NextGen 09

Event Info

Mon 16 - Tue 17 Nov, 2009 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Royal Armouries
Armouries Drive
Leeds, LS10 1LT, UK (Map)
Cost: £50+VAT (day 1 only), £195+VAT (day 2 only), £230+VAT (both days)


NextGen 09 is a one and a half day conference and exhibition with on day 1 the option of 2 specific workshops: Fibrecamp Britain and Digital Region hands-on. Day 2 of the Conference comprises plenary sessions interspersed with break out sessions within 3 workshop streams. Delegates can opt to attend either or both days.


Day 1

13.00    Registration and refreshments
13.30    Opening and welcome by Malcolm Corbett - CEO CBN
13.45    Keynote - Jeremy Hunt, Shadow Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport
14.15    Break-out into 2 workshop options: Fibrecamp Britain and Digital Region hands-on

Option 1 - Fibrecamp Britain

Access to Next Generation Broadband will soon be critical for rural & deprived areas who’ll miss out on BT & Virgin’s services. The private sector has shown little appetite to invest in “broadband notspots” leaving the way clear for social enterprises. Cybermoor and CBN have lead the way in developing community owned Next Generation Access networks and aim to share this best practice with other communities. The Government’s new broadband levy will channel up to £175M into Next Generation Access, so how can communities work together to create their own Next Gen infrastructure?
The outcomes of the workshop will be:

  • Greater understanding of how to develop your own Next Generation Access Network.
  • Clearer idea of the next steps in getting a Next Generation Access project off the ground.

The workshop will cover real life examples from customer support, digging trenches, laying fibre and cost of connection per home. The workshop leaders are: Brian Condon, Director CBN; Daniel Heery, Project Manager Cybermoor and Director CBN; Adrian Wooster, CTO CBN; Steve Spillane, Director CBN; Kevin Wood, Team Leader Cybermoor; Helen Anderson, Director South Witham Broadband Ltd and Jez Wilcox, Senior Network Consultant Allied Telesis International.

Fibrecamp agenda
14.15    Opening Fibrecamp
14.30    Introductions - participants briefly explain their interest in local NGA? 
14.50    What do you want for your community - broadband, TV, phone, telehealth, community media?
15.10    How can you engage with your community, how to get people involved and how to identify their skills
15.30    Market research - mapping tools/ asking your potential customers the right questions
15.50    Refreshments
16.10    Financing your project - routes to public, private and community finance
16.30    Designing & Building your network -  the “do it yourself” challenges
16.50    What equipment is needed for an NGA network? Presentation by Jez Wilcox, Allied Telesis
17.10    Managing the services in the long term - practical considerations
17.25    Wrap up and questions
17.40    Close


Option 2 - Digital Region hands-on

A hands-on experience of what a major fibre project on the ground looks like. What are the benefits and pitfalls? What are the lessons learned. The Digital Region Ltd. (DRL) project represents one of the largest public sector-led open broadband infrastructure initiatives in the world.

l Region workshop agenda
14.15    Opening and welcome
14.30    Project history and rationale with objectives and predicted outcomes
15.00    Designing the network
15.30    Model and funding
16.00    Refreshments
16.30    Local business and wider economic benefits – aiding the knowledge economy
17.00    Questions and close

17.10 The Benefits Of Next Generation Networks For Local Government - How to satisfy multiple initiatives with a combined solution. A 20-minute presentation by Stuart Cowie, Mott MacDonald and Tracey Sheehan, Hammonds.

Official Conference Drinks Reception

Sponsored by Mott MacDonald and Hammonds

18.30  Close of day 1


Day 2

08.30    Registration and refreshments
09.00    Opening and welcome by Simon Hill, Executive Director Business Development Yorkshire Forward
09.15    Keynote 1 - Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Minister for Digital Britain
09.45    Digital Britain report - 5 months on - what does it all mean? Kip Meek, Chair Broadband Stakeholder Group
10.00    Breakout into 3 workshop sessions
10.50    Refreshments and opportunity to visit the exhibition area
11.20    Keynote 2 - Gabrielle Gauthey, Vice President Public Affairs, Alcatel Lucent
11.50    Lorne Mitchell interviews Amy Chalfen, Managing Director Commercial, Portfolio and Policy, Openreach
12.10    Breakout into 3 workshop sessions
13.00    Lunch, networking and opportunity to visit the exhibition area
14.15    Keynote 3 - David Holt, CEO Digital Region
14.45    Breakout into 3 workshop sessions
15.35    Refreshments and opportunity to visit the exhibition area
16.00    Announcing ‘A Living Laboratory’ - how the patchwork of local projects can form a coherent framework for next generation broadband - Malcolm Corbett - CEO CBN
16.10    Next steps for NGA. Panel discussion chaired by Clive Ansell with panelists Simon Loe, Head of Segmet Marketing and Public Affairs, Alcatel    Lucent; Chris Price, Director Digital Development and Communities, Birmingham City Council; Maureeen Donnelly, Chair Digital Region and Amy Chalfen, Openreach
16.50    Wrap up and close

Breakout Sessions:

STREAM 1 - Infrastructure

10.00 Next Generation Action
This workshop explores strategic planning issues - multi utility initiatives and environmental benefits of NGA. Presentations by Stewart Jones, Business Development Director for Redstone, Phil Atherton Atkins and James Saunders, Managing Director, Commercial Ventures for Quintain Estates and Development. Chaired by Neil Homer - Director LDA Design.

12.10 NGA on the ground
Case studies exploring NGA projects in the UK including presentations by Shaun Fensom, Chair Manchester Digital, Liz Reid Economic Development Manager, Major Initiatives Team, Gateshead Council and Mark Melluish from Rutland Telecom. Chaired by Michael Mulquin, CEO, IS Communications Limited.

14.45 A National Framework for Local Action
Here we discuss the latest NextGen initiatives including Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA), the Joint Operating Network (JON) and announce the national Network of Living Labs. Presenters include Adrian Wooster, CTO CBN and Shaun Fensom, Chair Manchester Digital.

STREAM 2 - Applications and Services
10.00 Digital Dream
In this workshop we discover how NGA is enabling significant improvements in new media and digital services. Includes a presentation by Anton Christodoulou, Director Akeruemedia. chaired by Brian Condon, Founder Complexity Partners and CBN Board member.

12.10 Next Generation for all
Find out how NGA can benefit us all - starting with the playground. Includes a presentation by Professor Vicki Hanson, Chair of Inclusive Technologies, School of Computing, University of Dundee, Jillian Pitt from Consumer Focus and Martin Cantor from Barnsely Council - who have announced that it will be the first place in Britain where the entire authority is online. Chaired by Roger Darlington - Communications Consumer Panel.

14.45 Next Generation Business
What’s new in the world of digital business - find out in this interactive workshop? Includes a presentation by David Harrington, Leader of CMA’s Regulatory Affairs Forum and Herb Kim, Founder & Director of The Thinking Digital Conference and CEO of Codeworks.

STREAM 3 - Policy and Strategy
10.00 Digital Britain - are we on the right track?
Is the tax levy going to work - are we really helping our knowledge economy - what more can be done? Includes presentations by Dr. Maurizio Pilu
Lead Technologist, ICT, Technology Strategy Board, Stephen Dodson, National Director for the DC10plus Network and Dr. Alan Srbljanin, Transport & Connectivity Advisor East Midlands Development Agency (emda).

12.10 Rural NGA – bridging the gap
How is the government tackling the ongoing rural digital divide? Can the economics stack up? What is the telco’s view? Includes presentations by Andy Lister from NYnet, Audrey Roy from the Commission for Rural Communities and Alex Salter from SamKnows.

14.45 Digital Credit Crunch
In this workshop we explore the economics of NGA. What are the various investment models and find out how our foreign counterparts are investing in NGA. This session includes a presentation by George Hall, Member of the Board of erisa, Antony Walker, CEO Broadband Stakeholder Group and Andrew Haynes - Level 3. The session is chaired by Malcolm Taylor, Managing Director Cable Europe Labs.

CBN Reserves the right to make changes to the scheduled programme


  • Both Days: £230 plus VAT
  • Day 1 only: £50 plus VAT
  • Day 2 only: £195 plus VAT


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