Future Scenarios for Latin American Communications

October 5, 2007

Created, Directed, and Presented by an Independent Consortium of Academic Research Centers:
Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia University (United States)
Centro de Tecnología y Sociedad, Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina)
Programa de Investigación en Telecomunicaciones, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica (México)
Enter, Instituto de Empresa (Spain)
Centro de Estrategia y Competitividad, Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia)

Universidad de San Andrés
Vito Dumas 284
Buenos Aires
Argentina

The Latin American communications industry is at a crossroad facing alternative development paths. The cycle initiated in the early 1990s with the privatization and liberalization of telecommunications has led to an exponential growth in service adoption across wireless, Internet and pay-TV services. In addition, the supply side has been impacted by successive economic crises (1995, 2002) and a wave of industry consolidation leading to the emergence of balanced oligopolistic industry structures.

Looking forward, the industry is facing numerous issues, the outcome of which will determine its ultimate performance, both in terms of meeting social and economic needs and generating reasonable returns to its investors. Among these issues are:

  • How will the demand growth opportunity for the uncovered segments of the population be tackled?
  • How should new regulatory frameworks be defined in order to stimulate infrastructure investment in a converging industry environment?
  • What is the optimal industry structure that will ensure further service adoption, technological development, consumer friendliness, content diversity, national development, and industry sustainability?

Presentations now available via La Universidad de San Andrés.

9:00 – 9:15 INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME (Jorge Forteza, President - Universidad de San Andres; Raul Katz, Director of Policy Research - Columbia Institute for Tele-Information)

9:15 – 9:45 AN ASSESSMENT OF THE LAST FIFTEEN YEARS OF PRIVATIZATIONS AND LIBERALIZATION (Carlos Lopez Blanco, Presidente-Enter)

9:45 – 10:30 FUTURE DEMAND TRENDS (Prof. Hernán Galperin, Universidad de San Andres)

  • Mature and new services
  • Underserved populations
  • Demand patterns for traditional and new media

    Discussant: Liliana Ruiz, President-Alterna (Peru)

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 11:30 FUTURE INDUSTRY STRUCTURES (Dr. Raul Katz, Director of Business Strategy Research, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information)

  • Telecommunications consolidation scenarios
  • Cable TV strategies
  • International Internet portals

    Discussant: Prof. Judith Mariscal, Director-Telecommunications Research Program-CIDE(Mexico)

11:30 – 12:15 FUTURE OF REGIONAL SERVICE PROVIDERS (Eduardo Navarro de Carvalho, Director General-Planificación Estratégica, Regulación, y Desarrollo Corporativo, Telefónica América Latina)

12:15 – 1:00 THE LATIN AMERICAN DIGITAL MARKETS: STATE OF DEVELOPMENT (Andres Font, Director, Enter Instituto de Empresa)

    Discussant: to be determined

1:00 – 1:45 LUNCH

1:45 – 2:30 STATE OF THE COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY (Prof. Eli Noam, Director-Columbia Institute of Tele-Information)

2:30 – 3:15 FUTURE TECHNOLOGY TRENDS

  • Future of Wimax, fiber optics and 3G in the region
  • Technological adaptability
  • Standards setting

3:15-3:30 Break

3:30 – 4:15 OPERATIONAL TRANSFORMATION IN LATIN AMERICAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS (Pedro Jurado Gomez, Partner-Director- Accenture, Communications and High Technology Practice, Spain, Latin America and Africa)

4:15 – 4:45 REGULATORY CHALLENGES (Robert Pepper, Senior Managing Director-Global Advanced Technology Policy-Cisco)

4:45 – 5:00 CONCLUSIONS

5:00 RECEPTION

Registration

For more information, please contact any of the following:
  • Argentina: Marina Calamari, Research Assistant (mcalamari@udesa.edu.ar)
  • United States: John Heywood, Assistant Director, CITI (jwh2121@columbia.edu)

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