The digital transformation of the telecommunications sector has the potential to unlock more than $2 trillion in value for the industry, consumers and wider society over the next decade according to a new report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) together with global professional services company Accenture.
There are three digital themes that are predicted to have the major impact on industry digitization over the next decade:
Creating self-aware, self-optimizing, self-healing and self-secure networks of future
Increasing revenue streams through entirely reinvented model of digital communication
Redefining customer engagement through deployment of features and tools delivering seamless digital experiences

Speaker: ALEX MASHINSKY, FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN AT ARBINET & TRANSIT WIRELESS

Competition in telecom market is fierce. With digital transformation intensifying the challenges it is harder to draw in new customers than ever. To stay competitive in the market most telecom companies use content marketing.
In this session attendees will learn:
What is content marketing and how it help your company grow?
What are the main outcomes your brand can achieve through content marketing?
How to develop a content marketing strategy?
How to target content to the right buyers?
What are the metrics to measure content marketing success?

Speaker: TBA

The market for Internet of Things (IoT) is expanding at astonishing speed and there are plenty of enthusiasm and euphoria in telecom industry about its great prospects with potential to change the industry landscape. Panel discussion will explore IoT capabilities for telecom market and what should telecom operators do to capitalize on this opportunity. In particular, the panel will attempt to address the following questions:
What is IoT, and what does explosively growing IoT market mean for today's telecoms industry?
How can its power be unleashed and the benefits obtained by telecom operators?
Will the growth of IoT present new and unique security threats to the telecoms network?
How carriers should navigate security in the age of the IoT?

Moderator: TBA
Panelists: JUDY REED SMITH, CHAIRPERSON AT ATLANTIC-ACM
ALEX MASHINSKY, FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN AT ARBINET & TRANSIT WIRELESS
DAWANE YOUNG, DIVISION VICE PRESIDENT, APPLICATIONS AND PLATFORMS AT VERIZON PARTNER SOLUTIONS

Our planet soon will be blanketed with hair-thin optical fibers carrying vast amount of information from place to place. Their popularity resulted from a variety of reasons including huge information-carrying capacity (fiber optic cables can transport information over long distances, through large networks under the ocean and across continents), low cost and higher level of protection from the many disturbances that can afflict electrical wires and wireless communication links.
The panel will look at:
Key industry drivers and trends
Security risks and threats associated with fiber optic networks
Factors and trends driving development of today’s subsea cable marketplace
Predictions for the next decade: new opportunities, new technologies, new routes.

Moderator: TBA
Panelists: MIKE CUNNINGHAM, CEO AT IRELAND FRANCE SUBSEA CABLE (IFSC)
ERIC R. HANDA, CEO, APTELECOM

Technological change is reshaping the foundations of messaging industry. Key trend which is predicted to dominate in the industry is consolidation.
In this session we will explore:
What is the future of SMS segment of global telecom market?
What opportunities are there for growth of messaging industry?
Should SMS carriers consolidate to survive?

Speaker: Nick Lane, Chief Analyst at Mobilesquared

The North American mobile ecosystem stands on the verge of a huge opportunity. The way enterprises communicate with employees, partners and consumers is changing. They all want real-time, two-way communication. Texting (SMS and MMS) is at the center of that growing demand as enterprises and their CPaaS providers are increasingly integrating texting into various customer engagement and collaboration solutions.
In this speech sessions attendees will learn how to build a robust system that makes it easy to connect with today’s consumers — and enables telecom operators to participate in a new interconnected global messaging ecosystem that fills the gap between person-to-person messaging and application-to-person messaging over short codes.

Speaker: DAVID COPSEY, DIRECTOR CARRIER SERVICES AT TYNTEC

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recently issued new digital authentication guidelines urging organizations to favor other forms of two-factor authentication over text messaging.
The speech will look at:
Why SMS 2FA authentication is unsecure and vulnerable?
What are mainstream forms of two-factor authentication?
Is time-based one-time password (TOTP) system a better alternative to texting?
How do they secure inviolability of personal data?

Speaker: SIMON THORPE, DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT AT TWILIO INC.

"Over-the-top" (OTT) mobile messaging applications now constitute a significant threat to telecommunications carriers' SMS-messaging revenues. Operators have mounted defences against OTT threat with various degree of success. But experience has shown that the future of industry is about collaboration, not competition. OTTs such as Facebook Messenger & Google Hangouts have moved to integrate SMS into their platforms, whilst carriers and operators are investing in their own OTT services or partnering with their former competitors.
The panel will look at:
What are relationships between OTTs and SMS carriers?
How are carriers innovating in response to OTTs?
What opportunities do OTTs offer to SMS carriers?
How should carriers collaborate with OTTs?
What are main challenges they can come across?

Moderator: TBA
Panelists: NISHITH GUPTA, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, MOBILITY SOLUTIONS AT TATA COMMUNICATIONS
NICK LANE, CHIEF ANALYST AT MOBILESQUARED

With OTTs taking away market share of person-to-person messaging traffic and revenue, A2P SMS is considered the most popular near-term monetization strategy, with industry analysts expecting the A2P market to be worth $60 billion by 2018. A2P messaging sector is a sweet spot for fraudsters.
The panel will look at:
How to protect the mobile network from such threats such as “grey” routes, SMS phishing, spam, flooding, etc.
How to unlock the potential of A2P enterprise messaging and accelerate monetization of A2P traffic by deploying next-gen firewalls

Moderator: TBA
Panelists: Nishith Gupta, Associate Director, Mobility Solutions at Tata Communications

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