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Invitation-Only Breakfast Roundtable (Boardroom)

Registration and Networking

Opening Remarks from the Chair

KEYNOTE: This much we know – showcasing the edge in action

Reserved session

Panel: Do the economics of fibre buildouts stack up?

Clayton Nash, Strategy Director, CityFibre
Oliver Helm, CEO, Full Fibre

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?

Break – Coffee and Networking (Exhibition Area)

How are we progressing with 5G standalone?

Mark Henry, Director Technology and Business Strategy, BT

There has not been a race to deploy the 5G Standalone core like there was to deploy 5G in the radio network. A senior executive from a leading operator explains their approach and its drivers.

Reserved session

Panel: If network slicing is the answer, what’s the question?

Abhilekh Bhardwaj, Head of Operations Strategy, Three UK
Alexandra Foster, Solutions Director – Division X, BT

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.

Lunch and Networking (Exhibition Area)

As SD-WAN evolves, what happens to the operators’ role?

According to Gartner, by 2025, 50% of new SDWAN purchases will be part of a single-vendor secure access service edge (SASE) offering, up from 10% in 2022. By 2026, 30% of new SD-WAN procurements will be some form of network as a service (NaaS) – up from 0% in 2022. How can operators benefit from this big shifts?

Reserved session

Panel: Are telcos getting a big performance out of big data?

Francis Haysom, Principal Analyst, Appledore Research
Aaron Partouche, Innovation Development Director, Colt
Aleksandra Jović, Director fo Data & Analytics, Telekom Srbija

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?

Break and Networking (Exhibition Area)

Managing partners is key to network automation

Abhilekh Bhardwaj, Head of Operations Strategy, Three UK

There is consensus that no single party can satisfy all customers’ needs, but ecosystems are relatively new territory for telcos. If they cannot work with partners seamlessly, they cannot leverage automation. What do they need to do to succeed?

Panel: Three massive reasons that telcos and hyperscalers are perfect partners

Francesca Serravalle, Head of Infrastructure and Energy, Vodafone
Antonietta Mastroianni, Chief Digital & IT Officer, Proximus
Martina Klingvall, CEO, Telness

Hyperscalers need telcos – they want competitive connectivity providers and they don’t want to be entangled in regulation that telcos are subject to. Telcos need hyperscalers’ scale and crunch power, and each has technology strengths the others lack.

Closing remarks