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Day 2 – Tuesday 9th April 2019
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09:00 - 09:20 20 mins
Keynote Sessions
The role of regulators in facilitating a smart nation
  • Are spectrum rights/policies conflicting with innovation?
  • Reviewing global glowing examples of regulatory 5G initiatives
  • Spectrum challenges in the MENA region
  • How can the industry work together to come up with regulation that nurtures 5G growth?
  • What challenges are operators currently facing in the current economic and regulatory climate?
09:20 - 09:50 30 mins
Keynote Sessions
Are we 5G ready? Standards, technology and deployment
  • Update on standards and specifications
  • Spectrum availability and allocation
  • Technology enablers for 5G
  • 5G ready terminals and devices
  • E2E considerations – Ensuring we deliver on the 5G promise
09:50 - 10:50 60 mins
Keynote Sessions
Optimal spectrum scenarios for 4G and 5G networks
  • The role of governments in driving connectivity reach - innovative initiatives
  • Standards and regulations ‘outside’ of the network
  • Spectrum requirements for different services and use cases
10:10 - 10:30 20 mins
Blockchain & IoT Use Case Conference
How Smart Dubai leads the way in the evolution of global smart cities
  • What is the long-term government vision for smart cities in the UAE?
  • What are the key initiatives and goals of Smart Dubai Office?
  • How Smart Dubai partnerships support the technology revolution, including blockchain, AI, start-up projects and more
  • Why Dubai has the real potential to become the world’s leading smart city
  • The aims of Smart Dubai in the short and the long term
10:30 - 10:50 20 mins
Blockchain & IoT Use Case Conference
Launching a smart city and living with IoT
  • What is smart – what does it mean in our private and business lives?
  • The process of building a smart city and deciding to go about it a certain way – Why and how we have done it
  • Analysis of the first results from creating a smart city
  • What will the future bring – How will life in a smart city be different?
  •  How will IoT and blockchain change (or not) the ways we live and work in the future
10:50 - 11:20 30 mins
Keynote Sessions
Piecing together the 5G ecosystem
  • Reviewing the technologies and processes that will play a critical role in enabling 5G
  • How will technology and strategy executives’ roles and collaboration evolve with 5G coming into play?
10:50 - 11:10 20 mins
Blockchain & IoT Use Case Conference
Developing all the pieces of the smart city puzzle; From smart hotels to smart hospitals, education and communities
  • Mubarik Hussain - IT Director, Bloom Holding
  • A look into the smart city phases; From concept to creation and maintenance
  • Examples of effective smart cities around the world and in the region
  • Analysing the specific areas of a smart city and how these areas differ from another city
  • Connectivity systems and IT solutions in a smart city: What we need to focus on as IT Directors and CIOs
  • Use cases for IoT and blockchain in a smart city
11:10 - 11:40 30 mins
Blockchain & IoT Use Case Conference
Applying blockchain, 5G & IoT to truly enable smart cities
  • Marwan Bin Dalmook - Senior Vice President ICT Solutions & Smart City Operations, du
  • Tacis Gavoyannis - Head of Smart Cities and IoT, AT Kearney
  • Moataz Hassouna - CIO, Emaar Properties Egypt
  • What services will 5G enable?
  • How will new IoT use cases develop on the back of 5G launches?
  • What are the essential ingredients for a smart city to thrive, that 5G and IoT will help with?
  • What regulatory support is needed from the government, to create the stepping stones for a successful smart city that runs on blockchain, 5G and IoT?
  •  International and regional examples of 5G trial projects which can contribute to building more smart cities
  • How can the public and private sectors, academia and the general public work together for a successful rise of smart cities?
11:20 - 11:50 30 mins
Keynote Sessions
Exhibition Visit & Lunch Break
11:40 - 12:20 40 mins
Blockchain & IoT Use Case Conference
Exhibition Visit & Lunch Break
11:50 - 12:10 20 mins
Keynote Sessions
Evolution of OSS/BSS in a 5G era
  • Trends and drivers for change in the OSS and BSS stack
  • Orchestration for flexibility and profitability
  • Supporting new products, improving operational efficiency and other benefits
  • Approaches for OSS/BSS evolution
  • Evolving OSS/BSS infrastructure to support new telco business models
12:10 - 12:30 20 mins
Keynote Sessions
Realising the Growth Potential of ICT and Digital Services
  • Tapping into the ICT industry growth and exploiting digitalisation revenues
  • Leveraging disruptive technological advances to meet customer demands
  • Achieving larger growth through embracing every step in the industry digitalisation value chain
12:20 - 12:40 20 mins
Blockchain & IoT Use Case Conference
The case of blockchain with IoT
  • Sheeba Hasnain - Head of IT Department, Government of Sharjah
  • Are blockchain and IoT a perfect match?
  • What are the characteristics that blockchain with IoT use cases need to exhibit?
  • What are the cost reduction, risk minimisation and revenue enhancement opportunities?
12:30 - 13:10 40 mins
Keynote Sessions
Achieving a Fast, Resilient And Secure Network
  • Sami Said - Chief Information Security Officer, Tunisie Telecom
  • Outlining security threats, trends and considerations for the MENA region to better inform the cyber-risk management for regional operators
  • How will the new 5G enabled use cases bring in demands for new levels of security?
  • Virtualising security and making it a core part of the mobile ecosystem
  • Ensuring high levels of security for SDN & NFV 
12:40 - 13:00 20 mins
Blockchain & IoT Use Case Conference
Advanced security tools and blockchain for IoT
  • Overview of the latest developments of NB-IoT, LoRa and SigFox networks and their security protocols
  • Blockchain based security frameworks for IoT
  • Anonymity and privacy solutions for blockchain based applications
  • A business perspective and a technical perspective on IoT security - How security should work, at device, platform and application layer
13:00 - 13:30 30 mins
Blockchain & IoT Use Case Conference
Blockchain use case: Telco Blockchain updates & Carrier Blockchain Study Group updates
13:10 - 14:10 60 mins
Keynote Sessions
Exhibition Visit & Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:20 50 mins
Blockchain & IoT Use Case Conference
Exhibition Visit & Lunch Break
14:10 - 14:30 20 mins
Keynote Sessions
Bringing your products to market more quickly and reliably
  • How are higher frequency bands, denser networks and network slicing changing testing requirements?
  • Virtualising testing
  • Keeping design and test expenditures in line
14:20 - 14:40 20 mins
Blockchain & IoT Use Case Conference
IoT use case 1: Using IoT devices for tracking workers’ progress on the construction site
  • Ali Katkhada - Group CIO, Depa United Group
14:30 - 14:50 20 mins
Keynote Sessions
How 5G will boost AR & VR
  • Discussing tomorrow’s augmented & virtual reality applications
  • Why do we need a fully functioning 5G network to enable such services
  • ROI- benefits for end-users
14:40 - 15:00 20 mins
Blockchain & IoT Use Case Conference
IoT use case 2: The new world of oil and gas sector with the help of IoT
14:50 - 15:10 20 mins
Keynote Sessions
The new wave of Telco digital transformation
  • Moving away from a traditional telco model: from juggling different hardware solutions to an agile software-based infrastructure
  • Learning from the successes of industry disruptors: with the boundaries between operators and OTT’s eroding, how can telcos transform to stay afloat?
  • How can telcos fully exploit the opportunities presented by 5G to enable such transformation?
15:00 - 15:20 20 mins
Blockchain & IoT Use Case Conference
IoT use case 3: Building the pillars of success for the augmented reality use case of IoT in production factories
15:10 - 15:40 30 mins
Keynote Sessions
Networking & Refreshment Break
15:20 - 15:40 20 mins
Blockchain & IoT Use Case Conference
IoT use case 4: Why IoT can revolutionise the financial sector
  • Mostafa Ebaid - Chief Information Officer, CI Capital Holding Egypt
  • John McGuire - Vice President Innovation & Strategic Partnerships, Visa
  • Why we need IoT in financial business?
  • Ways in which IoT can be used in financial sector
  • The main challenges that you may face in adopting IoT in financial sector, and how to solve them
15:40 - 16:10 30 mins
Keynote Sessions
Defining telcos’ position in the IoT eco-system
  • Amr Abu-Suleiman - CMO B2B, Orange Jordan
  • Alaa Zaher - Head of Strategy & Innovation , Vodafone Egypt
  • Karim Yaici - Senior Analyst - Head of Middle-East and Africa Research, ANALYSYS MASON
  • From connectivity provider to an end 2 end total solution provider: how can operators decide where to position themselves with the range of options in front of them?
  • Being aware of the nuances between different verticals and how to adapt to best serve a market
  • Does business diversity depend entirely on 5G connectivity – what value are operators trying to capture and what role do they want to play?
15:40 - 16:00 20 mins
Blockchain & IoT Use Case Conference
IoT use case 5: The future of retail - How IoT is transforming the retail industry
  • Firas Al Hilu - IT Director, Global Healthcare Co.
  • How the retail industry is seeing a speedy transformation, with (IoT) solutions taking the lead in this industry
  • Overview of many applications of IoT in the retail market
  • How IoT helps boost sales, offer a personalised experience, increase customer loyalty and improve inventory management
  • The vision of retail in the future with IoT
16:00 - 16:05 5 mins
Blockchain & IoT Use Case Conference
Close of Blockchain, IoT & Smart Cities conference
16:10 - 16:30 20 mins
Keynote Sessions
Evolution of telcos and role of content
  • Capitalising on the large social media uptake in MENA, consuming more through mobile than ever
  • Highlighting areas where the populace is still willing to spend on connectivity
  • Broadcasting in high quality to drive data uptake
  • Efficiency: delivering 100% transmission and quality of product with the same technology and same bandwidth
16:30 - 17:00 30 mins
Keynote Sessions
Catering for the ever-evolving customer behaviour and expectations
  • For 3G and 4G the main users were people, however 5G now brings a new focus on to machines (IoT, AI) – How will this affect the way operators design their networks to cope with the different demands of their new end-users?
  • Reflecting the change in end-user behaviour for 5G services to remain commercially viable
  • Diversifying telco business from classical operator products to include smart, customised solutions for companies – Will operators become vendors?
  • Transition from Voice dominated to data dominated market
  • Nourishing a partnership eco-system to more effectively develop high quality use cases.
17:00 - 17:05 5 mins
Keynote Sessions
Close of the 5G MENA 2019 Summit
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