Digital Leadership Summit: Unleashing the potential of telecom Software-as-a-Service in partnership with Nokia

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 11:15am to 3:40pm


Telecom SaaS is defined as a service delivering a business outcome, bought as a subscription, based on cloud-native software, delivered with a fully digitalized business experience, and a fully automated services lifecycle, and designed for any telecom workload. Consequently, Telecom SaaS involves a significant degree of specialized capabilities required to support carrier-grade availability, scalability, resiliency, performance and security. 

There has never been a better time for communication service providers (CSPs) to explore new growth opportunities. So as 5G services continue to expand and develop, join us for this TM Forum Digital Leadership Summit to discover how to utilize telecom SaaS to diversify CSP offerings beyond connectivity and create new value and sustainable growth. 

If you are interested in attending this invitation-only event, please contact Iwona Hampson.

Event details:

Date: Tuesday, 12 July
11:15am – 3:40pm
: South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF | United Kingdom


11:15am – 12:00pm | Registration and networking lunch

12:00pm – 12:25pm | 5G: The good, the bad and the ugly
rounded_bullet_red.png  Welcome and introduction
rounded_bullet_red.png  Why much of the challenge of monetizing 5G will come from the changing dynamics between customer and supplier in the enterprise market
rounded_bullet_red.png  Addressing the elephant in the room: Why is it that so many CSPs have invested in 5G, but no-one knows what the killer app might be yet?
rounded_bullet_red.png  Why CSPs must change the way they interact with customers to become more like partners than vendors
rounded_bullet_red.png  How CSPs can best meet the needs of ever more empowered customers, giving them the flexibility and choice they are accustomed to from the best digitally-driven customer experiences

Tony Poulos, Senior Analyst, TM Forum

12:25pm – 12:50pm | How to scale and profit from your 5G investment using SaaS

rounded_bullet_red.png  Defining telco SaaS as a service delivering a business outcome, bought as a subscription, based on cloud-native software, delivered with a fully digitalized business experience and a fully automated services lifecycle, designed for any telco workload
rounded_bullet_red.png  Why SaaS is the overlooked ingredient to enabling an agile ecosystem
rounded_bullet_red.png  How SaaS, at maturity, can be used to enable straightforward cases such as the augmentation of network operations all the way to complex and still-to-be-realized cases such as Metaverse mixed physical and digital experiences
rounded_bullet_red.png  Making SaaS easy, agile and affordable: Why SaaS is the acceleration engine to realize the full potential of 5G and beyond

Mark Bunn, Senior Vice-President of SaaS Business Functions, Nokia

12:50pm – 1:15pm | Addressing the security challenges of 5G and the public cloud
rounded_bullet_red.png  Why the focus of 5G on application delivery significantly changed how CSPs need to think about security
rounded_bullet_red.png  In a polyglot-based architecture with all instances now cloud native functions made up of different languages, why it becomes so difficult for a CSP to find the vulnerabilities
rounded_bullet_red.png  How to secure the 5G application layer is not very clear – who should take responsibility for it?
rounded_bullet_red.png  Highlighting the challenge for CSPs in having to secure multiple clouds in a hybrid environment for themselves – and for their customers

Joanna Newman, Global Edge Computing and 5G Principal Manager, Vodafone

1:15pm – 1:45pm | Refreshment break and networking

1:45pm – 2:15pm | 5G roundtable discussions
During this session, attendees will be divided into groups to debate some of the most pressing issues facing CSPs today. This is an opportunity for peer-to-peer discussion in a relaxed environment with key takeaways and actionable insights.
rounded_bullet_red.png  What is the best way of monetizing 5G?
rounded_bullet_red.png  How do we tackle the issues of data security, data privacy and data sovereignty in a 5G environment?
rounded_bullet_red.png  How can we establish a collaborative ecosystem and move towards constructing a network of networks?
rounded_bullet_red.png  How will AI, machine-learning and analytics drive 5G revenue?

Moderated by: Jean Lawrence, VP, Marketing & Communications – Nokia Cloud & Network Services, Nokia 

2:15pm – 3:00pm | Panel discussion: How can we effectively secure telecom Software-as-a-Service?
rounded_bullet_red.png  Should we reduce non-strategic spend and opt out of managing cloud native technology?
rounded_bullet_red.png  How can we ensure total data privacy and security of SaaS operations when we are opening sensitive data up to third-party vendors?
rounded_bullet_red.png  Most SaaS cloud platforms are not designed with data sovereignty in mind. How can we ensure that data sovereignty requirements are met?

Moderated by: Tony Poulos, Senior Analyst, TM Forum
Pramod Nair, Lead Security Architect, Microsoft
Thomas Foerster, Senior Product Manager, Cybersecurity, Nokia
Joanna Newman, Global Edge Computing and 5G Principal Manager, Network Strategy & Architecture, Vodafone

3:00pm – 3:30pm | Pathway to the future: Network is code
rounded_bullet_red.png  How openness will drive network innovation as we move towards 2030
rounded_bullet_red.png  As the surge of innovation needed to create value in the 6G world, what kinds of fundamental changes are required to the way networks are designed, built, operated, maintained and monetized?
rounded_bullet_red.png  Outlining our vision for the future: the network is code

Jitin Bhandari, VP, Cloud and Network Services & CTO, Nokia

3:30pm – 3:40pm | Closing remarks

Tony Poulos, Senior Analyst, TM Forum

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