Tue 17 October | 13:00 - 21:00 | Handelsbeurs (Gent) Fiber for BE
The state of Fiber in Belgium

This main FITCE.be symposium of 2023 will give a state of affairs on fiber.

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What is happening in the strong 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 of 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? Can AI help to speed up fiber deployments?

More than 10 top-level speakers will share their view, plans and experiences in live presentations during the different sessions of the event. 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.

Speaker details

Sam Leeman
Geert Bruylandt
Björn Capens
Bart Verbeeck
Piet den Ouden
Gerlas Van Den Hoven
Raf Meersman
Comsof / IQGeo
Philippe Toussaint
Orange / VOO
Vincent Garnier
Micha Berger
Geert Standaert
David De Craemer
Wim Scharpé
FPS Economy
Dion Bonné
Luc De Heyn
Rik Missault
Nico Weymaere
Bart Acke
Price: € 465,00  | Members: € 325,00  | Students: € 175,00

Event Schedule

12:00 - Welcome
Coffee & sandwiches
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?
Welcome & introduction
   Raf Meersman (President FITCE.be)
How to accelerate the rollout
   Wim Scharpé (Head of Telecommunication Division, FPS Economy, Belgian Government)
International/European State of Affairs for fiber deployment
   Vincent Garnier (FTTH Council Europe)
Fiber for Everything
   Björn Capens (Vice President, Europe, Fixed Networks Nokia)
14:00 - Permitting, Practical Obstacles & Deployment Challenges (labor/skill market shortage)
Can smart designs or do-it-yourself consumer packages help in deploying fiber more efficiently? How do we move from homes passed to homes connect?
The future of fiber is… PON
   Gerlas van den Hoven (CEO Genexis)
Practical deployment Challences
   Rik Missault (CEO Fiberklaar)
Smart design to Reduce Labour Shortage
   David De Craemer (VP EMEA NCC BU at Commscope)
The Permit Puzzle for FTTH 
   Luc De Heyn (Chief Commercial Officer at Merkator)
First Panel Session
   The speakers will interact & respond to questions from the audience
15:15 - Coffee break
16:00 - Innovations, Technology Evolutions, Worldwide Status
What can be the added value of AI in in the Fiber eco system? What are the next steps in sustainability?
AI & Automation in Fiber Roll-Out
   Bart Acke (VP Network Build & Field services at Wyre)
The need for Fiber Densification
   Piet Den Ouden (Key Account Director at Alcadon)
   Sam Leeman (Business Dev. Connectivity Solutions at STL)
How the automated PatchRobot increases efficiency of Amadys' customers
   Dion Bonné  (VP Product Technology at Amadys)
Accelerating FTTH deployments with Cyclomedia's Digital Twin solutions
   Bart Verbeeck (Sales Director Belgium at Cyclomedia)
   Geert Bruylandt (Domain Manager - Fibre Network Program at Proximus)
Second Panel Session
   The speakers will interact & respond to questions from the audience
17:15 - Closing Panel Session
Operator panel discussion
    The different operators (Fiberklaar, Orange, Proximus, Telenet, Unifiber)
    are invited to provide a short status update on their roadmap
    and on their vision on the deployment horizons of 2 and 5 years.
    - Philippe Toussaint (CTO Fixed Networks at Orange & CTO at VOO)
    - Geert Standaert (CTO at Proximus)
    - Nico Weymaere (CEO at Unifiber)
    - Micha Berger ( CEO at Wyre)
    - Rik Missault (CEO at Fiberklaar)
Final Panel Session
   The speakers will interact & respond to questions from the audience
18:45 - Reception & walking dinner

Practical info

Date & time
Tue 17 October 2023
13:00 - 21:00
Handelsbeurs (Gent) Route description
Kouter 29 - 9000 Gent
Price: € 465,00 excl. VAT
Members: € 325,00 excl. VAT
Students: € 175,00 VAT incl.
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