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07:30 08:50 (80 mins)

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Registration and Coffee

08:50 09:00 (10 mins)

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Chair's Welcome

09:00 09:20 (20 mins)

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Journey towards 5G deployment in 2020 and beyond

  • Roadmap to Expo 2020
  • Introducing 5G to the UAE and globally
  • Drivers and opportunities for growth and expansion
  • Opening doors to the digital economy – 5G use cases
  • Ayman ElNashar - VP – Core and Cloud Planning, du

09:20 09:40 (20 mins)

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5G extend new business frontier for MBB market

  • MBB market trend and 5G industry insight
  • New business opportunities in 5G Era
  • Huawei 5G update

09:40 10:20 (40 mins)

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PANEL: New business models for operators in a world of 5G

  • Balancing increasing data demands with price reduction pressure
  • Identifying the true difference between 4.5 and 5G – assessing impacts for businesses and customers
  • How are OTT players, IoT and other technologies changing the competitive landscape?
  • e2e solutions
  • Sinan Akkaya - Director of RAN Engineering, AT&T

10:20 10:40 (20 mins)

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Dubai Smart City Initiative – vision and roadmap

  • Technology as the enabler for Dubai’s happiness agenda
  • Smart Dubai initiatives and roadmap to 2017
  • The importance of leading telecommunications infrastructure
  • Social, sustainability, and economic benefits

10:40 11:50 (70 mins)

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Morning Coffee and Speed Networking

11:50 12:10 (20 mins)

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RAN Evolution: Small Cell, C-RAN, Soft-RAN

  • 5G technology requirements and impact on RAN Architecture
  • Potential 5G use cases driving growth and shaping future of RAN
  • Evolution of RAN: Small Cell, C-RAN, Soft-RAN
  • Future implications and opportunities
  • Sinan Akkaya - Director of RAN Engineering, AT&T

12:10 12:30 (20 mins)

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The Road to 5G (topic tbc)

12:30 13:00 (30 mins)

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PANEL: Use cases driving next generation network development

  • Emerging use cases that will drive investment in 5G – xMBB, mMTC, uMTC
  • Key user, network and service requirements to enable use case scenarios
  • Technology enablers
  • Connectivity challenges for each sector
  • The role of telcos in enterprise digital transformation


  • Ayman ElNashar - VP – Core and Cloud Planning, du
  • Wafeeq Ajoor, SM'IEEE - Executive IT Advisor/Consultant (CTO), National Health Regulatory Authority - Bahrain
  • Abdus Saboor - Technology Strategy Manager, Telefónica O2 UK

13:20 14:30 (70 mins)

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Lunch featuring Hosted Lunch Roundtables

  1. Beyond Voice & Data: What’s Next?
    Hosted by: Alaa Zaher, Head of Strategy & Innovation, VODAFONE EGYPT

  2. 5G, Accelerated standardization and the impact on Wireless Investment
    Hosted by: Sinan Akkaya, Director of RAN Engineering, AT&T

More hosted tables to be confirmed soon.

  • Alaa Zaher - Head of Strategy & Innovation , Vodafone Egypt
  • Sinan Akkaya - Director of RAN Engineering, AT&T

14:20 14:50 (30 mins)

Network Virtualisation

PANEL: Understanding the business case for NFV & SDN

  • CAPEX and OPEX considerations
  • NFV orchestration in future 5G requirements
  • Changing business processes to make the most of virtualized services
  • Identifying the true value for operators
  • Creating profit and revenue from virtualization
  • Network size, hybrid models, service agility
  • Jasim Al Awadi - Vice President – Network Infrastructure & Services, du
  • Vivek Bhargava - Director, Product Marketing, Oracle Communications

14:20 14:30 (10 mins)

The Road to 5G

Track chair’s opening remarks

  • Mohammed Al Shawwa - General Manager, Arab Advisors Group

14:20 14:30 (10 mins)

IoT Connect MENA

Track chair’s opening remarks

  • Benoy C S - Director & Head, Digital Transformation Practice – MENASA, Frost & Sullivan

14:30 15:00 (30 mins)

The Road to 5G

PANEL: Spectrum for 5G

  • Expected spectrum requirements
  • Compatibility and suitability of potential frequency ranges
  • Cost benefit analysis: Spectrum sharing vs refarming?
  • Spectrum allocation for different services
  • Switching off legacy networks – challenges and benefits
  • Moderator: Mohammed Al Shawwa - General Manager, Arab Advisors Group
  • Hasan Sharif - Senior Manager Spectrum Strategy, TRA, UAE
  • Nicolas Gresser - Director, Regulatory Affairs , Etisalat Group
  • Mohamed Abdelghany Abdelhalim - Manager, Radio Spectrum Allocation & Planning, Egyptian National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA)

14:30 15:00 (30 mins)

IoT Connect MENA

PANEL: IoT network requirements and the role of 5G

  • Connectivity requirements for different verticals
  • Demands of new technology on current and future networks
  • Comparing available networks – cellular, LPWAN, short-range
  • Challenges with interoperability and common system architectures
  • Preparing your network architecture for serving IoT technologies
  • Importance of 5G network rollout for IoT implementation
  • Toni G. Eid - CEO, Trace Media International UAE
  • Roshan Dayarathne - Deputy General Manager and Head of Province, Metro Central, Sri Lanka Telecom PLC
  • Hani Yassin - Senior Director, Technology, Qualcomm
  • Nadine Akkari - Associate Professor, King Abdulaziz University
  • Paul Bradley - 5G Working Group Chair, SIMalliance

14:50 15:10 (20 mins)

Network Virtualisation

Session reserved for Huawei

15:00 15:20 (20 mins)

IoT Connect MENA

Developments in NB-IoT (3GPP Rel-13)

  • IoT: What and Why?
  • 3GPP Mobile/Cellular IoT Family
  • NB-IoT
    • Technical overview, QoS, deployment and optimisation challenges, uses cases
    • Enhancement (3GPP Rel-14), results from research and trials
  • Wafeeq Ajoor, SM'IEEE - Executive IT Advisor/Consultant (CTO), National Health Regulatory Authority - Bahrain

15:00 15:20 (20 mins)

The Road to 5G

Best application, accelerator of 5G

  • 5G industry progress update
  • 5G use cases and corresponding requirements on 5G
  • Collaboration across industries speed up 5G

15:10 15:30 (20 mins)

Network Virtualisation

NFV/SDN Deployment

  • Technical and non-technical challenges with deployment and operation
  • Benefits of an all-IP network
  • Results from trials and tests
  • Commercial deployment strategy

15:20 15:40 (20 mins)

The Road to 5G

Policy and regulatory challenges in the MENA region

  • Timeline for 5G introduction in MENA
  • 5G supply and demand side requirements
  • Key 5G policy enablers
  • Status in the MENA region
  • Way forward
  • Nicolas Gresser - Director, Regulatory Affairs , Etisalat Group

15:20 15:40 (20 mins)

IoT Connect MENA

Connected Cars

  • Experiences from projects to date
  • Benefits and challenges of these advanced technologies
  • Impacts for drivers and the automotive industry
  • Regulatory standards for autonomous vehicles
  • Requirements for next generation 5G networks and delivering greater connectivity
  • Abdus Saboor - Technology Strategy Manager, Telefónica O2 UK

15:30 15:50 (20 mins)

Network Virtualisation

Latest NFV and SDN solutions

  • Chris King - Senior Director, Product Marketing, Oracle Communications

15:40 16:15 (35 mins)

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Afternoon coffee break

16:15 16:50 (35 mins)

IoT Connect MENA

PANEL: New business models for IoT

  • How IoT and smart technologies are transforming businesses
  • Current barriers for IoT implementation
  • Increasing revenues through 5G/IoT collaboration
  • Moving out of the bit-pipe – Monetisation opportunities for operators
  • Karim Yaici - Senior Analyst - Head of Middle-East and Africa Research, Analysys Mason
  • Dr. Amr Abu-Suleiman - Director of Strategy Management Office, Orange Jordan
  • Kumar Prasoon - Group Chief Information Officer (CIO), Century Malls - Safeer Group

16:15 16:35 (20 mins)

The Road to 5G

mmWave spectrum for high-speed wireless communications

  • Current challenges – signal strength, range, rain fade, interference
  • Impacts on network deployment and performance
  • Use for point-to-point communications
  • Experiences from trials
  • Delivering faster, higher-quality content and services
  • Hani Yassin - Senior Director, Technology, Qualcomm

16:35 16:55 (20 mins)

The Road to 5G

Maximising the benefits of 5G with network slicing

  • Why network slicing is key for 5G
  • Supporting different RANs/multiple services across a single RAN
  • Configuring network service chains
  • Allocating slices to meet the demands of each use case – speed, capacity, coverage etc

16:50 17:10 (20 mins)

IoT Connect MENA

Use of IoT and smart technology by Transportation sector

  • Introduction to IoT and smart technology
  • Impact of IoT and smart technology on Transportation
    • Connected transport
    • Smart traffic management
    • Smart parking
  • Critical communications for transport networks
  • Challenges
  • Network requirements to enable IoT and smart technologies
  • Sheeba Hasnain - Head of IT Operations, Road and Transport Authority – Sharjah

16:55 17:15 (20 mins)

The Road to 5G

Developments in massive MIMO

  • Limitations of current MIMO technology on LTE networks
  • Massive MIMO system architecture
  • Experiences from massive MIMO experiments and deployments
  • Implications on throughput, power usage, reliability, latency, interference
  • Resulting capabilities and service improvements for future 5G networks

17:10 17:30 (20 mins)

IoT Connect MENA

Transforming critical communications and public safety through 5G and IoT

  • Challenges with current critical communications networks
  • IoT applications and practical benefits
  • Technical requirements for next generation crit coms networks
  • Pathfinder projects and timeline expectations
  • Upgrading legacy technology
  • Tony Gray - Board Director, TETRA & Critical Communications Association (TCCA)

17:30 17:40 (10 mins)

The Road to 5G

Chair’s closing remarks and end of day 1

  • Mohammed Al Shawwa - General Manager, Arab Advisors Group

17:30 17:40 (10 mins)

IoT Connect MENA

Chair’s closing remarks and end of day 1

  • Benoy C S - Director & Head, Digital Transformation Practice – MENASA, Frost & Sullivan

17:40 18:00 (20 mins)

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Networking Drinks Reception

18:00 20:30 (150 mins)

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5G MENA Awards Ceremony (Co-located with Cloud MENA awards)

The 2nd annual 5G MENA Awards will recognise the latest and the greatest of innovative, top level solutions and companies which are really making a difference and representing the best of 5G and IoT in the MENA region.

Entries close 5:30pm GMT on 30 March 2017. Shortlist of finalists announced by 10 April 2017. Winners announced during the ceremony on 1 May 2017

Award Categories:

  • Biggest contribution to 5G R&D
  • Most Significant Development of a Commercial LTE Network (Operators Only)
  • Best NVF/SDN Solution
  • Best Test/Measurement Solution
  • Best IoT Application / Service
  • Operator CTO of the Year