11th Annual SEE Telecoms 2014 Forum

The 11th Annual SEE Telecoms Forum took place at the Metropol Palace Hotel in Belgrade, Serbia on 5 and 6 March 2014. With around 100 registered participants from 17 different countries, our 2014 conference built upon the success of last year’s event and provided experts a platform to discuss the developments and potential of the Telecoms industry in the Balkan region.

The forum was supported by our Gold Sponsor Hewlett- Packard, Silver Sponsors: SES ASTRA and  IBM as well as Associated Sposnor Simon-Kucher & Partners in addition to a range of media and our event partners including the UKTI and the British Belgrade Embassy.

The conference began with a brief welcoming address from the Chairman for the first part of the day, Dejan Ljustina (Head of Telecommunications, PwC). This was followed by a ministerial address from Mr Stefan Lazarević (State Secretary for Telecommunications, Serbian Ministry of Foreign and Internal Trade and Telecommunications). The event then began to discuss current market trends and forecasts, and John Gole (Programme Director, IDC) gave the first presentation of the forum with a ‘Market overview: Challenges and Opportunities.’ This was followed by another presentation by Luka Baranovic (Director of Transformation, T-Hrvatski Telekom) before the delegates left the room for a networking coffee break.

After refreshments followed Philippe Gérard (Deputy Head of Unit, DC Connect, European Commission) opening the discussion on regulative climate with his presentation on the impact of EC’s new ‘Connecting Europe’ legislative package. This was followed by the first panel discussion of the forum, chaired by Petar Atansaov (Vice President, BAC) who led panellists Dr Milan Jankovic (Director, RATEL), Janet Zaharieva (Chief Regulatory Advisor, Vivacom), Zoltan Morocza (Head of Authorisation, ANCOM) and Katja Mohar (Head of the Telecommunications Division, APEK) in a debate on the regulatory landscape for 2014 and beyond.

Day one continued with Alex Zavdorny (Director – Telecoms, Media and Technology, Barclays) speaking on the factors driving superior valuations in the telecoms sector and how operators and shareholders can maximise value. The ‘Financing and investing: challenges and opportunities’ section was closed with the second panel of the day chaired by David Schoch (President and Member of the Board, Orion Telekom) who led the discussion on consolidation and whether this is a sound strategy for survival. He was joined by Petr Polach (Director - Head of TMT Acquisition, Raiffeisen), Roland Haidner (Director of M&A, Telekom Austria), Ho Shik Lim (Principal Banker ICT, EBRD), Milan Mekic (Senior Corporate Restructuring – M&A, Telekom Srbija) and Andrej Babache (Director, Mid Europa Partners).

After a well deserved lunch break and the chance for some more networking, Mihai Ursoi (Sales Manager – CEE, SES ASTRA) opened the infrastructure session with his presentation ‘How telecom operators can make use of the core strengths of satellite’. Then Dr Bostjan Makarovic (CEO, Aphaia/Ventura Team LLP) discussed what is next for NGA, before Prof. Hartwig Tauber (Director General, FTTH Council Europe) spoke about how to finance FTTH networks in SEE. The delegates then broke for another coffee break.

When participants returned, we continued with a final panel discussion this time led by Dr Bostjan Makarovic (CEO, Aphaia/Ventura Team LLP). Panellists including Dr Aleksandra Gajic (Head of Fixed Access Network Development, Telekom Srbija), Emil Visloguzov (Country Senior Officer, Alcatel-Lucent), Dumitru Vlad (Wholesale Director, Romtelecom), Csenteri Levente (Executive Director, Combridge) and Matjaz Pogacnik (Head of Access Network Management, Telekom Slovenije). The discussion focussed on meeting the demand for faster connectivity in SEE.

This saw the end of day one, and the forum was closed until tomorrow by Bostjan Makarovic (CEO, Aphaia/Ventura Team) who acted as Chairman for the second part of the day. We then broke for a networking drinks reception in the hotel lobby.

The second day of the event was opened by John Gole (Programme Director, IDC) who chaired day two of the forum. Maja Mandic (Director – Corporate Regulatory Affairs Department, Hrvatski Telekom) then gave the first presentation of the day titled ‘Digital Agenda – challenges for regulations’. This was followed by Ana Radosevic (Cloud Business Manager – Russia, South East Europe and Slovakia, HP d.o.o.) who spoke on successfully monetizing cloud.  Peter Harrison (Smarter Planet Solutions Leader CEE, IBM) then discussed smarter campaigns for telcos before we broke for our first networking coffee break of the day.

We then began with our final panel led by John Gole (Programme Director, IDC) discussing how to successfully deliver multiplay services. He was joined by panellists Ditka Maucec (Product Director, United Group/Telemach), Peter Harrison (Smarter Planet Solutions Leader CEE, IBM), Ana Radosevic (Cloud Business Manager Russia, SEE and Slovakia, HP d.o.o.), Zoran Korecic (Carrier Relations Director, Iskon Internet) and Slobodan Djinovic (General Director, Orion Telekom).

John Gole (Programme Director, IDC) then gave his closing remarks and the delegates broke for a lunch break and a final chance to network with each other.

If you are interested in accessing the conference materials (presentations, videos and delegate list), then please complete and return the necessary order form.

E.E.L. Events Limited will be providing a series of forums in 2014. If you would like to be involved as a sponsor, speaker, panellist or delegate please contact one of our representatives.

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