All times UK / London
Doors open for Registration and Networking
Opening Remarks from the Chair
KEYNOTE: The World's First Hybrid War. The view from the frontiers
Kyrylo Goncharuk, CTO, Ukrtelecom
Automating RAN configuration for Hybrid RAN - The challenge of assuring network quality across proprietary and Open RAN architecture
Nik Angelov, Head of Product Strategy, WIM Technologies
For the next decade and beyond, mobile networks are expected to become hybrids of proprietary and Open RAN architecture. What does this mean to one-network quality assurance and what are the challenges for cross-architecture automation of RAN configuration?
Panel: Do the economics of fibre buildouts stack up?
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?
Break – Coffee and Networking (Exhibition Area)
How are we progressing with 5G standalone?
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.
Telco revenue opportunity with network APIs
Yesmean Luk, Principal Consultant & Private Networks Lead, STL Partners
Panel: If network slicing is the answer, what’s the question?
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.
Lunch and Networking (Exhibition Area)
Serving the untapped potential of SMEs in the digital era
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.
The Evolving Purchasing Journey for Mobile
Kester Mann, Director Consumer and Connectivity, CCS Insight
The presentation will share some of CCS Insight’s latest consumer research into how people in the UK buy mobile phones and connectivity. Leading themes will include the impact of the cost-of-living crisis, the trend toward online services, refurbished devices and trade-in, changes in channel, interest in foldable smartphones and awareness of e-SIM.
Panel: Are telcos getting a big performance out of big data?
Aaron Partouche, Innovation Development Director, Colt
Aleksandra Jović, Director fo Data & Analytics, Telekom Srbija
Prashant Kumar, Chief Innovation Officer, Elisa Polystar
Moderator: 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?
Break and Networking (Exhibition Area)
Panel: Three massive reasons that telcos and hyperscalers are perfect partners
Aleksandra Jović, Director of Data & Analytics, Telekom Srbija
Antonietta Mastroianni, Chief Digital & IT Officer, Proximus
Martina Klingvall, CEO, Telness
Moderator: Tilly Gilbert, Director – Consulting, STL Partners
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.