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MEF CONNECTS Wholesale 2024 is back on the agenda of MEF events for the 6th consecutive year! This event is ONLINE ONLY and FREE. Book your agenda and join us on July 2nd!

Our 2024 edition will focus on future paths for wholesale and cover topics such as:

– The current and future developments of the wholesale messaging market

– A market update and insight into the deployment and challenges around 5G roaming

Disrupting technologies enabling wholesale future growth, including satellite

Network APIs and wholesale commercial models

– IoT business & impact on wholesale, including permanent roaming

We will bring market analysts on stage to provide you with the latest trends in the industry and gather experts in these domains to make sure you are up-to-date with the latest business dynamics in wholesale.

And last, but not least, we intend to share insights on the initiatives currently developed by MEF to support your business, including MEF data, and various materials that can support your activities!

Stay tuned for more information!

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Our Speakers

Alberto Carro-Melero

Alberto Carro-Melero

Head of Market Intelligence & B2B

Telefónica

Andrew Parkin-White

Andrew Parkin-White

Co-founder

TecFutures

Asad Khan

Asad Khan

Head of Global Presales

Telarix

Brendan Cleary

Brendan Cleary

CEO

Cellusys

Catalin Badea

Catalin Badea

VP Product Management

Netnumber

Cedric Gonin

Cedric Gonin

VP Global Business Support

Orange Wholesale International

Dana Mansour

Dana Mansour

Messaging Wholesale Team Leader

Monty Mobile

Dario Betti

Dario Betti

CEO

MEF

Doug Makishima

Doug Makishima

Advisor

MEF

Eli Katz

Eli Katz

Founder and CEO

Xconnect

Emmanuel Rochas

Emmanuel Rochas

CEO

Orange Wholesale International

Gavin Patterson

Gavin Patterson

Director of Data

MEF

Gilbert Relou

Gilbert Relou

Head of Consultancy and Strategic Development

Kaleido Intelligence

Glyn Povath

Glyn Povath

Global Product Development

Telefonica

Igor Skutsenya

Igor Skutsenya

Senior Business Development Manager

Lanck Telecom

James Williams

James Williams

Vice President, Business Development

XConnect

Jason Lunn

Jason Lunn

Global Connectivity, CPaaS

Cisco

Julian Watson

Julian Watson

Principal Analyst, Wholesale Telecoms

Omdia

Kathiravan Kandasamy

Kathiravan Kandasamy

VP of Product Management

Syniverse

Luc Vidal-Madjar

Luc Vidal-Madjar

Head of IoT and MVNE Solutions

BICS

Mihaela Ambrozie

Mihaela Ambrozie

Head of Operations - Vodafone Voice & Roaming Services

Vodafone

Nassia Skoulikariti

Nassia Skoulikariti

IoT Program Director

MEF

Nitin Bhas

Nitin Bhas

Chief of Strategy & Insights

Kaleido Intelligence

Olly Brough

Olly Brough

SVP Sales and Marketing

Trusona

Prakash Kumta Mohandas

Prakash Kumta Mohandas

Director Voice and Roaming

Ooredoo

Sam Barker

Sam Barker

VP of Telecoms Market Research

Juniper Research

Steffen Sorrell

Steffen Sorrell

Chief of Research

Kaleido Intelligence

Suzy Menneret

Suzy Menneret

Wholesale Programme Director

MEF

Open Event

Event Info

Date

02/07/2024

Time

10:00 – 16:00
GMT

Location

Remote, Online

Categories

Type

  • Suzy Menneret, Wholesale Programme Director – MEF
  • Julian Watson, Principal Analyst, Wholesale Telecoms – Omdia

To kick start the day, Julian Watson will lead us through evolving customer requirements that shape current and likely to impact future mobile wholesale innovative patterns. Amongst these, Omdia will look into roaming and travel mobility trends.

  • James Williams, Vice President Business Development – XConnect
  • Eli Katz, Founder and CEO – Xconnect 
  • Jason Lunn, Global Connectivity, CPaaS – Cisco
What voice and messaging can learn from each other as we try to restore trust in each channel
 
The communications industry is desperately trying to stay one step ahead of fraudsters, to protect stakeholders and the revenue voice and messaging channels bring alike.
 
There’s lots of hard work going on in both sectors to address these existential threats, and during our session we’ll be investigating:
– What small practical steps the voice and messaging industries can take to protect their stakeholders
– What they can learn from each other in how they’re combating their respective challenges
– What the biggest challenges they face are and how can they can go about overcoming them
 
Join our panel of experts as they share their experience and learnings with you.
  • Dario Betti, CEO – MEF
  • Emmanuel Rochas, CEO Orange Wholesale International – Orange

Join Dario Betti and Emmanuel Rochas as they talk about the trends that will shape up the wholesale industry in the years to come, and how to best prepare organizations to tackle them. In this exchange, we will address the shifts in technology such as the digitization of the business and the increasing use of AI that impact or support the industry. We will look at the today’s priorities including connectivity requirements to support future growth, 5G SA rollout, network and communications API development and how to deliver a seamless digital end-to-end customer experience when it comes to wholesale services. Last but not least, we will consider future opportunities for long term growth: Wholesale as a Platform, 5G Core network as a Service and Direct to Device satellite solutions.

  • Suzy Menneret,  Wholesale Advisor – MEF
  • Catalin Badea, VP Product Management – Netnumber 
  • Glyn Povath, Global Product Development – Telefonica
A2P SMS is rapidly losing its elite status as a go-to for a host of mobile use cases.High price points, fraud risks, artificially inflated traffic (AIT) and the growth of alternative channels like WhatsApp have created a decline in global A2P SMS traffic. Authenticator apps and mobile network APIs may be putting A2P SMS out of a job, but sometimes destruction comes just before the growth of something better. Today, the mobile industry is faced with forced innovation and transition, but there are a host of opportunities waiting for those who can pivot to alternatives and remain relevant.
 
 
In this session, hear from netnumber, a global authority on mobile innovation and phone number intelligence data, alongside multiple MNO panelists, as they discuss the drivers of the new mobile landscape and how the transition away from A2P SMS is affecting mobile providers and players. Gain insights into how to remain successful in a changing future — including how to adopt alternatives, go beyond pure aggregation and add value with key opportunities from MNOs and messaging apps alike.
  • Sam Barker, VP of Telecoms Market Research – Juniper Research 
  • Asad Khan, Head of Global Presales – Telarix 
  • Dana Mansour, Messaging Wholesale Team Leader – Monty Mobile 
The wholesale messaging landscape is rapidly evolving . In this session, we are aiming at exploring major developments impacting the current and future messaging landscape. These include:
– Fraud over SMS and its current outlook
– The growth of RCS and Apple’s support
– Authentication / Identity APIs
– Conversational AI – beyond the hype to a clear long term road
  • Suzy Menneret, Wholesale Advisor – MEF
  • Gavin Patterson, Director of Data – MEF

MEF is developing a large set of market data that can support you in making informed decisions for your wholesale business. In 15 minutes, Gavin Patterson will outline the current data availability and ongoing research we will be making available to you, and where to find this valuable information.

  • Suzy Menneret, Wholesale Advisor – MEF
  • Steffen Sorrell, Chief of Research – Kaleido Intelligence 

Come and join us for this introductory session of the topics that will be covered over the second half of the conference This session will bring you up to speed with the latest market developments impacting the wholesale industry in the areas of roaming, IoT and network APIs.

  • Gilbert Relou, Head of Consultancy and Strategic Development – Kaleido Intelligence
  • Alberto Carro-Melero, Head of Market Intelligence & B2B – Telefónica
  • Mihaela Ambrozie, Head of Operations – Vodafone Voice & Roaming Services – Vodafone
  • Kathiravan Kandasamy, VP of Product Management – Syniverse 
  • Prakash Kumta Mohandas, Director Voice and Roaming – Ooredoo

In this session, we will deep dive into what keeps the industry awake at night when it comes to roaming including VoLTE, 5G SA deployments, 5G technical and commercial model development, and roaming monetization.

  • Nassia Skoulikariti, IoT Program Director – MEF
  • Nicolas Barret, Co-founder – TecFutures 
In this session, we’ll explore how IoT is reshaping the landscape of wholesale connectivity, driving opportunities and challenges for telcos and businesses alike.
 
We’ll kick off with insights from a leading industry analyst Andrew Parkin White from Tecfutures, who will set the stage by diving into the latest trends, market dynamics, and technological advancements propelling the Wholesale IoT sector forward. Expect data-driven forecasts, case studies, and a sharp analysis of where the industry is headed.
 
Following this, our expert panel will delve into a thought-provoking discussion, tackling critical questions such as:
– How can telcos leverage IoT to create new revenue streams and enhance operational efficiencies?
– What are the key barriers to IoT adoption in the wholesale market, and how can they be overcome?
– In what ways can businesses capitalize on the IoT ecosystem to innovate and stay competitive?
 
Join us to gain valuable perspectives from industry leaders, explore strategic opportunities, and engage in a vibrant exchange of ideas that will challenge conventional thinking and inspire new visions for the future of Wholesale IoT. Whether you’re a telco executive, a technology enthusiast, or a business strategist, this session promises to deliver insights that will shape your approach to the evolving IoT landscape.
 
  • Doug Makishima, Advisor – MEF
  • Cedric Gonin, VP Global Business Support – Orange Wholesale International 

Mobile operators are transforming their networks into open, Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) platforms via standardized APIs, enabling new applications and creating new monetization opportunities. Exposing network services externally to enterprises and app developers enables new services and also improves the user experience and security for existing applications. What are the implications and opportunities of Network APIs for Wholesale?

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