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Apr 10
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13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

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15:20 - 16:20

Close of 5G MENA Conference

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09:00 - 09:10 10 mins
Keynote Sessions
Chair’s recap of day 1
  • Michael Fritsch - Senior Advisor, Telecommunications & Technology
09:10 - 09:30 20 mins
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KEYNOTE PANEL: Powering IoT and smart services with 5G
  • Michael Fritsch - Senior Advisor, Telecommunications & Technology
  • Tamer Eltoni - VP/Digital Services & Devices, Etisalat
  • Yaqoub AlZarouni - Head Of Infrastructure Demand & Quality, du
  • Viksit Khanna - Director Sales, Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS)
  • Shoaib Alam - CEO, Enablers Inc.
  • What is the scale and commercial potential of IoT services in the MENA region?
  • Key IoT use cases and vertical applications
  • Opportunities to diversify business models and monetise IoT
  • Key challenges for delivering IoT
09:30 - 09:50 20 mins
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TE digital transformation and 5G opportunities and challenges
  • Muhammad Sameh - Chief Business Officer, Telecom Egypt
  • TE digital transformation pillars
  • Preparation for 5G
  • Challenges and how to overcome
  • Opportunities
09:50 - 10:25 35 mins
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Keynote Panel: Building and future-proofing next generation network technology
  • Hisham Siblini - CTO, Orange Egypt
  • Dr. Salah Zerguerras - Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat – Afghanistan/Sri Lanka
  • Michael Fritsch - Senior Advisor, Telecommunications & Technology
  • Key user, network and service requirements to enable use case scenarios – What can 5G deliver that 4G can’t?
  • Spectrum, standards, and specifications
  • Technology enablers for 5G
  • The role of NFV, SDN, MEC, cloud etc.
  • Leveraging 5G technologies to make you more agile and competitive in the digital economy
10:25 - 11:25 60 mins
Keynote Sessions
Morning coffee break
11:25 - 11:30 5 mins
Track 1. Network Technology Evolution
Track chair’s opening remarks
  • Joel Cooper - Director – Middle East and Africa, GlobalData
11:25 - 11:30 5 mins
Track 2. IoT MENA
Track chair’s opening remarks
  • Paul Black, Freelance Telecom Executive
11:30 - 11:50 20 mins
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Track 1. Network Technology Evolution
Is NFV one of the 5G ingredients?
  • Mohamad Chaabo - Mobile Core Design Supervisor, STC Solutions
  • 5G requirements and use cases
  • NFV architecture overview
  • Use case – NFV as an enabler
  • Vision – setting the stage for 5G
11:30 - 12:00 30 mins
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Track 2. IoT MENA
Panel: Who’s going to win the IoT connectivity race?
  • Alberto Araque - VP, IoT & Digital Payments, Etisalat Digital
  • Jihad Tayara - Vice President Business Development and Partnerships, du
  • Eng. Mohamed Ramadan Shafek - Technical and Strategic Planning Telecom Services and Planning Directorate – Operations Vice Presidency, NTRA Egypt
  • Rajeev Roy - Head- Corporate Strategy & Special Initiatives (IoT), Tata Communications Transformation Services
  • Moderator Usman Zafar - CEO, DUC International Consulting
  • LPWAN vs NB-IoT vs traditional mobile networks
  • Connectivity requirements for different verticals
  • How much will the introduction of NB-IoT disrupt the LPWA market?
  • Is NB-IoT a stop gap to 5G?
  • Interoperability across IoT connectivity standards
  • Ensuring QoS and QoE
  • Partnering with network disruptors
11:50 - 12:10 20 mins
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Track 1. Network Technology Evolution
VoLTE optimization
  • Stefan Engels - Board Member, Systemics Group
  • Improving service quality and reliability
  • Testing, measurement and monitoring of VoLTE calls
  • Experiences from VoLTE deployment
12:00 - 12:20 20 mins
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Track 2. IoT MENA
Building the future Telco: Accelerating the revenue opportunity of IoT
  • Rajeev Roy - Head- Corporate Strategy & Special Initiatives (IoT), Tata Communications Transformation Services
  • Rapidly turning positive concepts into reality
  • Building a strong partner ecosystem across the IoT value chain
  • Optimising your service offering: Applications enabling data driven business decisions
12:10 - 12:30 20 mins
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Track 1. Network Technology Evolution
Unleashing the potential of NFV and SDN
  • Sergey Gerashchenko - VP, Business Marketing-Managed Services, Etisalat
  • What are the realities of CAPEX and OPEX savings?
  • Flexibility, scalability, and other benefits
  • Leveraging virtualisation to make you more agile and competitive
  • Migration to a completely virtualised network – successes and challenges with different network functions
  • Automation and intelligence in virtualised networks
  • Monetizing SDN/NFV
12:20 - 12:40 20 mins
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Track 2. IoT MENA
Smart cities – Challenges and opportunities
  • Muhammad Faheem Khan - Manager, Digital Innovation, STC Solutions
  • Improving quality of life
  • Creating sustainable infrastructure and services in competitive environment
  • Smart, secure and intelligent solutions
12:30 - 12:50 20 mins
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Track 1. Network Technology Evolution
5G Core Transformation with Virtualization and Distributed Cloud
  • Kemal Erman - Head of Cloud Infrastructure - Market Area Middle East & Africa, Ericsson
  • Expectation & potential new business enabled by 5G core
  • Transformation and virtualization (Network slicing, orchestration etc…)
  • Distributed cloud, use cases
  • Distributed cloud journey and Ericsson approach
12:40 - 13:00 20 mins
Track 2. IoT MENA
How is the MNOs role in the MENA IoT ecosystem evolving?
  • Mohammad AlSaraira - Director Business Development, Business Development & Partnerships, du
13:00 - 14:00 60 mins
Lunch
14:00 - 14:20 20 mins
Keynote Sessions
5G – An essential component of the Telco Digital Transformation
  • Amr Abdelsalam - Senior Director Infrastructure Architecture & Technology Roadmaps, du
14:20 - 14:40 20 mins
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Scene-Setter on the Changing "Rules of the Game" in the MENA Public Policy
  • Sam Blatteis - CEO & Founder, The MENA Catalysts

Inside the Power-Politics of the Middle East High Tech Boom - What Telecom Regulatory Affairs Staff Need To Know

14:40 - 15:20 40 mins
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Keynote Panel: The role of regulation in facilitating 5G investment and deployment
  • Moderator: Rohan Dhamija - Partner, Director, Head - Middle East and India (South Asia), Analysys Mason
  • Ayman Essam - External Affairs and Legal Director, Vodafone Egypt
  • Nicolas Gresser - Director, Regulatory Affairs, Etisalat Group
  • Dr. Yahya Al Toom - Former Senior Executive Expert for Regulatory & Corporate Affairs at STC, Independent Consultant, ConNection
  • Alp Uysal - Vice President & Head of Strategy & Technology & S&PA Market Area Middle East & Africa, Ericsson
  • Challenges for operators in the current economic and regulatory ecosystem
  • Is the regional licencing environment conducive to 5G use cases?
  • Key 5G policy enablers
  • Is there resistance to change? Why? How to overcome?
  • Status in the MENA region and plans for the future
15:20 - 16:20 60 mins
Close of 5G MENA Conference