Day 1

March 26, 2019

Day 2

March 27, 2019

  • 8:55 am
    Chairman’s Opening Remarks
    Dimitris Mavrakis,
    Research Director, ABI Research
  • 9:00 am
    Opening Keynote: Harnessing the power of Cloud AI
    James Matthews,
    Global Strategy Lead, Google Cloud
    • Exploring the symbiotic relationship between the Cloud and AI
    • How are major Cloud platform providers integrating AI technologies?
    • What new types of Cloud-delivered AI services are being developed and deployed?
    • Making AI accessible through the Cloud by providing AIaaS (AI as a Service) to enterprise customers and developers
  • 9:30 am
    Keynote PANEL: Cloud vs. Edge AI – Where is the best ROI?
    Dimitris Mavrakis,
    Research Director, ABI Research
    Bernd Thiel,
    Chief Evangelist and Lead Enterprise Architect, T-Systems International GmbH, Deutsche Telekom
    Atul Purohit,
    Principal Cloud & Automation Architect , Vodafone
    • How does AI at the edge differ from AI in the Cloud?
    • Symbiotic or mutually exclusive - is the future of the Cloud in danger as computing moves to the edge or is there a role for both?
    • What are the opportunities in the Cloud and at the edge?
    • Cloud vs. Edge AI - how does spending and RoI compare?


  • 10:15 am
    Do you really have a choice? Incorporating automation & AI into your network evolution strategy
    Rui Frazao,
    EVP & CTO, B-Yond
    • Why AI is no longer an option, but a requirement for future networks
    • Developing a holistic approach to AI deployment by examining the entire ecosystem
    • Defining your network evolution goals to make the right AI technology choices 
    • Charting the network transformation path from the manual mode to AI-based autonomous mode
    • Examining how to integrate AI technology into the network design process to ensure that future networks can be scaled
  • 10:45 am
    Morning Refreshments and Networking
  • 11:15 am
    A New Approach to Service Automation with Domain Orchestration
    Ari Banerjee,
    Vice President Strategy, Netcracker Technology
    • How to break down silos across SDN, NFV and OSS
    • Using a step by step approach towards full automation
    • Changing the deployment model so you can start small and then scale
  • 11:45 am
    PANEL Discussion: Taking NFV and SDN to the next level with Zero Touch, Automation, Orchestration and AI
    David Boswarthick,
    Director, CSC, ETSI
    Klaus Martiny,
    Chair, ZSM ISG, ETSI,
    Senior Program Manager , Deutsche Telekom,
    Vice Chair, NOC, NFV ISG, ETSI
    Luca Pesando,
    Standards Coordinator Technology Division, Telecom Italia
    Walter Miron,
    Director Technology Strategy, SDN, TELUS
    • Why automation is key to the success of the virtualized network
    • Using AI and ML to drive automation in virtualized networks
    • How can AI be leveraged to support the need for speed and scale in network and service orchestration?
    • How will AI engines interact with automation and orchestration platforms in the future?


  • 12:30 pm
    Networking Lunch and Exhibition Visit
  • 1:30 pm
    AI & Automation: tackling the human challenge
    Sasa Nijemcevic,
    VP & GM Network & Service Management, Nokia
    • AI and automation: a human challenge more than a technical challenge
    • Splitting the roles between the machines and the humans
    • Addressing the skills gap – retraining skills across the ecosystem
    • Enabling trust in AI
  • 2:00 pm
    PANEL Discussion – Why you need to transform your business culture
    Aaron Boasman-Patel,
    VP AI & Customer Experience, TM Forum
    Christian Maitre,
    Director Global Operations Transformation, Orange Group
    • Understanding the impact AI will have on the organisation and the culture
    • Overcoming employee distrust, concerns and resistance to ML and AI amongst employees
    • How will the organization have to change to shift values and attitudes?
    • Creating a culture of collaboration across siloed departments


  • 2:45 pm
    Accelerating Autonomous Mobile Networks with AI
    Marc Zhang,
    Marketing Director of Wireless Network Product Line, Huawei Technologies
    • Mobile network complexity in the 5G era calling for autonomous networks
    • Scenario-oriented autonomous mobile networks
    • Case studies of autonomous mobile networks
  • 3:15 pm
    Afternoon Refreshments and Networking
  • 3:45 pm
    Selecting the right AI partners
    Arjun Parekh,
    Senior Manager, Self-Learning Networks Research, BT
    • Determining the key criteria partners need to fulfil
    • Choosing a partner with an ecosystem
    • To what extent are existing vendor partners able to support the introduction of AI into your networks?
    • What are the benefits and drawbacks of partnering with start-ups?
  • 4:15 pm
    The winner takes it all! – Leveraging automated AI in your network as a competitive differentiator
    Amy Cameron,
    Senior Analyst, STL Partners
    Atul Purohit,
    Principal Cloud & Automation Architect , Vodafone
    Juan Manuel Caro,
    Director of Operations, Telefonica
    Sören Trebst,
    SVP Network Operations, Vodafone Germany
    • Why early adopters of automated AI in their networks have a competitive advantage
    • Examining how early adopters among operators and OTTs are applying AI to their network operations
    • Rethinking your business models to take full advantage of the opportunities create by introducing automation and AI into networks
    • Translating the increased speed to insight into new innovative services