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Opening Remarks from the Chair

The programmable network

Eva Ulicevic, VP Architecture, Strategy and Analytics, Telefonica

Where are we with the metaverse and should we care?

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?

Panel: RIC and the roll out of Open RAN

Neil McRae, Chief Network Strategist, Juniper Networks
Richard Mackenzie, Distinguished Engineer, BT
Paul Ceely, Director of Technology Strategy, Digital Catapult
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?

Break – Coffee and Networking (Exhibition Area)

eSIM – rocket fuel for IoT?

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?

Disaggregated RAN Models & Energy Savings Options by Cloud Platform

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.

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Panel: How is the telco cloud evolving?

Francesca Serravalle, Head of Infrastructure and Energy, Vodafone
Neil McRae, Chief Network Strategist, Juniper Networks
Hrvoje Jerkovic, Core Network Director, Three UK
Felicien Mathieu, CTO and Engineering Director, World Wide Technology
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?

Lunch and Networking (Exhibition Area)

Pragmatism, agility and innovation fire growth

Miguel Santos, CTO, Másmóvil

How Spain’s Másmóvil has extended its coverage through acquisition and third-party network sharing, while rolling out an Agile workflow across the entire company, updating old systems and building its own innovative, full-stack. We hear about some lessons learned, benefits accrued and what’s next.

Creating New Value with a Techco Mindset

Ari Banerjee, Senior VP – Strategy, Netcracker Technology

Panel: Is the disaggregated telco desirable or inevitable?

Francesca Serravalle, Head of Infrastructure and Energy, Vodafone
Nastasi Karaiskos, Managing Director, Rakuten Symphony
Moderator: Yesmean Luk, Principal Consultant & Private Networks Lead, STL Partners

Disaggregation can manifest itself in different ways in the telco world: the move from proprietary to more open, cloud native software-based networking, the separating out of processes, services and functions of technology, or even the breaking up of value chains or organisational parts. How do these different definitions of disaggregation change what it means to be a telco in the industry today? Why does it matter and more importantly, what are the outcomes that we’ve seen so far as a result of disaggregation?

Break and Networking (Exhibition Area)

Diversity is the secret weapon in the war for talent

Vishal Mathur, Global Head of Engagement, Telecom Infra Project

Have telcos got the memo yet and are they succeeding in making their workforces more diverse as they are hit by so many external forces and new demands for skills and insight?

Panel: What will the 6G pack bring to the communications party?

Ed King, Technical Advisor, Department for Science, Innovation and Technology
Maria Cuevas, Networks Research Director, BT
Jean Schwoerer, Research Domain Operational Manager, Orange
Moderator: Mike Short, Chair, UKTIN Advisory Board

6G networks will be able to use higher frequencies, giving them higher capacity and much lower latency of 1ms. The big question is that as we are yet to harness the power of 5G’s best-yet latency, what will we use 6G for and when?

Closing remarks

Drinks in the Exhibitions Area