Programme

In a single day we will cover many of the dynamic aspects of the telecoms industry, debating the range of possibilities facing the telcos, suppliers, regulators and other interested parties. All hosted by industry veterans Chris Lewis and Graham Wilde, supported by a whoop of fellow independent industry analysts.

Each of the six debate will be preceded by 'expert witnesses' sharing their perspective on the subject before we introduce the motion, speak briefly for and against, and open up the discussion to the floor.

The day will also include:
  • Fireside chat with Howard Watson CTO BT: Balancing the demands of the board, lines of business and shareholders whilst building the next generation programmable platform

  • C-level panel with telco executives from KPN, PCCW Global, Colt and Reliance Jio: What are the key issues shaping the discussion around the Telco boardroom? Innovation, transformation, competition and the relative role in the emerging economy will all be discussed

Timings and speakers may be subject to change


08:30 - Registration and breakfast



09:00 Welcome


Chris Lewis - Lewis Insight
Graham Wilde - BWCS






09:05 - THE ROLE OF THE TELCO IN THE BROADER DIGITAL ECONOMY


Should the telecoms players invest in the optimal network combining fixed and mobile, or should they spread their wings embracing areas like banking and insurance, media and content.


Jean Yves Charlier
, Former CEO Veon
Akira Tada, Executive Business Strategist - Softbank
Mike Blanche, Head of Telecoms Strategic Relationships EMEA - Google


Debate motion: Telcos should confine themselves to connectivity



10:00 - FILLING THE FIBRE GAP


In this debate we will hear from Ofcom and alternate network providers about how they see the landscape for investment. Local, national and international fibre builds are rife but what are the business models in play?


Clive Carter, Director of Strategy - Ofcom
Mike Magee, Sector Director for Transport – SSE Telecom Enterprise
Colin Sempill, Managing Director - SSE Telecom
Kevin Dean, Chief Marketing Officer - EUnetworks
Dana Tobak, CEO and MD - Hyperoptic


Debate motion: The only way to get full fiberisation is to nationalise fixed telecoms infrastructure



10:45 - Coffee, tea and networking




11:15 - ANALYTICS, MACHINE LEARNING AND THE EDGE


How can the telecoms industry leverage the science of artificial intelligence, analytics and Edge processing to deliver a better customer experience?


Professor Paul Morrissey
, John Moore University Liverpool
Charlie Muirhead, Founder CEO - CognitionX
Simon Aspinall, Chief Marketing Officer -Swim
Marisa Viveros, Vice President Strategy and Solutions - IBM


Debate motion: The first priority for AI deployment is in network optimisations



12:05 - PROGRESS IN SOFTWARISING AND VIRTUALISING THE WORLD'S TELCOS


Leveraging virtualisation, cloud scale and getting away from a hardware-centric industry represents a major shift for the telcos.


Dr Steffen Roehn, Senior Advisor to Reliance Jio
Ian Massingham, Global Evangelist, Amazon Web Services
Sanjay Mewada, Chief Strategy Officer, Netcracker
Colin Kincaid, Chief Technical Officer - Cisco
Martin Taylor, Chief Technical Officer - Metaswitch


Debate motion: Virtualization is a poisoned chalice



13:00 - Lunch and networking



14:00 - VIEW FROM THE BOARDROOM


Panel discussion on industry dynamics, customer needs, how transformation is happening and where innovation is coming from


Bouke Hoving
, Executive Vice President Networks & IT - KPN
Mike van den Bergh, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer - PCCW Global
Mirko Voltolini, Head of Network On Demand - Colt
Dr Steffen Roehn, Senior Advisor, Reliance Jio




15:00 - SECURITY IS EVERYWHERE BUT WHICH ASPECT CAN GENERATE REVENUE?


How security is evolving and where money can be made rather than just spent.


Nicolas Thomas, NfV Pioneer - Fortinet
Laurence Pitt, Security Strategy Director - Juniper
Derek Roga, Co-Founder and CEO - EQUIIS Technologies


Debate motion: Security can generate significant long-term income for telcos



15:45 - Coffee, tea and networking


Meet your peers, exchange business cards and make friends




16:30 - 5G AND IOT MEET INDUSTRY 4.0 BUT WHERE DOES IT LEAVE THE TELCOS?


Will the next wave of industrial development kick-start the move to 5G?


Phil Skipper, Head of IoT Business Development - Vodafone
Phil Twist, VP CSP Networks Marketing - Nokia
Thorsten Robrecht, Head of Industries - Nokia
Hakan Djuphammar, Head of CTO Office Europe - Ericsson
Darrell Jordan-Smith, Vice President Global ICT Sales - Red Hat


Debate motion: 5G is revolutionary in enterprise terms but evolutionary in consumer terms



17:30 - FIRESIDE CHAT


Chris Lewis interviews Howard Watson CTO BT about balancing the demands of the Board, Lines of Business and shareholders against building the next generation programmable platform


Howard Watson
, CTIO - BT





18:00 - Drinks


Please join us to continue the discussions and network