Agenda

Day One

September 22, 2020

  • Future Networks: Vision & Business Case
  • 1:00 pm
    Opening CXO Keynote PANEL: Networks of the Future: What have we achieved to date and defining the roadmap ahead
    Jeremy Cowan,
    Editorial Director & Publisher, IoT Now & VanillaPlus
    Scott Petty,
    CTO, Vodafone UK
    Christoph Aeschlimann,
    CTIO, Swisscom
    Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon,
    CTO, TELUS
    Neil McRae,
    Managing Director & Chief Architect, BT
    Kailem Anderson,
    Vice President, Portfolio and Engineering, Blue Planet
    • What is the future network we are trying to achieve and what does it look like?
    • 5G as a disruptor and the role of slicing and virtualisation: what are the implications for the network of the future?
    • Are automation and autonomy the cornerstones for the network of the future and the future telco?
    • Who are tomorrow’s customers and what are the requirements for the network of the future?
    • Moving from exploration to deployment – what is the roadmap for automation and AI?
    • Deployment success stories – what has worked to date and where are the major challenges and roadblocks?

    Moderator:

     

  • 1:30 pm
    The Autonomous Network: Is the promise being fulfilled?
    Kailem Anderson,
    Vice President, Portfolio and Engineering, Blue Planet
    • What does autonomy mean for networks?
    • Defining the early use cases
    • Business transformation: Delivering agile operations and new revenue opportunities
    • Driving business automation with a customer centric, ecosystem orientated, and collaboration enabled approach
    • Network automation & operations transformation:
      • Driving and supporting customer facing service operations
      • Delivering a simplified architecture and enablement of on-demand production
    • Taking advantage of AI, big data, cloudification to provide fully automated, self-healing and self- optimizing capabilities
    • Introducing intelligence into the network to build a highly autonomous smart network on demand
  • 1:50 pm
    Network Automation & AI: The key drivers – operational efficiency vs revenue growth
    Nik Willetts,
    CEO, TM Forum
    • What are the key drivers for automation?
    • Validating the investment case: levels of investment and ROI
    • Short term gains vs long term operational efficiency – is there a clear case?
    • Capex vs opex debate: CSP need to cut opex but does the new technology (cloud based/SaaS) come with high operating costs?
    • Customer experience: quantifying the benefits
    • The role of 5G: Where are the real revenue opportunities and is the cost of doing business too high serving new markets?
  • 2:10 pm
    Break
  • Unleashing the potential of 5G
  • 2:25 pm
    Panel Discussion: Intelligent operations for new 5G ecosystems: A game changer?
    Anil Rao,
    Principal Analyst, Analysys Mason
    Abdu Mudesir,
    SVP Services & Platforms, Deutsche Telekom Tecknik GmbH
    Juan Manuel Caro,
    Director of Operations & Customer Experience, Telefonica
    Sachin Katti,
    Advisor, VMware,
    Professor, Stanford University,
    Co-Chair, O-RAN Alliance
    Lucy Lombardi,
    Senior Vice President, Digital & Ecosystem Innovation, Telecom Italia,
    Board Member, Technology Group, GSMA,
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    Lester Thomas,
    Chief IT Systems Architect, Vodafone
    • How do you build intelligent operations for a 5G world?
    • Can the network and IT deliver on the promise?
    • Defining the pathway and timetable for an end-to-end migration path from legacy systems to modular, cloud-native IT components
    • Automation and end-to-end scalability to unleash the full potential of 5G
    • Ensuring flexible and efficient core networks to meet the demands and complexity of 5G
    • Boosting service agility, speed/time to market and cutting operating costs: how to embed the right capabilities and technologies in the 5G proposition

    Moderator:

  • 2:55 pm
    The 5G challenge: What new opportunities are there for telcos by deploying intelligent Networks?
    • How do telcos monetise 5G and where do they sit in the value chain: is connectivity enough?
    • Is there more to 5G than just the autonomous vehicle and more connections?
    • Understanding the business case for change – what new use cases are there for intelligent network and services – moving beyond the consumer to the enterprise
    • What is the priority and which industries are going to benefit first?
    • Creating a platform business to open up and address new markets
  • 3:15 pm
    The role of assurance cloud: Transforming into a digital service provider and deploying 5G
    • Realising the service innovation with scalable, agile networks that are 5G ready
    • Enabling services: are operators able to compete with OTTs in the cloud services market?
    • Driving agility, on-demand service delivery, operational cost efficiency and speed of innovation fit for the 5G era
    • Moving to more service-oriented network operations in a 5G world: proactive and predictive
  • 3:35 pm
    Break
  • 3:50 pm
  • Track A: Operational Efficiency

    Track B: Revenue Opportunities

    Track A: Operational Efficiency

    Track B: Revenue Opportunities

Day Two

September 23, 2020