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Future Scenarios for Latin American Communications (II)

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Future Scenarios for Latin American Communications (II)

April 14, 2008

Presented by:

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)

Escuela de Graduados en Administración y Dirección de Empresas, Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey

Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México

Centro de Politicas, Direitto, Economia e Tecnologías de Comunicacoes, Universidade de Brasilia (Brazil)

Departamento de Antropología, Política e Filosofía, Universidad Estadual Paulista (Brazil)

Departamento Ciencia de la Computación-Facultad de Ingeniería Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Centro de Estudios Públicos – Universidad de Chile

Centro de Estudios de Competitividad, Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia)

Diploma Conjunto en Economía, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Ecuador

Centro de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de Cuenca (Ecuador)

Annenberg Research Network on International Communication, University of Southern California (United States)

Quello Center for Telecommunications Management & Law, Michigan State University (United States)

Center for the Study of Hispanic Marketing Communication, Florida State University (United States)

Information Economy Project, George Mason University (United States)

Instituto Perú, Universidad San Martín de Porras (Perú)

Instituto para Estudios Avanzados (Perú)

Maestría en Información y Comunicación para el Desarrollo, Universidad Central de Venezuela

Centro Nacional de Cálculo Científico, Universidad de Los Andes (Venezuela)

Enter, Instituto de Empresa (Spain)


Columbia University,

Columbia Business School

Uris Hall, Rooms 142 & 301

Broadway & 116th Street

New York

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 and the introduction of mobile technology, and has led to 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 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 profits to its shareholders. Among these issues are:

  • How will the demand growth opportunity and need for the uncovered segments of the population be tackled in the region?
  • How should new regulatory frameworks be defined in order to stimulate infrastructure investment in a converging industry environment, while encouraging new applications and entrants?
  • What is the optimal industry structure that will ensure further service adoption, technological development, user options, and industry sustainability?

A first conference dedicated to tackling these issues was held in Buenos Aires last October. It focused primarily of the future of demand, industry structure and company strategies. The second conference, to be held at Columbia University this April will be dedicated to the future of services, technology platforms and regulatory frameworks.

Morning Session: Uris Hall, Room 142

9:00-9:15: INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME (Prof. Eli Noam, Director-Columbia Institute for Tele-Information)

9:15-9:45: KEY TAKE AWAYS OF THE BUENOS AIRES CONFERENCE (Dr. Raul L. Katz-Columbia Institute for Tele-Information-United States) | Presentation (PDF)

  • Future of demand
  • Future industry structures
  • Future strategies

9:45-10:45: FUTURE TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES (Prof. Judith Mariscal-Programa de Investigación en Telecomunicaciones, CIDE-México) | Presentation (PDF)

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


  • Fernando Beltran, Auckland University Business School (New Zealand) - Visiting Scholar-CITI (United States) | Presentation (PDF)
  • Eduardo Navarro, Director General Strategic Planning-Telefónica Latam | Presentation (PDF)
  • Adriana Labardini, Executive Director-Al Consumidor (México) | Presentation (PDF)
  • Prof. Heather Hudson, University of San Francisco (United States) | Presentation (PDF)
  • Prof. Saadia Sanchez, Programa en Información y Comunicación para el Desarrollo-Universidad Central de Venezuela (confirmed) | Presentation (PDF)

10:45 – 11:00: BREAK

11:00-12:00: FUTURE BROADCASTING SERVICES (Prof. Hernán Galperin-Centro de Tecnología y Sociedad, Universidad de San Andrés-Argentina) | Presentation (PDF)

  • Future of digital TV
  • IPTV and mobile media


  • Prof. Marcio Aranha-Centre of Policy, Law, Economics and Technologies of Communication, University of Brasilia (Brazil) | Presentation (PDF)
  • Lucas Sierra, Centro de Estudios Públicos-Universidad de Chile (Chile) | Presentation (PDF)
  • Johannes Bauer, Quello Center for Telecommunications Management & Law-Michigan State University | Presentation (PDF)
  • Prof. Roberto E. Muñoz -Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria (Chile) | Presentation (PDF)
  • Prof. Elías Said – Universidad del Norte (Colombia) | Presentation (PDF)


Afternoon Session: Uris Hall, Room 301

1:00-1:45: FUTURE SCENARIOS FOR LATIN AMERICA (Prof. Jeffrey Sachs-Columbia University)


  • Future of WiMAX, Fiber Optics and 3G in the region
  • Technological adaptability
  • Standards setting


  • Javier Camargo, Regional Director Latin America-LM Ericsson | Presentation (PDF)
  • Prof. Marcos Sepúlveda Fernández-Depto. Ciencias de la Computación, Pontificia Universidad Católica (Chile) | Presentation (PDF)
  • Prof. Thomas W. Hazlett, George Mason University (United Status) - [Presentation]
  • Martha Garcia-Murillo, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University (United States) | Presentation (PDF)
  • Moderator: Andres Maz, Cisco Systems

2:45-3:00: BREAK

3:00-4:00: FUTURE REGULATORY FRAMEWORKS (Robert Pepper, Senior Managing Director-Cisco) | Presentation (PDF)

  • Network neutrality
  • Structural separation
  • Convergent regulatory frameworks


  • Clara Luz Álvarez-ITAM (México) | Presentation (PDF)
  • Judith O'Neill-Greenberg Traurig (United States) | Presentation (PDF)
  • Murilo Cesar Ramos-University of Brasilia (Brazil) | Presentation (PDF)
  • Liliana Ruiz, President-Alterna (Perú) | Presentation (PDF)
  • Prof. Giancarlo Ibarguen –Universidad Francisco Marroquín (Guatemala)
  • Prof. Victoria Murillo, School of International and Public Affairs-Columbia University (United States)



  • Prof. Graciela Chichilnisky, Dept. of Economics-Columbia University (United States) | Presentation (PDF)
  • Prof. Carlos Scheel-Mayenberger, Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (México) | Presentation (PDF)
  • Arthur Navarro, Latin Economic Forum (United Status)
  • Prof. Marta Cecilia Rodríguez Delgado, Centro de Estudios de Competitividad, Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia) | Presentation (PDF)
  • Moderator: Dr. Raúl L. Katz, CITI-Columbia University

5:00-5:15: WRAP-UP



Corporate rate: $100. Academics, government officials, non-profit attendees and students: Free with registration. To register, please visit: or for more information, please contact John Heywood, CITI's Assistant Director (

Conference Organized by Raul Katz and Eli Noam

With the support of: Accenture
Grupo Clarin


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October 19th, 2015

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Save the Date: Media Ownership and Concentration Around the World

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