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09:10 - 09:20

Welcome from KNect365

09:20 - 09:30

Welcome from the Chair

  • Guy Redmill - Managing Director , Redmill Communications, UK
more
09:30 - 09:50

Pave the way to 5G Voice: Evolve to next generation communication smoothly

  • Nie Xin - Director of CS & IMS Product Management, Huawei
more
09:50 - 10:35

KEYNOTE PANEL: Virtualization and monetisation: what's the story?

  • What’s the story with virtual IMS?
  • How can CSPs better capitalize on IMS and the services it supports?
  • What’s next from the product side?
  • The value of the 'smart pipe'
  • How are operators effectively monetizing IMS?
  • Why are the economics changing? Internet connectivity and third parties
  • Macro transactions: selling infrastructure as a service
  • The necessity of deploying IMS over  a fixed network
  • Robust roll out of value added services


  • Medhat El Husseiny - CTIO, Robi Axiata
  • Ioannis Patsouras - Deputy Director , OTE Group
  • Moderator Guy Redmill - Managing Director , Redmill Communications, UK
  • Dr. Salah Zerguerras - Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat – Afghanistan/Sri Lanka
10:35 - 11:05

IMS in the overall network strategy: Maximizing the use of your IMS infrastructure

  • Medhat El Husseiny - CTIO, Robi Axiata
11:05 - 12:10

Smart networking session: IMS evolution

Pose your most pressing question to our IMS solution specialists. Gain pivotal insight into legacy and visualized architecture, test and integration, interoperability and more.

12:10 - 12:30

METASWITCH SPOTLIGHT SESSION: Virtual IMS

Session notes to be confirmed shortly.



  • Michael Dell - Senior Director of Product Line Management, Metaswitch Networks
more
12:30 - 13:00

Do’s and Don’ts of Voice Virtualization

  • Vision and Targets
  • Achievements and Challenges Lessons Learned
  • Next Steps
  • Ioannis Patsouras - Deputy Director , OTE Group
13:00 - 14:00

Networking lunch and informal discussion roundtables

Please register in advance for one of our industry led roundtables:

Operational management
Tomas Grinevičius, Leading Service Architect, Telia

Testing and integration

The move to virtualization
Neil Wiffen, Principal Consultant, Red Banana Wireless


Showing of Streams
17:55 - 18:05

Chair's summary of Conference Day 1

  • Guy Redmill - Managing Director , Redmill Communications, UK
more
18:05 - 19:05

Drinks reception and IMS World Forum Awards

09:10 - 09:20 10 mins
Welcome from KNect365
09:20 - 09:30 10 mins
Welcome from the Chair
  • Guy Redmill - Managing Director , Redmill Communications, UK
more
09:30 - 09:50 20 mins
Pave the way to 5G Voice: Evolve to next generation communication smoothly
  • Nie Xin - Director of CS & IMS Product Management, Huawei
more
09:50 - 10:35 45 mins
KEYNOTE PANEL: Virtualization and monetisation: what's the story?
  • Medhat El Husseiny - CTIO, Robi Axiata
  • Ioannis Patsouras - Deputy Director , OTE Group
  • Moderator Guy Redmill - Managing Director , Redmill Communications, UK
  • Dr. Salah Zerguerras - Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat – Afghanistan/Sri Lanka
  • What’s the story with virtual IMS?
  • How can CSPs better capitalize on IMS and the services it supports?
  • What’s next from the product side?
  • The value of the 'smart pipe'
  • How are operators effectively monetizing IMS?
  • Why are the economics changing? Internet connectivity and third parties
  • Macro transactions: selling infrastructure as a service
  • The necessity of deploying IMS over  a fixed network
  • Robust roll out of value added services


10:35 - 11:05 30 mins
IMS in the overall network strategy: Maximizing the use of your IMS infrastructure
  • Medhat El Husseiny - CTIO, Robi Axiata
11:05 - 12:10 65 mins
Smart networking session: IMS evolution

Pose your most pressing question to our IMS solution specialists. Gain pivotal insight into legacy and visualized architecture, test and integration, interoperability and more.

12:10 - 12:30 20 mins
METASWITCH SPOTLIGHT SESSION: Virtual IMS
  • Michael Dell - Senior Director of Product Line Management, Metaswitch Networks
more

Session notes to be confirmed shortly.



12:30 - 13:00 30 mins
Do’s and Don’ts of Voice Virtualization
  • Ioannis Patsouras - Deputy Director , OTE Group
  • Vision and Targets
  • Achievements and Challenges Lessons Learned
  • Next Steps
13:00 - 14:00 60 mins
Networking lunch and informal discussion roundtables

Please register in advance for one of our industry led roundtables:

Operational management
Tomas Grinevičius, Leading Service Architect, Telia

Testing and integration

The move to virtualization
Neil Wiffen, Principal Consultant, Red Banana Wireless


14:00 - 14:10 10 mins
STREAM A: Virtualization: IMS in the era of virtualization and softwaerization
Chair's opening
  • Manuel Vexler - CEO , IMS Forum
more
14:00 - 14:10 10 mins
STREAM B: Operational IMS management
Chair’s opening remarks
  • Guy Redmill - Managing Director , Redmill Communications, UK
more
14:10 - 14:30 20 mins
STREAM A: Virtualization: IMS in the era of virtualization and softwaerization
SPOTLIGHT SESSION: IMS role in Private-LTE Deployments – extending our macro-networks
  • Mark Noe - Senior Director of Business Development, NetNumber
more
  • IMS Role in Private-LTE Solutions
  • What is Private-LTE and why should I care?
  • How can MNOs benefit from Private-LTE partnerships?
  • Accelerating small-cell densification through Private-LTE
  •  Public/Private joint solutions for adding small-cell capacity
14:10 - 14:40 30 mins
STREAM B: Operational IMS management
Swisscom’s IMS services - what’s next?
  • Christian Menini - Project Director Wireless & LTE Voice , Swisscom
more
  • 3 Years after launch: VoLTE and WiFi-Calling at Swisscom
  • Swisscom Advanced Services based on IMS
  • Outlook towards new services: what's in the pipeline?
14:30 - 15:00 30 mins
STREAM A: Virtualization: IMS in the era of virtualization and softwaerization
Operator presentation: our virtualization journey
  • Hoomin Kim, SK Telecom
more
14:40 - 14:55 15 mins
STREAM B: Operational IMS management
Voice service analytics and the day radio advertising impacted unemployment
  • Michael Wallbaum - Director of Product Marketing, Voipfuture
more
  • Why is it important to look at voice quality?
  • The data needed to successfully manage a voice service
  • Examples and case studies
14:55 - 15:25 30 mins
STREAM B: Operational IMS management
How are the business models and drivers changing for IMS?
  • Vinod Kumar - Senior Group Lead Designer IMS and VoLTE/VoWiFi, Tele2 Group
more
15:00 - 15:20 20 mins
STREAM A: Virtualization: IMS in the era of virtualization and softwaerization
NFV Based Unified IMS Approach of Türk Telekom
  • Bilgen Kayın - Network Design Expert, Türk Telekom
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  • About Türk Telekom Group
  • NFV Based Unified IMS Approach of Türk Telekom
  • Future Plans
15:20 - 16:30 70 mins
STREAM A: Virtualization: IMS in the era of virtualization and softwaerization
Networking coffee break
15:25 - 16:25 60 mins
STREAM B: Operational IMS management
Networking coffee break
16:25 - 16:55 30 mins
STREAM B: Operational IMS management
How are leading industry players manoeuvering volte roaming?
  • Mohamed Nagaty - IMS Senior Technical Leader Consultant, Zain Kuwait
more
16:30 - 17:00 30 mins
STREAM A: Virtualization: IMS in the era of virtualization and softwaerization
Operator presentation: reinventing network architecture to bolster innovation
  • John Bebawy - Business Development Director - Partner Solutions, TELUS
more
16:55 - 17:25 30 mins
STREAM B: Operational IMS management
Is IMS redundant or do we require it to move to 5G?
  • Paul Hjul - Director, Crystal Web
more
17:00 - 17:45 45 mins
STREAM A: Virtualization: IMS in the era of virtualization and softwaerization
Speakers Summary Panel and Q and A: New considerations for virtualization and automation – moving from a tactile environment to a virtualized one
  • John Bebawy - Business Development Director - Partner Solutions, TELUS
  • Manuel Vexler - CEO , IMS Forum
  • Michael Dell - Senior Director of Product Line Management, Metaswitch Networks
more


  • Management of flows around the network – intelligence of the core network
  • EPC and IMS
  • Maturity of the market and solutions
  • Building confidence in a virtualized environment
  • How the integration of virtualized functions ties in with roaming: how will roaming impact IMS
17:25 - 17:55 30 mins
STREAM B: Operational IMS management
Volte implementation
  • Ramy Ernest - IMS and Core Expert, Orange Egypt
more
17:55 - 18:05 10 mins
Chair's summary of Conference Day 1
  • Guy Redmill - Managing Director , Redmill Communications, UK
more
18:05 - 19:05 60 mins
Drinks reception and IMS World Forum Awards