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Opening Remarks from the Chair

Opening Panel: What do we most want from AI-enabled smarter networks?

Presentation: Disaggregation is the key, from the RAN to the core


Clayton Nash, Strategy Director, CityFibre
Oliver Helm, CEO, Full Fibre
José Pedro Nascimento, Director of Network Engineering and Operations, Altice Portugal
Moderator: Vincent Garnier, General Director, FTTH Council Europe

Rival fibre providers are overbuilding, and suffering from low conversions rates of paying subscribers from premises passed and downward price pressure. Can customer experience really be a differentiator? How is private funding changing the market? COVID drove a boom in fibre build-outs in Europe – what other geopolitical and economic factors are having an impact now? Are their new developments in fibre and deployment technologies that help the economics?

In conversation: Who’s afraid of autonomous operations?

Presentation: How green can telecoms really get?

Mark Henry, Director of Network & Spectrum Strategy, BT

There has not been a race to deploy the 5G Standalone core like there was to deploy 5G in the radio network. This session will cover the various approaches and drivers for the operators’ perspective.

Lunch Break

Panel: Network and service automation are changing the telco business

Patrik Rokyta, CTO, Titan.ium
Alexandra Foster, Solutions Director – Division X, BT
Ankush Saikia, Sr. Manager Network Strategy & Architecture, Three UK
Moderator: Mark Cornall, Technical Director, GSMA

Once hailed as the key to generating new revenues from 5G services, network slicing is not universally viewed as the answer to the telcos’ profitability, nor even as being desirable by some. This will be an informed debate about the pros and cons.

Presentation: Where is telecom on the journey to cloud native?


Martina Klingvall, CEO, Telness

Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make up a huge proportion of many countries’ economies – it is estimated that there were 28.6 million of them in the European Union plus the UK in 2022. Yet this sector has always been and remains poorly served by telcos – but it doesn’t have to be this way, as demonstrated here.

Presentation: The shifting tectonic plates of telecoms and cloud

Presentation: The telco in 2030

Aaron Partouche, Innovation Development Director, Colt
Aleksandra Jović, Director fo Data & Analytics, Telekom Srbija
Prashant Kumar, Chief Innovation Officer, Elisa Polystar
Francis Haysom, Principal Analyst, Appledore Research

Have telcos really got their data out of silos yet? How about producing actionable intelligence from it? Where are they are and where do they need to get to? How are wider network trends helping – or hindering – their efforts? Why is data layer processing still such a challenge?

Closing Remarks