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Telecoms, Media and Technology

FT-ETNO Summit 2017

Digital Rulemaking in Times of Change

Brussels |
Speakers include:
Andrus  Ansip

Andrus Ansip

European Commission

Mariya Gabriel

Mariya Gabriel

European Commission

Brendan Carr

Brendan Carr

Federal Communications Commission


The FT-ETNO Summit gathered 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 18:02:00trueFT-ETNO Summit 2017The FT-ETNO Summit gathered 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 (24)

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.

Mariya Gabriel

Mariya Gabriel

Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society
European Commission

Bulgarian-born Mariya Gabriel is the current European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.

She was the Vice-President of the EPP Group in the European Parliament from 2014-2017.

Mariya Gabriel was a Member of the European Parliament, EPP/GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria) from 2009-2017.
Since 2012, Mariya Gabriel has served as Vice-President of EPP Women. Prior to this she was Parliamentary Secretary to MEPs from the GERB political party within the EPP Group in 2008-2009.

She is part of project teams, such as Digital Single Market, Energy Union, Better Regulation and Interinstitutional Affairs, Budget and Human Resources, and Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness.

As a member of the project teams, her responsibilities include launching ambitious proposals for the completion of a connected Digital Single Market, supporting the development of creative industries and of a successful European media and content industry, as well as other activities turning digital research into innovation success stories.

Brendan Carr

Brendan Carr

Federal Communications Commission

Brendan Carr was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the FCC by President Donald J. Trump, confirmed unanimously by the Senate on 3 August and sworn into office on 11 August. Commissioner Carr brings to the position over a dozen years of public and private sector experience in technology and communications law and policy.

Most recently, Commissioner Carr served as general counsel of the FCC. In that role, he served as the chief legal advisor to the Commission and FCC staff on all matters within the agency's jurisdiction. Previously, he served as lead advisor to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai on wireless, public safety, and international issues. Before that, he was an attorney in the FCC's Office of General Counsel, where he provided legal advice on a wide range of spectrum policy, competition, and public safety matters.

Prior to joining the Commission in 2012, Mr Carr was an attorney at Wiley Rein LLP, where he worked in the firm's appellate, litigation, and telecom practices. He represented clients in both trial and appellate court proceedings, including complex litigation involving the First Amendment and the Communications Act. Previously, he served as a law clerk for Judge Dennis W. Shedd of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Mr Carr has degrees graduated from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and obtained a certificate from its Institute for Communications Law Studies. He was an editor of the Catholic University Law Review. He has a BA from Georgetown University.

Cristiano Amon

Cristiano Amon

Qualcomm Inc

Cristiano Amon serves as president of Qualcomm Inc. In this role, he is responsible for the oversight of all activities related to Qualcomm’s semiconductor business. Mr Amon also serves as a member of Qualcomm’s executive committee.

Mr Amon served as co-president of QCT for three years and prior to this was senior vice president of Product Management with QCT, managing the company’s wireless chipset portfolio. He joined Qualcomm in 1995 as an engineer and since then has held several other business and technical leadership roles there.

Prior to joining Qualcomm, Mr Amon served as the chief technical officer of Vésper, a wireless operator in Brazil, and held positions in NEC, Ericsson and Velocom Inc.

He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from UNICAMP – Universidade Estadual de Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil.

Daniel Bailey

Daniel Bailey

Global Head of TMT

Daniel Bailey is Global Head of TMT, Global Banking and Markets at HSBC. He assumed this role in April 2013. Mr Bailey has over 20 years of investment banking experience, with the last 15 years focused on TMT. During this period, he has advised on over €300bn of transactions in the TMT sector, including the following key transactions: the merger of Vodafone and Mannesmann (€210bn); the acquisition of Orange by France Telecom for over €50bn; the sale of a 35% stake in Oger Telecom by Saudi Oger to STC for nearly $3bn and the buy out of the minority shareholders of Equant by France Telecom. Previously, Mr Bailey was Head of EMEA TMT at Citi and a Managing Director in the European Media and Communications team at Morgan Stanley. Mr Bailey received a BSC Hons in Mathematics from The University of Bristol.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Mike Fries

Mike Fries

President and CEO
Liberty Global

Mike Fries is President and CEO of Liberty Global. A 30-year veteran of the cable and media industry, he has spent nearly his entire career building international distribution and programming businesses. Today, Liberty Global is the largest international cable company in the world providing 27 million customers with 56 million video, voice and broadband internet services. Liberty Global has operations in 14 countries and generates $18 billion of revenue. Mr Fries was a founding member of the management team that launched the company's international expansion over two decades ago, and has served in various strategic and operating capacities since that time. He was appointed President and CEO in 2005 and is a member of Liberty Global's board of directors and its two-person executive committee along with the company's chairman, Dr John C. Malone.

Mr Fries is a Telecom Governor and Steering Committee member of the World Economic Forum, and a member of the World Presidents Organization. He also serves as a trustee or board member of a number of professional and philanthropic organisations including CableLabs®, The Cable Center, Museum of Contemporary Art - Denver, the Denver Biennial of the Americas, the Alliance for Choice in Education, and Teach for America, among others, and was recently appointed to the board of Grupo Televisa S.A.B. He was named Communications Executive of the Year (2010) by Communications Technology Professionals, Entrepreneur of the Year in Media, Entertainment and Communications (2012) by Ernst & Young, Industry Leader of the Year (2010, 2013) by Digital TV Europe, and honoured by 5280 Magazine's Top of the Town Awards, Reader's Choice as Top Humanitarian (2013). In June 2011, Mr Fries was inducted into Cable Television Pioneers association. Mr Fries holds a BA from Wesleyan University (where he is a member of the President's Advisory Council) and an MBA from Columbia University.

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.

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.

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.

Xavier Lefranc

Xavier Lefranc

Senior Investment Analyst

Xavier Lefranc is a managing director and senior investment analyst within London-based intrinsic value research team at UBS Global Asset Management. He is responsible for the analysis and valuation of European and global stocks primarily across telecommunications, utilities and other regulated sectors.

Mr Lefranc has 23 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.

Gerry McQuade

Gerry McQuade

CEO, Wholesale and Ventures

Gerry McQuade has been Chief Executive Officer of BT Wholesale & Ventures at BT since March 2016.

He joined BT as part of the acquisition of EE. There, he had been Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, responsible for the business (B2B), wholesale, product and business development, overseeing these areas since the merger in 2010 of Orange and T-Mobile.

He joined the board of Orange in 2008. Prior to Orange he was in a partner in consultancy Sullis Ventures, and prior to this he was a founding director of Virgin Mobile.

Óscar Méndez Soto

Óscar Méndez Soto


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.

Vincent Pang

Vincent Pang

President, Western Europe

Vincent (Bo) Pang is the president of Huawei’s Western European region. In this role, he is
responsible for the overall business development and management, including sales,
marketing, and business operations.

Prior to this new appointment, he served as Huawei’s president of global sales and key accounts
department, overseeing global sales, orders and payment targets, analysing industrial policy,
developing customer and competition strategies, as well as managing and developing global
account organisations, coordinating cross-regional operations and building global organisational

Mr Pang joined Huawei after graduating from the Harbin Institute of Technology in 1999. He has
held several senior positions within the company including vice-president of the Western
European Region, President of the Vodafone Global Account, member of the carrier network BG EMT, and member of the strategy and development committee.

Stéphane Richard

Stéphane Richard

Chairman and CEO

Stéphane Richard has been Chairman and CEO of Orange since March 2011. Having joined the company in September 2009, and has successively occupied the positions of Deputy CEO in charge of French operations, CEO Delegate, and CEO. From 2007 to 2009, Mr Richard was Chief of Staff to the French Minister for the Economy, Industry, and Employment. Prior to that he was Deputy CEO of Veolia Environnement and CEO of Veolia Transport, as well as being a director of Orange. Between 1992 and 2003, he was 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.

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.  

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.

Berit Svendsen

Berit Svendsen

Telenor Norway

Berit Svendsen is CEO of Telenor Norway, one of Norway’s largest technology companies and biggest telecom operator. She is also executive vice president of Telenor’s Scandinavian cluster.

Having joined the company in 1988 as a research scientist, Ms Svendsen has spent most of her career at Telenor. From 2000 to 2005 she was executive vice president and chief technology officer and working chair of Telenor R&D.

In 2005, she became vice president and head of Telenor Nordic Fixed with overall responsibility for the fixed network business in Norway. From 2002 to 2007 she was a member of the European Commission / IST Advisory Group. She joined Conax as CEO in May 2008, and became CEO of Telenor Norway in 2011.

Ms Svendsen is a board member of DNB and SAS.

In 2016 Inspiring Fifty named Ms Svendsen as one of Europe’s top fifty most inspirational women in technology. She is a tech enthusiast and is curious about innovation and technology development.

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.

Alastair Westgarth

Alastair Westgarth

Google Loon

Alastair Westgarth is CEO of Google’s Project Loon. Project Loon’s goal is to bring internet access to people in rural and remote areas using a network of stratospheric balloons.

Over a 30-year career in the mobile industry, Mr Westgarth has built and run multiple wireless telecom technology companies in the United States and around the world. He joined Project Loon from Quintel Solutions, a mobile antenna company where he was CEO. Prior to that, he spent 10 years at Nortel, where he was vice president; and previously was director of engineering at Bell Mobility.

A seasoned entrepreneur having led multiple start-ups, Mr Westgarth holds an electrical engineering degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.


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.

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.

Dan Thomas

Dan Thomas

Executive News Editor
Financial Times

Dan Thomas has been the Financial Times’ Executive News Editor since August 2018. Dan was previously the FT’s deputy companies editor and telecoms editor.

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.

Dan 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.

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
    Keynote lecture – Opportunities and Challenges for Telecoms in a Smart Europe

    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?

    Jeremy Rifkin, Sustainability Adviser to Presidents

  • 1:50pm
    A New Digital Deal for Europe

    The State of Telecoms in Europe

    Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner, Digital Economy and Society, European Commission

    Pre-panel introduction

    Timotheus Höttges, CEO, Deutsche Telekom


    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?

    Cristiano Amon, President, Qualcomm Incorporated

    Atanas Dobrev, CEO, Vivacom

    Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner, Digital Economy and Society, European Commission

    Timotheus Höttges, CEO, Deutsche Telekom

    Stéphane Richard, CEO, Orange


    Daniel Thomas, Deputy Companies Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:40pm
    Fireside chat: Digital leadership: Europe and the future telco

    The FT interviews two TMT executives on adapting to fast-paced change

    Johan Dennelind, CEO, Telia Company

    Mike Fries, CEO, Liberty Global


    Dan Thomas, Deputy Companies Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:00pm
    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?

    Pilar del Castillo, MEP, European Parliament

    Johannes Gungl, Chairman, RTR, Incoming Chairman, Berec

    Vincent Pang, President, Western Europe, Huawei

    Berit Svendsen, CEO, Telenor Norway


    Daniel Thomas, Deputy Companies Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:40pm
    Networking break
  • 4:05pm
    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?

    Brendan Carr, Commissioner, FCC

    Xavier Le Franc, Senior Investment Analyst and Managing Director, UBS

    Sébastien Soriano, Chairman, Berec, and Chairman, Arcep

    Roberto Viola, Director General, DG Connect, European Commission


    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:45pm
    Industry Interview – From the ground to the sky: connectivity in a high-speed era

    As demand for connectivity skyrockets, companies are boosting capacity in groundbreaking ways.

    Valerio Battista, CEO, Prysmian

    Alastair Westgarth, CEO, Google Loon


    Daniel Thomas, Deputy Companies Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:10pm
    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

    Marju Lauristin, MEP, European Parliament

    Boris Maurer, Managing Director, Leader of Digital Transformation in TMT, Accenture

    Óscar Méndez, CEO, Stratio

    Gerry McQuade, CEO Wholesale & Ventures, BT


    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:45pm
    Closing Interview

    Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, European Commission

    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 6:00pm
    Closing Remarks, followed by Drinks Reception

    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

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. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

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 (1)

Prysmian Group is world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry. With almost 140 years of experience, sales exceeding €11bn (pro-forma as of 31.12.2017), about 30,000 employees in over 50 countries and 112 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 (2)

Qualcomm connected your phone to the Internet and sparked the mobile revolution. Now the company that brought you 3G and 4G is engineering 5G, which will overcome seemingly impossible wireless challenges. We’ll define a new era of connectivity yet again as 5G transforms the way we work, shop, and play. For over 30 years, our inventions have inspired others to make the impossible, possible. Now, we’re inventing ways for 5G and Artificial Intelligence to change how business gets done, redefine industries and improve lives everywhere.


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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