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Enterprise Cellular Networks, May 30th and AI & Blockchain in Telecoms, May 31st


Enterprise Cellular Networks, May 30th

The first day will cover the rising need for businesses of many kinds to control their own, well-managed, wireless connectivity solutions. The growing use of mobile devices and the emergence of the Industrial IoT means that high-quality – often mission-critical – networks are required for new systems and applications. These can span both on-premise coverage (eg in a factory, office or hospital) and the wide-area (eg for smart cities or future rail networks). It is unclear that traditional mobile operators can or will be able to satisfy all the requirements for enterprise coverage – or assume legal liability for failures. Some enterprises will want to have full control for reasons of security, or industry-specific needs.

Among the topics to be discussed are:
- Key market drivers: IoT, automation, mobile workers, industry-specific operational and regulatory issues, diffusion of wireless expertise outside of traditional telecoms providers
- Evolution of key enabling technologies such as 5G, network-slicing, SDN, small cells and enterprise-grade IMS cores
- Regulatory/policy issues: spectrum allocation, competition, roaming, national infrastructure strategies and broader “Industry 4.0” economic goals
- The shifting roles of MVNOs, MVNEs and future “slice operators”
- Spectrum-sharing approaches, including unlicensed, light-licensing and CBRS-type models. Also: can WiFi run in licensed bands?
- Numbering and identity: eSIM, multi-IMSI, liberalised MNC codes
- Commercial impacts, new business model opportunities & threats to incumbents
- Vendor dynamics: Existing network equipment vendors, enterprise solution providers, vertical wireless players, managed services companies, new industrial & Internet players (eg GE, Google), implications for BSS/OSS, impact of open-source

AI & Blockchain in Telecoms, May 31st

The second day will consider the specific impact on the telecoms sector of two of the hottest new “buzzword” technologies in software: Artificial Intelligence (and its siblings like machine-learning) and Blockchain / Distributed Ledgers. Both have already received more than their fair share of hype: but what are the realistic use-cases and timelines for adoption? What problems do they solve, and what new opportunities do they create? Are they just re-branding exercises for “big data” and “distributed databases” respectively, when applied to telcos?

This day will benefit attendees from the telecoms industry looking at new developments; as well as those from the AI/blockchain mainstream interested in specific applications in the telco sector. It will include some basic “101” introductions so that delegates from both sides can be sure they’re speaking each others’ language.

Among the topics to be discussed are:
- Understanding and categorising the types of AI (machine/deep learning, image recognition, natural language etc)
- Introduction to blockchain concepts and the complexities of “trust”
- Review of telecoms industry structure, key trends and important components of network/IT systems
- Where will AI have the largest impacts for telcos? Improving customer insight & experience? Improved network operations & planning?
- New end-user facing services such as chatbots or contextually-aware communications? B2B, B2C, or B2B2C platforms?
- Mapping the possible use-cases for blockchains in telecoms, and current trials / status of projects – from micro-transactions, to roaming settlement & fraud prevention, data-integrity protection, or smart contracts for NFV systems
- Impact of 5G & IoT for both AI and BC
- Risks and challenges: regulatory, privacy, new competitors?
- Vendor and supplier ecosystems and dynamics: new entrants vs. adoption by established providers

Prices shown include a 10% early bird discount for booking before the 2nd of May and include a 20% VAT charge for the UK and Europe.