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Prioritizing telco automation: Creating a successful building block strategy
Date / Time: Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 10:00 a.m New York / 3:00 p.m London
Overview:
 
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Adopting automation, AI and data analytics is a key pillar of telco operators' strategies for managing network complexity and laying the groundwork for future service innovation. Yet less than 10 percent of operators have fully automated any single network or service domain.

In this webinar we will hear from experts at Verizon and Colt about their companies' automation journeys and best practices. We will also dive into the findings of a Nokia–STL Partners report which aggregates the opinions of more than 100 telco executives from around the world. We will cover practical recommendations on how to define and prioritize AI and automation initiatives today - in order to stay commercially competitive for the future.

Key learning takeaways:

  1. Global trends in automation based on a survey of 100 CSP executives
  2. How to prioritize automation investments
  3. Best practices, real life examples for pursuing automation innovation
  4. Key recommendations for the telecommunications industry

Speakers:
Wei Shi, Intelligence Content Manager, Telecoms.com | bio Bill Stanley, Operations Portfolio Marketing, Nokia | bio
Tilly Gilbert, Senior Consultant, STL Partners | bio Beth Cohen, Cloud Technology Strategist, Verizon | bio
Francesca Serravalle, Emerging Technology Director, Colt Technology Services | bio
 

Wei leads the Telecoms.com Intelligence function. His responsibilities include managing and producing premium content for Telecoms.com Intelligence, undertaking special projects, and supporting internal and external partners. Wei’s research and writing have followed the heartbeat of the telecoms industry. His recent long form publications cover topics ranging from 5G and beyond, edge computing, and digital transformation, to artificial intelligence, telco cloud, and 5G devices. Wei also regularly contributes to the Telecoms.com news site and other group titles when he puts on his technology journalist hat. Wei has two decades’ experience in the telecoms ecosystem in Asia and Europe, both on the corporate side and on the professional service side. His former employers include Nokia and Strategy Analytics. Wei is a graduate of The London School of Economics. He speaks English, French, and Chinese, and has a working knowledge of Finnish and German. He is based in Telecom.com’s London office.

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Bill drives Nokia's operations portfolio marketing with a keen focus on how the industry needs to evolve and change as we move into the 5G era. This includes working within the standards organizations as they evolve to new 5G specifications and interpreting the implications to network service providers and how they must evolve their operations to position themselves to best succeed going forward.

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Tilly is a Senior Consultant at STL Partners and has led and managed consulting projects with both operators and technology companies across a number of domains including network automation, edge computing and 5G B2B strategies. She has authored research reports including "Building telco edge infrastructure: MEC, Private networks & vRAN" and "Recovering from COVID: 5G to stimulate growth and drive productivity." Tilly holds a BA from University of Oxford and an MA from University of Pennsylvania.

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In her role at Verizon, Beth is working on developing Software Defined Network and Edge products by leveraging the Verizon global network. She has been responsible for the launch of several leading edge products include Secure Cloud Interconnect, which allows companies to connect to cloud services over private networks, and Virtual Network Services, which is a market leading SDN product. She is active in several Open Source communities, including LFN and OpenStack and has been involved in cutting edge technology since her days at BBN, the pioneering inventor of the Internet.

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Jean Macher is Business Development Director of SaaS Solutions for Harmonic where he drives the marketing effort for next-generation video solutions in the Americas. Macher joined Harmonic as part of the acquisition of Thomson Video Networks, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in MPEG-related solutions and digital television implementation. Macher holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Institut Supérieur d'Électronique in Paris.

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Over 15 years of experience in the telecoms industry spanning portfolio strategy, marketing, product management and business development roles.

Currently Emerging Technology Director at Colt, responsible for portfolio strategy, marketing and sales enablement of digital transformation solutions for both service providers and city authorities.

In charge of bringing into the market end to end cross partners propositions that enable the delivery and monetization of Telco cloud solution, as well as the realization of the digital agenda of city authorities.

Broad and in depth technology expertise spanning SDN/NFV, NFVI, wireless technologies, AI and IoT/smart city platform recognized by the company through a series of “Best Achievements” awards for contributing in technology innovation/IPRs.

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