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Telecoms, Media and Technology

FT-ETNO Summit 2019

Pioneering and Protecting: Looking Ahead to a New Decade

Brussels |


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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"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

    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

    Phillip Malloch, Executive Chairman, ETNO

  • 10:10am
    Opening keynote: We are all connected

    For better or worse, society, the environment, business and government are becoming inextricably entangled thanks to digital communications. How can we harness connectivity to promote unity, fairness and opportunity?

  • 10:30am
    Trusted Technology Talk

    Creating new digital networks and services against the backdrop of a crisis in digital trust

  • 10:45am
    Morning opening keynote panel: 2020 and beyond: trust, responsibility and transparency

    Telcos have lost the first battle against the tech platforms. But as society wakes up to the implications of the explosion in personal data, priorities are changing. Citizens are beginning to demand control over their data, while governments are becoming more sensitive to the potential for information breaches.

    Both could quickly switch allegiances to companies that share their values. How can telecoms and other regulated industries harness this movement to serve customers better and increase revenue?

    • How can trust be quantified, in terms of values and valuation?
    • Are telcos well placed to lead other industries on trust?
    • What is the best way for telcos and governments to work together?
    • Is there an advantage to being regulated?
  • 11:25am
    Interview: A new approach to digital

    How is Europe treating digital, as companies from banks to carmakers rebrand themselves as technology businesses? How will the Commission regulate industries as they compete, collaborate and consolidate? Is there an argument for taking a fresh look at state aid rules?

  • 11:40am
    Keynote panel: Politics, industry and Sustainable Development Goals

    Zero poverty, effective climate action, reducing inequality or building an innovative industry. Never have Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) been so relevant to the political debate, yet never have political preferences on the solutions been so split.

    • Is there a global consensus on how industry and politics can work together to achieve SDGs?
    • What is the European way to SDGs?
    • Is technology an enabler or an obstacle to achieving them?
  • 12:20pm
  • 1:50pm
    Market Talk

    Taking a lead in global digital value chains

  • 2:05pm
    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
  • 2:45pm
    Fireside chat: A template for partnership
  • 3:15pm
    Coffee networking break
  • 3:45pm
    Innovation Talk
  • 4:00pm
    Interview: The next ten years: a roadmap for leadership

    How will the new generation of Europe’s commissioners and parliamentarians promote innovation while protecting citizens, amid continued threats to the continent’s unity? Can business and government work together to build an industrial policy that works for everyone?

  • 4:40pm
    Closing keynote
  • 5:00pm
    Closing remarks

    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:10pm
    Event ends and cocktail reception to mark FT-ETNO’s 10thAnniversary

Presented by (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

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 Partner (1)

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

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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