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MEF Connects Wholesale

October 7 - October 8

Voice, Messaging, IoT

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MEF Connects Wholesale takes an ecosystem perspective to explore the business trends and challenges driving connectivity today and asks what will create tomorrow’s business?

Across 2-days online, we’ll look at wholesale trends across Voice, IoT, Messaging & RCS.

Hear from analysts & experts, connect with your peers to discuss what are the new rules, new channels and new partnerships that will accelerate the future of wholesale.

Day 1

Wednesday 7th October

Day 2

Thursday 8th October

Analyst Briefings & Discussion

  • Hot Telecom – Future of Wholesale Part 1

  • A2P Market Forecasts

  • Panel Discussion: The Future of Wholesale

Analyst Briefings

  • Hot Telecom – Future of Wholesale Part 2

  • Wholesale Roaming

Fighting Fraud: A2P SMS

Fighting Fraud: Voice

Deep Dive

  • RCS

  • Evolution of Voice

Deep Dive

  • SMS

  • IOT

Regional Roundtable

  • Asia

  • Europe

Regional Roundtable

  • Americas

  • Africa & Middle East

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Agenda - Day 1

Analyst Briefing: Hot Telecom The Future of Wholesale: Part 1

Analyst Briefing: Mobilesquared A2P Market Forecasts

Future of Wholesale Trend Panel in association with TATA Communications

Fighting Fraud: Securing A2P SMS hosted by MEF and i3Forum

Deep Dive: The Evolution of Voice hosted by Erik Van Stokkom, Carrier Community

Deep Dive: The RCS Opportunity hosted by MEF and GTC

Regional Roundtable: Asia

Regional Roundtable: Europe

Agenda - Day 2

Analyst Briefing: Hot Telecom The Future of Wholesale: Part 2

Analyst Briefing: Juniper Research Mobile & Wholesale Roaming

Fighting Fraud: Voice – tackling Wangiri and how blockchain can help combatting fraud

Deep Dive: Voice Fraud moderated by Steve Heap, Hot Telecom

Deep Dive: The IOT Opportunity

Regional Roundtable: Americas

Regional Roundtable: Middle East & Africa

Speakers

Robert Teichmueller

Head of Global Carrier Fraud Management, Deutsche Telekom

Since 2016 Robert Teichmueller is head of Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier (TGC) fraud management and in charge to permanantly improve the capabilities of DT to manage all aspects of voice fraud. This task includes the coordination of commercial and technical requirements and a close cooperation with internal and external partners.
TGC is strongly committed to fight against all fraud and significantly improved the degree of speed and automation to stop fraud by implementing a 24/7 customized big data monitoring and blocking solution.
Additionally Robert is exploring opportunities of blockchain within TGC and an active member of thei3Forum and GLF blockchain working group for wholesale voice settlements.
He joined DT in 2015 after working many years for another international telecom company and a German mobile operator.

José García

Founder, Global Telco Consult (GTC)

José García has +20 years’ experience in telecoms, having held senior positions in fixed net and mobile technology companies. Today he is MD of GTC, a company he founded in 2014. GTC provides consultancy related to messaging services to mobile operators, SMS aggregators and voice carriers. José is recognized as an expert in messaging.

As former VP of Sales & Carrier Relations at tyntec, José gained a deep industry expertise developing profitable SMS and virtual number business across the globe. Previously, he managed the operator department of mobile payments business in Central and Southern Europe for Netsize, a Gemalto company. Before then he worked for Verizon where he headed up a European team responsible for international voice services over almost 10 years. José holds a Spanish citizenship, is based in Munich and studied in Frankfurt where he obtained his Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Giovanni Benini

Partner, Global Telco Consult (GTC)

Partner at Global Telco Consult, mobile messaging evangelist Giovanni brings 25+ years of telecom experience and RCS expertise. Previously as Senior Director of Product Management for OpenMarket’s Global SMS services, he grew the OpenMarket SMS business significantly over his 4 year tenure. Prior to GTC and OpenMarket, Giovanni held a variety of Product Management and Business Development positions in the space of SMS, Voice and Unified Communication at different companies in Europe and USA like Siemens and tyntec. Giovanni graduated from Bayreuth and Manchester University with a Masters in Physics.

Isabelle Paradis

President and Founder, HOT TELECOM

Isabelle is President and Founder of HOT TELECOM, one of the most innovative and creative telecom research and consulting companies in the industry. HOT TELECOM has been supporting Tier-1 and Tier-2 operators on a global basis for over 18 years, more particularly on the subjects of International and wholesale.
More recently, Isabelle has been working with many of the world's telecom service providers to help them define their transformation strategy and has written multiple articles and speaks at conferences on this topic. She is also passionate about encouraging the involvement of women in technology and science and continuously conducts panels and interviews with leading and inspiring telecom women around the world.
Isabelle holds a Bachelor degree in Engineering, an MBA in Finance and has over 28 years experience working globally.

Steve Heap

CTO, HOT TELECOM

Steve is Chief Technology Officer of HOT TELECOM. He has a lifetime of senior leadership experience in designing, engineering and operating networks, both domestic and international. With leadership experience in small technology start-ups through to global service providers, he has deep experience in a wide range of products, technologies and geographies.

Steve holds a Bachelor degree in Physics from Imperial College in the University of London and has over 40 years of experience working for globally recognized telecom companies.

Sam Barker

Lead Analyst, Juniper Research

Sam Barker is a Lead Analyst with Juniper Research. Sam’s focus areas are key connected verticals including digital advertising, digital health, automotive and smart homes.
His recent research reports include: Future Digital Advertising Artificial Intelligence & Advertising Fraud; Augmented & Mixed Reality: Innovation, Disruption & Future Prospects; Mobile Messaging: Operator Strategies & Vendor Opportunities.

He previously worked as project support analyst for a major online retailer, planning, forecasting and reporting on budgets for large company projects.
Sam’s most recent speaking engagement includes Carrier Community (Berlin, May 2019), featuring in multiple panels on the future of the telecommunications market. Sam holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Portsmouth.

Dario Betti

CEO, MEF

Dario’s experience in the mobile industry goes back to 1999; first as a consultant for Ovum advocating for to the nascent Mobile VAS, then launching the first Mobile Internet in Europe with the T-Mobile group. More recently expanding the concept of innovative partnerships between telcos and digital players in Asia and the Middle East, for Ooredoo (Qatar, Indonesia, Myanmar) and Axiata (Indonesia) and as Director of Products for MTS, the leading Russian Telecom. Over the year he has also taken non executives director roles in IoT and Digital Marketing companies. In February 2019 Dario took over the role of CEO at the Mobile Ecosystem Forum, after a long collaboration with the organisation.

Dario’s focus is in creating new business opportunities in the fast changing digital world, and he enjoys the cultural challenges of working in different countries.

Joanne Lacey

COO, MEF

Joanne joined MEF as COO in 2013 to oversee its global programming and PL. She was appointed to the global board in November 2018. She leads the MEF team to deliver a roadmap of industry programmes and member services including events, knowledge sharing platforms as well as MEF’s award winning blog. She is responsible for the development of its industry partnerships and oversees MEF’s Future of Messaging Programme which through cross-stakeholder collaboration tackles fraud and promotes the enterprise messaging channel.

Joanne has worked in the mobile industry since 2000 helping to establish the nascent mobile games ecosystem with market pioneer I-play (Digital Bridges) and later more broadly looking at mobile entertainment services with Player X / Zed Worldwide. She has worked across the mobile ecosystem partnering with MNOs, solution providers and content owners.

Nick Lane

Chief Insight Analyst, Mobilesquared

Nick specialises in all aspects of the mobile and telecommunications industries, and has written strategic industry reports on diverse mobile topics including messaging, unified communications, mpayments, mobile advertising, premium rate services, apps and content, and technology. Over the past ten years, Nick has become recognised as a leading authority on business messaging, as a result of Mobilesquared's deep dive research into the messaging market. Nick regularly speaks at messaging events around the world including; Mobile World Congress, Messaging & SMS World, WAS and GSMA Messaging Labs. Nick’s work is extensively covered in the mobile, business, and marketing press, and he has been interviewed by media including the Sunday Times, BBC, Bloomberg, The Financial Times, Forbes, and CNN. He is a judge for the Global Mobile Awards, Messaging & SMS Global Awards, the MEFFYS and the EMMAs. Prior to founding Mobilesquared, Nick was principal analyst at Ovum, after having spent ten years as a tech journalist working on leading global B2B titles.

Sandrine Dutertre

Messaging Security Products Manager, Orange

Sandrine has been with the Orange Group for over 20 years, and held several different positions before joining the wholesale division, International Carriers’ in the Mobile Marketing team where she has since consolidated and grown her Marketing experience. Beginning as a Project Manager in charge of developing Value Added Services on Signalling Roaming, Sandrine spent ten years in that role before joining the Messaging team in 2017. Since then, Sandrine has been in charge of developing the portfolio for Messaging Security, and her current focus is on the future evolution security for Messaging services.
Sandrine is a Masters’ Graduate in English & Spanish and she particularly enjoys spending her time in multi-cultural environments, both professionally and personally.

Eric Priezkalns

Director and Chief Executive, Risk & Assurance Group

Nick specialises in all aspects of the mobile and telecommunications industries, and has written strategic industry reports on diverse mobile topics including messaging, unified communications, mpayments, mobile advertising, premium rate services, apps and content, and technology. Over the past ten years, Nick has become recognised as a leading authority on business messaging, as a result of Mobilesquared's deep dive research into the messaging market. Nick regularly speaks at messaging events around the world including; Mobile World Congress, Messaging & SMS World, WAS and GSMA Messaging Labs. Nick’s work is extensively covered in the mobile, business, and marketing press, and he has been interviewed by media including the Sunday Times, BBC, Bloomberg, The Financial Times, Forbes, and CNN. He is a judge for the Global Mobile Awards, Messaging & SMS Global Awards, the MEFFYS and the EMMAs. Prior to founding Mobilesquared, Nick was principal analyst at Ovum, after having spent ten years as a tech journalist working on leading global B2B titles.

Kevin Graham

Chief Development Officer, SMSHIGHWAY

Kevin is responsible for the continued development and growth of the SMS Highway Group. He joined SMS Highway in 2017 after almost 10 years with The JT Group, initially managing their subsidiary in Guernsey before helping to create the company's Global Division.

His experience spans the entire mobile ecosystem having worked with some of the world's largest enterprises, vendors, resellers and mobile network operators.

Kevin has worked closely with MNOs across the globe for almost a decade developing solutions to secure, monetise and control the flow of enterprise A2P messaging services.

Anurag Aggarwal

Director, Messaging Services, Tata Communications

Anurag Aggarwal heads the commercial arm of Tata Communications’ Messaging Business and has played a significant role in steering the service over a growth trajectory ever since it’s inception. His internal mandate includes carrier relations, enterprise connect and strategic partnerships.

He is part of the leadership arm of the Tata Group and his work experience spans over a decade including exposure to varied sectors such as telecommunications, steel, chemicals, power and the retail industry.

Prasanna Kumar Pasam

Sr.Manager - Product Management (Business Collaboration, Mobility & IoT Solutions), Tata Communications

With more than 12 years of broad expertise in telecom landscape, ranging from Core Networks Design to Value Added Services and Roaming, my latest challenge is applying AI/ML in combination with more traditional models to prevent voice frauds as well as extending our capabilities to other services such as A2P Messaging and IoT.

Marcos Rodriguez Gonzalez

Business Development Manager, Telefonica

Marcos is a Telecommunications engineer and UX specialist who has many years’ experience in the Mobile Communications market. Marcos has worked at Telefonica International Wholesale Services for 8 years, covering positions in Product Development and Marketing across different business areas, always with particular focus on mobile solutions development. In his current role as a Business Development Manager for mobile services, his main responsibility is to ensure the long term success of this market segment by bringing new mobile business lines to market (Mobile engagement services, RCS initiatives, CPaaS, etc).

Ignacio García Comín

Director of Digital and Mobile Solutions, Telefonica Business Solutions

Aqeel Ahmed

Senior Product Expert for Messaging and Digital Solutions, Telenor Global Wholesale

Aqeel Ahmed is Senior Product Expert for Messaging and Digital Solutions at Telenor Global Wholesale AS. With over 12 years of experience in ICT industry with various roles, Aqeel is spending most of his time now in exploring and designing messaging solutions for Telenor to strengthen their foot print in the messaging domain. Aqeel, together with his team developed centralized A2P Gateway for Telenor in combination with in-premise SMS firewall solution to maximize A2P revenues by implementing the advance analytics to stop grey traffic and better pricing strategy.
Aqeel recently completed his Executive MBA degree from Norwegian Business School and implementing the learnings in developing new business models towards ongoing digitalization development at Telenor by introducing new way of design thinking and methods.

John Wilkinson

CEO and Co-Founder, TMT Analysis

John is the CEO and Co-Founder of TMT Analysis, a leading supplier of global mobile number intelligence.
John has more than 20 years’ experience in telecommunications and technology, with a proven track record creating and selling technology products.

From tier 1 operators such as AT&T, Swisscom and Interoute to high tech start-ups. John has also successfully launched a number of big data products, as well as mobile and unified communication solutions.

Fernando Guardone

Wholesale Sales Manager, Vodafone Spain

Fernando Guardone, has studied economy and business administration. He has more than 25 years of experience working for different companies in Latam and Europe. During last years managing wholesale areas including voice, data and sms for companies like Tele2, Vodafone Carrier Services and now Vodafone Spain.
He is responsible for the Vodafone Spain wholesale team that is launching RCS A2P for aggregators and MNOs.
Vodafone Spain was first operator to launch RCS in Spain and count now with the most extensive customer base with around 4M users with RCS available.

Lee Suker

Market Development Director & Data Protection Officer, xconnect

Lee Suker joined XConnect as Market Development Director in 2017. Lee holds an honours degree in Computer Science from the University of Warwick and 25 years of experience in the software and telecommunications industry. Lee has spent the last 15 years in product and market leadership roles, and is an industry specialist in Telephone Number information for the A2P Messaging, Banking and e-Commence industries. He is also a specialist in information security and privacy and a regular contributor to the Mobile Ecosystem Forum.

Call for Speakers

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We have an open call for speakers for MEF Connects Wholesale and welcome proposals for excellent use cases from industry leaders.

Please note MEF members will be prioritised.  Submissions are already being reviewed now.

Last opportunity to submit, 11th September.

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Details

Start:
October 7
End:
October 8

Venue

Online
United Kingdom

Organiser

MEF
Phone:
t:+44(0)20 8819 0554
Email:
admin@mobileecosystemforum.com
Website:
https://mobileecosystemforum.com