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
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.