting consumer demand and market trends

The 10th Annual SEE Telecoms Forum took place in Belgrade’s superb 5* Metropol Palace Hotel on 24th January 2013, and brought together over 75 international representatives from 19 countries. E.E.L. Events Limited gives special thanks to our Gold Sponsor: SES Astra and Silver Sponsor: Eutelsat, as well as all event partners and media associates.

The conference opened with a feature Ministerial welcoming address by Mr Stefan Lazarević, State Secretary for E-Communications, Information Society and Postal Services, Ministry of Foreign and Internal Trade and Telecommunications, Serbia who reported after the event:

“I must say it was a great honor to be a part of 10th annual SEE Telecoms, especially because it was in my country. As I said in my welcoming speech, I think that the next 3 years are crucial for the development of telecommunications, and that the success of telecommunications will have a direct influence on the development of the region in the future. There are, of course, many obstacles and many dilemmas that we encounter.
We revised some of them at the conference.
I am really looking forward to the next, 11th SEE Telecoms Forum.”

Conference chairman, Mr Dejan Ljuština (PwC, Croatia) then provided an overview of megatrends in the region, outlining themes and issues to be addressed throughout the day. The first feature presentation of the day was delivered by Ms Jasna Matić (Ministry of Finance and Economy, Serbia) who provided an in depth review of the Serbian market, highlighting financial incentives.

Mr Leszek Bujak, representing our Gold Sponsor, SES Astra, swiftly proceeded discussing the role of satellite based services.

The second session of the conference focused on key regulatory updates, and included feature speakers from PwC (Mr Borislav Bedic, Croatia) and CRC (Ms Stefka Ruseva, Bulgaria). Before closing for the first networking coffee break of the day, the audience got to further discuss and debate the impact and role of regulation in the market during panel discussion led by Mr Ljuština. Participants included: Mr Milan Jankovic (RATEL, Serbia), Ms Stefka Ruseva (CRC, Bulgaria), Ms Katja Mohar Bastar (APEK, Slovenia), Mr Catalin Marinescu (ANCOM, Romania) and Mr Vladimir Nikolikj (Vip Operator Macedonia, Macedonia).

Next on the agenda was the issue of financing, and who will be the future key players – Chinese or Russians? Mr Paul Drazdil (UniCredit, Austria) provided further in depth analysis of investment opportunities and structures, before roundtable Chairman, the energetic Mr Karim Taga (Arthur D. Little, Austria) took to the stage. Expertly directing flow of discussion and taking questions from the audience, thoughts were shared from leading investors in the region, including contributions from: Mr Petr Polach (Raiffeisen Bank International, Austria), Mr Andres Gavira (EIB, Luxembourg), Mr Roland Haidner (Telekom Austria, Austria) and Mr Ho-Shik Lim (EBRD, United Kingdom).

After a relaxing lunch over which attendees had the opportunity to further discuss the future of the industry and the real implications of living in today’s “digital world”. Afternoon Chairman Mr John Gole (IDC, Czech Republic) introduced the second half of the conference, before Mr Luka Baranovic (Deloitte, Serbia) enthused the crowd, drawing on the increasing need to utilise social medium and understand the consumer.

Mr Vladimir Lucic, (M:tel, Montenegro) then opened the ‘future of mobile broadband’ session, which included contributions from Mr Karim Taga (Arthur D. Little, Austria), Mr Pjer Vuckovic (Telenor d.o.o., Serbia) and Mr Dean Bubley (Disruptive-Analysis, United Kingdom).

Participants retired once more for a chance to swap some more business cards and consolidate relationships during the afternoon coffee break, before the last session of the day, which was dedicated to ‘strategic opportunities’. Self-proclaimed advocate, Mr Dean Bubley, provided the final presentation of the day, discussing some lessons to be learnt from international cases studies.  The day closed with panel discussion led by Mr John Gole, with contributions from Mr Leszek Bujak SES Astra), Mr Emil Visloguzov (Alcatel-Lucent, Serbia), Mr Adrian Ježina (VipNet, Croatia), Mr Triantafyllou Apostolos (Eutelsat, France) and Mr David Schoch (Orion Telekom, Serbia).

After a successful day full of discussion about future opportunities within the SEE Telecoms industry, participants gathered together at the cocktail reception provided by E.E.L. Events Limited, offering the additional opportunity for all attendees to network over a glass of wine and regional speciality drinks.

If you are interested in accessing the conference materials (presentations, videos and delegate list), then please complete and return the necessary order form. We look forward to welcoming you back at our 11th Edition.


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