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Annie Turner, Editor, Mobile Europe & European Communications

Brief overview of the European market

Keynote: The resurgence of infrastructure

Christoph Aeschlimann, CTO & CIO, Swisscom  

Covid has 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?

The future of ‘smart’ intent-based networks

Enrico Maria Bagnasco, Chief Technology Officer, Sparkle

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?


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 journey to operational and business support system modernisation

Luis Zas Couce, Head of EMEA Telco Technology Office, Red Hat
Fátima de la Iglesia, Business Development Manager, Telco EMEA, Red Hat
The evolution from being a service provider to becoming a digital service provider is not easy and brings new challenges resulting from new customer habits, technological evolution, and introduction of new services. All these aspects require a complete transformation of operations support systems and business support systems (OSS/BSS) in order to achieve business agility, bring new services to the market faster, and support them in a flexible and dynamic way. This transformation can lead to improved customer experiences, opportunities for new revenue, and the potential for new business models. In this presentation, we will cover how the evolution of OSS/BSS is necessary for digital transformation as well as recommendations and strategies for success. The session will demonstrate how innovation and open source solutions support successful OSS/BSS transformation.

Adventures in AI

Fayçal Boujemaa, Data & AI Technology Strategist, 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
Christian Regnier, Enterprise Technical Architect, Air France
Christian Freund, Expert Director, Siticom   

The fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) is heavily dependent on the ability to provide a wireless infrastructure capable delivering secure, ultra-reliable, low latency communications between highly dense IoT endpoints and control applications. Are private 5G networks the answer? What are the enabling technologies, architectures and deployment methodologies that will support these new manufacturing and production paradigms?

Securing the digital value fabric

Richard Piasentin, Chief Marketing Officer & Chief Strategy Officer, Accedian  

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?

Intergenerational 5G solutions - more than just cloud native

Patrik Rokyta, VP, Systems Architecture, Netnumber

There is no doubt that 5G is the road to the future but there are still many intergenerational networks like 2G, 3G, 4G & LTE in service that are functional and delivering on their promise.  So how do you manage the transition from legacy to new, from known and trusted technologies to a new paradigm? Patrik will show how this is achieved through a dramatic shift from the traditional physical infrastructure to an enterprise IT network infrastructure that is distributed, cloud-based and enabled by orchestration capabilities. Currently, not all operators are ready for cloud-native but as more move to this model they will be faced with the transition from old to new. This session will discuss the unique needs that 5G and all the intergenerational versions of mobility bring to modern, cloud native solutions.  This session will go beyond just discussing scale, data synchronization, automation and cloud native efficiencies. It will detail an intergenerational and integrated approach to how operators can best optimise their subscriber data, global data and put their interactive data to work, via analytics. In addition, it will discuss the partnership journey between vendors and operators through integrated delivery, test, and deployment, across all of the mobility generations.

PANEL: A year in the life of 5G

Tom Bennett, Mobile Innovation Director, EE
Luk Bruynseels, VP Engineering, Telenet
Terje Jensen, SVP & Head of Network Architecture, Telenor

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