12th Annual SEE Telecom 2016

Our 12th one day networking event which took place in Crowne Plaza Belgrade in Serbia on the 17th of March finished with glorious success and gigantic plans for the 13th edition in 2017.


With the support of our sponsors – Comarch (GOLD), Eutelsat (SILVER), Allen & Overy (BRONZE) and Karanovic/Nikolic (BRONZE), we managed to organize this high quality telecom focused event and gather over 70 key decision makers in the telecom sector.

Continuing our tradition from the past 11 editions we kicked start with the Chairman’s, John Gole, [Research Director for Telecoms, IoT and Mobility in CEEMEA] IDC, introduction on the importance of the topics due to continuous rapid changes in the telecoms sector.

First presentation- “Digital single market strategy and the role of Telecoms” was given by Zrinka Reisinger, Senior Policy Officer, European Commission, Belgium.  This was followed by the regulation session which started with the presentation on NET neutrality vs Telecoms investments by Mitja Podpecan, Senior Associate at Jadek & Pensa. After this intensive presentation the floor was opened to the panel discussion: The Role of Regulation in Stimulating Investments in the Market. The discussion was moderated by Katja Mohar Bostar, Senior Expert for Regulatory Affairs, Telekom Slovenije and enhanced by the presence of Milan Jankovic, Former Director of RATEL, Marko Anzic, Manager for Regulatory and Institutional Affairs at Si.Mobil, Maja Mandic, Head of Legal Regulatory & Compliance at Hrvatski Telekom and Katarina Fulir, Legal and Regulatory Director at Tele2 d.o.o.

After the first networking break, where delegates had the chance to meet with key decision makers and telecoms professionals, Mateusz Cieslak, RAN Expert & OSS Solution Manager, Comarch completed the “No pain, no gain – network consolidation in practice” personal presentation.

The next panel discussion was moderated by Petar Atanasov, Vice President, BAC  with panellists: Milan Mekic, Head of M&A at Telekom Srbija, Rastko Petakovic, Partner at Karanovic & Nikolic, Mateusz Cieslak, RAN Expert & OSS Solution Manager, Comarch and Zoran Perovic, Chief Executive Officer And Owner of Serbian Open eXchange. The session was concluded with the “Infrastructure sharing deals in SEE” presentation by Marton Eorsi, Senior Associate at Allen & Overy.

How to foster investments in the telecoms sector discussion began with the moderator – David Schoch, Founder and Shareholder, Orion Telekom and panellists: Milan Mekic, Head of M&A at Telekom Srbija, Ho-Shik Lim, Principal Banker at EBRD, Florian Glinz, Director – TMT EMEA at Raiffeisen Bank and Salvator Levis, President of Supervisory Board, Beotelnet.

Following the networking lunch break participants returned and benefited from a set of three single unique presentations from SAP – Domen Racovec, Head of Business Development for Telecommunication for CEE; Hrvatski Telecom – Sasa Bilic, Director Key Account Sales and Renata Stefic, Director of Corporate Proposition; Ericsson – Milena Matic, Strategy & Marketing & Communications Manager Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania.

The second networking break led to the “FTTH Infrastructure” presentation by Ana Pesovic, Board Member and Vice President at FTTH Council. The sessions continued with an exciting keynote presentation - “The growing infrastructure of satellite broadband” from Anastasios Nikoyiannis, Regional Area Manager for Broadband – Greece and Balkans Eutelsat Broadband.

The last discussion of the day – “Meeting the demand for faster connectivity in SEE” was moderated by Paul Drazdil, Director of Investment Banking, Unicredit and discussed with Pjer Vuckovic, Director of Technology and Planning at Telenor, Ana Pesovic, Board Member and Vice President at FTTH Council, Anastasios Nikoyiannis, Regional Area Manager for Broadband – Greece and Balkans Eutelsat Broadband, Ognen Firfov, Senior Telecommunications Business Expert at Makedonski Telekom and Zoran Perovic, Chief Executive Officer and Owner of Serbian Open eXchange.

Our conference Chairman – John Gole provided the closing remarks and invited all participants to the evening drinks reception.

EEL Events would like to give a massive thank you to this year’s sponsors: – Comarch (GOLD), Eutelsat (SILVER), Allen & Overy (BRONZE) and Karanovic/Nikolic (BRONZE).

If you are interested in accessing the conference materials then please complete and return the necessary order form. EEL EVENTS will be providing a series of forums in 2016-17, including our 9th SEE Europe Private Equity and M&A forum.  If you would like to be involved as a sponsor, speaker, panellist or delegate please contact Oleksiy Ihnatenko (oleksiy.ihnatenko@eelevents.co.uk) for more information.