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Telecoms, Media and Technology

FT-ETNO Summit 2019

Pioneering and Protecting: Looking Ahead to a New Decade

Brussels |
Speakers include:
Věra  Jourová

Věra Jourová

European Commission

Laura Abasolo

Laura Abasolo


Graça Fonseca

Graça Fonseca

Government of Portugal


Our tenth annual summit takes place amid fresh European leadership, including a new Parliament and Commission, and the prospect of continued political uncertainty at home and beyond.

Against this backdrop, we will examine new political and societal sentiments towards technology, as well as the key themes of trust, responsibility and sustainable development. We will also debate whether political and business leaders should collaborate to update industrial and competition policy in an ever more connected world.

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FT-ETNO Summit 2019 Live Stream



"Top people and important topics. What more do you want?" TDRS

"FT-ETNO always provides a great opportunity to hear what the main operators are really thinking."  Plum Consulting

"A very well organised event that touched on many leading subjects relevant to European telecoms and with an impressive line-up of high-profile speakers."  CCS Insight


Full Overview

How does Europe’s incoming leadership view the impact of digital and connectivity on society, and how will it guarantee citizens’ rights in this fast-changing context? To what extent can it help Europe lead on the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)? How are industries collaborating to create new products and services, and how will these be governed? Is there a new market for businesses that promote privacy? Is there space for leveraging tech and telecoms in sustainable development?

The FT-ETNO Summit will gather leaders from the world’s top telecom operators and visionaries from other connected sectors, as well as leading officials, investors and academics. Together, we will look at M&A, emerging technologies and Europe’s readiness to lead on - and respond to - society’s demand for increased trust.


Agenda - 2nd Dec

  • 9:00am
    Registration and breakfast
  • 10:00am
    Introduction and Welcome to the 10th FT-ETNO Summit

    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

    10 years on – A whole new world
    Lise Fuhr, Director General, ETNO
    Steven Tas, Executive Board Chair, ETNO

  • 10:10am
    Opening Keynote Interview: European Democracies in Digital Times: A new chapter begins

    Digital technology has created unprecedented opportunities for Europeans. However, our trust in digital is eroding, triggering new questions about the role of technology companies in society. From GDPR rules and Codes of Conduct on hate speech and disinformation, what were the achievements of the previous mandate? What is the new European Democracy Action Plan, and why does it matter for tech? What are the next European Commission’s policies on digital, and how will they address the new faultlines between democracy, technology, media and trust?

    Věra Jourová, Vice-President for Values and Transparency, European Commission  

    Mehreen Khan, Brussels Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:30am
    Morning opening keynote panel: 2020 and beyond: technology, trust and responsibility

    Pre-panel introduction:
    Cristiano Amon, President, Qualcomm Inc

    Telcos and equipment providers are fighting back against the global platforms, using trust as a friendly weapon. Citizens are beginning to demand privacy as well as control over their data, while governments are becoming more sensitive to the potential for information breaches. How can the industry provide reassurance on next-generation technologies such as AI and IoT, using security and standards to hand power back to the people?

    • Can the sector harness tradition and innovation to lead other connected industries on responsibility?
    • How can trust be quantified, in terms of values and valuation? Is handing back control good business?
    • What is the best way for telcos and governments across the world to work together? Is being regulated an advantage?
    • Is it possible to innovate in both technology and society?

    Cristiano Amon, President, Qualcomm Inc 
    Thomas Arnoldner, CEO, A1 Telekom Austria Group
    Petra De Sutter, MEP and Chairwoman of the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), European Parliament
    Roberto Viola, Director General, DG Connect, European Commission

    Moderator: Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 11:15am
    Fireside chat: Trust: A global perspective

    As governments and citizens begin to question the long reach of the technology sector and the wisdom of globalisation, how are businesses around the world proving they can be trusted, and demonstrating transparency? How do expectations differ across regions and markets, and which approaches work best? How can stakeholders work together to ensure that everyone wins?

    Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman, Rotating Chairman, Huawei

    Interviewer: Dan Thomas, Chief UK Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 11:30am
    Keynote panel: Industry, Politics and Sustainable Development Goals

    Pre-panel introductions:
    Helmut Reisinger, CEO, Orange Business Services
    Ditte Juul Jørgensen, Director-General, DG Energy, European Commission

    Keynote panel: Industry, Politics and Sustainable Development Goals 

    Building an innovative industry, cutting waste, promoting fair employment, reducing inequality, zero poverty and effective climate action,. While many of Europe’s businesses are squarely focused on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), political preferences on the solutions are split. 

    • What is the telecom & technology industry doing to lead on SDGs?
    • What can big business and start-ups learn from each other on how to promote trust, responsibility and fairness? 
    • To what extent are investors encouraging companies to reconsider their values? 
    • What is the European way to achieve SDGs? Is there a global consensus on how industry and politics can work together to achieve SDGs?

    Panel discussion:

    Eva Gouwens, CEO, Fairphone
    Ditte Juul Jørgensen, Director-General, DG Energy, European Commission
    Helmut Reisinger, CEO, Orange Business Services 
    Maria Mähl, Partner and Head of Nordics, Arabesque 

    Moderator: Dan Thomas, Chief UK Corporate Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:30pm
  • 1:45pm
    Market Talk

    Taking a lead in global digital value chains

    Timotheus Höttges, CEO, Deutsche Telekom

  • 1:55pm
    Afternoon opening keynote panel: Industrial policy and competition policy – friends or foes?

    Europe has strictly imposed competition rules, despite accusations that this hinders innovation and favours overseas companies. This is particularly visible in digital markets, where leadership seems to come mostly from outside the EU. But as markets like China and the US increasingly shore up national industries, should Europe loosen up? Is it time to stop calling for a level playing field and start looking for new growth? Will increased collaborations and partnerships across connected industries lead to a new age of dealmaking? How should rulemakers incorporate the importance of data across sectors when crafting new policies?

    • Is it possible to strengthen industrial policy while maintaining world class competition rules?
    • How can government and business collaborate to protect innovation?
    • How can regulators reasonably help regional and national champions to thrive?  
    • Platform strategies – a new route for M&A

    Timotheus Höttges, CEO, Deutsche Telekom
    Salvatore Rossi, Chairman, TIM
    Dan Sjöblom, Director General, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority, and Incoming Chair, BEREC 
    Adina Vălean, Commissioner-designate for Transport, European Commission and former Chairwoman, Committee for Industry Research and Energy (ITRE), European Parliament

    ModeratorJavier Espinoza, EU Correspondent and Former Private Equity Correspondent, Financial Times 

  • 2:40pm
    The infrastructure challenge: a road to Gigabit Europe

    With high-speed broadband increasingly seen as a human right, to what extent are Europe’s leading operators responding with widespread Very High Capacity Network infrastructure roll-outs? Is the status quo working, or must telcos consider alternative financial and operational models for infrastructure to meet business and consumer demands? How can industry work with partners to stay profitable and achieve best-in-class results? 

    Alexandre Fonseca, CEO, Altice Portugal
    Laura Abasolo, Chief Finance and Control Officer, Telefónica
    Mikael Nyberg, Director-General, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Government of Finland
    Philippe Vanhille, Executive Vice President, Telecom Business, Prysmian Group

    Moderator: Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:20pm
    Innovation Talk

    Erik Ekudden, Group CTO, Ericsson
    In conversation with: Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:35pm
    Closing keynote: Arts, Culture and Education: The new route to digital innovation

    Graça Fonseca, Culture Minister, Government of Portugal

    In conversation with: Dan Thomas, Chief UK Corporate Correspondent, Financial Times 

  • 3:55pm
    Closing remarks

    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:00pm
    Event ends and drinks reception to mark FT-ETNO’s 10th Anniversary

Speakers (19)

Věra  Jourová

Věra Jourová

Vice-President for Values and Transparency
European Commission

Věra Jourová heads EU policy on justice, consumer rights and gender equality. She was approved as Vice-President for Values and Transparency on 27 November, and in the upcoming Commission will deal with democracy, rule of law, disinformation and media pluralism. In 2014, before arriving at the European Commission, Ms. Jourová held the position of Minister for Regional Development in the Czech Republic. Prior to this, from 2006 to 2013, she worked in her own company as an international consultant on European Union funding, and was also involved in consultancy activities in the Western Balkans relating to the European Union Accession.

She holds a Degree in Law (Mgr.) and a Master’s degree (Mgr.) in the Theory of Culture from Charles University, Prague.  

Laura Abasolo

Laura Abasolo

Chief Finance and Control Officer

Laura Abasolo was named Chief Finance and Control Officer in 2017, having headed the Consolidation, Accounting and Tax functions since 2016. 

In May 2018, she was designated Chairperson of the Supervisory Board and a member of the Remuneration Committee. She has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Telefónica Deutschland and its Audit Committee since 2015, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Telefoónica Foundation since December 2017. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of Telefónica Chile, S.A. from 2016 until May 2017. 

In addition, she joined its Executive Committee in March 2014, when she also assumed the responsibility for the Global Simplification Office. 

Ms Abasolo joined Telefónica in 2005, as Director of Budgeting and Control and was promoted in December 2007 as Managing Director of Planning, Budgeting and Control of Telefónica, S.A. 

She began her career in the Telefónica Group in 1999, as Director of the Control Department in Terra Networks S.A., where she was also part of its Executive Committee. 

From 2016 to June 2018 she was an Independent Board Member of Acerinox, S.A and Chairwoman of its Audit & Control Committee. 

She started her professional career at Goldman Sachs International in London, in the Investment Banking Division, participating in equity and M&A deals mainly across Europe. 

Ms Abasolo holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration studies from Deusto University and an MBA in International Business from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. 

Graça Fonseca

Graça Fonseca

Culture Minister
Government of Portugal

Graça Fonseca is the Minister of Culture in the Portuguese Government.

During the XXI Constitutional Government, she first served as Secretary of State for Administrative Modernisation, until beginning her current post in October 2017. 

Between 2009 and 2015, Ms Fonseca was a Councillor on the Lisbon City Council, responsible for Economy, Innovation, Education and Administrative Reform.

Prior to that, she was Chief of Staff of the Minister of State and Home Affairs and of the Secretary of State for Justice at the XVII Constitutional Government (2005-2008).

Previous roles include Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative Policy and Planning of the Ministry of Justice (2000 to 2002) and researcher at the Center for Social Studies at the Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra (1996-2000). 

Ms Fonseca holds a degree from the Law Faculty of the University of Lisbon, an MA in Sociology from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Coimbra, and a PhD in Sociology from ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon. 

Petra De Sutter

Petra De Sutter

MEP and Chairwoman, Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Affairs
European Parliament

Petra De Sutter is an MEP representing the Flemish Greens in the European Parliament and is the first green chairwoman of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Affairs.

As a gynaecologist and fertility expert, she has been confronted with the harmful effects of chemicals on our health. Her indignation about this brought her into national politics in 2014, as a way to further her commitment to a healthy and socially just society. 

For the last 30 years, Ms De Sutter has been pointing out the health risks of endocrine disruptors. She defends the sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls and women, and engages in bio-ethical discussions such as surrogacy and commercial egg donation. In addition, she is committed to a more social Europe and the protection of refugees and LGBTI people.

In 2019 she moved from the Belgian Senate and the Council of Europe to the European Parliament. Thanks to her authentic style and extensive knowledge, she is respected and trusted across different political parties.

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.

Ken Hu

Ken Hu

Deputy Chairman, Rotating Chairman
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Ken (Houkun) Hu is the Deputy and Rotating Chairman of Huawei’s Board of Directors and member of the Executive Management Team. He also chairs the Global Cyber Security and User Privacy Protection Committee, where he guides company strategy and oversees cyber security assurance systems. 

Mr Hu joined Huawei in 1990. Since then, he has served in leadership positions, including President of Huawei's China market, Regional President of Huawei Latin America, President of Global Sales, Chairman of the Board of Huawei USA, Chief Sales and Service Officer, and Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer. In these roles, he helped build out Huawei's global sales and service network, and played an integral role in its management transformation initiatives. 

From October 2011 to March 2018, he served as Rotating CEO, responsible for company-wide business development and management optimisation. He also chaired the Human Resources Committee, which oversees leadership and organisational development.

Mr Hu is passionate about connectivity, inclusive growth and driving social progress through innovation. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Digital Communications Industry Steering Committee and the Technology Pioneers Selection Committee.

He holds a BA from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China.

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.

Thomas  Arnoldner

Thomas Arnoldner

A1 Telekom Austria

Thomas Arnoldner has been the CEO of A1 Telekom Austria Group since September 2018. 

Prior to that, he spent two years as a member of the executive board of T-Systems Austria GesmbH.

From 2016-2017, he led Nokia's European growth strategy for several business areas and markets. 

Mr Arnoldner began his professional career in 2003 at Alcatel Austria. After several management positions in the company he was named CEO of Alcatel-Lucent Austria in 2013. From 2015-2016, after Nokia acquired Alcatel-Lucent, he was a member of the integration team and developed the post-integration strategy for the combined company. 

He studied business management at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and the Stockholm School of Economics.

Erik Ekkuden

Erik Ekkuden

Group CTO
Ericsson Group

As Group CTO, Erik Ekudden is responsible for setting the direction of technology leadership for the Ericsson Group. In 2017 he was relocated to Kista, Sweden, after nearly seven years working for the company in Santa Clara, California.
His experience from working with technology leadership globally influences strategic decisions and investments in mobility, distributed cloud, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. This builds on his decades-long career in technology strategies and industry activities.
Mr Ekudden first joined Ericsson in 1993 to work on mobile systems research. He has served as research area director and vice president of standardisation. During his career, his team created technology and multimedia functionality that are now used in today’s smartphones worldwide. This team also conducted some of the first work on virtual and augmented reality for mobile systems. He has worked to create global mobile systems for 3G, 4G and 5G in close collaboration with customers.
He holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Alexandre Fonseca

Alexandre Fonseca

Altice Portugal

Alexandre Fonseca has been CEO of Altice Portugal since November 2017. He is also Executive Manager at ALTICE LABS Portugal, an Altice Group research and development unit where he leads innovation and future thinking on technology, focusing on hardware development, OSS/BSS and TV and interactive platforms. He joined Altice in 2012, when it entered Portugal.

Previously he was CEO of B2B operators ONI Portugal and ONI Mozambique, and CTO of cable company Cabovisão. Between 1995 and 2007, he worked as a management consultant specialising in IT and telecoms in Portugal and abroad with Coopers & Lybrand, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and IBM. 

He has worked on complex and multinational projects, as well as technology strategy, operations, innovation and IT, with a special emphasis on transformation, restructuring, reorganisation and M&A.

A member of several telecom and IT industry associations, he contributes project management, strategy and communication expertise. He appears regularly in the Portuguese media, and participates in academic initiatives across telecom, technology and management.

He holds a degree in Computer Science Engineering from Lisbon University and an MA in Sales & Marketing Management from TeamView Institute.

Eva Gouwens

Eva Gouwens


Eva Gouwens has been CEO of Fairphone, a social enterprise that aims to reinvent the electronics industry by manufacturing mobile phones in a fair and ethical way, since 2017.After 13 years in commercial positions at global companies in the FMCG industry (Sara Lee, Mars, FreislandCampina), when she decided to use her experience to help grow purpose-driven companies.With the motto "Let's build commercially successful companies, as a sustainable source for good in the world”, she became the Managing Director of Tony Chocolonely, a sustainable chocolate business. 

Ditte  Juul Jørgensen

Ditte Juul Jørgensen

Director-General, DG Energy
European Commission

Ditte Juul Jørgensen became Director-General of DG Energy on 1 August 2019. This followed nearly five years as Head of Cabinet for Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

Mrs Juul Jørgensen has 27 years of experience in the European Commission. Before being Head of Cabinet she was Director for WTO, Legal Affairs and Trade in Goods in the Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade, where she managed the EU policy and negotiations in the World Trade Organization, legal issues and the EU’s involvement in WTO dispute settlement as well as the EU policy on trade in goods. Prior to her appointment to Director, she was Head of Unit for dispute settlement and legal issues and Acting Director. She has also been Head of Unit for Trade and Sustainable Development and Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary Issues, and responsible for EU bilateral trade relations. 

Her previous experience includes a posting as Head of the Economic Section of the EU Delegation to the United Nations in New York, as well as work at the European Court of Justice and at the European Commission Directorate-General for Competition.

Mrs Juul Jørgensen is a graduate in law of the College of Europe in Bruges, and the University of Copenhagen. 

Maria Mähl

Maria Mähl

Partner and Head of Nordics

Maria Mähl is a Partner at Arabesque, the leading sustainability data provider and sustainability quant asset manager using artificial intelligence and big data. She has worked with global leaders in the private, public and civil society sectors on policy development, investments strategies, operational excellence, program development and business development across industries in European, Asian, African, and American markets.

Prior to joining Arabesque, Ms Mähl held senior positions at Volvo, Capgemini, the UN, and the Clinton Global Initiative. She is on the board of the International Institute for Environment & Development, advising ventures in the food and agtech as well as fintech space and is the founder of a medtech company.

She has been recognised as one of Sweden's most powerful women in the business world by Veckan's Affärer, and is considered one of the leading sustainability leaders. Ms Mähl attended Humboldt University Berlin, Berlin Institute of Technology, and Uppsala University in Sweden and holds a BSc in Political Science and an MSc in Business and Economics. She resides in New York with her family. 

Mikael Nyberg

Mikael Nyberg

Director-General, Ministry of Transport and Communications
Government of Finland

Mikael Nyberg serves as a Director-General and High-Level Representative for transport and communications policy in the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland. 

In his current position, he acts as High-Level Representative during Finland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Mr Nyberg has extensive experience in the field of transport and communications, serving in the ministry since 1994. He has also been a Vice-Chairman of the Boards of Road Administration, Rail Administration and Vehicle Administration during 2006 to 2009. His field of expertise and interests are communication and transport networks, cyber security, data and digitalisation.

He holds an MA in Law from the University of Helsinki in Finland.

Salvatore Rossi

Salvatore Rossi

Salvatore Rossi a member of the Istituto Affari Internazionali and of the Board of Directors of the Giovanni Agnelli Foundation. He is Chairman of the Scuola Normale Superiore, Sant’Anna and IUSS Federation and a professor at LUISS.
From 2013 until 2019 he was Senior Deputy Governor of the Bank of Italy and President of the Insurance Supervisory Authority, and has recently been part of the Italian delegation at both the G7 and the G20.
In 2013 he was part of the Working Group on Economic, Social and European Issues established by President Giorgio Napolitano.
Previously, he was a member of the Foundation Board of Directors of the International Center for Monetary and Banking Studies (ICMB) in Geneva and of the Governing Council of the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF).
He was also a member of the Steering Committee of the Fondo Strategico Italiano, the Presidential Council of the Italian Economic Association, the Eurosystem Information System Steering Committee and a member of the Commission to guarantee the quality of statistical information.
He has been a visiting scholar at the IMF and MIT, as well as writing many books on economics.
Mr Rossi graduated in mathematics from the University of Bari. 
Helmut Reisinger

Helmut Reisinger

Orange Business Services

Dr Helmut Reisinger was appointed CEO of Orange Business Services in May 2018 and serves on the Executive Committee for the Orange Group. He is responsible for the strategy to support the digital transformation of our enterprise customers across France and international markets. He focuses on the business growth areas that enable multinational enterprises to leverage their entire data value chain, resulting in new business models.

Dr Reisinger has over 20 years of experience in enterprise markets and solutions. He was previously executive vice president, International, in charge of Europe, the Americas, APAC, the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Indirect business. He joined Orange in July 2007 as senior vice president, Europe. Before joining Orange Business Services, Dr Reisinger was vice president Western Europe at Avaya. Before that, he was CEO of private equity-owned NextiraOne Germany and a member of its European executive committee. He also held several leadership positions during his nine-year tenure with Alcatel Austria, the final one being managing director of Alcatel’s enterprise activities in Austria.

A native of Austria, Dr Reisinger is a graduate of Vienna University for Economics and Business, CEMS Masters Program at WU Wien with international studies at Hochschule St Gallen (Switzerland) and ESCCA Angers (France).

Dan Sjöblom

Dan Sjöblom

Director General
Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (and 2020 Chair, BEREC)

Dan Sjöblom has been the Director-General of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) since his appointment by the Swedish government on 1 February 2017. 

In addition, Mr Sjöblom is a member of the board of BEREC and will serve as BEREC Chair in 2020.

Prior to taking up his position at PTS, he spent eight years (2009-2017) as Director General for the Swedish Competition Authority. 

He is also a board member of the Swedish Broadband Council.

Mr Sjöblom served as a civil servant at the European Commission between 1996-2009. He holds an MA in Law from Stockholm University.

Philippe Vanhille

Philippe Vanhille

Executive Vice President Telecom Business
Prysmian Group

Philippe Vanhille is Executive Vice President of Prysmian Group's Telecom Business, which he has led since May 2013. 

Before that he was head of the company’s global optical fibre business unit, a position he had previously held at Draka before its merger with Prysmian in 2011.

During his 20 years in the cable business, he held management and operational positions across the energy, copper telecom and optical fibre businesses of Alcatel and Draka. 

He joined Alcatel Cable in 1991, having begun his career as a research engineer for Renault Formula 1 development. Mr Vanhille has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Lyon in France.

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.


Chairs (6)

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.

Lise Fuhr

Lise Fuhr

Director General
European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO)

Lise is ETNO’s Director General since January 2016. At ETNO, she leads and oversees all the activities and she is the main external representative of the Association. On behalf of the Association, she is also a Board and an Administrative Committee member in ECSO, the European Cybersecurity Organisation. Lise has also been appointed to the Internet Society Public Interest Registry Board of Directors for a three year term as of July 2016. Prior to joining ETNO, she was Chief Operating Officer of DK Hostmaster and DIFO, the company managing the .dk domain name. In the period between September 2014 and December 2015 she also chaired the Cross Community Working Group for the IANA Stewardship Transition, building on her strong network within the internet community.

Lise has 10+ years of experience in the telecoms industry. She started her career at the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (1996-2000) where she wrote and implemented regulation for the telecommunication markets. After that, she worked for the telecoms operator Telia Networks (2000-2009), where she led various teams dealing with issues as diverse as interconnection agreements, mobile services and industry cooperation.

Daniel Thomas

Daniel Thomas

Chief UK Corporate Correspondent
Financial Times

Dan Thomas has been the Financial Times' Chief UK Corporate Correspondent since September 2019. He was previously the FT's Executive News Editor, 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.

Javier  Espinoza

Javier Espinoza

EU Correspondent and Former Private Equity Correspondent
Financial Times

Javier Espinoza is EU Correspondent in Brussels for the Financial Times, focusing his coverage mainly on competition and technology issues. Prior to this Javier served as the FT's Private Equity Correspondent. Before joining the FT, he was the Daily Telegraph's Education Editor, as well as a multimedia reporter for the Wall Street Journal in London. Prior to joining the Wall Street Journal, he worked at the Observer newspaper. He studied journalism at City University. He is also a political economist, having completed a second Master's degree at King's College, London.

Mehreen Khan

Mehreen Khan

Financial Times

Mehreen Khan has been the FT's Brussels Correspondent since 2017. 
She writes about the environment, eurozone, EU institutions and is the author of the daily Brussels Briefing.

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.


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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

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Our mission is to innovate technologies that empower an intelligent, sustainable and connected world. Operating in 180 countries, Ericsson has delivered telephony and mobile broadband to billions worldwide. Real-time connectivity – from connected cars to wearables to smart grid technology – will transform our world. 5G, IoT and digital operations will fuel innovation we can’t imagine today. Join us at MWC for unique insights on opportunities for your business and ground-breaking use cases to enhance your customers’ experiences:

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.

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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.

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 the 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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