Connected Ireland: delivering enhanced broadband for all

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The Irish Government has prioritised investment in high capacity broadband networks in recent years because of the huge socioeconomic benefits they can bring. The key policy that has resulted from this new focus is the National Broadband Plan which sets ambitious targets for Irish telcos to deliver enhanced broadband speeds across the country culminating in ubiquitous gigabit networks.

Connected Ireland will explore in depth the opportunities and challenges the NBP, and the digital revolution more generally, are bringing to communications service providers and digital service providers, as well as national and local governments. It will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders that represent the ‘digital ecosystem’ to understand how they can work together to achieve the targets set out in the NBP and realise the socioeconomic benefits enhanced connectivity can bring. Delegates will include national regulators, local governments, telco operators, OTT players, enterprise, finance, consultants, associations and interest groups.

The event is free to attend for qualifying parties who may register through Eventbrite. Places are strictly limited.

  • telecom operators and service providers
  • government bodies
  • regulators

Limited places are available for vendors and other interested parties for a nominal fee. Contact us for more information.

09.00 Networking breakfast

10.00 Chair’s Opening Comments [Leo Clancy, Head of Technology, Consumer & Business Services, IDA]

10.10 Keynote address: Progress Report, the National Broadband Plan [Fergal Mulligan, Programme Director, National Broadband Plan, Department of Communications]

10.30 Leadership Panel: Creating the right incentive and regulatory framework for a Connected Ireland. Join a lineup of leading CXO's, including:

  • Conal Henry, CEO, enet (confirmed)
  • Gerry Fahy, Commissioner, ComReg (confirmed)
  • Ronan Lupton, Barrister & Chair, ALTO (confirmed)
  • More panelists to be confirmed from Three Ireland, Eir, SIRO, Vodafone Ireland, Sky Ireland
  • Moderator: Pat Kidney, Principal, Head of Ireland, Analysys Mason

as they discuss

  1. Exploring the investment challenges and opportunities around deploying next generation networks
  2. Delivering ultrafast broadband to the whole of Ireland
  3. Building the regulatory environment for our digital future

11.40 Supporter Presentation from Cormac Whelan, CEO UK&I, Nokia

12.00 Networking Lunch

13.30 Roundtable sessions

Three parallel roundtables, running in rotation for 3 x 30 minutes so that all delegates join all sessions. Each session led by an expert moderator.

Rural provision

Pat Kidney, Principal, Head of Ireland, Analysys Mason

Urban provision

Patrick Neary, Chief Technology Officer, National Broadband Plan, Department of Communications

Investment strategies

Conor Gunn, Government & Infrastructure Director, EY

15.00 Chair’s closing remarks


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This event is organised by Total Telecom who also organise the leading Connected Britain and Connected Europe conferences.

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