Interview with Samar Mittal, Nokia & Francis Haysom, Appledore Research at FutureNet MENA 2024

Recorded at FutureNet MENA on the 14th of May 2024

Samar Mittal, VP – MEA Cloud & Network Services, Nokia speaks to Francis Haysom, Partner and Principal Analyst, Appledore Research at FutureNet MENA 2024

Interview with Karina Dahlke & Augusto Barcia, VMware by Broadcom at FutureNet MENA 2024

Recorded at FutureNet MENA on the 14th of May 2024

Interview at FutureNet MENA 2024: VMware by Broadcom’s Karina Dahlke, Head of SDE Customer & Partner Marketing & Augusto Barcia, Director of Telco Sales EMEA.

Interview with Franco Messori, Infovista & Emma Buckland, STL Partners at FutureNet MENA 2024

Recorded at FutureNet MENA on the 14th of May 2024

Franco Messori, Chief Strategy Officer, Infovista speaks to Emma Buckland, Principal Analyst, STL Partners at FutureNet MENA 2024

Keynote Panel: AI in Networks: Cutting through the hype

Watch On-Demand. Recorded at FutureNet MENA on the 14th of May 2024

    • Emma Buckland, Principal Analyst, STL Partners
    • Stelios Savvides, CTO, Vodafone Oman
    • Emmanuel Lartey, General Manager Network Strategy & Architecture, MTN Group
    • Chadi S ElHajj, Vice President/Network Automation & Orchestration, e& UAE
    • Puneet Sethi, CTO, TCTS (Tata Communications Transformation Services)

Panel: Integrating Gen AI to develop smarter networks and transform customer experience

Watch On-Demand. Recorded at FutureNet MENA on the 14th of May 2024.

    • Joe Hurman, Senior Consultant, STL Partners
    • Muhammad Yaseen, Director Delivery Principal , du
    • Puru Dwarakanathan, General Manager IT Strategy & Architecture, MTN Group
    • Zeyad Abuhelal, Strategy & Performance Director, stc
    • Fatih E. Nar, Technologist and Chief Architect, Red Hat

Panel Discussion: 5G Standalone – accelerating new ways to operate and automate 5G networks and extract value

Watch On-Demand. Recorded at FutureNet MENA on the 14th of May 2024.

    • Matthew Reed, Chief Analyst, Service Provider Strategies, Omdia
    • Mohammed Zaidan, Senior Director Active & Core, Ooredoo Qatar
    • Ayman Magdy, Senior Director Mobile Data Core & Service, e& UAE
    • Mohamed Hanafy, Senior Manager – Network Strategy and Digital Services, Telecom Egypt
    • Augusto Barcia, Director of Telco Sales EMEA, VMware, by Broadcom

Keynote panel: Beyond Connectivity – Redefining the Telco

Watch On-Demand. Recorded at FutureNet MENA on the 14th of May 2024.

    • Jawad J. Abbassi, Head of MENA, GSMA
    • Marwan Bin Shakar, Sr. Vice President/Access Network Development, e& UAE
    • Mohammed Al-Badrani, Vice President – Operations, stc
    • Rahul Atri, President, OSS Business Unit, Rakuten Symphony

AI intent-based operations: The key to building autonomous networks – Ericsson

Bringing autonomy to your network through intent-based operations

Implementing a service intent manager for AI intent-based operations is an important foundational step in the journey toward autonomous network operations.

As the telecommunications industry become ever more complex, service providers need to be able to manage the challenges involved in delivering tailored 5G differentiated connectivity, while continuing to meet the strict service level agreements (SLAs) they already have in place.

With the advent of new technologies such as 5G network slicing, there is a need for service providers to deploy adaptive automation. One solution is AI intent-based operations, which enables machines to manage conflict within multi-layer 5G technology, dynamically handling slices and partitioning traffic to meet business requirements. This improves agility and enhances efficiency by managing customers and enterprises’ intents efficiently – as well as by reducing the maintenance period for upgrades.

Implementing AI intent-based operations enhances the overall level of autonomy and drives the evolution from traditional data-driven operations toward more autonomous and intent-driven operations.

02 Introduction
03 What do we mean by “AI intent-based operations”?
04 Designing networks for the future
07 The journey toward autonomy
10 Summary
11 Contributors

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FutureNet MENA Speaker Interview: Michal Patryk Debicki, VP Solution Development, Reailize

In the lead-up to FutureNet Middle East & North Africa, Michal Patryk Debicki, VP Solution Development, Reailize, talks to FutureNet about what to expect from his presentation at the event: Telco-techco: How to see everything as a service.


You are giving a presentation at FutureNet MENA titled ´Telco-techco: How to see everything as a service´. Can you give us a sense of what the audience can expect to hear from you?

Meet Michal Patryk and the Reailize team at FutureNet MENA.

At FutureNet MENA, my presentation will delve into the ongoing paradigm shift within the telecom industry towards viewing every capability as a service. I will discuss the driving factors behind this transformation, the challenges companies face, and the strategic methodologies that can be employed. Attendees can expect to gain insights into successful transformation strategies, illustrated with case studies from leading telecom companies that have embarked on this journey.


We have been talking about the telco-techco transformation for some time and there are some great examples of telcos reinventing themselves successfully. You have a great vantage point in spending time with multiple customers across the globe, what is your sense on how far we have progressed as an industry?

The telco-techco transformation is uneven across the global landscape, varying significantly between regions and individual operators. From my observations, while some are pioneering and reaching higher maturity levels, many remain in the early stages, primarily around level 2 of the TMForum’s Digital Maturity Model. The industry, as a whole, shows a promising tilt towards digital innovation, but there’s considerable ground to cover to achieve widespread transformation.


In order to really move the dial, and leverage the ás a service´opportunity, what needs to be done? How are the business models maturing and are they translating into actual services and revenue?

In recent years we’ve seen more emphasis on cost savings rather than on strategic investments. To truly leverage ‘as a service’ opportunities, it is crucial to establish a clear, overarching vision—our ‘North Star’—and align all projects and activities with this objective. This alignment not only supports strategic investment but also drives cost efficiencies that are consistent with our long-term goals.


AI is the most talked about topic in our industry today, what role can AI play in creating a real platform business?

AI holds transformative potential for the telecom sector, particularly in evolving businesses into platform-based models. However, to effectively integrate AI, the industry must overcome existing developmental lags and align AI initiatives with overarching business strategies. Its development, implementation, and support must be carefully managed, integrated across the business in alignment with a strategic vision, rather than in isolated efforts.


Fireside Chat: AIOps and automation driving network evolution and service innovation

Watch On-Demand. Recorded at FutureNet World on the 16th of April 2024.

    • Dr. Erol Hepsaydir, VP Business Development and Solutions, P.I. Works
    • Iain Milligan, CNO, Three UK

Panel: Network centric to service centric operating models: The model for growth?

Watch On-Demand. Recorded at FutureNet World on the 16th of April 2024.

    • Kris Szaniawski, Research Director, Service Provider Access, Software and Transformation, Omdia
    • Alexis Koalla, Director Operations Strategy and Transformation, Orange
    • Suzanne Tracy, CTO, SIRO
    • Petrit Nahi, Senior Member of Technical Staff, CTO Office, Rakuten Mobile
    • Michał Oporowski, Senior Presales Consultant, Comarch

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