Date and Time:
13 March 2018
15.00 – 16.30

Room: Fantasie 1


Jean-Luc joined IDATE DigiWorld in September 2017.
Jean-Luc is in charge of the IDATE Digiworld Media-Telecom business unit, devoted to media, wireless, fibre, regulatory and industry economics. He is focusing on the main challenges met by telecom and media players, FTTx strategies, regulatory management, telecom-media convergence challenges, new services business modelling and diversification.
He has devoted 20 years to the digital ecosystem’s strategic challenges. Before joining IDATE, Jean-Luc spent five years as strategy manager for French carrier, Bouygues Telecom and, before that, worked in the Telecom Practice at McKinsey & Company.
He works for private companies (telecom operators, manufacturers), regulatory authorities and public bodies, ministries and the international organizations.
Jean-Luc holds an Executive MBA from HEC-Paris and graduated from the Louvain school of management (Belgium). He has dual French and Belgian nationality.

Jonas Verstuyft is responsible for Product and Marketing of FiberPlanIT at Comsof. FiberPlanIT is Comsof's FTTx planning and design software solution. As marketing manager he develops and implements the marketing strategy for FiberPlanIT and as Product Owner he is responsible for the product roadmap of the software solution.

Steffen Leiwesmeier, Head of Digital Infrastructure Finance within HSH´s Infrastructure Team, has vast experience in project financing with more than 45 infrastructure transactions successfully closed in Europe. Steffen has a strong focus on financing in the field of digital infrastructure including broadband projects with an in-depth understanding of the several country perspectives.


Erzsébet Fitori joined the FTTH Council Europe as Director General on 1 September 2016.

Erzsébet Fitori brings to this position more than 10 years of experience in regulatory affairs and public policy, including four years as Director at the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA), a trade association representing over 100 pro-competitive operators across Europe. During these years she has overseen ECTA’s public policy, regulatory and PR activities as well as being responsible for the association’s engagement with the EU institutions, national regulators and governments among other responsibilities.

Prior to joining ECTA as Regulatory Affairs Manager in February 2008 Erzsébet was Head of Regulatory Affairs at Telenor Hungary in Budapest. In her early career she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of European Law and Private International Law at the University of Miskolc in Hungary.

Content and agenda:

  • FTTH Ranking Germany (IDATE)
  • Cost Model FTTH Deployment (COMSOF)
  • Market Study Germany (HSH Nordbank)


Date and time:
14 March 2018
10.00 – 11.30

Room: Illusion 1


Christian Berg is a senior advisor at Dansk Energi – a non-commercial lobby organisation for Danish energy companies. The energy companies have deployed fiber-to-the-home infrastructure (FTTH) for more than 10 years. Today, the FTTH footprint include many parts of Denmark – covering 1.2 million homes passed and over 500.000 residential and business customers – representing a total investment of 2.5 billion Euros.  Christian is mainly dealing with public affair issues relating to telecom regulation, consumer regulation and broadcasting regulation. Christian has previously worked at the National Telecom Agency and Danish Competition Authority. Dansk Energi is a founding member of the European Local Fibre Alliance (ELFA).

Dr. Igor Brusic has more than 20 years experience in international telecommunication projects. His technical expertise in mobile and fixed telecommunication networks has been extended throughout his career with extensive knowledge of business models, regulation, construction, development and management of telecommunications networks.

His main area of ​​work for the last 8 years is the implementation of fiber-optic network projects in rural areas. After the successful establishment of the Niederösterreichische Glasfaserinfrastrukturgesellschaft (nöGIG) in 2015, dr. Brusic is Vice President and responsible for the areas of strategy and business development.

He is also a board member of CMG-AE an open, vendor independent forum for stakeholders in the communication and information technology sector.

A highly experienced business developer and strategic thinker in many sectors, particularly the telecoms, media and technology (TMT), transport, utilities and public sectors, David is currently Chair of INCA, the Independent Network Cooperative Association. INCA represents user and trade organisations delivering alternative NGA networks in the UK. He is the Founder Director of Prism Business Consulting, through which he also acts as Director of Regulation and Policy for ITS Technology Group.

David has over 30 years management experience in the telecommunications sector and has directed telecommunications activities for blue chip organisations, advised on and implemented transformation and next-gen initiatives for local and regional government, assisted in industry research and strategy development and been involved in several start-up businesses.

Olivier Duroyon is FIRIP’s Deputy Chairman. This Federation (born 5 years ago) currently brings together 200 companies composing the different layers of the public initiative network value chain. FIRIP also promotes the “French model”: neutral and open access networks, with shared public and private funding for durable development planning.

Olivier also leads Nokia’s efforts in go-to-market solutions for the Public Sector, which encompass government-driven broadband initiatives, the modernization of administration networks, government cloud, smart cities, etc. He has a background in public affairs and implementing information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure for national, regional and local governments.

Andrew van der Haar is one of the founders and Managing Director of the Fiber Carrier Association (FCA), recently founded in the Netherlands. FCA unites Dutch carriers to achieve mutual cooperation between fiber carriers. Its goal is to align carriers, the government and users. This will improve economic growth for the user, the sector and the Netherlands. Andrew is also the CEO of Datacenter Groningen, located in the province of Groningen, a state of the art Datacenter since 2011.


Johannes Theiss directs the European and International affairs department of the German Broadband Association (BREKO), having established the association’s Brussels Office in 2015. BREKO represents the majority of all alternative fixed line broadband network operators in Germany. Its roughly 300 members include more than 170 national, city, and regional carriers as well as municipal utilities, providing high-efficiency optical fibre access to citizens and businesses in rural as well as suburban areas and cities across Germany. Before joining BREKO, Johannes had been a public affairs consultant (Bernstein Group) and a researcher (College of Europe), notably on digital and energy issues. He holds master’s degrees in European studies (Bruges) and political science (Bamberg).

Content and agenda:

  • Fibre Deployment in our European neighbourhood
  • Best practices and lessons learned for Germany
  • Chances and risks under a revised European telecommunications framework (Telecoms Code)

(ELFA-BREKO internal) – Exclusive informal exchange between network operators and partners around europe

Date and time:
14 March 2018
12.00 – 13.30

Room: Illusion 1


Johannes Theiss


  • Informal networking

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