NBN co chief exec Mike Quigley confirmed as ASTRA 2012 speaker

17 January, 2012 by IF

Press release from ASTRA

Mike Quigley, NBN Co Chief Executive has been confirmed as the Innovation Keynote speaker at the ASTRA 2012 Conference, to be held on 22nd March at the Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre, by The Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA).


With the board of NBN Co, Michael Quigley has overall responsibility for fulfilling the Government’s policy goal of building and operating a ubiquitous, high-speed broadband network across Australia to enable the future of online services and telecommunications. He leads the team planning, designing and constructing the National Broadband Network (NBN). Quigley’s career spans thirty-six years with former roles at Alcatel, the French telecommunications giant, where in 2005, he was appointed Alcatel's President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing 55,000 staff and operations in 130 countries.

The NBN will be Australia’s first national, wholesale-only, open access broadband network offering non-discriminatory terms and conditions to all access seekers. The NBN will make high-speed broadband available to all Australian homes, schools and businesses, 93 per cent via fibre optic network. As broadband internet becomes more integrated in daily Australian life, future trends are likely to see an exponential increase in data demands and an increasing number of networked devices and social media usage. Extensive availability of high-speed broadband via the NBN will itself be a catalyst for innovation and the development of new applications that rely on higher speeds, capacity and reliability.

Mike Quigley will deliver the Innovation Keynote address and provide insight into the implications of the NBN for subscription TV (STV) and content producers in a dynamic and constantly changing media environment.

Mr Quigley said: “The NBN will enable innovation and competition by the use of broadband to deliver IPTV, making it possible for service providers to deliver a wide range of content and inter-active services through the multicast feature we are currently developing for use on the network.”

“Mike Quigley brings a unique perspective to understanding how the NBN will impact future demands for ‘content’ as driven by an increasing consumer appetite for video rich material and how this will create opportunities for the subscription TV industry. We look forward to welcoming Quigley along with keynote speaker Jeff Shell, President of NBCUniversal International and Richard Freudenstein, FOXTEL CEO who will deliver his debut address at the ASTRA 2012 Conference,” said Petra Buchanan, CEO of ASTRA.

The 2012 day-long Conference program will highlight opinions from leaders across the industry, allow for discussion and debate through a combination of panel discussions and break-out sessions and provide networking opportunities at the Women in Television breakfast, lunch and the closing cocktail function.

The ASTRA 2012 Conference will also honour excellence with the ASTRA Pioneer Award – which recognises the inspiration and hard work of a deserving individual, and the ASTRA Industry Excellence Awards – presented for exceptional contribution to marketing and promotion of subscription TV.

Registration details are available at www.astraconference2012.com.au