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    A2P MESSAGING: UNLOCKING THE SECRETS OF ROI: How can mobile operators promote mobile engagement to generate more revenue?In what sectors are we seeing the most developments in A2P messaging?What can network operators do to decrease the usage of grey routes? How can network operators promote the importance of addressing grey routes internally?Many operators have explored creating an SMS firewall, however what are the necessary features that will be needed to function effectively?

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    MEF Workshop: The Future of Messaging: AI, cryptocurrency, automation and new regulations are just some of the significant changes and innovations enabling technology and impacting consumers’ lives. The enterprise mobile messaging landscape is evolving rapidly with developments such as RCS and chatbots gaining traction alongside new use cases for A2P SMS. Telcos, messaging providers and enterprises are advancing the ways businesses handle personal data, communicate with their customers and provide better, more personalised and secure customer journeys. This workshop explores the opportunities and challenges these changes are creating for the messaging ecosystem and looks at the potential to disrupt established business models.

    Hosted by Mobile Ecosystem Forum Ltd

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    ITW Official Opening: AI, Automation and Digitisation: A Transformed future?: Join us at 5:30pm in the Regency Ballroom foyer (East Tower, Gold Level) for the keynote drinks reception before seeing Sophia, the world’s first robot ‘citizen’, and hearing from Dr. David Hanson himself about the impact of AI and new technologies on the wholesale telecoms landscape, and the role that carriers will play. How will emerging technologies transform industries and societies in the next 10 years?How can we distinguish between innovations which are hype and those that will be truly transformative?What advancements will be required at the network layer to support these innovations?What role can carriers play in an automated digitised world? To find out more about the Opening Keynote please click here.Do you have a question to ask Sophia? Tweet them to #AskSophia.  

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    Driving the Industry Agenda – Update from the Global Leaders’ Forum: How the GLF is driving the industry agenda of ensuring interoperability and ubiquitous connectivityCode of Conduct against fraud – how the industry is taking a stand and working together to reduce fraud in international wholesaleBlockchain – transforming inter-carrier settlement

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    UNDERSTANDING THE NETWORK DEMANDS BEHIND 5G: SWISS TOWER, GOLD LEVEL Which countries are leading the way in 5G deployment?What is the timeline for North America and 5G deployment? What are the implications of a government owned 5G network vs one provided by wireless providers?What lessons can be learnt from existing trials?What impact will the 50 billion connected devices by 2020 running on 5G (as estimated by Cisco) have on the network?

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    Enhancing Cable Connectivity For The Digital Age: SWISS TOWER, GOLD LEVEL • An update on key submarine cable builds• What have been the biggest factors for continued submarine cable investment?• Which routes will do you think will require further accessibility?• How has interest and investment from businesses outside of traditional wholesale carriers such as Google changed thelandscape?• How has changing landing stations to data centres affected traditional business models?

    Hosted by China Unicom Global Limited

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    BUILDING THE MOST RELIABLE CLOUD THROUGH NETWORK RESILIENCE: SWISS TOWER, GOLD LEVEL Microsoft has the largest and fastest expanding cloud footprint. A sizable majority of network changes either capacity or design related have the potential to become un-safe. Running the most reliable cloud necessitates a platform to validate all changes. These set of services allows us to scale the network, and to automate with confidence, reliability, and low cost. In the talk, we share some use cases of the platform that enables every man or machine touching the Microsoft network, first going through our suite of tools in planning and in real time.

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    HARDWARE TO SOFTWARE: THE AGE OF VIRTUALISATION: SWISS TOWER, GOLD LEVEL An update on who is currently launching virtualised servicesHow is the industry promoting carrier interoperability?What are the key elements carriers are looking for when exploring potential partnerships?Where will the industry start to see the first wave of ROI?

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    ENABLING CONTENT ON THE AFRICAN CONTINENT: SWISS TOWER, GOLD LEVEL Moving Content Inland: from the landing (and earth) stations to the end usersWhat infrastructure is currently needed in Africa for improved local content delivery and digital transformation? Do we have adequate terrestrial fiber, 3G/LTE networks? If not, what is holding back the proliferation of such technologies when the rest of the world is testing 5G?What types of applications are being accessed in Africa and how has the infrastructure been deployed over the past 15 – 20 years of deregulation? And how has mobile growth enabled that?How is the African market evolving to address these key issues? What are the macro-economic considerations and how are they having an impact?What countries and sectors on the continent are we seeing the most development in infrastructural growth and content deployment? Are there any examples of significant progress and what business/technology models were adopted?

    Hosted by Main One Cable Company Limited ("MainOne")

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    DIGITAL AND THE GROWTH OPPORTUNITY FOR THE NETWORK SERVICE PROVIDER (NSP): SWISS TOWER, GOLD LEVEL Traditional NSP architectures are built around the core. Business and network intelligence are placed in the core, which provides connectivity to the edge. This legacy architecture scales predictably, but slowly, extending time to market and risking the NSP ability to capture new market opportunities.In addition, application needs are shifting, requiring more bandwidth, lower latency and ubiquitous availability to deliver on the modern experience referred to as “as-a-service”. This is pushing NSPs to evolve their network platforms to enable digital business at the metro edge. Analysts predict dramatic growth in SD-WAN and NFV services revenue to solve the above challenges.• What new products and services are coming?• What are the technical challenges to realizing an SD-WAN and NFV future?• What’s the business case for a service provider to make large investments in a technology?• What options exists in the market, both in terms of the available technology and the services offered?• What potential ecosystems are developing to meet the needs of digital?

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    TECHNOLOGY TRENDS AND THE DATA CENTER: DESIGNING AND BUILDING YOUR DATA CENTER TO SUPPORT EXPLOSIVE DATA GROWTH: SWISS TOWER, GOLD LEVEL • Hybrid Cloud - The impacts on network and computing architectures• Hyperconverged Architectures – Impacts of the software defined data center• AI – How the rise of the machines will change the physical world• Augmented Reality - It’s here, it’s real, and it’s hungry Join us to hear about how these trends are driving changes in data center design and footprints, and hear from both data center operators and technology providers about how they are working together to build infrastructure to support this growth.

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    CULTIVATING BROADBAND INVESTMENT THROUGHOUT THE AFRICAN CONTINENT: SWISS TOWER, GOLD LEVEL What is the current international investment climate like when it comes to emerging markets?Which markets are likely to grow faster and why? Who is providing capital into these markets to make them grow?What are the most popular/ effective ways in raising capital for new infrastructure projects?With a political trend promoting business between African nations, is this translating into telecoms? Will the decreased regulation in inter-country travel helped promote inter-African partnerships and investments?What can carriers do to promote the communications infrastrure agenda to their governments?To what extent is the rural market ever attractive for investors? How can the industry succeed in connecting underdeveloped regions?

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    SEA-ME-WE 5 Intelligence Forum: SWISS TOWER, GOLD LEVEL The 20,000-km long SEA-ME-WE 5 system is a state-of-the-art subsea cable connection between Western Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia providing the highest quality voice and data traffic with minimal transmission delay. SEA-ME-WE 5 is a historic landmark in the telecommunications industry. With its advanced technology, SEA-ME-WE 5 presents matchless communication quality along its route from Southeast Asia to Western Europe. The SEA-ME-WE 5 subsea cable system, spanning over 17 countries from Southeast Asia to Western Europe, is a technological breakthrough which marks a global communications milestone. It is designed with a capacity of 24 Terabits per second on 3-fibre pairs, fully capable of accommodating the future demand of data from other bandwidth-intensive applications such as enterprise data exchange, internet TV and online gaming.   1:30 – 2:30pm : Panel Discussion (system up-date, future plans)2:30 – 2:45pm : Q&A2:45 – 3:00pm : Networking 

    Hosted by SEA-ME-WE 5

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    UNDERSTANDING THE CARRIER ROLE IN THE IOT BOOM: SWISS TOWER, GOLD LEVEL Currently IoT has major implications for the mobile industry however what will the impact be on the wholesale carrier network?How important is partnership and co-creation of services between carriers to ensuring a seamless experience?How can carriers create a pricing structure so as to ensure ROI?How intelligent will networks be? Can carriers leverage AI and machine learning services to improve IoT experience?Will carriers start to focus on more terrestrial connectivity as the edge becomes more important in servicing the IoT?The demand of IoT is becoming a catalyst for businesses to prioritise innovation, how are carriers creating this cultural change?

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    WAN EXCHANGE: SWISS TOWER, GOLD LEVEL This session is free for ITW attendees.If you are an enterprise service buyer but have not registered to attend ITW 2018, you may access this session only.If you are a service provider, you must be registered to attend ITW 2018. 1:45pm – 1:50pm: OPENING REMARKSGreg Bryan, Senior Manager, Enterprise Research, TELEGEOGRAPHY1:50pm – 2:10pm: CASE STUDY: ADOPTING SD-WAN FOR A GLOBAL CORPORATE NETWORKPanellists:Ciaran Roche, Co-Founder & CTO, COEVOLVEAaron Finnemore, Director IT, SMITHAMUNDSEN 2:10pm – 2:55pm: PANEL: HYBRID TRANSFORMATIONS – EXPERIENCES WITH ADOPTING SD-WAN AND INTEGRATING INTERNET INTO THE WAN While it has been on many enterprise WAN Manager’s horizons for the past few years, SD-WAN has begun to reach a stage where large multinationals have deployed SD-WAN on some or all of their global network. This session will review experiences with rolling out SD-WAN and discuss what changes it has lead to in network management. What are the impacts on overall WAN spend?How has SD-WAN affected the in house knowledge of IT teams? Do branch office techs now need to take crash courses in SD-WAN?What specific metrics does SD-WAN offer and what new visibility into the network has it offered?What are some specific applications of VNFs that WAN Managers have utilized after roll out?What was the cost impact of deploying an SD-WAN solution? How much do enterprises save in the long term after that initial investment?Was there a requirement to rip and replace current infrastructure, if so, did this fall into EOL, KEC (keep environment current)? Panellists:Moderator: Erik Kreifeldt, Principal Analyst, TELEGEOGRAPHY Eric Gillenwater, VP & Business Head for US & Europe, BHARTI AIRTELWes Jensen, CEO & Founder, NETROLIX Derek Granath, VP of Product Marketing, SILVER PEAK Aaron Finnemore, Director IT, SMITHAMUNDSENAmanda Tierney, EVP Enterprise Networks, ZAYO2:55pm – 3:25pm: NETWORKING COFFEE  3:25pm – 3:50pm: TELEGEOGRAPHY PRESENTATION: BENCHMARKING ENTERPRISE NETWORKS  This TeleGeography presentation will examine several hybrid network alternatives and see how adopting a hybrid solution might alter network and access spend for a hypothetical global enterprise network.     Greg Bryan, Senior Manager, Enterprise Research, TELEGEOGRAPHY 3:50pm – 4:30pm: PANEL: CLOUD IN THE WAN – HOW TO ADAPT YOUR WAN TO ACCOMMODATE CLOUD-BASED APPLICATIONS As corporate computing is increasingly shifting to the cloud, WAN managers ensure that the network can accommodate the resulting shifts in traffic. The geography and technology of the network is intertwined with the location of corporate data centers, neutral colocation facilities, and cloud service provider presence. This panel will highlight issues and experiences with adapting network strategy to meet the new demands that cloud services present for the WAN. How are most enterprises connecting to cloud providers and should this change going forward? Are there different strategies for connecting to multiple cloud providers?What implications do cloud services pose for clear security standards and logical architectures? What specific methods do you use to secure this new cloud environment? How does adoption of cloud services impact the choice of branch office connectivity? What is the impact on major hub sites?How can enterprises design their network to ensure performance of applications that are being accessed remotely? How do you delineate responsibility for performance assurance between the network provider and cloud service provider?What are the costs and network factors enterprises should consider when moving an application to the cloud?How does cloud provider geography affect network design? Panellists:Moderator: Patrick Christian, Senior Analyst, TELEGEOGRAPHY Ciaran Roche, Co-Founder & CTO, COEVOLVE Guy Pearson, Global Network Architecture Manager, INTERPUBLICJezzibell Gilmore, Co-founder & SVP of Business Development, PACKETFABRICDerek Granath, VP of Product Marketing, SILVER PEAK Jeff Brown, Director of Product, WINDSTREAM 4:30pm: CLOSING REMARKS Greg Bryan, Senior Manager, Enterprise Research, TELEGEOGRAPHY

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    ITW Drinks Reception: Date: Wednesday 9th May Time: 7:15pm - 8:45pm Location: West Tower, Green Level, Crystal Ballroom B For more information please click here

    Hosted by Colocation Northwest

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    ITW Official After Party: Date: Wednesday 9 May Time: 9pm - Late Venue: Park West Theme: Chicago (Blues Brothers, Baseball, Broadway) For more information please click here

    Hosted by XICOMM LLC, MTN LTD