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Annie Turner, Editor, Mobile Europe 

KEYNOTE: 5G and fibre: Making the massive, complete digitisation of society possible

Enrique Blanco, CTIO, Telefónica

5G and fibre are the core technologies enabling the mass digitisation of society. These networks are becoming true service platforms – fully programmable and exposing network capabilities to applications –  getting closer to Network as a Service (NaaS) which can expose network capabilities to third parties through APIs. 

What about the requirements of 5G’s transport network?

Anuradha Udunuwara, Senior Enterprise Solutions Architect, Sri Lanka Telecom PLC

We hear so much about 5G’s RAN and its core – Standalone – the requirements for the transport network and its importance have been overshadowed. So how and where should we prioritise capabilities and deployments, and investment in such uncertain times? How do so-call developing economies differ from developed ones in their approach?

PANEL: 5G in energy and utilities

Zoran Vehovar, CTO & Member of Board, Telemach Slovenija
Daniel Piechocki, Director of Infrastructure and Services Maintenance, Orange
Mohamed Almarzooqi, Senior Vice President/Access Network, e&
Moderator: Karim Taga, Managing Partner & Global Practice Leader TIME, Arthur D. Little 

How and where is it being used and with what degree of success? When will we move beyond pilots and proofs of concept to see more at scale deployments?

The Social Impact of 5G

Rubi Kaur, Senior Technology Strategy Manager, Vodafone

5G potentially has immense social value if it is used to foster inclusivity and accessibility for everyone. The big question is how to ensure we are building 5G for the benefit of all.


Comfort break

Will there be a happy marriage between 5G and IoT after the long, dismal cellular engagement?

Afzal Mangal, Head at Deutsche Telekom IoT

Operators so far failed to make a big success of IoT and non-cellular technologies have far outstripped their cellular offerings. It remains uncertain how and when 5G change the situation, despite operators’s massive investment in 5G.

Building and running 5G core with success

Dr. Patrik Rokyta, Vice President – Systems Architecture and Future Technology Research, Titan.ium Platform

5G core development, deployment and operations in cloud-native environments involves many points of integration. Open source SW, private/public virtual cloud, common services such as load balancing, service meshes, certificate management and OSS, automated delivery and LCM are just few examples. During this session, Patrik will elaborate on the players participating in this area and how they (need to) collaborate to successfully cope with the nature of cloud-native solutions on the way to a secure and economic 5G core network.

This sporting life: How 5G is transforming live sports broadcasting

Faisal Mahomed, Director of Enterprise Portfolio Businesses, BT 

There’s been a lot of talk about 5G revolutionising how sport can be recorded, broadcast and served up in many new ways to spectators, in stadia and watching from home. What progress has been made? 

PANEL: Is 5G making it in manufacturing and mining?

Samer Geissah, Director of Technology, Strategy and Architecture, TELUS
Aparajithan Sivanathan, Head of Digital Technology, AMRC
Catherine Gull, Head of Business Development and Partner Management for Private Networks, Cellnex Telecom
Moderator: Yesmean Luk, Principal Consultant, STL Partners

Manufacturing is seen as the biggest potential sector for telcos and 5G, but has it proved a tougher than expected nut to crack, and by how much is it lagging 5G deployments in mining?

Wrap up of Day 1