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Opening Remarks from the Chair

Opening Panel: Going global, truly global

Presentation: Automation

Why is managing all network devices and flow control by software that operates independently of network hardware is telco dream? How close are we to being able to separate the underlying physical hardware from devices’ control software? What are the main challenges and benefits?

Break

In conversation: What we know now about network automation

Neil McRae, Chief Network Strategist, Juniper Networks
Moderator: Malik Saadi, VP Strategic Technologies, ABI Research

How fundamental is the radio access network intelligent controller (RIC) to the success of Open RAN? Is it new thinking or just a new version of SON (self-organising networks) – which never took off as expected? Can RIC avoid SONs’ incompatibility issues?

Presentation: Is scaling dependable data still a challenge?

Lunch Break

Kim Juchem, Global Director Wholesale & Software, Truphone

eSIM promises better security, seamless, flexible connectivity and full end-to-end digitalisation plus greener supply chains. Will it provide the boost IoT needs, finally, to achieve its potential?

Panel: Building an ecosystem to unlock multiple value streams from 5G Standalone

Timo Jokiaho, Chief Technologist – Telco, Media & Entertainment (TME) / EMEA, Red Hat

A look at the most important disaggregated RAN models involving cloud plus options for implementing distributed and centralised units (DU/CU) more sustainably on the cloud. This includes innovation approaches to cutting energy consumption.

Presentation: Network as a Service (NaaS) – are we nearly there yet and why does it matter?

Francesca Serravalle, Head of Infrastructure and Energy, Vodafone
Neil McRae, Chief Network Strategist, Juniper Networks
Hrvoje Jerkovic, Core Network Director, Three UK
Moderator: James Crawshaw, Practice Leader, Omdia

Has public cloud become any more palatable for the telco cloud? Have telco cloud priorities changed and why? What impact will those changes have on telco cloud’s evolution and when?

Break

Presentation: Completing the crucial triangle: network, AI and customer experience

David Palmer, Blockchain Lead IoT, Vodafone Business

Is the metaverse a marketing ploy intended as a fillip for flagging fortunes or is it the future of the web? How will it affect communications service providers (CSPs)? What roles are there for CSPs beyond connectivity for whatever the metaverse turns out to be?

Presentation: Is network slicing the bleeding or leading edge of telco innovation?

Ari Banerjee, Senior VP – Strategy, Netcracker Technology

Closing Remarks