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December 4-6, 2018 | The InterContinental Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Tackling Telecom's Toughest Questions

An exclusive, CXO-level symposium that targets the challenges facing the communications networking and services industry.



Register for 2020 Vision 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal before October 25 to save $500 on passes with early bird rates! Select senior-level service provider attendees qualify for free admission. 

Join us in Lisbon this December!

Since the inaugural 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Iceland four years ago, the communications industry has experienced the early stages of what is going to be a tough but ultimately rewarding transformation. There's plenty of excitement around the potential of 5G, AI, virtualization and other transformative trends but it's not all rainbows and unicorns -- and we know it.

A heavy dose of reality has started to set in as the day-to-day business and operational disruption caused by increasing automation, bewildering competition, regulatory uncertainty, political intervention, ever-faster innovation and unparalleled cybersecurity threats hits home.

These key issues will be front and center at this year’s 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Lisbon, December 4-6, where the crack team of Heavy Reading analysts, Light Reading editors will invite and encourage attendees to discuss pressing topics and answer questions.

You won't want to miss Light Reading's only closed-door, Chatham House Rules event. What happens in the room, stays in the room -- this pushes the discussion further than your ordinary industry conference.



After several decades on an epic trek, the telecom industry is finally approaching the end of the journey to building autonomous networks. Telecom operators’ legacy approach differs wildly from the OTT players whose greenfield operations are highly automated. To compete with the OTT players, telcos need to be nimbler, and the only way to do this cost effectively is by increasing the level of automation, not just in OSS/ BSS but throughout the organization.


The industry is past due for a virtualization reality check. Are NFV and SDN really able to speed service innovation and reduce opex and capex or have virtualization efforts gone off the rails? With competition closing in on all sides, service providers have to take a hard look at whether the current trajectory of network management and orchestration will deliver real progress or more setbacks.

5G Progress

We’ll take an honest look at progress in the transport and networking requirements for the commercial launch of 5G. Operators can’t afford to fall behind on investing in the connectivity fabric for enabling advancements in IoT and edge computing.