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Day 1 - Monday 8th April 2019
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09:00 - 09:20 20 mins
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Keynote Sessions
5G innovations and vision at MENA
  • Reviewing the 5G trials in MENA
  • Developing cutting edge business models to bring 5G to reality
  • Overview of the network modernisation journey and new features and functionalities
09:20 - 09:40 20 mins
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The killer experience
  • What services can initial 5G deployments provide?
  • Identifying and explaining the most promising use cases
  • Commercialisation strategies and accessing early 5G revenues
09:40 - 10:10 30 mins
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5G enabling the digital society
  • How is 5G about to change the day to day experiences of the MENA citizens?
  • Redefining the consumer and industrial innovations that 5G will facilitate
  • Examining contribution of resilient, secure and low latency communications for the broader social and economic benefit
10:10 - 11:40 90 mins
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Exhibition Visit & Refreshment Break
11:40 - 12:00 20 mins
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Accelerating a digital future with 5G
  • Amr Abdelsalam - Senior Director Infrastructure Architecture & Technology Roadmaps, du
  • 5G is happening – are we ready?
  • A digital future lies in the hands of end-users
  • Ultra-broadband and vertical services in 5G
  • 5G use cases: changing the speed of technology
12:00 - 12:20 20 mins
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Evolving to a dynamic 5G network
  • Finding innovative ways to meet the demand of connectivity
  • Overview of the 5G technology capabilities in MENA
  • Identifying use cases and applications for the digital transformation of industry verticals
12:20 - 12:50 30 mins
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Services, applications and industries that drive the need for 5G
  • Defining the use cases that drive the need for faster connectivity
  • How are MNO’s developing new services enabled by 5G
  • How can network slicing increase the enterprise revenue opportunity?
12:50 - 14:00 70 mins
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Exhibition Visit & Lunch Break and Hosted Lunchtime Networking Tables

During the hustle and bustle of normal conferences you don’t always get to meet some of the most important delegates. What happened to that contact you wanted to swap business cards with, or even better, get to know him or her properly? Our hosted lunch tables are a way to ensure that this happens. Open to our VIPs, speakers and selected delegates, taking part in this informal session gives you the opportunity to connect and build relationships with the right people. This is an invitation-only session. For more information contact Georgina Charnley-Smith

14:00 - 14:20 20 mins
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Track 1: 5G Business Models & Monetisation
5G Serving the Saudi Vision 2030
  • How are regional operators supporting the Saudi Vision 2030?
  • Reviewing the experience from the trials in Saudi Arabia
  • Roadmap to successful commercial deployment
  • Commercialising collaboration: creating an eco-system of partnerships and learning from each other
14:00 - 14:20 20 mins
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Track 2: Network Evolution & Migration Path
Core Network Innovations and 5G Migration
  • Transitioning to the new 5G core
  • 5G Core enabling the new application and business models
  • Understanding how 5G Core will enable network slicing
14:20 - 14:50 30 mins
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Track 1: 5G Business Models & Monetisation
Securing ROI from your 5G investment
  • Where and when can operators expect to see the ROI from 5G?
  • Creating value and sustainability from technology investment
  • Managing the 4G demands of today and the 5G of tomorrow: investing in your networks in the most cost-effective way
14:20 - 14:50 30 mins
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Track 2: Network Evolution & Migration Path
Building the virtual networks of the future
  • Network Virtualisation, SDN and automation as a crucial enabler of 5G services
  • Evaluating the latest use cases and progress along the virtualisation journey
  • Hybrid operations and the steps in between now and full virtualisation
  • What is required for zero-touch automation and where are we now?
  • The role of AI in network optimisation, operation and achieving self-healing networks
  • Cloud, Open Infrastructure and Interoperability
14:50 - 15:10 20 mins
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Track 1: 5G Business Models & Monetisation
Roadmap to mobile 5G
  • What services can mobile 5G offer beyond LTE to be of value to consumers?
  • Developing E2E solutions, VAS, embedded communications and bundles for 5G services
  • How to encourage broad uptake of 5G enabled devices and reconcile the price range with consumer demand?
14:50 - 15:10 20 mins
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Track 2: Network Evolution & Migration Path
Bringing 5G enabled devices to market
  • State of play for 5G enabled smartphones & devices
  • How will 5G devices be different to 4G enabled ones?
  • What is the expected uptake of consumer 5G enabled devices?
15:10 - 15:30 20 mins
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Track 1: 5G Business Models & Monetisation
From connectivity provider, to service enabler and now service creator?
  • Identifying what roles to take in the eco-system or value chain and developing relevant go-to-market models
  • Supporting end-users with the connectivity solutions they need
  • Providing platforms on which end-users can integrate digital capabilities to enhance their business
  • Creating innovative digital services, businesses and partnerships in new industry verticals
  • Acquiring more infrastructure to become a platform provider, SLA and capacity provider
15:10 - 15:30 20 mins
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Track 2: Network Evolution & Migration Path
A new alternative in the transport toolbox
  • Michael Fritsch - Senior Advisor, Telecommunications & Technology
  • Explaining Telesat LEO: an advanced global switched mesh via satellites to help:
  • Reduce cost of transport while expanding next gen mobile networks beyond fiber footprint
  • Improve resilience of core infrastructure through 100% diverse routes
  • Backhaul remote enterprise and private networks 
15:30 - 16:00 30 mins
Track 1: 5G Business Models & Monetisation
Afternoon exhibition visit & refreshment break
15:30 - 16:00 30 mins
Track 2: Network Evolution & Migration Path
Afternoon exhibition visit & refreshment break
16:00 - 16:30 30 mins
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Track 1: 5G Business Models & Monetisation
Monetising the network slicing multi-billion opportunity
  • Mahmoud Refaat - Director Enterprise Products, Commercial, Du
  • What new 5G services will be enabled with the implementation of Network Slicing?
  • Recognising the requirements for different service innovations such as Smart Health, Connected Cars & Connected Industry
  • The role of Open Source in delivering Network Slicing
  • What are the technical differences between 4G and 5G slicing?
  • Is it worth investing in 4G slicing before the advance to 5G?
16:00 - 16:20 20 mins
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Track 2: Network Evolution & Migration Path
Benefiting from a simplified, more flexible architecture with EPC
  • Examining the operator services and deployment models
  • How does EPC interact with legacy architecture?
  • Discover cutting edge vendor solutions for EPC and virtual EPC
16:20 - 16:40 20 mins
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Track 2: Network Evolution & Migration Path
Improving network efficiency with the support of satellite connectivity services
  • The increasingly important role of Satellites in the 5G ecosystem
  • Integrating your virtualised architecture to satellite – from core to edge
  • Ensuring a seamless connectivity plan in urban & rural areas
  • Utilising satellite services for mission-critical communications
  • Exploring the upcoming 3GPP Release 16 satellite services standards
16:30 - 16:50 20 mins
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Track 1: 5G Business Models & Monetisation
Densifying the future
  • Recognising the crucial role of Small Cells in future 5G applications such as Smart Cities and Industrial IoT
  • Not forgetting the benefits of small cells in LTE services
  • Combining Small Cells with MEC and shared spectrum to create dense localised networks to enable a range of specific services
  • Using small cells to change the rural connectivity landscape as well as the urban
16:40 - 17:10 30 mins
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Track 2: Network Evolution & Migration Path
Achieving a flexible 5G enabled backhaul infrastructure
  • Reviewing the higher capacity density challenges of 5G
  • Ensuring your backhaul infrastructure accommodates for the service and network virtualisation that comes with 5G
  • Updating your infrastructure to serve as a true, low-latency and secure mission-critical wireless backhaul
16:50 - 17:10 20 mins
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Track 1: 5G Business Models & Monetisation
Breaking down the blockchain barricade
  • Mahmoud Refaat - Director Enterprise Products, Commercial, Du
  • Best practice on how blockchain can address the challenges of trust, accountability and transparency in a smart city
  • Reviewing existing partnerships utilising distributed ledger technologies
  • Winning go-to-market strategies for Telco blockchain-based services
  • How local Operators are preparing for the UAE Blockchain Strategy 2021 requiring half of all UAE Federal government transactions to be blockchain-based by 2021
17:10 - 17:15 5 mins
Close of 5G MENA Conference Sessions Day 1
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