Annie Turner, Editor, Mobile Europe 

KEYNOTE: Beyond Connectivity – Telenor’s Journey to Become a Digital Telco

Ruza Sabanovic, EVP & CTO, Telenor

Adding value beyond connectivity is the telcos’ mantra, but few have made much progress – so what did Telenor do to succeed so well?

Is life with the hyperscalers going to plan?

There have been many well-publicised examples of telcos setting up strategic partners for many different purposes with hyperscalers. Here we take a closer look at how one such is working out.

Creating a cloud reference stack to support the Open RAN disaggregation strategy

Mohamed Al Marzooqi, Vice President/Synergy & Operation Support, e&

Under the auspices of the O-RAN Alliance, operators are experimenting with several of them using a single stack. How will this activity support real-life deployments?

PANEL: 5G is at the core of telcos’ future success

Dean Bubley, Director, Disruptive Analysis
Moderator: Andrew Collinson, Partner and Research Director, STL Partners

How far along are telcos with their 5G Standalone deployments, are there big advantages to being early movers or will telcos go at their own pace?

Comfort break

Case study: SK Telecom’s metaverse Ifland is a stunning example of a telcos building a successful platform-based business

David Palmer, Blockchain Lead IoT, Vodafone Business

The operator launched Ifland in July 2021, and in February said it more than 1.1 million monthly active users, and the amount of time per month per user was also rising. The company said: “Going forward, Ifland plans to continue its growth by opening up the platform to partners, introducing its own economic system, and expanding into overseas markets.”

Maximising the potential of APIs

Juan Carlos García Lopez, SVP Technology Innovation & Ecosystems, Telefónica Spain

Getting the full business and operational benefit out of using APIs isn’t automatic: it means reusing them in a consistent way, wherever and whenever possible – and this takes intelligent organisation and orchestration

Partnering to build ecosystems, resilience and long-lasting value

Dr. Muslim Elkotob, Principal Solutions Architect, Vodafone Germany

Must telcos dominate ecosystems to avoid cannibalisation and get the full value from them – or should their role(s) depend on different operational and business models?

PANEL: Should we be talking about connecting tech not connectivity?

Terje Jensen, SVP Global Architecture & 5G, Telenor
Suzanne Tracy, CTO, SIRO
Moderator: Amy Cameron, Principal Analyst, STL Partners

Connectivity is from the age when the most connections were between people, which has been and will be ever more superseded by other kinds of connections. Are telcos too attached to connectivity?

CLOSING KEYNOTE: The race is on for 6G

Is this more telecoms hype or a critical development?

End of the Conference