Shanghai 28 June - 1 July 2017

Network Evolution Summit

Conference Summit


Date & Time

Thursday, 29 Jun 2017

11:30 - 17:30


SNIEC Hall W3 Auditorium D


This Summit is open to people holding Gold and VIP passes. All-Exhibition-Pass holders can upgrade their pass to attend this Summit by visiting our registration page.

The pace of technology change over the past five years has been staggering and is only accelerating. Meanwhile, the projected growth in digital traffic over the next five years will demand much faster evolution in most countries. To profitably meet the demand for services, and to create new business opportunities, operators globally are faced with radical transformation and a race against time. 

Already we are seeing some amazing developments harnessing a wide variety of technologies. Automation, virtualisation, cloud, machine learning and advanced radio technologies are all making significant differences. It will be the combination of all these technologies together on a path leading ultimately to 5G that creates the radical change in capabilities that operators need. 

However, technology alone is not enough. To deliver the capabilities and services of the future will also require operators to change their processes, procurement, skills base, culture and relationships with a value chain which is, itself, changing fast.

Where is the industry today and how can it meet the demands of 5 years’ time? Join the debate in this fast-paced and interactive stream.

11:30 – 11:35 Opening remarks 

Jake Saunders, VP APAC & Advisory Services, ABI Research

11:35 – 13:00 Combining automation, cloud, AI and virtualisation – lessons and prospects

There are many exciting opportunities for operators to develop and improve their networks. The biggest opportunity for a step-change in network performance comes from combining these elements… but operators face challenges on many levels. Technically there are questions about maturity, interoperating with legacy equipment and new forms of risk factor, while operationally there are new skills to master, new practices to implement and experience to gain in areas such as navigating the open source community. Finally, the choice of which technologies to implement, and how to combine them, will be essential to the operator’s future business models and strategies. 

So, how are operators around the world proceeding and how is it working out so far? Find out in this session.

Bill Hague, EVP, AT&T

Kun Yue, VP Global Marketing & Solution Sales, Huawei

Shrikant Shenwai, CEO, WBA

Paul Bradley, VP 5G Strategy & Partnerships, Gemalto

Ilan Shaki, VP Intelligent Operations Services, Amdocs Services

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:40 Affordable network evolution

Future networks face coverage, capacity and performance demands beyond anything we know of today – massive densification in busy areas and better rural coverage. How can operators develop and deploy networks to meet these demands without being financially ruined? Join leading thinkers as they explore technology, business and regulatory solutions to this challenge.

Guang Yang, Senior Analyst, Strategy Analytics

Marcus Weldon, Corporate CTO & President Bell Labs, Nokia  

Leland Lai, Executive Director, Telecom Infra Project (TIP)

Masashi Usami, Executive Director, Technology Planning & IEEE Fellow, KDDI

Mary Clark, Chief Corporate Relations Officer & Chief of Staff, Syniverse

Giorgio Migliarina, APAC Communications and Media Industry Lead , Accenture

15:40 – 16:00 Refreshments and networking

16:00 – 17:25 Evolving to 5G – technical steps and business implications

The operator business case for 5G is still unclear, even though there is more clarity on the technologies to be employed. Without that business case, the potential ‘journeys’ to 5G will be very varied as operators pursue other business strategies. Can the industry find common ground on technology evolution, even so? Without it, can vendors make economies of scale? Or is there a clear and compelling business case after all?

Peter Jarich, Chief Analyst, GlobalData

Hakan Eriksson, CTO, Telstra

Masanori Kondo, Deputy Secretary General, Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT)

Mark Giles, Lead Analyst , GSMA Intelligence

Ulf Ewaldsson, SVP & Head of Business Unit Digital Services, Ericsson

Jiying Xiang, Chief Scientist, ZTE

Peter Blackie, Commercial Director, Evolved Intelligence

Cao Lei, Head of Technology Management, Technology Business Unit, China Telecom

17:25 – 17:30 Closing Remarks and wrap-up.