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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.

PRODUCED BY LIGHT READING

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.

Come prepared for MORE DEBATE, MORE DISCUSSION AND MORE INTERACTION THAN EVER BEFORE!

Automation

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.

Virtualization

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.

Gala Dinner and Excursions

GALA DINNER - DAY ONE

Rest up then put on your finest for the summit's infamous gala dinner and drinks at local venue, Palacio de Xabregras. Enjoy a cocktail hour and seated dinner with event attendees. Attendees will be bused from the Intercontinental to the venue at 6:45 PM. Attire is cocktail.


TOUR OF SINTRA - DAY TWO

Attendees will be bused from the Intercontinental to Sintra to explore the villa of Sintra and local village sites. The tour concludes at Palácio Marquês de Pombal Wine House at Carcavelos with wine tasting. The tour will last from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

TUK TUK TOUR OF LISBON - DAY TWO

Attendees can put their feet up and enjoy a tour of the city of Lisbon in tuk tuks. Stops include the Cathedral, the National Pantheon, and St Jorge Castle. The tour will last from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM.