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CEO Roundtable 1

The Arrival of Internet of Things (IoT): 5G, Connected Devices, Data Volume and Business Opportunities

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

Ronald Gruia

Ronald Gruia

Director of Emerging Telecoms

Frost & Sullivan

Moderator
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Mobeen Khan

AVP of IoT Strategy & Product Management

AT&T

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Frank Rey

Director Global Network Acquisition Group

Microsoft

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Tom Gilley

Tom Gilley

Venture Partner

Momenta Partners

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There’s no question that the Internet of Things (IoT) is developing quickly; from building sensors that automatically adjust heating and lighting to wearable devices that alert you when you’ve reached your daily exercise goal or smartphones that buzz when the household has run out of milk, IoT is exploding. Cisco predicts that more than 5 billion people and 50 billion “things” will be connected by 2020. 2020 is also the year that 5G, the fifth generation of wireless communications technology, is set to debut.  IoT will be the ideal application for 5G, which will handle approximately 1,000 times more mobile data than today’s cellular systems, and help to better link up fixed and mobile devices. Many say 5G will contribute to what will be a new industrial and economic revolution. More than 1.6 zettabytes of data will be captured worldwide by 2020, according to ABI Research. By 2025, IoT applications are estimated to have a total economic impact of $11.1 trillion. How can companies capitalize on IoT? How are the big players approaching IoT? What kinds of applications will exist five, ten years from now? How will companies protect customer data / its own data? With the vast amounts of data that will be generated by IoT devices, how much pressure does this put on the network and data center infrastructure? This panel will discuss the explosive growth of IoT, examine industry trends, predictions, and the opportunities and challenges that IoT brings to the global economy.

CEO Roundtable 2

Fiber as an Investment – Addressing North America’s Fiber Deficiency

11:20 AM – 12:05 PM

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Robert Powell

Editor & Creator

Telecom Ramblings

Moderator
Jonathan Martone

Jonathan Martone

Director, Data Center Engineering

CenturyLink

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Erick Contag

Erick Contag

Chief Executive Officer

GlobeNet

Speaker
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Al DiGabriele

Senior Vice President of Product Management & Marketing

Hibernia Networks

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Rob Barlow

Chief Executive Officer

WireIE

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How is the country that invented the Internet — and that is home to the biggest tech companies in the world like Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Cisco and others — so fiber deficient (not to mention, falling behind in download speeds)? Are we moving closer to raising our global standing and is it fast enough? Vertical Systems Group reported last year that business fiber penetration of commercial buildings in the U.S. increased from 10.9% in 2004 to 46.2% in 2015. Impressive, yes, but fiber optic usage in the U.S. still ranks low at 18th among the countries ranked by the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), utilizing just 9.4%. (Japan and South Korea lead with nearly 70% penetration).  Canada also significantly trails other developed countries, ranking 22nd in fiber penetration and utilizing only a little over 5%.  All things considered, is there already, or should there be, a North American plan for broadband to properly address our continent’s fiber deficiency? How are companies like newer player Google Fiber and Comcast driving other providers to cut prices and improve connectivity services in response to such fierce competition? How quickly are cable companies and traditional carriers marking headway through the process of moving away from legacy networks to fiber? Is the strong economy and consumer demand strong enough to keep the advancement towards more dark and lit fiber deployments afloat? This panel discussion will feature an expert look at fiber penetration in the U.S. and Canada, the worthiness of investing in fiber deployments, and determine if we are indeed moving fast enough, or if a stronger, more unified North American plan for fiber is needed.

CEO Roundtable 3

Growth & Trends of Unified Communications & Its Necessary Network Infrastructure Needs

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

EVAN KIRSTEL

Evan Kirstel

Social Media Business Strategist - Advisor

UCStrategies.com

Moderator
James Martino

James Martino

Chief Executive Officer

Avotus

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Al Burgio

Al Burgio

Chief Executive Officer

Console

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Michael Bucheit

Chief Executive Officer

Metro Optic

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Amitava Mukherjee

President, CEO & Co-Founder

RedShift Networks

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Brian Shatku

Brian Shatku

Chief Operating Officer

Unifi Communications

Speaker
Today's modern office is virtually anywhere, anytime.  With the move to unified and collaborative technologies so quickly underway, how is the drastic demand for increased productivity and constant up-time across multiple devices being serviced by our core communications infrastructure?  How are partnerships and new ways to interconnect allowing us to meet this constant need for data and voice, and who are the critical players emerging on the scene?  Hear from the top decision makers of new and existing companies who are transforming the way we unify to serve the ever-demanding end user.

CEO Roundtable 4

Fiber & The City: Analyzing the Need for New Metro Dark Fiber Builds In and Around NYC

1:20 PM - 2:05 PM

richard lukaj

Richard Lukaj

Senior Managing Director

Bank Street

Moderator
cliff kane

Cliff Kane

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Cleareon Fiber Networks

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Vincenzo ‘Enzo’ Clemente

President & Chief Executive Officer

Cross River Fiber

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Brian Shatku

Brian Shatku

Chief Operating Officer

Unifi Communications

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Ray La Chance

Ray La Chance

President & Chief Executive Officer

ZenFi Networks

Speaker
The City is alive with builds these days, and there are multiple providers constructing fiber routes to and from key colo sites and multi-dwelling buildings, across the rivers, and throughout the boroughs, Long Island and Northern New Jersey.  But is there enough need to justify all these projects and the corresponding spend? Richard Lukaj, Founder and Senior Marketing Director of Bank Street, sits down with the major dark fiber players in the area to talk details, including the drivers and benefits for these new networks,  the challenges within the competitive marketplace and the new opportunities on the horizon.

CEO Roundtable 5

What Tech Companies Need from Telecom Partners

2:10 PM - 2:55 PM

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Eric Hanselman

Chief Analyst

451 Research

Moderator
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Felipe Alvarez

Chief Executive Officer

Axiom Fiber Networks

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David Meredith

David Meredith

SVP and Global GM Data Center Hosting

CenturyLink

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Eric Troyer

Chief Marketing Officer

Megaport

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Frank Rey

Director Global Network Acquisition Group

Microsoft

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Mark Hurley

Data Center Solution Architect

Schneider Electric

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Apple, Samsung, HP, Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, Facebook, Sony, eBay, Netflix and more– these top tech and web-centric companies are shaping our nation and our world with brilliant services and innovations. Behind these successful tech companies are the telecom partners that help them deliver their services across complex networks at lightening speeds. What do these tech and web-centric companies require from their telecom partners, such as its fiber providers, data center operators, equipment providers and others, to enhance their service offerings and time to market? What are the advantages to working with telecom partners, versus moving fiber deployments or data center operations in-house? These panelists from top American web-centric companies will share their telecom ‘pain points’ and will define where they see new growth opportunities moving forward.