11:00 – 12:15 Opening Session
  • Maimir Mesa Ramos, Minister of Communications, Cuba.

  • Pablo Bello, CLT 2018 Organizing Committee.

  • Bruno Ramos, Regional Director for the Americas Regional Office, ITU.

  • Rodrigo de la Parra, Vice President, ICANN.

  • Mauricio Agudelo, Telecom Senior Specialist, CAF – Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina.

12:15 – 12:45 Keynote: Report of CAF Telecommunication infrastructure for the integral development of Latin America

Keynote speaker:

  • Raúl Katz, Telecom Advisor Services.

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch sponsored by SES Networks
14:00 – 15:30 Parallel plenary session A Parallel plenary session B
Panel: New funding mechanisms to expand broadband networks Panel: eLAC2020 Agenda: Generating digital spillovers

From the challenges faced by a region such as Central America, this panel debates on the funding models for deploying broadband networks to low income zones, considering not only the appropriateness of each geography and market, but also the reliance on capital, debt or public funds. Given that the funding structure may have, ultimately, a definitive impact on closing the digital gap, the panel will review the different risk mitigation mechanisms, demand aggregation schemes, costs sharing, the role of public and private actors on funding, different business plans, pooled financing facility type schemes, among others.

Initial Presentation:

Towards the universalization of broadband networks

  • Allan Ruiz, COMTELCA Executive Secretary.

Broadband status in Central America, the status of the universal service funds, access gaps and investment needs for closing the digital gap in the region


  • Mauricio Agudelo, Telecom Senior Specialist, CAF – Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina.


  • Edgar Olvera Jiménez, Communications Sub Secretary, México.

  • José Juan Haro, Public Policies and Telecommunications Wholesale Business Director in Latin America, Telefónica.

  • Allan Ruiz, Executive Secretary. COMTELCA.

  • Teresita Palacios, President CONATEL, Paraguay.

The purpose of the panel is debating the effect of advanced technologies such as Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, etc., on the productive sphere in the countries of the region and, in that context, analyzing the importance of developing and promoting public policies for the enabling elements necessary for the broadcasting of such technologies. The following are among the enabling elements: new generation infrastructure, regulatory adaptation and qualified human resources.


  • Edwin Fernando Rojas, CEPAL Representative.


  • Alexandre Barbosa, Head of the Regional Denter of Studies on the Development of the Information Society –

  • Maryleana Méndez, former member of the board of directors, SUTEL, Costa Rica.

  • André Borges, Telecommunications Secretary, Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications, Brazil.

  • Guillermo Cruz, Consultant, specialist in digital platforms.

  • José Bravo, founder of Kawin and Leader in CryptoChile .

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break sponsored by SES Networks
16:00 – 17:45 Parallel plenary session A Parallel plenary session B
16:00 – 16:15 Keynote: The satellite industry transformation and its impact in the digital transformation Keynote: Democratization of technology and its impact on the growth of the use of smartphones

Digital transformation begins by integrating digital technologies into all business areas by radically changing the value proposition to the customer and improving people’s quality of life. The telecommunications industry is at the top of this transformation, this presentation aims to address how changes in the satellite industry are impacting this transformation.

Keynote speaker:

  • John Baughn, EVP Global Services, SES Networks.

Reviewing the evolution of the smartphone market in Latin America, and how the democratization of technology has had an impact in the growth of the use of smartphones and internet accessibility.

Keynote speaker:

  • Leonardo Bueno Munin, Market Research Analyst Sr., IDC Latin America.

16:15 – 17:45 Panel: Public policies for the development of digital infrastructure Panel: Access and Innovation in Internet – Strategy for growth and economic development

A debate is proposed on the paradigmatic changes within the Digital Ecosystem, emerging trends of the last years with regards to convergence, as well as the different regulatory challenges to ensure the appropriate operation of the digital communications markets and the development of the necessary investments for closing the digital gap. A regulatory framework proposal shall be presented, appropriate for the current context in the region, with the purpose of promoting the debate thereon by the panelists.


  • Pablo Bello, Executive Director, ASIET.

Initial Presentation:

  • Fran González, Analysys Mason.


  • Robert Pepper, Global Connectivity and Technology Policy, Facebook.

  • Verena Weber, Internet Economist, OECD.

  • Daniel Bernal, Adjunct Director Regulatory Affairs, America Movil (TBC).

  • Héctor Huici, Information Technologies and Communications Secretary, Argentina.

In the last decades, Internet has achieved significant advancements in terms of access and use, which has allowed it becoming the base for generating new modalities of services and contents on the network. This represents something common for those of us who have access to the Internet, managing to use the Internet for our businesses, work, communication, entertaining, leisure, etc., but, do we all have equal access to the Internet?

Approximately half of the world population has access to the Internet, but, what happens with the rest of the population? Differences in the digital gap are increasingly complicated because it supposes communicating the most difficult to access population.

We need strategies that will promote deploying and developing quality infrastructure, integrating innovation and economic development as an essential element for the Internet. The more citizens connect to an Open, Stable and Safe Internet, the more economic and social benefit we will have.

This panel is aimed at analyzing, within an environment of multiple stakeholders, what we need to achieve more and better accesses to the Internet for all our citizens.


  • Oscar Robles, Executive Director, LACNIC .


  • Lester García, Manager of Public Policies for Connectivity and Access – Latam, Facebook.

  • Sebastián Bellagamba, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, ISOC.

  • Erick Huerta, General Coordinator – Networks for Diversity.

  • Elena Scaramuzzi, Manager of Telecommunications, Media and Digital Economy for the Americas, Cullen International (TBC).

  • Martha Suárez, Director, ANE Colombia.

17:45 First Day Closing – Plenary Session


09:00 – 10:45 Parallel plenary session A Parallel plenary session B
09:00 – 10:30 Panel: Data Economy: rules for increasing digital confidence and business opportunities in Latin America Panel: Approaching the Internet Government from Spanish America

This panel is aimed at approaching the main challenges to promote data economy in Latin America, considering that one of the key problems is how to increase the confidence of consumers within the digital environment. The region has promoted updated privacy frameworks and more coordination with regards to the privacy rules. The rules that prohibit the data location restrictions and facilitate international data transfers may facilitate the development of the data economy and provide new opportunities to companies in the region. The European Union has adopted the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), applicable since the 25th of May. The new European standards have strengthened user’s consent, they have recognized the right to data portability and they have included new obligations for companies. The new regulations on personal data transferring to non European countries and the application of the GDPR to non European companies may also impact the data economy in Latin America in the future.

Initial Presentation:

  • Elena Scaramuzzi, Telecommunications Media and Digital Economy Head for the Americas, Cullen International.


  • Ezequiel Dominguez, America and Europe Head, Cullen International.


  • Daniel Pataki, Vice President, Policy and Regulation GSMA.

  • Adela Goberna, Policy Advisor, ALAI.

  • Iván Mantilla, Digital Development Director, National Planning Department of Colombia.

  • Carlos Baigorri, Superintendent, ANATEL, Brasil.

  • Blanca Coto, Superintendent, SIGET, El Salvador.

The panel will approach the current status of Internet Government at the international level and its relationship with the evolution of the digital ecosystem. Consequently, it will ague on the importance for the Spanish American Countries, represented by their governments and by the entities associated to ASIET to participate in debating in the different forums.


  • Juan Alfonso Fernández González, Advisor, Ministry of Communications (MINCOM), Cuba.


  • Pablo Bello, MAG Memeber, IGF.

  • Lissette Pérez Pérez, Specialist, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Commerce Directorate, Ministry of Communications (MINCOM), Cuba.

  • Sebastián Bellagamba, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Sociedad Internet (ISOC).

  • Miguel Gutiérrez, General Director of Security Networks Office, Cuba.

10:30 – 10:45 Flash session: Competence in the digital era – Market structures and development of infrastructures in Central America Flash session: The role of the satellite for closing the digital gap

This section will detail the status of broadband in Central America and its contrast against South America, as well as the impact of the market structures on service quality and coverage. Also public policies recommendations will be presented for a mergers control consistent with dynamic markets, a regulation that promotes investment and the efficient use of the spectrum.

Keynote speaker:

  • Serafino Abate, Director of Economic Competence, GSMA.

Throughout this session, the opportunities provided by satellite technology as a complement of fixed and mobile technologies for closing the digital gap due to their capacity of offering coverage in areas far away from urban centers or in geographic regions complicated for laying ground networks will be detailed.

Keynote speaker:

  • Jordi Bosom, Strategy and Business Development Director, Hispasat.

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 12:45 Parallel plenary session A Parallel plenary session B
11:15 – 12:45 Panel: TIC para ODS #ICT4SDG Panel: The value of the spectrum in the economies digitalization processes

The purpose of this Panel is sharing the best practices in incorporating ITCs into activities aimed at fulfilling the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (ODS) approved by United Nations in 2015.

As recognized in Goal #17, for a sustainable development agenda to be effective, alliances between the government, the private sector and civil society are necessary. These alliances are built on the basis of principles and values, a shared vision and common goals that prioritize persons and the planet and which are necessary at the global, regional, national and local level.

This session will offer a debate between representatives of each one of the sectors to identify the challenges and opportunities faced when using the ITCs for ODS implementation and paths where cooperation possibilities between the different actors may be observed.

Introduction of the subject and Panel moderation:

  • Bruno Ramos UIT, Regional Director for the Americas Regional Office, ITU.


  • Pau Castells, Director, Economic Analysis, GSMA Intelligence.

  • David Novillo Ortiz, Regional focal point for the WHO eHealth Program (TBC).

  • Cristóbal Stable Gutiérrez, Information Technologies Assistant, FAO.

  • Tricia Balthazar, Service Development Manager, CANTO.

  • Ernesto Rodríguez Hernández, Computing General Director, Ministry of Communication, Cuba.

  • Manuel Araya, Director of Regulation and Corporative Affairs, Entel Chile.

To offer affordable and quality mobile services, mobile operators need to access the radio-electric spectrum under reasonable fair and transparent conditions. A context allowing flexible and smart management of the radio-electric spectrum is essential for the digital economy to advance in the region, as well as digitalization of the productive processes. This session will be focused on how the spectrum public policies should look like to promote investment, improving quality, advancing on coverage and on the conditions to provide mobile services in the region on the way to sustainable and inclusive digitalization of the economies.


The impact of mobile economy and the GSMA’s vision for 5G

  • Lucas Gallitto, Public Policies Director for Latin America, GSMA.

Keynote speakers:

  • Verena Weber, Internet Economist, OECD “Going Digital: Making the transformation work for growth and well-being”.

  • Bruno Soria, Associate Director, NERA Economic Consulting. Presentation of the report on spectrum prices in Latin America.

Panel: Digitalization of economies and preparing for 5G: Public policies appropriate for investment


  • Lucas Gallitto, Public Policy Director, GSMA Latin America.


  • Annelise Valdez, Legal & Regulatory Affairs Director, Digicel Panama.

  • Tiago Machado, Director of Government and Industry Relations, Ericsson.

  • Iván Mantilla, Director on Digital Development, National Planning Department of Colombia.

  • Bruno Soria, Associate Director, NERA Economic Consulting.

  • Gabriel Contreras, President Commissioner IFT, Mexico.

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch sponsored by Ericsson
14:00 – 14:15 Keynote: Latin American Telecommunications Trend: Disruptive Digital Initiatives in View of Digital Transformation

Keynote speaker:

  • José Manuel Mercado, Principal Consultant Business Consulting Latin-American & Caribbean Region, Huawei.

14:15 – 14:45 Keynote: The Digital Economy: Opportunities and Challenges for Effective Policymaking

Global economy is going through an absolute transformation. Fast adoption of technologies such as mobile communications, digital platforms, big data and cloud computing, among others, are changing the nature of the products and services and the way in which people interact. This transformation goes directly through business models, while it offers potential for enriching lives and improving life levels. These changes challenge the existing public policies and require rethinking the existing regulatory framework to ensure the competitive process, innovation, sustainability and inclusion in the digital world.

Keynote speaker:

  • Daniel Pataki, Vice President, Policy and Regulation GSMA.

14:45 – 15:00 Keynote: he Role of governments in the development of telecommunications infrastructure

The increasing adoption of ICTs requires the strengthening and modernization of telecommunications networks. To achieve greater penetration of broadband and increase its impact in the develpment of countries, it is necessary for governments to generate public policies that allow the development of this infrastructure, thus achieving greater affordability and increasing the quality of services.

Keynote speaker:

  • Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Secretary of Communications and Transportation, Mexico.

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 17:15 Closing Panel: Digital connectivity for the development of Latin America

Digitalization is modifying economies and societies in a deep manner, generating earnings and productivity, promoting economic growth and innovation. Latin America urgently needs to accelerate digitalization processes and strengthening the productive transformation through ICTs. However, the task pending is quite significant. Approximately 50% of Latin Americans do not use the Internet and important investments are required to close the digital gap, while the use of ICTs within the corporate sphere is lower than in other regions. A debate is proposed on public policies that will accelerate digital connectivity as the strategic infrastructure for development.


  • Sebastián Cabello, Head of GSMA Latin America.


  • Oscar León, Executive Secretary, CITEL.

  • Bruno Ramos, Regional Director for the Americas Regional Office, ITU.

  • Enrique Medina Malo, Chief Policy Officer, Telefónica.

  • Allan Ruiz, Executive Secretary, COMTELCA.

17:15 Second Day Closing – Plenary Session