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Welcome

Annie Turner, Editor, Mobile Europe & European Communications

Brief overview of the European market

Keynote: The resurgence of infrastructure

Christoph Aeschlimann, CTO & CIO, Swisscom  

Covid put networks right where our industry believes they belong – centre stage. What are the ramifications of being the backbone of the digital economy? How well does playing such a huge role in social and economic welfare sit with running a commercial business? Should more of the cost of building out fibre and 5G come out of the public purse?

Coming to a container near you…

Wim Bouckenooghe, Director Core & Communication Solutions, Proximus

Is being cloud-native critical to operators’ survival and how well are telcos progressing towards becoming cloud-native? Risk aversion and an under-competitive vendor market have kept telecom networks from keeping up with the state of the art in networking, but cloud-native techniques and containerisation are bringing them to the cutting edge. What are the next steps in this transformative journey? 

The trouble with data

Telcos have been grappling with extracting intelligence from the oceans of data they have for a decade now, with little success. This is becoming increasingly urgent as data is the raw material required by analytics and AI, which in turn are fundamental to automation.

IoT: Living on the edge

How do we define the edge in terms of IoT? How do we set up the network for optimised IoT devices/machines (as opposed to handsets)? 4G or 5G? Do the economics stack up?

Adventures in AI

Steve Jarrett, SVP Data & AI Unit, Orange

What are operators using AI for and what is their experience so far? Where can it deliver the greatest value – operations, customer experience, asset management? What are the biggest challenges to using it to its fullest potential?

Comfort break

PANEL: Are private networks the way forward for enterprises?

Simon Dredge, Senior Director – Technical Marketing, Metaswitch Networks  

Industrial-grade private wireless networks will be a key factor in Industry 4.0, powered by 5G and supporting multiple IoT devices, equipment digitisation and virtualisation. What is the impact on production and manufacturing, capacity, services and workflows?

Securing the digital value fabric

What are the main security concerns in the expanding digital ecosystem model and where are the vulnerabilities? Tracking the digital ecosystem – devices, networks, interfaces, protocols, people… How do you keep up with evolving threats when it’s a joint effort?

The future of ‘smart’ intent-based networks

As networks become more complex and harder to manage, what do we mean by intent-based networks and why do operators need them? Moving from pre-defined systems to intelligent network services. How do you leverage predictive analytics, machine learning and other kinds of AI to build an intent-based network? What will intent-based networking deliver?

PANEL: A year in the life of 5G

2019 saw the first commercial launches of standalone 5G. Are we on track with rollout, standards development, and equipment availability? Has Covid slowed down investment? Where are the new operational and partnership models we hear so much about? Where is the collaboration with vertical industries?

Wrap up of Day 1

Annie Turner, Editor, Mobile Europe & European Communications

End of Day 1

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