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14:00
  1. Convention Center - Ballroom Level
    360 mins
18:00
  1. Riverview Ballroom
    120 mins
    Sponsored by:
    ZEEBU
07:30
  1. Convention Center - Ballroom Level
    570 mins
09:10
  1. Transformation Stage
    5 mins
    • Future Networks
09:30
11:00
  1. Transformation Stage
    50 mins
    • Future Networks

    Telcos are moving away from their own private virtualised networks to cloud-based networks which can deliver flexible services to customers much quicker and more affordably. This shift to an OpEx framework is what underpins emerging NaaS and IaaS business models, but in order to deliver, an equilibrium in scalability, service quality and cost must be found. This panel will discuss:

    • What are the deployment drivers globally?
    • What does success look like in relation to VNF deployment on public cloud?
    • Is a carrier-grade hybrid cloud strategy ‘just right’?
    • Where are the virtualisation opportunities? And has the RoI been found?
  2. Engage Stage
    10 mins
    • People

    The GLF DIB working group lead will share the outcome of the fifth annual DIB report.

    GLF

  3. Digital Infra Stage
    50 mins
    • Data Center

    AI is driving a massive amount of data demand, which is great news for the digital infrastructure industry. For example, Nvidia, maker of AI super chips, reported that Q2 2023 data centre revenue was up 171% YoY. The merger of cloud data centres with exascale supercomputing, specifically for AI applications, is reshaping what we know about data centre designs, and working out how preparations for AI requirements will impact the balance sheet is a difficult task. This session will explore:

    • What kind of densities will data centres need to be prepared for?
    • What does it mean for project deadlines and planned builds?
    • What are the constraints and how can they be managed?
11:10
  1. Engage Stage
    50 mins
    • People
    • How can a purpose-driven approach result in strategic advantage?
    • Is enough being done to incentivise meaningful diversity and inclusion outputs?
    • How is an equitable approach to building top teams balanced with the need to train and re-skill a large portion of the industry over the next 2 years?
11:50
  1. Transformation Stage
    50 mins
    • Future Networks

    The Network-as-a-Service model promises to provide competitive advantage and new revenue streams through the ability to offer customized, on-demand connectivity services to customers. However, there are still system, marketplace, and standardisation gaps that must be bridged to enable successful NaaS deployment. This panel will explore:

    • What services, platforms, ecosystem and standards are required?
    • What is the campus NaaS opportunity?
    • How are telcos aligning NaaS and digital transformation strategies?
    • What apps or services can telcos offer as part of NaaS to create new revenue generating opportunities?
  2. Digital Infra Stage
    50 mins
    • Data Center

    Amidst energy crises, 100kw rack densities, widespread GPU adoption, and ESG imperatives, the access to available power infrastructure, ideally from reliable, renewable sources, is critical. Illustrating the impact these drivers can have, JLL expects to see a ‘bring the data centre to the power’ rather than ‘bring power to the data centre’ approach for AI training facilities. This session will address the differing approaches to power purchasing and explore:

    • PPAs and renewables procurement
    • Hired Energy as a Service, multi timescale energy market participation and other strategies
    • Where, how much, and when will the energy be needed?
12:00
12:30
12:40
  1. Transformation Stage
    50 mins
    • Future Networks

    The automation of everyday functions and repetitive processes such as the configuration, management, deployment, and operation of physical and virtual devices within a network, improves service availability and customer experience. To reach the potential, operators must overcome implementation hurdles and ensure informed decision-making. This panel will explore:

    • Which inter- and intra-provider APIs to build out and the implementation challenges
    • How are smart contracts and blockchain being adopted to deliver telecom services?
    • APIs to align with Gen Z’s specific needs and preferences as developers, employees, and customers

    GLF

  2. Digital Infra Stage
    50 mins
    • Data Center

    Escalating demands for cloud services, IoT proliferation, AI advancements, and the digitization of industries have intensified the need for highly interconnected data centres. The digital infrastructure ecosystem is converging to facilitate seamless connectivity from the cloud to the edge, but there are inherent challenges of speed, scalability, and security to grapple with. This session will discuss:

    • Are efficient network interconnect points becoming a rare commodity? and if so, how is hub scarcity being mitigated?
    • How is the rise in data traffic, location concentration, and fierce competition for high-bandwidth connections impacting decision-making?
    • Are connectivity solutions diverse enough?
    • How is scalability being prioritised, and how are these requirements being catered for?
13:30
  1. Lunch Break
    60 mins
14:30
  1. Transformation Stage
    50 mins
    • Future Networks
    • What is the impact of AI on inter-carrier automation?
    • How can billing performance and dispute resolution at wholesale carriers be improved?
    • What internal practices are being revolutionised by AI?
    • How does AI help with network performance?
  2. Engage Stage
    50 mins
    • Subsea Connect
    • Thinking big but small – is there any value in small subsea cable systems?
    • How does the cable ship shortage tally against planned routes over the next three years?
    • What does the 1 petabit cable mean for global connectivity?
    • How are geopolitical factors impacting projects? And what are the effects of market bifurcation?
  3. Digital Infra Stage
    50 mins
    • Investment & M&A
    • Asset class breakdown and nuances
    • What’s the current fund-raising environment?
    • Have some of the drivers proven less impactful than predicted?
    • Are the underlying fundamentals still there to support valuations?
15:20
  1. Engage Stage
    50 mins
    • Subsea Connect

    Join us for a series of subsea project updates that will include a focus on specific issues, such as challenges to overcome in design/planning, supply chain and logistics, sustainability, and new technology implementation. The updates will conclude with a discussion and questions from the audience.

  2. Digital Infra Stage
    50 mins
    • Investment & M&A
    • Will non-core asset divestiture continue at pace?
    • Will the global slow-down in deal valuations continue?
    • What sectors are prime for opportunistic M&A?
    • What effect does private equity ownership have on the industry?
    • What about activity in the small to mid-market space?
16:10
  1. Transformation Stage
    30 mins
    • Future Networks
    Join us for a series of quick-fire presentations on new network innovations changing the industry. If you have an innovation to share, contact the team today.
  2. Engage Stage
    50 mins
    • Subsea Connect
    • How has 400G enablement progressed and what are the implementation challenges?
    • Is 4-core multicore fibre the future?
    • How are new philosophies maximising subsea cable capacity?
16:40
  1. Transformation Stage
    50 mins
    • Future Networks
    • Of the new connectivity services driving growth, which has most potential?
    • Where does SASE fit into business growth strategies? And how can it be utilised to double down on SD-WAN successes?
    • What are the partnership success stories?

    GLF

08:00
  1. Convention Center - Ballroom Level
    540 mins
09:30
  1. Transformation Stage
    50 mins
    • Future Networks
    • What are end-users looking for when selecting a connectivity provider?
    • How customer demands have shaped connectivity provider's offering
    • Project challenges and how they were overcome
  2. Engage Stage
    30 mins
    • Messaging & SMS
    • What can be done to disincentivise fraud?
    • How can industry-wide unity be achieved?
    • Where should platforms be investing?
  3. Digital Infra Stage
    60 mins
    • Digital Divide
    • The QIN story – how is connectivity being provided to and by Native Indian populations?
    • Will the Broadband Equity and Access Deployment (BEAD) program deliver?
    • What role does FWA have to play?
10:00
  1. Engage Stage
    60 mins
    • Messaging & SMS

    A series of interactive networking roundtable discussions focused protecting the individual.

    Uncover new ideas and perspectives that will help shape your outlook on the evolution of the business messaging world and improve your connections along the way.

10:20
  1. Transformation Stage
    50 mins
    • Future Networks
    • How is peering being improved through IPX services?
    • ‘One-stop shop’ or ‘best in class’? – approaches to business models
    • How are challenges being overcome as a collective?
    GLF
10:30
  1. Digital Infra Stage
    50 mins
    • Digital Divide
    • Will trust in the continent translate into increased hyperscale presence?
    • What impact will the shifting regulatory environment have on ISPs?
    • Can a leaf be taken out of the subsea playbook for collaborative terrestrial fibre projects?
    • How is service procurement shifting the focus?
11:00
  1. Engage Stage
    20 mins
    • Messaging & SMS
    • What vetting frameworks have been implemented?
    • What new products are coming to market?
    • What role can telcos play in verifying identity?
11:20
  1. Engage Stage
    50 mins
    • Messaging & SMS
    • Is CPaaS ushering in the beginning of a new hubbing model for carriers?
    • What threats and opportunities does AI pose for the CPaaS industry?
    • How are customer-centric strategies evolving?
11:30
  1. Transformation Stage
    60 mins
    • Future Networks
    • What are the go-to market strategies?
    • How are cost, agility and flexibility being balanced?
    • What are the latest product portfolio diversifications?
12:30
  1. Transformation Stage
    30 mins
    • Future Networks
    An organisational transformation story from outside of the industry.
13:00
  1. Lunch Break
    90 mins
14:30
  1. Transformation Stage
    50 mins
    • Regs & Compliance
    • Will there be a push for industry-specific standards that enable responsible AI innovation?
    • How could data sovereignty requirements impact carriers’ ability to leverage AI?
    • What are the data privacy considerations?

     

  2. Engage Stage
    50 mins
    • Go Green

    A series of interactive networking roundtable discussions focused on sustainable digital infrastructure.

    Uncover new ideas and perspectives that will help shape your outlook on the business criticality of ESG initiatives and sustainable solutions and improve your connections along the way.
  3. Digital Infra Stage
    50 mins
    • SatCom
    • How are commercial models playing out?
    • What will the next 5 years have in store?
    • Global partnerships and competitive edges
    • Multi-orbit v single-orbit
15:20
  1. Transformation Stage
    50 mins
    • Regs & Compliance
    • What’s the latest on STIR/SHAKEN implementation?
    • International comparisons – how to navigate the patchwork of regulations
    • How are evolving robocall techniques and technologies being countered?
  2. Engage Stage
    50 mins
    • Go Green
    • What are the CapEx and OpEx impacts of green initiatives?
    • How can the telco contribute to the energy transition?
    • How is sustainability being integrated into business strategies?
  3. Digital Infra Stage
    50 mins
    • SatCom
    • What’s the outlook for direct to device connectivity? And when will space-based 5G become a commercial reality?
    • What are the new sustainability practices and technologies in design and operations?
    • What applications are we seeing for satellite-based IoT?
16:10
  1. Engage Stage
    60 mins
    • People
    • How will we affect change and build the future of global connectivity?
    • What tools and support do we need?
    • What advice have we received?
    • How has our outlook changed?
08:00
  1. Convention Center - Ballroom Level
    360 mins