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Telecoms, Media and Technology

FT-ETNO Summit 2018

Review, Reboot, Revive: a Future Agenda for Europe

Brussels |
Speakers include:
Mariya Gabriel

Mariya Gabriel

European Commission

Cristiano Amon

Cristiano Amon


José María  Álvarez Pallete

José María Álvarez Pallete



The FT-ETNO Summit will gather leading policymakers, regulators, industry executives and investors from Europe and beyond to discuss and debate progress towards harmonized TMT rules, and Europe’s role in an ever more connected world.

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"Good content and calibre of speakers." Nicole Clarke, Head of Analyst Relations, Orange
"Well attended by multiple stakeholders, well-managed by FT staff, good line of speakers/panelists and event provides an important update on where the telco industry is headed in Europe." James Overstall, Communications Director, Huawei
"An extremely well -organised event that touched upon all the leading issues facing the European telecoms sector - insightful, hard-hitting and comprehensive." Kester Mann, Principal Analyst, CSS Insight
"The panel discussions have been insightful and the key issues that face Europe and the operators in their investments to achieve the digital agenda have been clearly identified and discussed." Samir Albadine, Head of Orange-CERT-CC & Controls, Orange

"Variety of well informed speakers. Wide spectrum of topics." Peter LEPOUTRE, Expert Legal Counsel, Proximus


Full Overview

EU integration, the single market, trade and the role of technology in society: shall we take any of this for granted? In the run-up to Europe’s 2019 parliamentary elections, it is time to take stock of the last five years, a period of unprecedented change. The political situation in many European countries is changing, while the UK is set to leave the European Union and the form of EU governance is under intense discussion.

Meanwhile, ultrafast connectivity has become the main infrastructure of all modern economies, with the internet and mobile economy opening up unprecedented opportunities for citizens and industrial sectors. However, with social media impacting society, Big Tech prompting large-scale M&A, and AI raising ethical issues, cyber security threats diminishing trust, TMT is at the centre of policymaking scrutiny.

Looking ahead to the next decade, as 5G and fibre connect industries, how can regulators promote innovation and promote the positive role of technology in empowering society?
The FT-ETNO Summit will gather leading policymakers, regulators, industry executives and investors from Europe and beyond to discuss and debate progress towards harmonized TMT rules, and Europe’s role in an ever more connected world


Agenda - 15th Oct

  • 8:30am
    Registration and breakfast
  • 9:30am
    Introduction and Welcome

    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

    Phillip Malloch, Executive Chairman, ETNO

  • 9:40am
    Opening keynote panel: Leadership in a digitizing world

    How is the breakneck pace of digitization impacting our brains, our dignity and our creativity? Is it even possible for policy and regulation to keep up, much less protect society?

  • 10:10am
    Keynote Panel: Piling into infrastructure – has Europe become more attractive?

    Global investors remain cagey on Europe, citing unclear regulation, tough competition and lofty targets. Yet they can’t stay away from the Continent. As 2020’s broadband deadline approaches, is now a good time to invest in operators and their networks?

    • Can Europe’s telecom networks be better monetized?
    • Should states invest in next generation networks?
    • Have regulators become more realistic on encouraging investment?
    • 5G debuted at the Winter Olympics – how impressive was it?
  • 10:50am
    Keynote Panel: Building Goliath – the smartest path to M&A

    Like many sectors, telecoms is consolidating – in part to compete with Big Tech. Was the move into content just a flirtation, or does it pave a path towards creating viable communications giants?

    • Is content the secret sauce? Is there a role for telcos as content owners?
    • Tried and tested in-country consolidation, and the ever elusive pan-European behemoth
    • Have regulators become more open to deals?
    • Lessons learned from other markets
  • 11:30am
    Coffee break
  • 12:00pm
    Dialogue: 2020 Vision - The next generation

    With 2019 elections looming, what challenges and opportunities will face the new crop of European officials? The 2014-2019 term has brought alignment but also division, particularly as policymakers run ever faster to keep up with the pace of technological change and globalization.

    • What are, and should be, the political objectives for the next five years?
    • Is this the moment for European institutions to reshape themselves in line with massive political upheaval on the Continent and beyond?
    • How can Europe reconcile its pro-privacy initiatives with its desired technology prowess  
  • 12:20pm
    Keynote Panel: ICT’s next wave – balancing connectivity and privacy

    In an ever more digital world, consumers around the world are asking who owns their data and what it is worth. Who’s in charge, and how are different parts of the value chain preparing for potential popular and political intervention?

    • AI – how can Europe harness the most advanced applications, while maintaining its long-held ethical values
    • GDPR – the first four months
    • Will Europe’s careful advances inspire other regions?


  • 1:00pm
    Debate on privacy – the two sides
  • 1:10pm
  • 2:30pm
    Vote on privacy debate - results
  • 2:40pm
    The State of TMT

    Telcos remain in flux, still debating whether they aim to become communications giants or play the safer utility game. How are competition, rising capex requirements and digitizing industries impacting long-term strategy?

    • Is content still king?
    • Nearly there – approaching 2020 broadband goals
    • Partnering with other sectors to build new initiatives
  • 3:20pm
    Interview: Innovation and (anti)trust: How to regulate Big Tech

    Big Tech is impacting elections, M&A, tax and the future of work. How can rulemakers on both sides of the Atlantic protect consumers in a fast-changing landscape?

  • 3:40pm
    Presentation: The promise of connected and automated driving

    Self-driving cars will require perfect 5G, high levels of cybersecurity and major upgrades to the electricity grid. Who will lead development, and who will oversee this new industry?


  • 4:00pm
    Presentation and video: The digital farmer

    With people to feed and weather to overcome, agriculture has always been at the forefront of innovation. How is the global industry taking advantage of technologies?

  • 4:20pm
    Closing interview
  • 4:40pm
    Closing remarks

    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:45pm
    Event ends and cocktail reception

Speakers (14)

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.

Cristiano Amon

Cristiano Amon

President, QCT Division

Cristiano Amon serves as executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and president of Qualcomm QCT Division, the world’s largest provider of wireless chipsets and software solutions. In this role, he is responsible for the oversight of all activities related to Qualcomm’s semiconductor business.

Mr Amon is also a member of the executive committee. He 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 during this time he has held several other business and technical leadership roles.

Previously, he served as chief technical officer of Vésper, a wireless operator in Brazil, and held positions at NEC, Ericsson and Velocom Inc.

Mr Amon holds a BS in electrical engineering from UNICAMP – Universidade Estadual de Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil.

José María  Álvarez Pallete

José María Álvarez Pallete


José María Álvarez Pallete became Chairman and CEO of Telefónica SA in April 2016, and has been a board member since 2006. He also sits on the executive committee.

He joined the group in 1999 as a General Manager of Finance for Telefónica Internacional, and later that year became General Manager of Corporate Finance. In 2002, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Telefónica Internacional. In 2006, he was named Managing Director of Telefónica Latin America and then Chairman and CEO of that division in 2009. In 2011 he went on to become Chairman and CEO of Telefónica Europe, and in 2012 Chief Operating Officer at group level.

In 1995, he joined Cementos Portland (Cemex) as head of investor relations, eventually becoming financial manager for Spain, General Manager for Administration and Finance in Indonesia and joining the board of Cemex Asia.

He began his career with Arthur Young in 1987, before joining Benito & Monjardín / Kidder, Peabody & Co. in 1988.

Industry awards include Best Practice, M&A (CFO Europe Magazine, 2001), Forum de Alta Dirección Golden Master (2007), Best Business Leader (El Economista, 2011), Award of Excellence (Association of Telecommunication Technical Engineers, 2013), the Medalla Sorolla (The Hispanic Society of America, 2014), Innovative Corporate Leader of the Year (Latin Trade, 2014).

Mr Álvarez-Pallete has a degree in Economics and Advanced Research degree from the Complutense University of Madrid. He also studied Economics at the Free University of Brussels, and holds an international management programme degree from IPADE.

Rajeev Suri

Rajeev Suri

President and CEO

Rajeev Suri is President and CEO of Nokia. He joined Nokia in 1995 and has held numerous executive level positions in the company. Previously, he was CEO of Nokia Solutions and Networks (2009-14) where he delivered a complete turnaround, taking non-IFRS operating profitability from significant losses to among the highest quality in the sector; cash flow from rapid burn to strongly positive; and, based on external analyst estimates, increasing the value of the business from in the range of €1bn to €9-10bn. In his earlier roles as head of the Global Services unit and APAC region, he delivered both strong growth and profitability improvements.

Mr Suri is a leader with a passion for creating value, generating growth, and delivering technologies that have a positive impact on people’s lives. He has deep expertise in many areas of technology, particularly mobile networks and related topics such as big data analytics, cloud computing, internet business models and more. In his more than 25 years of international experience, Mr Suri has worked in roles comprising strategy and M&A, product marketing, sales, major account leadership, regional and business unit leadership and has lived in Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe. Mr Suri has a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communications from Manipal Institute of Technology, India. 

Pilar Del Castillo

Pilar Del Castillo

Member of the European Parliament
European Parliament
Mike Fries

Mike Fries

President and CEO
Liberty Global

Mike Fries is President and CEO of Liberty Global, the leading international cable company with 27 million customers in 14 countries. 

Mr Fries was a founding member of the management team that launched the company's international expansion over two decades ago.

He became President and CEO in 2005 and is a member of the board of directors and its two-person executive committee alongside the chairman, Dr John 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 at 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, and was recently appointed to the board of Grupo Televisa SAB.

Awards include Communications Executive of the Year (Communications Technology Professionals, 2010), Entrepreneur of the Year in Media, Entertainment and Communications (Ernst & Young, 2012), Industry Leader of the Year (Digital TV Europe 2010 and 2013), and Top Humanitarian (5280 Magazine, 2013).

In June 2011, Mr Fries was inducted into the Cable Television Pioneers Association.

He holds a BA from Wesleyan University, where he is a member of the President's Advisory Council, and an MBA from Columbia University.

Börje Ekholm

Börje Ekholm

Ericsson Group

Börje Ekholm has been President and CEO of the Ericsson Group since 16 January 2017, having been a board member since 2006.

Most recently Mr Ekholm was CEO of Patricia Industries, a division within Investor AB (2015 – January 15, 2017). Prior to assuming this position in 2015, he was President and CEO of Investor AB between 2005 and 2015, and prior to that head of new investments and President of Investor Growth Capital Inc. He has also held positions at Novare Kapital AB and McKinsey & Co Inc.

He furthermore is a board member of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson and Alibaba, Inc and a Member of the Board of Trustees of Choate Rosemary Hall.

Mr Ekholm holds a MSc in Electrical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and an MBA from INSEAD in France, and an honorary doctorate from The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

Amos Genish

Amos Genish

Amos Genish has been CEO and General Manager of TIM since September 2017.Prior to that, he was Chief Convergence Officer at Vivendi, overseeing the group’s convergence strategy between content, platforms and distribution. Previously, he was CEO of Telefonica Brasil / Vivo.Mr Genish joined Telefónica at the beginning of 2015, when it acquired GVT, a telecom and pay-TV operator he co-founded in 1999. The company, which listed in 2007, and sold to Vivendi in 2009 before its subsequent sale to Telefónica in 2014.Prior to this, he was CEO of GVT rural telecom operation, where he managed the initial fundraising to launch the company, and its services in Chile, Peru and Colombia.Previous roles include C-level positions at education start-up Edunetics, which listed on NASDAQ, and auditing and tax work at KPMG.Mr Genish is a member of the board at Vevo, a music video hosting company co-owned by Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Google and Abu Dhabi Media Company, and Brazilian bank Itaù Unibanco Holding.He holds a BA in economics and accounting from Tel Aviv University.
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.

Sigve Brekke

Sigve Brekke


Sigve Brekke is President and CEO of Telenor Group, a position he has held since August 2015. He has been part of the group’s executive management since 2008.

Mr Brekke has been instrumental in building Telenor’s footprint in Asia, which accounts for 90% of its customer base and half of its revenues.

Telenor Group, one of the world’s major mobile operators and an aspiring digital company, serves more than 210 million customers in 13 markets across Europe and Asia.

During his time at Telenor, he has led the Asia office, served as CEO for subsidiaries in Thailand and India, and was most recently EVP of Asian operations.  

He previously had a political career, serving as Norway’s State Secretary of Defence.

He holds a Master’s in Public Administration from John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Dominique Leroy

Dominique Leroy


Dominique Leroy has been CEO of Proximus since January 2014.

Having joined Belgacom in October 2011 as Vice President of Sales for the Consumer Business, she became Executive Vice President of the Consumer Business in June 2012, also joining the Executive Committee.

Ms Leroy is an independent board member at Lotus Bakeries and Delhaize, and board member at Proximus subsidiaries Tango, Telindus and BICS.

She started her career at Unilever, where she held positions in marketing, finance, logistics, sales and general management. From 2007 until 2011, she was Country Manager and Vice President Customer Development at Unilever Belgium, and member of the company’s Benelux Board.

Ms Leroy also won the Trends Business Woman Award in the CEO category in 2014.

She is also a member of professional and management associations including Women on Board, Young Professional Organization, UBA and Guberna.

Ms Leroy graduated the Solvay Business School in 1987 with a degree in business engineering. In 2013, she Leroy received the title of Master Marketeer from StiMa (Stichting Marketing).

Alexandre Fonseca

Alexandre Fonseca

Altice Portugal

Alexandre Fonseca is CEO of Altice Portugal, following nearly 10 years at Altice. Previous roles include CEO of ONI Portugal and ONI Mozambique, as well as CTO and Director of Technology and Information Systems at Cabovisão. From 1995 to 2007, he worked in IS/IT, telecommunications and strategic business management, both in consulting and in sectors such as travel and tourism, in Portugal and abroad.

He is a member of APDC and APDSI. He collaborates with entities in the areas of project management, strategy and communication and regularly writes articles on IS/IT for various specialized Portuguese media titles.

He is a guest speaker and lecturer in academic initiatives in the areas of technology and management. He graduated in Computer Engineering from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and he holds a postgraduate degree in sales and marketing management from Team View Institute in Lisbon.

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).

Jeremy Godfrey

Jeremy Godfrey


Jeremy Godfrey joined the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) as Commissioner in in 2013 and was Chairperson of the Commission from February 2015 to February 2017.  He is Vice-Chair of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) and incoming Chair for 2019.

Mr Godfrey has almost thirty years’ experience in the ICT sector, as an industry executive, business consultant and government official.

Prior to joining ComReg, he was Hong Kong’s government Chief Information Officer. In this role, he had responsibility both for government IT and for IT-policy issues such as digital inclusion, internet governance and the promotion of inward investment in the IT sector.

He began his career in the UK’s Department of Trade and Industry, serving as private secretary to the Cabinet Minister as well as in a variety of other roles. He then spent ten years in the Cable & Wireless Group, in Hong Kong and in the UK, mainly in strategy, marketing and regulatory roles – including director of strategy and director of marketing for Hong Kong Telecom.

Between 1998 and 2008, he worked for PA Consulting Group where he was a partner in the Hong Kong office, serving clients in the communications, transportation, financial services and government sectors. Projects that he led included major change initiatives, business start-up projects, and due diligence assignments. He worked in around a dozen markets in Asia and the Pacific.

Mr Godfrey was born and educated in the UK. He has an MA from Cambridge University, where he studied mathematics. He was based in Hong Kong for twenty years before coming to Ireland to join ComReg.


Moderators (4)

Aliya  Ram

Aliya Ram

European Technology Correspondent
Financial Times

Aliya Ram has been the FT's European Technology Correspondent since September 2017. Prior to this she was a reporter at the Financial Times covering asset management with FTfm. Ms Ram has previously worked as a consumer industries reporter and on the UK news desk in London. She joined the FT in September 2014 after a brief stint at the British civil service.

Dan Thomas

Dan Thomas

Deputy Companies Editor
Financial Times

Dan Thomas has been the Financial Times’ deputy 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.

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.


Presented by (2)

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

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. In 2016 the FT passed a significant milestone in its digital transformation as digital and services revenues overtook print revenues for the first time. The FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of more than 910,000 and makes 60% of revenues from its journalism.

Lead 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 Partners (2)

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.

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.



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