Capacity Metro Connect USA: Agenda
Metro Connect USA 2020
10-12 February 2020 | United States Miami
OPENING REMARKS & WELCOME ADDRESS
CEO PANEL DISCUSSION: THE METRO FIBER VISION FOR 2020
- What is does the current Metro Fiber landscape look like across the USA?
- How does this differ from other parts of the world?
- Have we sufficiently prepared for the network demands of 5G?
- What is driving densification of fiber in metro markets in 2019/2020?
- How far could fibre penetration go?
- Do B2B and B2C look at fiber densification differently?
- Are there differences in how we are deploying fiber for consumer vs. commercial customers?
- How are we collaborating together to achieve full connectivity?
- How are fibre providers adapting their infrastructure to facilitate future automation and innovation demands?
- How are we looking at not just the deployment of fiber, but the deployment of services on fiber?
- How can fibre providers become more agile in responding to margin pressures, new entrants and technological advance?
M&A UPDATE: WHAT DO 2019'S DEALS TELL US ABOUT WHAT TO EXPECT FOR 2020
- Are we in the final stages of consolidation?
- What are the opportunities still out there in light of this? If we can’t go bigger, where do we go?
- What can we learn from the biggest buyers and sellers of 2019? What does this say about the direction of the industry?
- What metro assets are “hot” right now? Do we expect this to continue?
- How has the increased investment of international infrastructure funds affected the market, how do we expect this to proceed?
THE NEXT ERA OF CONNECTIVITY - THE FINANCIAL LANDSCAPE
- What is driving financial investment and how has this differed in years prior?
- What are the assets that we’re seeing capital investment in? Is there anything unconventional that we may not have previously considered?
- What are the key trends for sellers in 2019 and do we expect to see this change?
- How are we going to measure the ROI of new opportunities such as 5G?
TELCO'S GREAT BALANCING ACT: STRATEGIC PLANNING WITH THE AVAILABLE WORKFORCE - SESSION HOSTED BY SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC
The telco industry has been going through an unprecedented transformation that is impacting every facet of the sector. From network architectures to revenue channels to service delivery – succeeding in this business requires a focus on the unique skillset of the workforce that will enable this change. The criticality of the diverse labor demands as we push to the edge is compounded by a growing labor shortage. This panel will address the challenges the industry is facing to balance new deployment models with unique labor requirements and available talent pool, including:
- Adapting strategic planning to fit new revenue models
- Integrating facility maintenance strategies to reduce on-site headcount TCO
- Recruiting top talent & maintaining a diverse workforce
KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL AUTOMATION
- Examining the opportunities offered by RPA & AI for the sector
- How can we ensure that we’re staying up to date and that our companies are ready?
- Which processes should we be seeking to automate first? Should we be looking to do this in-house or partner?
- What role do cloud, IoT & Edge play in all of this both internally and in terms of opportunity?
REGULATORY UPDATE: WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON THAT COULD AFFECT YOUR BOTTOM LINE?
This session will present an overview of recent and upcoming FCC initiatives, especially those that may impact your revenue streams.
Topics discussed in this session include:
- Eliminating Unbundled Network Elements (“UNEs”) and the Resale Discount
- Business Data Services (Special Access)
- Accelerating Broadband Deployment and New Data Collection
- T-Mobile - Sprint Merger
- Other Notable Areas
WHERE ARE WE AT WITH 5G, REALLY?
- How is the regulatory landscape affecting adoption?
- Do we have enough infrastructure in place?
- How has the strategy in parts of the world – Europe in particular, differed from the US approach?
- What can we learn from them?
- What is the timeline for full 5G deployment?
- Is anything holding it up? How do we overcome this?
- What do the next 3-5 years of deployment look like?
- How are we monetizing 5G? Are there any new opportunities we didn’t think of before deployment started?
- For Tower companies
- For Data Centers
- For Small Cell
- For Metro Fiber Operators/Providers