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Welcome from the Chair

Annie Turner, Editor, Mobile Europe

OPENING PANEL | The business case for AI – is it really a gamechanger?

A recent report from Bank of America suggested deep integration of AI could raise communications service providers’ return on capital employed in Europe by 2%. It stands at about 6% now. SKT says 9% of its returns already come from AI-related services and intends to increase this to 36% by 2028. Is AI the big break European CSPs have needed for so long?

Moderator: Robert Curran

Consulting Analyst
Appledore Research

Nirali Patel

Group VP Data & AI Strategy
Liberty Global

Usman Javaid

Chief Products & Marketing Officer
Orange Business

Ayesha Temuri

Enterprise Data Officer
Telenor

OPENING KEYNOTE | Telcos’ continuing journey to cloud native

Increasingly communications service providers are adopting cloud-native technologies and methodologies. What business benefits are they delivering through deploying and running cloud-native networks? Are CSPs still mostly focused on specific, discrete projects or is the move to becoming cloud native across their organisations?

Scott Petty

CTO
Vodafone

Topic TBC

Mohamed Safwat Elhabiby

Senior Telco Sales Specialist EMEA
Red Hat

Break and Networking

The green telecoms planet

AI and cloud are consuming ever more energy – where, how and when will telecoms be truly green? And in an era of deglobalisation and disrupted supply chains, will we ever crack Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions?

Sarwar Khan

Global Head Sustainability
BT

PANEL | Open infrastructure – disaggregated and open for business?

We’ve talked a lot about Open RAN, but softwarisation, virtualisation, cloudification and API-isation can make CSPs’ entire infrastructure more open than ever before. How great is the potential for innovation and business opportunities with an ecosystem-based approach to networks? What are the possible benefits to all stakeholders – and what are the challenges to successful implementation?

Moderator: Emma Buckland

Principal Analyst - Telco Cloud & Networks
STL Partners

Viraj Abhayawardhana

Director Network Strategy
Liberty Global

Nektaria Efthymiou

Network Strategy Director
BT

Idir Fodil

SVP Strategy, Transformation and Performance
Orange

Ignacio Gonzalez

Business Development Media/Telco EMEA
Red Hat

How AI can drive telcos’ transformation

A look at AI-driven transformation through the lens of how Generative AI can disrupt current business and operational models, taking a multi-modal approach. This session explores how telcos can monetise the insights in more collaborative way, and established data science models versus ARPU and average value per user. What can customers expect to experience in this digital age with telcos’ product portfolios enabled by AI?

Ayesha Temuri

Enterprise Data Officer
Telenor

Lunch and Networking

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE | Offering digital services to meet market demand

What does it take for operators to get to the point of self-care, self-service and self-provisioning via a subscriber model for enterprise customers? Are we nearly there yet? How important is this to enterprise customers and service providers’ business?

Yogesh Malik

Group CTIO
Tele2

PANEL | Financing fibre and making a return on invested capital

For a long time we measured progress in the fixed access network with the number of premises passed but increasingly the take-up rate and cost of running fibre infrastructure are coming to the fore. How are broadband providers tackling these key issues? Will the evolution to multi-service broadband revolutionise the economics?

Moderator: Chris Godsmark

Managing Director
Houlihan Lokey’s Global Technology Group

Rob Hamlin

Chief Strategy Officer
CityFibre

Carlos Bouça

Director of Network Engineering and Operations
Altice Portugal

Tapping into the future of private 5G

From hospitals to stadia, 5G private networks can revolutionise connectivity for a range of industries. This session looks at the evolution of the technology and real-life deployments, unlocking future possibilities and the critical role of partnerships in creating end-to-end solutions.

Sandeep Raithatha

Head of Strategy, Innovation & 5G IoT
Virgin Media O2 Business

Break and Networking

PANEL | Where are we with 5G Advanced?

5G Advanced is moving us along the path towards 6G but this should not overshadow the new attributes and business opportunities it brings to 5G.

Moderator: Andreas Olah

Senior Analyst - Digital Enterprise Services
Omdia

Yogesh Malik

Group CTIO
Tele2

Anania Mesfin

Cyber Security & Incident Response Specialist
Ethio Telecom

Ankush Saikia

Senior Manager, Network Strategy and Architecture
Three UK

Sandeep Raithatha

Head of Strategy, Innovation & 5G IoT
Virgin Media O2 Business

PANEL | Resilience and reliability are operators’ top priorities

How can they deliver on them? How has our thinking about infrastructure’s resilience changed? Can operators’ build the business case to put resilience and reliability at the forefront of their strategy? Will AI help them achieve the two Rs or simply expand the ‘blast radius’ when something goes wrong?

Moderator: Larbi Belkhit

Analyst
ABI Research

Ankush Saikia

Senior Manager, Network Strategy and Architecture
Three UK

Idir Fodil

SVP Strategy, Transformation and Performance
Orange

Closing remarks followed by Drinks