Agenda & Sessions

ASOCIATIA PENTRU COMUNICATII DIGITALE

Presents

INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL FORUM 2010

May 11th - 12th Athenee Palace Hilton, Bucharest

 


DAY ONE, 11th of May


 

8:45 Registration

 

9:20 Chair's Opening Remarks

  • Mihai Constantin, President, Asociatia pentru Comunicatii Digitale

 

9:30 Keynote Message:  The Digital Future of a Modern Romania

  • His Excellency Emil Boc, Prime Minister of Romania

 

9:35 Keynote Address: The Romanian Switchover Process - Today & Tomorrow

  • Gabriel Sandu, Minister, MCSI Romania

 

10:00 Keynote Address:  Digital Switchover in the EU: Opportunities & Challenges

  • Detlef Eckert, Director, European Commission, DG Information Society and Media

 

10:30 Coffee break Offered by  R&S

 

 

SESSION I - THE DIGITAL PATH TO A SUCCESSFUL SWITCHOVER - THE LESSONS TO LEARN,

CHALLENGHES AND SOLUTIONS

 

10:50 Keynote: Review of the UK Digital Switchover

  • Mike Chandler, Managing Director, SES Astra GB

11:15 Keynote: Digital Switchover: A Strategic Challenge for Romania

  • Michael Wagenhofer, CEO, ORS - Austrian Broadcasting Service

 

11:40 Panel Discussion: Has the Romanian Switchover Strategy included the lessons learnt by other EU countries that completed it already? What are the challenges and the worries of those interested to participate in implementing the switch?

Keynote speakers discuss together with:

  • Marius Fecioru, Deputy Minister, MCSI
  • Bogdan Iana, Executive Director, ANCOM
  • Dan Marius Popentiu, President, Radiocom - Romania
  • Mihai Ursoi, General Manager Romania, SES SIRIUS
  • Catalin Niculescu, Managing Director, Rohde & Schwarz Romania

 

12:30 Networking Lunch Offered by   SONY

 

 

SESSION II - THE ROLE OF DIGITAL PLATFORMS IN BUILDING A COMPLETE SWITCHOVER

 

13:35 Keynote: The Satellite Solution for Romanian Digital Switchover

  • Benny Norling, Vice President, Product Management, SES SIRIUS

14:00 Keynote: Connecting the Cable to the Digital World

  • Jack Mikaloff, CEO, UPC Romania

 

14:25 Panel Discussion: What is the role of each distribution platform in building a successful and complete switchover? What are cable and satellite operators' concerns?

Keynote speakers discuss together with:

  • Emil Grecu, Technical Director, RCS & RDS Romania
  • Patrice Sidot, Head of Sales CEE, Eutelsat
  • Radu Petric, President, Cable Association Romania
  • Radu Rusu, Director IPTV, iNES Group
  • Alexandru Turbatu, Technical Director, DTH Television Group
  • Gheorghe Minea, President, DCS & DCG
  • Roberto Scagnoli, Deputy General Manager, RarTel

 

15:15 Coffee Break Offered by  R&S

 

 

SESSION III - DIGITAL SWITCHOVER: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR CONSUMER ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURERS,

RETAILERS, BROADCASTERS AND CONSUMERS?

 

15:30 Keynote: The Transition Means Analog to Digital, or Analog Directly to 3D HD?  

  • Taiju Ishikawa, Country Manager, Sony Romania

15:45 Keynote:  Culture & Content - The Role of Regulator in Digital Transition  

  • Ioan Onisei, Vice President, CNA

16:00 Keynote:  Adapting Technology and Programs to the Needs of the Modern Viewer  

  • Claudiu Paraschiv, Head of TV Technology, CME

16:15 Keynote:  Public Television in the Digital Era 

  • Horia Cazan, PhD, Chief Technical Officer, TVR

 

16:30 Panel Discussion: Can Romanians afford the digital technology?  Is the new technology driving a major change in broadcasters' content?

Keynote speakers discuss together with:

  • Stefan Ichim, Country Manager, Panasonic Romania
  • George Chirita, Executive Director, ARCA
  • Laurentiu Stan, Technical Director, Antena 1
  • Alin Petran, Network Manager, Realitatea TV

 

17:15 Closure of the Day

 

18:00 Dinner Reception Offered by SIRIUS (by invitation only)

 

 



DAY TWO, 12th of May


 

9:00 Registration & Coffee

 

SESSION IV - THE DIGITAL DIVIDEND, OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

 

9:30 Keynote:  Economic and Social Benefits of the Digital Dividend

  • Bogdan Iana, Executive Director, ANCOM

9:55 Keynote:  Reconciling Various Interests for Digital Dividend 

  • Graham Warren, Head of Spectrum Technology, Ofcom

10:20 Keynote:  Facilitating Competitive Markets through Effective Spectrum Allocation

  • Bridget Cosgrave, Director General, Digital Europe

 

10:45 Panel Discussion: Is the digital dividend a bridge too far away for Romanian broadcasters and mobile operators? Who is going to decide how will be used and when? How stakeholders can prepare themselves.

Keynote speakers discuss together with:

  • Liviu Popescu, Executive Director, AOMR
  • Marian Velicu, Senior Director Corporate Affairs and Legal, Vodafone
  • Andreea Moldovanu, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Orange
  • Adrian Ionescu, Head of Regulatory, Cosmote
  • Radu Rusu, Director IPTV, iNES Group

 

11:30 Closing Remarks:  The future of television: from interactive television to IPTV to mobile, new technologies are improving the consumer experience and revenue opportunities to video distributors and content producers

  • Varujan Pambuccian, MP, Member of the Parliament's IT&C Committee

 

 

 12:00 End of Conference Followed by Networking Lunch