Welcome

Annie Turner, Editor, Mobile Europe 

KEYNOTE: Driving DevOps closer to production

Philippe Ensarguet, Group CTO, Orange Business Services 

GitOps – using continuous deployment, continuous operations (CD/CO) – further along the delivery pipeline is all about shifting from a prescriptive to declarative model to support automated operations via reconciliation loops. We look at why this is becoming important in telecoms.

Wi-Fi 6 has barely landed but WiFi 7 is already on the way – why does it matter?

In short, multi-link technology lowers latency in congested environments – who will benefit though?

OSS – The most significant piece of the digitalization puzzle?

This ‘adapted’ quote is from Enrique Blanco, Group CTIO, Telefonica, who acknowledges that network operator’s Operating System Software (OSS) has proved a tough nut to crack. How are we progressing now?

PANEL: Consolidation: Why four into three will – and should – happen in Europe and beyond

John Strand, CEO, Strand Consult
Monika Nowak-Toporowicz, CTIO, Virgin Media Ireland
Yogesh Malik, CTO, Tele2
Moderator: Kester Mann, Director Consumer and Connectivity, CCS Insight

On several occasions, European regulators have blocked market consolidation that would have led to three instead of four network operators in a single country. Critics would argue their thinking was flawed, but now the continent’s telecoms landscape has changed. Is consolidation inevitable and what effects will it have, on whom?

Comfort break

Case study – Private 5G network in action

Patrik Rokyta, VP Systems Architecture, NetNumber

This case study, based on real world experience,  will focus on how 5G technology addresses the requirements defined for Private Networks and how important it is to deploy a small footprint, low-power, 5G SA core. Patrik will focus in on the key lessons learned and share his view on pitfalls to avoid for a successful deployment.

IoT is finally accelerating…

Marjana Senčar Srdič, Head of IoT Technology and Innovation, A1 Slovenija

What is the real value of IoT and Telco’s role in the LPWA Network ecosystem

Optimisation is not innovation – and why it matters

Sarah Buschmann, Director of Digital Capability Building, Virgin Media O2

Everyone in big corporations like to talk about Innovation, but who is actually taking the risk rather than generating marketing material? Do large organizations, such as telcos, even recognise the difference between optimising current processes products and genuine step change – or which it matters? This session talk about how a true test-and-learn approach helps innovation and what’s needed to move the needle.

PANEL: The trouble with NaaS

Gustavo Carvalho Domingos, Director Customer Operations & Technology, Telefonica Global Solutions
Johanne Mayer, Founder & Director,
NaaS Compass
Mostafa Essa, AI – Data Analytics Distinguished Engineer, Vodafone

After more than five years of deploying network-as-a-service (NaaS), are operators getting the full benefits? Why are few, if any, inviting partners onto their NaaS platforms and what impact is this having on the market? Will Connectivity-as-a-Service wipe NaaS before it reaches its full potential?

The power of disaggregation in the fixed access network

Fabian Schneider, Head of Access 4.0 DevOps, Deutsche Telekom

We hear much about disaggregation in the RAN and core network, but it’s having a big impact in fixed infrastructure too.

Wrap up of Day 1