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Telecoms, Media and Technology

FT ETNO Summit 2017

Digital Rulemaking in Times of Change

Brussels |
Speakers include:
Mariya Gabriel

Mariya Gabriel

European Commission

Stéphane Richard

Stéphane Richard


Jeremy Rifkin

Jeremy Rifkin

Sustainability Adviser to Presidents


The FT-ETNO Summit will gather leading policymakers, regulators, industry executives and investors from Europe and beyond to discuss and debate the speed of technological change - and how global lawmakers and industry can harness it to benefit society and the economy.

Major political, technological and societal events are reshaping our world. As technology and mobility bring about unprecedented opportunities and challenges, political turmoil is reaching geographies that have traditionally been stable. The communications industry arguably plays an increasingly critical role in the life of citizens. From legacy players and leading upstarts to shadowy purveyors of leaks, hacks and fake news, the digital world is now at the centre of the political landscape.

With change occurring across Europe and around the world, it is time for leaders in the telecoms, media and technology sector – and the officials who govern them - to take stock.

fallback Add to my Calendar 09/27/2017 12:00:0009/27/2017 18:00:00trueFT ETNO Summit 2017The FT-ETNO Summit will gather leading policymakers, regulators, industry executives and investors from Europe and beyond to discuss and debate the speed of technological change - and how global lawmakers and industry can harness it to benefit society and the economy.Major political, technological and societal events are reshaping our world. As technology and mobility bring about unprecedented opportunities and challenges, political turmoil is reaching geographies that have traditionally been stable. The communications industry arguably plays an increasingly critical role in the life of citizens. From legacy players and leading upstarts to shadowy purveyors of leaks, hacks and fake news, the digital world is now at the centre of the political landscape.With change occurring across Europe and around the world, it is time for leaders in the telecoms, media and technology sector – and the officials who govern them - to take stock.FT-ETNO-Summit-2017f394a3a931e13323fac4d27fdad91013MM/DD/YYYY


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Speakers (17)

Mariya Gabriel

Mariya Gabriel

Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society
European Commission
Stéphane Richard

Stéphane Richard

Chairman and CEO

Stéphane Richard has been Chairman and CEO of Orange since March 1, 2011. He joined the Orange Group in September 2009 and has successively occupied the positions of Deputy CEO in charge of French Operations, CEO Delegate, and CEO.

Between 1992-2003, Mr Richard was successively deputy to the CFO of Compagnie Générale des Eaux, CEO of Compagnie Immobilière Phénix, and Chairman of CGIS (Compagnie Générale d’Immobilier et de Services), now Nexity. From 2003-07, he was Deputy CEO of Veolia Environnement and CEO of Veolia Transport, as well as being a director of Orange. From 2007-09, he was Chief of Staff to the French Minister for the Economy, Industry, and Employment.

Mr Richard is a graduate of École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) and École Nationale d’Administration.

Jeremy Rifkin

Jeremy Rifkin

Sustainability Adviser to Presidents

Jeremy Rifkin is the bestselling author of twenty-one books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society and the environment. His latest book was The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism.  In 2011, Professor Rifkin published the New York Times bestseller The Third Industrial Revolution, which captured the attention of the world. Rifkin’s vision of a sustainable, post carbon economic era has been endorsed by the EU and the UN and embraced by world leaders.  He has been an advisor to the EU for the past 15 years. He also served as an adviser to President Sarkozy of France, Chancellor Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Socrates of Portugal, Prime Minister Zapatero of Spain, and Prime Minister Janša of Slovenia, during their respective European Council Presidencies, on issues related to the economy, climate change, and energy security.  He currently advises the European Commission, the European Parliament, and several EU and Asian heads of state. Professor Rifkin is the principal architect of the EU's Third Industrial Revolution long-term economic sustainability plan to address the triple challenge of the global economic crisis, energy security, and climate change.  He has also been advising the leadership of China on the build out and scale up of the Internet plus Third Industrial Revolution infrastructure to usher in a sustainable low-carbon economy.  Professor Rifkin is a senior lecturer at the Wharton School's Executive Education Programme at the University of Pennsylvania where he instructs CEOs and senior management on transitioning their business operations into sustainable Third Industrial Revolution economies.  

Andrus  Ansip

Andrus Ansip

Vice-President for the Digital Single Market
European Commission

Andrus Ansip was appointed Vice-President of the European Commission with responsibility for the Digital Single Market in 2014. Before moving to Brussels, he was a member of both the Estonian and European Parliaments. This followed almost nine years as Estonia's longest-serving Prime Minister. In that role, he worked with both centre-right and centre-left parties to lead three different coalition governments.

During his time as Prime Minister, he also acted as chairman of Estonia's liberal Reform Party.

Vice President Ansip first entered national politics in 2004, when he became Minister of the Economy.

Up to this point, he spent his career in Estonia's second largest city of Tartu, where he was born in 1956. Vice-President Ansip was Mayor of Tartu for six years after working in banking and business.

He is a chemistry graduate from the city's university.

Valerio Battista

Valerio Battista

Prysmian Group

Valerio Battista has been the CEO of Prysmian Group since its founding in 2005. The telecoms and energy cable systems leader floated in 2007.

Mr Battista has extensive knowledge and understanding of the industrial sector following 20 years of experience, having spent much of his career with Pirelli Group. There, he worked on the restructuring and reorganisation of Pirelli Cavi - one of the most profitable and competitive organisations in the cable industry - between 2002 and 2004. 

He has a degree in mechanical engineering from Florence University.

Timotheus Höttges

Timotheus Höttges

Deutsche Telekom

Timotheus Höttges has been CEO of Deutsche Telekom AG since January 2014.

From 2009 until his appointment as CEO, he was a member of the Board of Management responsible for Finance and Controlling. For the three years preceding that, he was a member of the Board of Management responsible for the T-Home unit. In this position, Mr Höttges oversaw the fixed-line network and broadband business, as well as integrated sales and service in Germany. Under his leadership, T-Home became the market leader in terms of new DSL customers and developed its Internet TV service, Entertain, into a mass-market product while stabilising its profitability. After implementing various cost-cutting programmes at T-Home and in the European mobile communications subsidiaries, Mr Höttges became responsible for the Group-wide Save for Service efficiency enhancement program. In 2005, he headed European operations as member of the Board of Management, T-Mobile International.

From 2000 until 2004, he was Managing Director, Finance and Controlling, before becoming Chairman of the Managing Board of T-Mobile Deutschland.
In 1992, he joined the VIAG Group, where he became divisional manager in 1997 and, later, a member of the extended management board responsible for controlling, corporate planning, and M&A. As project manager, he played a central role in the merger between VIAG AG and VEBA AG, which together formed E.on AG, in 2000.

Mr Höttges studied business administration at Cologne University, going on to spend three years with a business consulting company.

Johan Dennelind

Johan Dennelind

President and CEO
Telia Company

Johan Dennelind is President and CEO of Telia Company. Between 2010 and 2013 Mr Dennelind was International CEO South Africa at Vodacom. Previously he had several managerial positions at Telenor in Sweden and Malaysia, and was CEO of DiGi Telecommunications Malaysia between 2008 and 2010. Prior to that he had several managerial positions at Telia. Mr Dennelind is a board member of GSMA and holds a Master of Science in Business Administration.

Pilar  del Castillo

Pilar del Castillo

European Parliament

Former Spanish Minister of Education and Culture from 2000 to 2004, Pilar del Castillo was elected to the European Parliament for the first time in 2004. She belongs to the Partido Popular (People’s Party), which in turn is a member of the European People’s Party.

She is the European Parliament's rapporteur on the European Electronic Communications Code.

She has also been the rapporteur of the Telecoms Single Market Regulation; the Directive on Security of Networks and Information Systems for the ITRE committee; the Regulation on the Body of European Regulators in Electronic Communications' (BEREC); the report on Cloud Computing Strategy for Europe and the Report "A Digital Agenda for Europe:

Dr del Castillo is the chair of the European Internet Forum (EIF), vice-president of the European Energy Forum, member of the board of Knowledge4Innovation (K4I) and member of the Transatlantic Policy Network.

Dr del Castillo is professor in Political Science and Administration. She obtained a PhD in Law from Universidad Complutense. Before, she had attended Ohio State University on a Fulbright scholarship, graduating with a Master’s degree in Political Science. She was the executive president of the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas (Sociology Research Centre) from 1996 to 2000.

She is the author of numerous publications and member of various national and international political science and sociology associations.

Atanas Dobrev

Atanas Dobrev

CEO and Member of the Managing Board

Atanas Dobrev has been chief executive officer and a member of the managing board at Bulgarian Telecommunications Company (Vivacom) since 2013.

He joined in 2008 as chief financial officer, responsible for all finance related issues as well as business planning, controlling, fraud, revenue assurance and customer control.

His previous experience includes the positions as Finance and Administration Manager at Oriflame Bulgaria and during the period 2001-2008 as chief financial officer at Globul.

Mr Dobrev has an MBA in finance and accounting from Rollins College, Crummer Graduate School of Business in Florida (USA). He also has a Masters degree in international economic relations from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia (Bulgaria).

Óscar Méndez Soto

Óscar Méndez Soto

Chief Executive Officer

Óscar Méndez Soto is CEO of Stratio, a big data product company founded in 2014.

He has more than 15 years of experience launching and managing successful companies and has accrued extensive knowledge in the fields of big data and artificial intelligence over the last two decades.

Mr Méndez has always envisaged where technology is going next and has been an early adopter of big data technologies that provide massive data processing capabilities.

He is the founder of Big Data Spain, the second biggest sector conference in Europe.

Xavier Lefranc

Xavier Lefranc

Senior Investment Analyst

Xavier Lefranc is Senior Investment Analyst within the Pan-European Equity team at UBS Global Asset Management. He is responsible for the analysis and valuation of companies within the European telecommunications, utilities and business services sectors.

Mr Lefranc has 20 years of investment industry experience. He joined UBS Global Asset Management in 2003. Prior to this he was a telecoms analyst within global equity research at AXA Investment Managers. Previously he was a telecoms and financial analyst at Salomon Brothers International and a credit analyst at Société Générale. His career began as an auditor at Arthur Andersen.

Mr Lefranc holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Boris Maurer

Boris Maurer

Managing Director, Leader of Digital Transformation in TMT

Dr Boris Maurer leads Accenture’s Digital Transformation in Telecommunication, Media and Tech across Europe, Africa and Latin America. He has a track record of over 20 years of top management consulting predominantly in telecommunications, technology, media, as well as in the public sector.

Dr Maurer was previously a partner at McKinsey, where he worked for 15 years. There, he was Global Leader on Innovation and a Leader of its European Telecoms, Hi-Tech and Strategy Practices. He has furthermore worked for the German Chancellery, several Ministries, as well as regional governments.

After leaving McKinsey in 2010, Boris became a serial entrepreneur and started four internet companies. One of these - "connectd” - provides an open, semantic IoT middleware solution.

He earned a Master in Economics from the University of Bonn and completed his PhD at the University of Mannheim and the Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI) in Toulouse.

Roberto Viola

Roberto Viola

Director General, DG CONNECT
European Commission

Roberto Viola is Director General of DG CONNECT (Directorate General of Communication, Networks, Content and Technology) at the European Commission.

He was the Deputy Director-General of DG CONNECT, European Commission from 2012 to 2015.

Mr Viola served as Chairman of the European Radio Spectrum Policy group (RSPG) from 2012 to 2013, as Deputy Chairman in 2011 and Chairman in 2010. He was member of the BEREC Board (Body of European Telecom Regulators), and Chairman of the European Regulatory Group (ERG).

He held the position of Secretary General in charge of managing Italian communications regulator AGCOM, from 2005 to 2012. Prior to this, he served as Director of Regulation Department and Technical Director in AGCOM from 1999 to 2004.

From 1985-1999 he served in positions including Head of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Satellite Services at the European Space Agency (ESA).

He holds a Doctorate in Electronic Engineering and an MBA.

He held the position of Secretary General in charge of managing AGCOM, from 2005 to 2012. Prior to this, he served as Director of Regulation Department and Technical Director in AGCOM from 1999 to 2004.

From 1985-1999 he served in various positions including as Head of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Satellite Services at the European Space Agency (ESA).

Roberto Viola holds a Doctorate in Electronic Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

Johannes Gungl

Johannes Gungl

CEO for Telecommunications and Postal Service
Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (RTR)

Johannes Gungl is CEO for Telecommunications and Postal Services of the Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (RTR).

He has more than 15 years of experience in the Austrian telecommunications industry, working in legal and regulatory affairs for various fixed-line and mobile operators.

Prior to his appointment as CEO of RTR in February 2014, Mr Gungl served as general counsel and head of legal and regulatory affairs for Orange Austria. In this role, he was directly involved in the precedent-setting merger of Orange Austria with Hutchison, which was cleared by the European Commission (EC) - following a phase II investigation - and the Austrian Competition Authority.

Between 2006 and 2008, he was general counsel and compliance officer for competition law to Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Corporation in Vienna. Before that he worked for the Austrian mobile operator tele.ring as head of legal and regulatory affairs until its merger with T-Mobile Austria in 2006 - also cleared by the EC in a phase II review.

Mr Gungl holds a law degree from the University Graz and a postgraduate degree in European Law from the University of Innsbruck.

Sébastien Soriano

Sébastien Soriano


Sébastien Soriano was appointed Chairman of ARCEP (Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes) in January 2015, for a six-year term. In 2017, he will hold the rotating Chair of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC).

Prior to his appointment as President of ARCEP, he was Special Adviser to the French Minister for Culture and Communication.

In 2012, he was Head of Cabinet for Fleur Pellerin, the then French Minister for SMEs, innovation and digital economy.
He has spent most of his career in competition and telecoms regulation. He started his career at the French Competition Authority (2001-2004) as a case handler and then returned as Deputy General Rapporteur from 2009 to 2012. Between 2004 and 2009, he held various positions at ARCEP as head of unit for mobile markets and then director of broadband markets.

Mr Soriano trained as an Engineer in Telecoms and graduated from École Polytechnique.

Marju Lauristin

Marju Lauristin

European Parliament

Marju Lauristin is an Estonian Member of the European Parliament and Vice-Chair of the Group of Socialists and Democrats.

In the European Parliament she is an active member of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee where she had been appointed rapporteur of the data protection directive, and shadow rapporteur of data protection regulation, EU-US umbrella agreement, and the committee’s opinion on TTIP negotiations. Furthermore she handled as Rapporteur the LIBE opinion on the digital content and she is currently appointed as Rapporteur on the E-Privacy Regulation.

Mrs Lauristin has a 40-year academic career in social sciences, media studies (including audience surveys and content analysis) and is a Professor Emeritus in Tartu University since 1995. In addition, she is currently involved in a research project about the future of the cultural press in Estonia.

She was also one of the establishing members of ‘Rahvarinne’ in 1988, the first large-scale independent political movement in Estonia since the beginning of the Soviet occupation. She has since been Chairman of the Estonian Social Democratic Party, deputy speaker of the Estonian parliament, minister of Social Affairs of Estonia, and member of the Estonian Parliament.

Axel Voss

Axel Voss

European Parliament

Axel Voss is a Member of the European Parliament, as well as a lawyer and lecturer.

He has been the Coordinator for the EPP Group since January 2017, having previously served as a Vice-Chair of the Committee on Legal Affairs. He is substitute member in the Committee of Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs; and was appointed Vice-Chair of the Delegation for Relations with Australia and New Zealand.

During Mr Voss’ first legislative term as MEP (2009-2014), the European Data Protection Package was a crucial element of his parliamentary work. He also focuses on the PNR dossiers, the NSA Inquiry Committee and European criminal law as well as relevant EU judiciary topics.  


Chairs (3)

Nic  Fildes

Nic Fildes

Telecoms correspondent
Financial Times

Nic Fildes is the FT’s Telecoms Correspondent in London. Originally from Australia, he previously worked at The Times, where he spent seven years as Technology & Communications Editor. He has also worked for The Independent, The Daily Telegraph and Dow Jones Newswires, mostly covering telecoms, technology and media, and the music industry. He has also been published in The Spectator and various specialist music blogs writing about culture. 

Mr Fildes has won the UK Tech (previously TechMARK) journalist of the year award three times.

Daniel Thomas

Daniel Thomas

Assistant Companies Editor
Financial Times

Dan Thomas has been the Financial Times’ assistant companies editor since March 2016. Mr Thomas was previously the FT’s telecoms editor, having worked as a telecoms correspondent since 2011.

Prior to that, he worked as the FT’s property correspondent. He has also reported for FT Money and FT Weekend’s personal finance supplement. Prior to joining the FT in March 2007, he was an assistant editor for Property Week.

Mr Thomas holds a postgraduate degree in journalism from City University and a BA in English and Philosophy from Manchester University. He was named Business Journalist of the Year at the LSL Property Awards and awarded IBP News Reporter of the Year – both in 2010.

Steven Tas

Steven Tas

Executive Board Chairman

Steven Tas has been Head of Proximus' regulatory department since 2008 and Executive Board Chairman of ETNO – the association representing Europe’s leading telecom operators – since January 2015.

He has been a member of the ETNO board since 2009 and a member of the board of the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE) since 2010.

Mr Tas joined Belgacom-Proximus in 1994 and has occupied various positions within the company’s strategy division.

Mr Tas holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering and Industrial Management from the University of Leuven.

Agenda - 27th Sep

  • 12:00pm
    Registration and lunch
  • 1:00pm
    Introduction and Welcome

    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

    Steven Tas, Executive Chairman, ETNO

  • 1:10pm
    Opening keynote – Technology and society: don’t do evil

    A few years into the internet and the digital revolution, what are its effects on society, politics and economy? How do we ensure that digitisation and connectivity create more opportunities for all?

  • 1:30pm
    A New Digital Deal for Europe

    What should be left to competition, and what should be regulated? CEOs from across the communications industry weigh the pace of change against potential harms to individuals and society.

    • A fair deal for digital growth
    • Digital technology: how to create more opportunities for humans?
    • The longer view: growth now vs future problems and opportunities
    • How much regulation is needed today? What is the role of self and co-regulation during periods of rapid change?
    • Can industry unite to lead reforms from within?
  • 2:15pm
    Fireside chat: Balancing Business and Benevolence

    The FT interviews two TMT executives on harnessing technology for good

  • 2:35pm
    Keynote Panel: Regulating Infrastructure: Stronger Together

    Regulators and industry executives reflect on reforms to the Electronic Communications Code and policy priorities of the new European Parliament – and their impact on European telecoms, media and technology.

    • Spectrum: coordinating and modernising a precious asset
    • 5G: connecting objects, responsibly
    • Broadband targets – have regulatory assurances assuaged telcos?
    • Will a loosening of regulations in the US force Europe to follow suit?
  • 3:20pm
    Networking break
  • 3:50pm
    Keynote Panel: Investing in Turbulent Times

    Last year saw European regulators, telecom operators and their investors finally find some common ground. How can each side advance its objectives amid social, political and economic uncertainty?

    • After the events of 2016, how attractive a destination is Europe?
    • Diktat by tweet: is populism good for investors?
    • Infrastructure promises – how doable are new government plans?
    • Influencing power – when should investors intervene in questionable policy decisions?
  • 4:35pm
    Industry Interview – EU and US: divergence or convergence?
  • 4:55pm
    Keynote Panel: The Data Economy: Taking Back Leadership

    Europe has struggled to monetise a homegrown data services model, while US companies managed to do so with minimal regulatory oversight. Can European efforts to protect citizen’s rights provide the template for a global standard?

    • Can data drive profit, while remaining responsible?
    • AI: friend and foe?
    • Cybersecurity: protecting enterprises and institutions
    • The GSM example – how to develop a global standard
  • 5:40pm
    Closing Interview
  • 5:55pm
    Closing Remarks, followed by Drinks Reception

Who Attends

Attendance at the FT-ETNO Summit is by invitation only and places are limited to top management from investment banks, national regulators, mobile operators, fixed line operators, content providers, handset manufacturers, telecoms and media companies, European Commission staff and cabinet representatives, European Parliament members and their advisors and ETNO members so early registration is recommended. Members of press and analysts who have been invited to cover the event may also register.Additional senior applicants will be considered for invitation subject to availability of places and meeting the above criteria. 



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Organisers (2)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 840,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

ETNO represents Europe’s leading telecommunications network operators, who provide European citizens with innovative digital communication and services. ETNO, founded in 1992, is the principal policy group for European network operators and it aims at supporting a positive policy environment to deliver the best quality services to consumers and businesses. ETNO brings together the major investors in innovative and high-quality e-communications platforms and services, representing over 70% of the total sector investment in Europe’s main markets.

For more information, see or follow us on Twitter: @ETNOAssociation

Sponsors (2)

Qualcomm is driving the mobile communications revolution, from 3G to 4G LTE and beyond. Qualcomm technologies power the smartphones and tablets that connect people, places and things through high-speed connectivity anytime, anywhere. The company continues to invent and invest in wireless technology breakthroughs that support billions of connections between people and the things they care about. To date, Qualcomm has invested a cumulative total of nearly $45 billion in R&D for advanced mobile connectivity and computing technologies – more than 20% of its revenue each year.

Prysmian Group is world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry. With nearly 140 years of experience, sales of over €7.5 billion in 2016, 21,000 employees across 50 countries and 82 plants, the Group is strongly positioned in high-tech markets and offers the widest possible range of products, services, technologies and know-how. It operates in the businesses of underground and submarine cables and systems for power transmission and distribution, of special cables for applications in many different industries and of medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure sectors. For the telecommunications industry, the Group manufactures cables and accessories for voice, video and data transmission, offering a comprehensive range of optical fibres, optical and copper cables and connectivity systems. Prysmian is a public company, listed on the Italian Stock Exchange in the FTSE MIB index.

Technology Partner (1)

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Through dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, Huawei has established end-to-end advantages in telecom networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei is committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers by providing competitive solutions and services. Its products and solutions have been deployed in over 170 countries, serving more than one third of the world’s population.

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