Wispa All-members Meeting And Agm

New Plymouth, 22-24 January 2020

Venue: Novotel Hobson, Hobson St, New Plymouth

NOTE: This Conference is for WISPA.NZ members and invited guests only. Anyone else wishing to attend should enquire through ernie.newman@wispa.nz 

Programme

Wed 22 January – Open session for all

9:00am-11am Registration and morning tea
– sponsored by Complete-coms
11:00am Call to order and Welcome
– WISPA Chairman Mike Smith
11:05am Mayoral Welcome
– Deputy Mayor of New Plymouth, Richard Jordan
11:15am Official Opening and Ministerial Address
Hon Kris Faafoi, Minister of Communications (by video)
11:35am Sponsors’ introductions
12:15pm Lunch
1:30pm The Primo Story – Bringing Broadband to Taranaki
Matthew Harrison and Team
2:15pm Sponsors’ introductions
2:45pm Refreshments
3:15pm Rural Connectivity Policy and Progress
Graham Mitchell, CEO, Crown Infrastructure Partners
4:00pm Rural Connectivity Group Update including Colocation
John Proctor, Programme Director
4:45pm Day 1 business session concludes
Free evening

 

Thu 23 January – Open Session for All

8.30am

 

8:45am

NZ INTERNET EXCHANGE

Update from Chair Chris Browning

WISPAPALOOZA
Chair Mike Smith gives a rundown on his learnings from the recent event in Las Vegas

9:00am Before U Dig
Before U Dig Business Development Manager Richard Dyson explains how to keep your infrastructure secure.
9:15am Services Sharing Among WISPs

A key part of the rationale for forming WISPA was to foster a culture of collaboration and implement specific sharing arrangements. This interactive session led by Mike Smith will cover some practical examples where WISPA members have already established cooperative services and systems, and discuss opportunities for the future.

Panel:

  • Chair – Mike Smith
  • Bridget Canning, WIZ Wireless
  • Lachlan Chapman, AONet
10am

 

10:15am

The World of WISPs in Australia

WISPA Australia President Dainen Keogh

Morning tea – sponsored by Complete-coms

10:45am Wholesaling as a Value-Add for WISPs

This session will explore the merits of selling on a wholesale basis as a source of additional volume.

Panel:

  • Chair – Mike Smith
  • Stan Rivett, Netspeed
  • Tom Linn, Wireless Nation
11:30am Spectrum Update

Presentation from Len Starling of Radio Spectrum Management

Update from Corey Weir, Chair, Radio Frequency Users Association of NZ

Panel discussion on topical spectrum issues, to include:

  • Chair – Peter Mancer, WISPA Spectrum Specialist
  • Corey Weir, Chair, RFUANZ
  • Dainen Keogh, President, WISPAU Australia
  • Dale Roberts, Go Wireless
  • Mike Smith, WISPA.NZ
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm The Fully Connected Farm – the New Horizon for WISPs?

WISPs have successfully shown the way to get broadband connectivity to the homesteads of Kiwi farms. Is the next step connectivity right across the farm? If so, are WISPs the logical businesses to spearhead this, how is it being used at present, and what new opportunities for improved farm efficiency will it unlock?

Session to include:

  • Chair – Mike Smith, WISPA.NZ
  • Federated Farmers Vice Chair Andrew Hoggard
  • IoT Taranaki’s Paul Oliver
  • Microsoft NZ Chief Technology Officer Russell Craig,
  • Rural Innovation Laboratory Chair Mat Hocken
  • Taranaki Dairy Farmer David Walker
  • Spark Client Lead Tom Meijer
3:00pm  Refreshments
3.30pm  Connected Farm session continues
4:45pm Day 2 business session concludes

The Spark Wholesale dinner, preceded by the Go Wireless Drinks,
Vineyard Bistro, Okurukuru

5:15pm  Buses leave Novotel for 20 minute journey
– buses sponsored by Spark Wholesale
5:45pm  Pre dinner drinks
– Sponsored by Go Wireless
6:30pm  Dinner, quiz, activities
10:30pm  First bus leaves Okurukuru to return to Novotel
11:15pm  Second bus leaves Okurukuru to return to Novotel

 

Fri 24 January – WISPA.NZ Financial Members Only

9:00am The Telecommunications Carriers Forum
The Forum, the Telecommunications Disputes Resolution Service, and their relevance to WISPA members
– TCF Chief Executive Geoff Thorn
10:00am LEAN – an innovation at Primo Broadband
– Jason Holton
10:10am Mobile Service for WISPs
– WISPA Committee and Digital Island
10:30am Morning tea – sponsored by Complete-coms
11:00am WISPA.NZ Annual General Meeting
12:30pm  Business session ends
Lunch and departure

 


Accommodation

Members should book accommodation directly with the Novotel or other adjacent hotels – our bulk allocation of rooms has expired.


Registration

Registrations for this event closed on 22 December 2019. Any late enquiries to ernie.newman@wispa.nz  0223764363