What is FICA Forum?

The Ibero-American Forum on Convergence and Audiovisual FICA 2019 will be the open forum for dialogue to understand the challenges of the sector, standing out by bringing together the highest spheres of the telecommunications industry, the regulatory authorities and government decision-makers and the big enterprises. The FICA Forum is the ideal space where the executives and opinion leaders of the television and telecommunications operators of Ibero America can jointly analyze and study the financial, commercial and technological impact of the implementation of audiovisual content and new technologies in the digital age





Gabriel Levy Bravo

Invited Moderator ANTV

Dr Fernando Devis Morales


Academic Moderator FICA

public policies, regulation and business models, as well as from social aspects as key as the appropriation of new technologies and services.

The uncertainties that the future holds are not few. In terms of regulations, the consolidation of a sustainable convergence model over time is becoming a major challenge; in the infrastructure, the asphyxiating costs demanded by the permanent technological update affect the financial viabilities of the operators, a factor that is aggravated by the unfair competition exerted by the OTT platforms; At the same time, the asymmetries in the penetration of broadband increase the digital divide, leaving a very high percentage of the Latin American population outside of advances in connectivity.

The solutions to these challenges can be based on the serious and intersectorial study of the contexts where our services are developed; of the success stories and the difficulties and failures; of the new market niches where the opportunities for convergence are; of an analysis of the real capacities of the operators of the region; of regulatory needs; and, above all, of the possibilities of grouping and joint efforts.

This is the meaning of the FICA CARTAGENA 2019 FORUM: to get to know and analyze each other in order to build joint strategies that revitalize and project telecommunications in Latin America.

Tuesday february 26 2019
Morning Block 9:00 – 13:00


Luz Marina Arango
Andina Link

Ivan Antonio Mantilla Gaviria
Vice Ministro de Conectividad y Digitalización

Dra Mariana Viña Castro
Directora de la Autoridad Nacional de Televisión

Germán Darío Arias Pimienta
Experto Comisionado

Mtro Gabriel Torres Espinosa
Presidente (ATEI)
Canal 44 y Radio de la Universidad de Guadalajara

Basilio R Perez
Presidente da Diretoria Associação Brasileira de Provedores de Internet e Telecomunicações (ABRINT)

Ricardo Acosta
Socio Fundador

Oscar Robles G
Director Ejecutivo

Angel Vacacela
Director de Tecnología y nuevos Proyectos

Steve Harris
Executive Director, Technical Sales and L&D

Hector Jaime vega
NAISP. Asociacion de ISPs de Colombia

Ing Alejandro Gidi

Fernando Devis Morales
Andina Link

Gabriel Ernesto Levy
Moderador Invitado


The challenges of Regulatory Modernization in Latin America

Latin America is a region with unique characteristics that demand a regulatory model adapted to the regional reality and the conjunctural challenges of each country. Regulatory flexibility and the recognition of particularities must be combined harmoniously for the design of an inclusive, plural and democratic convergent regulation, with cross-cutting lines for the entire region.

BLOCK: The challenges of Regulatory Modernization in Latin America

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  • What elements should a convergent law contain?

  • How to guarantee the independence of the convergent regulator?

  • What promotion strategies for industry and the market should be included in the regulation?

  • How to regulate the public and private sectors?

Ivan Antonio Mantilla Gaviria
Vice Ministro de Conectividad
y Digitalización

Maestro Gabriel Torres Espinosa
Presidente del Consejo Directivo
de la Asociación de Televisiones Educativas
y Culturales Iberoamericanas – ATEI

Dra. María Camila Villamizar A.
Designated representative
of the president of the republic before
the National Board of
Television of the ANTV.

Oscar Robles G
Executive Director

Germán Darío Arias Pimienta
Expert Commissioner

Eng Andrés A. Buendía Ucrós

Master Sales Engineer for
Caribe Latinoamérica

Tuesday february 26 2019
Noon block 14:00 – 17:00

POLES: Underdevelopment Monuments

POLES: Its use and administration as a burden for the development of TELCO in Latin America

Although not exclusive to Latin America, the poles have managed to become one of the biggest headaches in our region. Overpopulated, monopolized and overvalued, they carry the weight of corruption, overcrowding, greed, lack of planning and aesthetic sense of many rulers.

Although they emerged as a solution to boost the growth of the electricity and telecommunications sector, over the years they became the cause of underdevelopment and inefficiency.

BLOCK: Challenges of democracy and modernization of network transport infrastructure (The end of posteria in LATAM)

  • Are the poles a burden for the development of the region?

  • How can access to the postería be democratized?

  • Is it possible to finish with the posts?

  • What viable alternatives exist to maintain the telecommunications infrastructure in a more democratic and efficient way?

  • ¿How can wireless technologies and spectrum be articulated to alleviate the problem of cabling without slowing down the industry?

Ernesto Orozco
Member of the National Television Board

Juan Manuel Wilches Durán
Expert Commissioner

Marcelo De Ambrosio

Presiente of CAPPI
Argentine Chamber of Small and Internet Providers

wednesday february 27 2019
Morning 9:00 – 13:00 Horas

Block: From the Internet of Things to the Internet of Everything

El desafío del Internet de las cosas y del Internet de todo en Latinoamérica

The Internet of Things is nothing more than the ability for electronic devices, of daily use and of a different nature, to be connected to the Internet for the benefit of one or several users, without requiring a regular or permanent human intervention for such connection.

Internet of Everything "consists of gathering people, processes, data and things to make network connections more relevant and valuable than ever, converting information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences and unprecedented economic opportunities for companies , people and countries ", (Cisco, 2013).

Although the Internet of Things is already penetrating the markets of the region, perhaps we are not prepared to adopt it efficiently and even less to evolve towards the Internet of Everything.

BLOCK: Technologies to support the Internet of Things

  • What is needed to consolidate the Internet of Everything in Latin America?

  • Which are the most susceptible services to be connected, both in homes and in companies?

  • What technological solutions can serve as a palliative to the traffic demand imposed by OTT platforms?

  • According to the estimated costs for this type of services, what kind of coverage can IdeT have over the coming years?

Ernesto Orozco
Member of the National Television Board

La Internet del Todo

Ing. Juan Garcia Bish

New Business Manager

IoT - Internet of Things
in the strategic role of two ISP's

Vanderlei Rigatieri Junior

President and CEO

Democratizing Fiber Optics is the
path to Cloud Computing,
5G, IoT and IA

Ing. Iru Scolari

Solution Sales para el mercado Andino

Data as Source of monetization

Ivan Herrera

Director of new H3S technologies
and former VP of solutions of
Huawei Technologies Colombia

BLOCK: Technologies to support the Internet of Things

  • Is fiber optics the only or the best technology to support the Internet of Things?

  • Is it possible to support the Internet of Things with Internet Satellite Technologies?

  • What is the recommended bandwidth to support the Internet of Things in a home?

  • With the current state of penetration and quality of broadband in Latin America, what penetration and coverage can the companies that provide such services achieve?

Future Networks, how to take
advantage of them and be updated.

Alejandro Cubino


How to Offer the best
mobile video experience in
unstable networks.

Tom McCarthy

Sales Director, LATAM

Wireless solutions for
the internet of things.

Alejandro Machado

Regional Sales Manager
Andean Region

A new value proposition for
your business; Suma Móvil Model

Miguel Andrés Giraldo


* Providing the channel is not enough, it is necessary to provide
security so that BotNets the IOTs do not pass into your network
* IPS resposable from your channel

Ing Andrés A. Buendía Ucrós

Master Sales Engineer para
Caribe Latinoamérica

RT presentación de nuevo programa: “EE.UU.: sueños y pesadillas”

Alexánder Luchanínov

Sub director of RT in Spanish

Nicolás Sánchez O'Donovan

Co-host of the US Program.
Dreams and Nightmares

Thursday february 28 2019
Morning 9:00 – 13:00 Horas

Infraestructure networks VS Content

Today more than ever the phrase: "Content is the KING" has become a fundamental pillar in the digital era, the great differential factor in this convulsed digital market is the quality and variety of the contents, however, so that they can arrive and be consumed by the end user, it is required that there is a network infrastructure that supports it and a provider that transports it to the end user.

As new OTT Video and content appear on the Internet, the offer increases, which benefits users with a much broader content programming, but the use of bandwidth continues to grow exorbitantly, demanding increasing capacity in the distribution networks, without the operators of said networks being able to proportionally increase their tariffs with respect to the investments demanded, for reasons of competition, regulation and market.

Until now Datacenters and CDN are the biggest agreement reached between content providers (SVOD - OTT) and telecommunications companies, which has reduced the bandwidth pressure on networks, but it has not been the bottom solution, but rather a palliative in the face of the original conflict: The use of the operator's network infrastructure without express authorization, protected by the principle of net neutrality.

Additionally, as the CDNs have been implemented, the relationship between TELCOS and OTT has improved, however, the selective implementation of the CDNS, based on the total bandwidth capacity provided, has become a factor of discrimination between large operators, small TELCOS and the so-called WISP, which are at a disadvantage because they can not reduce the weight of international traffic through the use of CDNs.

This requires a much more fluid, symbiotic and dynamic relationship between content creators, OTT platforms, CDN systems and small, medium and large network operators, guaranteeing a better balance in the entire digital ecosystem.

BLOCK: TELCOS and Content Providers 9:00 - 11:00 AM

  • What features does the content that users consume online today, with respect to the content they consumed a decade ago?

  • How to technologically support the weight of the data required by the OTT, guaranteeing profitability for cable operators?

  • What business models can be jointly made between Telcos and OTT that generate profitability for both?

  • How can a better symbiotic relationship between Telcos, OTT and CDN Providers be achieved?

Suzy Sierra Ruiz
Representative of the Civil
Society before the National
Board of Television ANTV

Alejandro Acosta

Coordinador de I+D LACNIC

The ISPs in Brazil,
opportunities and challenges

Basilio R Perez

President of Diretoria
Associação Brasileira de Provedores
Internet and Telecomunicações (ABRINT)

Use of CDN: challenges and opportunities

Tatiana Vasilyeva

RT Distribution Specialist

Ernesto Carreño

Marketing Director, Colombia

BLOCK: Technologies to support the weight of OTT 11:00 - 13:00 Hrs

  • How to technologically support the weight of the data demanded by the OTT, guaranteeing profitability for cable operators?

  • What business models can be made jointly between Telcos and OTT that generate profitability for both?

  • How can spectrum management support data transit relief for OTTs?

Gabriel Vieira Posada
Member of the National Television Board

La Televisión en la era del internet

Ing. Tomas Delgado

Design and optimization
of a network using
Top-Down methodology

Ing. Mauro Escalante

CEO & Founder of MikroTik
Xperts and Network Xperts

Why is Business selling 100 megabytes?

Marcelo De Ambrosio

Presiente de CAPPI
Cámara Argentina de Pequeños
Proveedores de Internet