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This main FITCE.be symposium of 2021 will give a state of affairs on fiber.
What is happening in the Belgian market and what are successful use cases? What is going to happen in the coming years in terms of fiber deployment?
What are the key technological evolutions? What bandwidths and service quality can be delivered on the networks of the future?
What is the status around regulation and the role of the different governments in Belgium? How can we ensure the rural parts are not forgotten?
What are other challenges Belgian players face in their ambition to roll out fiber? What are the practical day-to-day challenges of actually installing that fiber in the streets?
More than 10 top-level speakers will share their view, plans and experiences in live presentations during the different sessions of the event.
Confirmed speakers include Petra De Sutter (Minister of Telecommunication), Geert Standaert (CTO Proximus), Hans Witdouck (CEO Eurofiber Belgium) and Annick Martin (CEO BESIX Van den Berg).
The event ends with a reception and walking dinner to network with both speakers and more than 200 attendees active in the fiber market today.
CTO Fixed Networks at Nokia
President FTTH Council Europe
Managing Director BESIX Van den Berg
VP Engineering Network Connectivity CommScope
Product Manager Comsof Fiber
CEO at Eurofiber NV
Petra De Sutter
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public entreprises, public administration, post and telecommunication
Chief Commercial Officer Circet Benelux
Price: € 400 (excl. VAT) -
Members: € 300 (excl. VAT) -
Students: € 150 (VAT incl.)
12:00 - Welcome
13:00 - Keynote speeches
What is the status of Fiber Deployments in Belgium and how does that compare to the rest of Europe? What is the role of the government? How can we ensure the rural parts are not forgotten?
Raf Meersman (President FITCE.be)
National plan for fixed and mobile broadband 2022-2024
Petra De Sutter (Minister of Telecommunication)
Proximus – The Fiber Story: our vision to build a sustainable and competitive Belgium
Geert Standaert (CTO Proximus)
The Belgian FTTH engine is running now
Eric Festraets (President FTTH Council Europe)
14:00 - Market & Use cases
What are the market needs for fiber? Where and how are fiber deployments happening in Belgium and what is going to happen in the coming years in terms of fiber deployment?
The perspective from the business market
Danielle Jacobs (CEO Beltug)
Fiber as key enabler for digital transformation projects
Hans Witdouck (CEO Eurofiber Belgium)
14:45 - Technology update
What are the key technological evolutions? What bandwidths and service quality can be delivered on the networks of the future, and how can we improve the rollout process for these new networks?
Seeing the light in a 5G world
Stefaan Vanhastel (CTO Fixed Access Nokia)
Digital innovation to plan, design and roll-out fiber networks
Jonas Verstuyft (Product Manager Comsof Fiber)
FTTH Advancements - Flexibility & Miniaturization
Peter Merlo (VP Engineering Network Connectivity Commscope)
15:45 - Coffee break
16:15 - Deployment challenges
What are the challenges Belgian players face in their ambition to roll out fiber? What are the practical day-to-day challenges and hurdles faced when actually installing fiber in the streets?
“How to get Fiber To The Home”
practical challenges to roll out fibernetwork in Belgium
Annick Martin (CEO Besix)
Dutch experiences that could facilitate fiber deployment in Belgium
Russell Crye (CCO Circet Benelux)
Unifiber challenges: The deployment of an FttH network in Wallonia
Nico Weymaere (CEO Unifiber)
FttH for Flanders: ambitions and challenges
Rik Missault (CEO Fiberklaar)
The perspective of the Flemish cities and communes
Wim Dries (Voorzitter Vereninging voor Steden en Gemeenten)
18:00 - Panel Session
We will also collect questions beforehand
18:45 - Reception & walking dinner