Capacity Caribbean: Agenda
Capacity Caribbean 2020
10-12 February 2020 | Puerto Rico San Juan
Join us at the arrivals lounge, this is a space designed for delegates to conduct meetings with key partners.
CAPACITY CARIBBEAN 2020 WELCOME DRINKS RECEPTION
Prepare yourself for a busy couple of days and meet fellow attendees at the welcome drinks reception
REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING BREAKFAST
SUBMARINE CABLE SYSTEMS
Whilst the submersion of marine cables lends them resilience, the impact of damage can cause extreme and far-reaching disruption due to the volume of data that must be rerouted. Therefore, subsea cable operators must still take strategic decisions in order to minimise disruption. This session will explore both how subsea cables can provide a more resilient alternative to terrestrial routes, and how operators can minimise disruption.
Extreme weather presents a range of potential issues for terrestrial infrastructure, including flooding, power loss and fuel shortages. A growing trend is for operators to connect cable projects directly to data centres, forgoing landing stations. Could this be a solution to protect against extreme weather? This case study will explore how land based infrastructure has been kept operational in the Caribbean through effective preparation and response procedures, and what options are available in the future.
BUSINESS CONTINUITY - A CASE STUDY ON THE BENEFITS OF SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS
Satellites have often been regarded as a slow, unreliable, and costly legacy alternative. However, capacity, technology and cost efficiency has improved in recent years, leading to a growing recognition that Satellites are effective in reaching the unreached, underserved and as part of a business continuity solution. In the context of natural disasters, satellites can restore full connectivity with complete independence from the local/regional network environment. Therefore, Satellites are now a vital part of disaster mitigation strategy. This session will analyze the benefits and challenges of satellite use across the Caribbean.
Research from the Uptime Institute has found that the data centre industry is not sufficiently preparing for perceived threats from climate change. In addition to the obvious damage caused by hurricanes in the Caribbean, the higher volume of extreme weather events will result in increased heat and humidity, putting strain on the cooling and power systems of data centres. This session will explore how the leading data centres in the region are preparing for the impacts of climate change and extreme weather.
COFFEE AND NETWORKING BREAK
STRATEGIES FOR DEALING WITH CONNECTIVITY LOSS FOLLOWING NATURAL DISASTERS
The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane season was the fourth consecutive season to feature at least one Category 5 hurricane. Hurricanes Irma, Maria, Nate and Dorian amongst others during these hyperactive tropical cyclone seasons, panhave caused catastrophic damage to the Caribbean.
Consequently, the devastation of communications infrastructure has led to continuous and protracted service disruptions. Therefore, a priority has been to reconnect damaged infrastructure.
In this context, this session will evaluate effective strategies to ensure network resilience and restoration of lost connectivity.
PANEL DISCUSSION: NEXT GENERATION CONNECTIVITY IN THE CARIBBEAN
There is a growing feeling in the Caribbean telecoms industry that disruption is not only advantageous but necessary. Demand for next generation connectivity including 5G and fibre broadband has been increasing in the Caribbean, with demand for services such as mobile banking, OTT TV offerings etc. bypassing the demand for copper wiring and traditional TV subscriptions. This panel discussion will explore how regional industry leaders are disrupting the sector, with topics explored including: -How can operators cope with increasing demands? -Can per mile pricing be kept acceptably low? -When will customers see faster speeds in the Caribbean? -Which are the most exciting projects bringing new connectivity to the market at the moment?
HARNESSING THE GLOBAL DATA CENTRE GROWTH EXPLOSION
Whilst the rapid growth of the global cloud managed services market has mostly occurred in the United States and Europe, global expansion is now a key trend. New Data Centres are opening in Trinidad and Tobago, Curacao and the Bahamas amongst others. Locating data centres in the Caribbean brings a wealth of advantages, including favourable data protection legislation and low taxes on IT equipment. This panel will explore the rich opportunity that the Caribbean growth market provides to data centres.
SPEED NETWORKING SESSION
This structured networking session allows attendees the opportunity to connect with leading regional and international attendees. The aim of the session is to connect with a large number of attendees. During the session, attendees will have 3 minutes to introduce themselves and to exchange business cards. Please note spaces are limited so please RSVP to attend this session.
AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK
CAPACITY CARIBBEAN 2020 DRINKS RECEPTION
Join the Caribbean and international wholesale telecoms community at our end of day one drinks reception.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: FINANCING ‘STORM HARDENING’ AND BROADBAND IMPROVEMENT IN PUERTO RICO AND THE US VIRGIN ISLANDS
DOES NET NEUTRALITY BENEFIT THE CARIBBEAN?
The adoption of Net Neutrality rules, and the FCC’s decision to subsequently overturn them, has been the topic of heated debate since the adoption of the rules in 2015. Proponents of Net Neutrality claim that it preserves free speech and prevents anti-competitive behaviour through ISPs giving priority to the speed of certain websites. Opponents however believe that the internet should be free of heavy government regulation and that it represents a threat to investment in IT infrastructure. This session will take into account regional considerations in the Caribbean, including limited competition, market size and local content creation, in order to assess the merits of Net Neutrality.
HOW TO DELIVER COMMERCIALLY SUSTAINABLE RURAL COVERAGE IN THE CARIBBEAN
Whilst in some areas of the Caribbean and LatAm, steps are being taken towards next generation technology such as 5G and IoT, many rural areas are being left behind even in terms of basic coverage and access to mobile broadband. This session will explore commercially and environmentally sustainable methods for closing the coverage gap in order to realise the universal benefits of improved connectivity.
INSIGHT SESSION: EVALUATING TRENDS ACROSS THE CARIBBEAN
CASE STUDY: ENSURING THAT INCREASED CONNECTIVITY REACHES ALL WHO NEED IT
END OF CAPACITY CARIBBEAN 2020
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