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Thursday, September 4 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Policies for Enabling Broadband: Special Focus on OTTs and Level Playing Fields (Host Country Session)

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Over the Top (OTT) services refer to the delivery of voice, video and data to end users through an unmanaged method over a network which is not provided by that network operator. As various services such as voice, texting, and broadcasting are converging, OTT services revolutionize the way in which ICT services are offered, foster innovation and create value added. On the other hand, they are affecting the whole broadband ecosystem including mainly fixed and mobile network operators. The impact of OTT can be seen in the rapid increase in the data traffic in recent years.

Within this context, this session is aimed at examining the implications of OTT services and facilitating a discussion among network operators, content providers and regulators.

Each speaker will be given 5-7 minutes to present his/her views on the issue. Then the floor will be open to participants also since the aim is to have an inclusive and open discussion on the subject. The social media contributors will also be given a voice by the moderator. 


Prof. Dr. Kemal CILIZ

Prof. Dr. M. KEMAL CILIZ received the B.S degree in 1985 from Middle East Technical University, Turkey and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1987 and 1990, respectively, from Syracuse University, USA, all in electrical engineering. He also received an M.A. degree in 1994 from Yale University, USA in International Economics. Since 1991, he has been with the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department of Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey where he... Read More →


Yusuf Ata Arıak

Chairman, TELKODER

Atilla Celik

Ministry of Transport, Maritime and Communications, Turkey

Milena Djuricic

COO, Yandex

Luigi Gambardella

Chairman of the Executive Board of ETNO | Mr Gambardella is the Chairman of the Executive Board of ETNO, European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association He has joined the Telecom Italia Group in 1999, in charge of relations with the National Regulatory Authority, and he is currently Group Vice President for Relations with International Institutions and Organisations. From 1996 to 1999 Mr Gambardella ran the regulatory and... Read More →

Tolga Kılıç

Regulatory Affairs Director, Avea
Graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering, Tolga Kılıç got a master degree in Middle East Technical University, Department of Science and Technology Policies, and Westminster University, Department of Communications Policies. He started business life as Assistant Planning Expert in State Planning Organization where he served between 1998-2001 and worked in the communications... Read More →

Beytullah Kuşcu

Acting Department Head, Information and Communications Technologies Authority (ICTA), Turkey
Acting Head of Sectoral Research and Strategy Development Department   Information and Communications Technologies Authority of Turkey     Mr. Beytullah KUSCU is an Engineer by profession. He graduated from the University of Cukurova in Turkey in 1998 and holds BSc. degree in “Electrical and Electronics Engineering”. He also has MSc. degree in “Economic Regulation and Competition” from City... Read More →

Aparna Sridhar

Aparna Sridhar serves as Counsel for Google Inc. in Washington, DC. At Google, she represents the company on communications policy and Internet governance matters in international fora, in Congress and before the FCC and other administrative agencies. She previously served in a similar role at Free Press, a national nonprofit nonpartisan organization dedicated to media reform. Aparna received her J.D. from Stanford Law School and her A.B. from... Read More →

Prodromos Tsiavos

University College London/ The Media Institute (UCL/TMI)

Thursday September 4, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Workshop Room 06 (Rumeli Mezzanine / Hisar)

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