MEF Connects – On Demand

This year’s MEF CONNECTS WHOLESALE focused on industry topics and opportunities that both support the Wholesale business today and will set the scene for the Wholesale industry of tomorrow, exploring how carriers can embrace the 5G opportunity in terms of both the infrastructure required to enable it and also the solutions it can provide.

Experts and analysts from across our ecosystem provide insights and lively interactive sessions on the future of roaming and the future of wholesale messaging, the evolution of IoT and its impact on wholesale business models and the evolution of voice towards cloudification.

MEF CONNECTS WHOLESALE brought together representatives of wholesale forums and associations to provide you with insights and views on the various initiatives currently being undertaken to improve cross-carrier business efficiency in the industry and wholesale fraud and security.

Day One

Analyst Briefing: OMDIA Reports on The Outlook for Wholesale

  • Julian Watson, Principal Analyst, Wholesale Telecoms – OMDIA

The Future of Wholesale

  • Dario Betti, CEO – MEF
  • Anurag Aggarwal, VP Partnerships & Alliances – Tanla
  • Ehsan Ahmadi, CEO – Vox Technologies
  • Tim Ward, VP Sales & Marketing – XConnect
  • Shikha Gupta, VP Roaming & Mobile Solutions – Airtel Business

IoT Traffic – New Wholesale Business Models Emerging?

  • Andrew Parkin-White, Programme Director – MEF
  • Charles Bernard, CTO – ZARIOT
  • Fernando Llobregat Baena, Head of Enterprises Sales IoT & Mobility – BICS
  • Les Goldman, Senior Product Manager – Syniverse
  • Cédric Mauvielle, VP Sales Mobility & Voice – PCCW

Cloudification: Virtualisation in the Word of Wholesale Voice

  • Suzy Menneret, Wholesale Advisor – MEF
  • Nadir Patel, Senior Manager International Roaming – Omantel
  • Bas van Heyningen, Product Manager New Business – iBasis
  • Thangaraj Durairaj, Head of Carrier Voice – Vodafone Global Enterprise
  • Mike Mills, Director of Cloud & Infrastructure Partners – Gamma Telecom

Like a Phoenix, Will Roaming Rise from the Ashes?

  • Isabelle Paradis, Founder & President – Hot Telecom
  • Atim Akeh-Osu, Manager, International Roaming – MTN Global Connect
    Brendan Cleary, CEO – Cellusys
  • Nabil Baccouche, VP International Roaming & Mobile Services – Etisalat
  • Miguel Calvo Vervaet, Group Head of Roaming, Voice and Messaging – Ooredoo Group
  • Csaba Fuezesi, Head of Product Management -Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier
  • Feliciano Micillo, Product Management Mobile & Voice Solutions – Sparkle

The New Revenue: Industry Looking for New Growth

  • Dario Betti, CEO – MEF
  • Suzy Menneret, Wholesale Advisor – MEF

5G and Roaming: Ready to Make Money?

  • Dario Betti, CEO – MEF
  • Nitin Bhas, Chief of Strategy & Insights – Kaleido Intelligence
  • Mehmet Turunc, Senior Manager, Product & Innovation – iBASIS

The Global 5G Market: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Ignacio Garcia Comin, Advisor – MEF
  • Csaba Fuezesi, Head of Product Management Voice and Mobile – Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier
  • Nick Wennekers, Senior Director Product Management – Tomia
  • Vanesa Fernandez, Head of Roaming and IPX – Telefonica
  • Finn Kornbo, Product Director, Digital Wholesale – CSG

Wholesale SMS: Scale and Differentiation

  • James Williams, Director of Programmes – MEF
  • Eamonn Dullaghan, Head of Wholesale, Europe – Infobip
  • Larissa Ryndik, Procurement and Routing Director – Intis Telecom
  • Taha Jiwaji, Founder & CEO – Beem
  • Malick Dibba, Founder & CEO – Alchemy Telco Ltd
  • Dimitri Repinec, Product Management, Development & Strategy – MTN Global Connect

Making Money with OTTs

  • Giovanni Benini, Messaging Expert, Partner – GTC
  • Calin Calancea, CEO – enabld
  • Virginie Debris, Chief Product Officer – Global Message Services (GMS)
  • Fabio Bottan, Senior Messaging Specialist – Telia Carrier
  • Patrick Christian, Principal Analyst – TeleGeography

A View from the Top

  • Dario Betti, CEO – MEF
  • Matteo Gatta, CEO – BICS

The Jury: the Industry Takes a Stand on Wholesale Commodotisation, Voice and What Really is the Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Wholesale

  • James Williams, Director of Programmes – MEF
  • Andreas Constantinides, Head of Messaging – morethan160
  • Katlego Mashigo, Commercial Director – Apprentice Valley
  • Alex Ciubuc, Chief Revenue Officer & Co-Founder – enabld
  • Karim Mehouri, EMEA Business Development Director – PaaSoo
  • Waheed Adam, Executive Chairperson – iTouch Messaging Services

Day Two

Analyst Briefing: Forget about ‘The New Normal’ – here comes ‘The New Roaming’!

  • Isabelle Paradis, Founder & President – Hot Telecom

Wholesale Fraud: Threats Review

  • Dario Betti, CEO – MEF
  • Anurag Aggarwal, i3forum
  • Katia Gonzalez, i3forum
  • James Williams, MEF
  • Jussi Makela, Global Leadership Forum
  • Michiel Huisamen, WASPA

Enabling Value Added Services from a Security Platform

  • James Williams, Director of Programmes – MEF
  • Simeon Coney, Chief Strategy Officer – AdaptiveMobile Security

Paradigm Shift: From Individual Protection to a Collective Defence Network

  • James Williams, Director of Programmes – MEF
  • Igor Skutsenya, Business Development Manager, Anti-Fraud Solutions – LANCK Telecom

Security: Just a Requirement or an Opportunity?

  • James Williams, Director of Programmes – MEF
  • Igor Skutsenya, Business Development Manager, Anti-Fraud Solutions – LANCK Telecom
  • Nadir Patel, Senior Manager International Roaming – Omantel
  • Sudip Chatterjee, Co-founder & Marketing Director – Globe Teleservices
  • Brian D’Arcy, Chief Commercial Officer – ANAM Technologies
  • Andreas Constantinides, Head of Messaging – morethan160
  • Cristina Rotaru, Business Development Director, Messaging – Yuboto

Security in Wholesale: Real Stories

  • Tim Green, Features Editor – MEF
  • Francesco Votta – Deutsche Telekom
  • Thangaraj Durairaj, Head of Carrier Voice – Vodafone Global Enterprise
  • Ehsan Ahmadi, CEO – Vox Technologies

The New Revenue: Industry Looking for New Growth

  • James Williams, Director of Programmes – MEF
  • Suzy Menneret, Wholesale Advisor – MEF

The Role of Number Information Services (NIS) Across Wholesale Voice and Messaging

  • Tim Ward, VP Sales & Marketing – XConnect
  • Thangaraj Durairaj, Head of Carrier Voice – Vodafone Global Enterprise
  • Fabio Bottan, Senior Messaging Specialist – Telia Carrier
  • Nick Cowley, Global Sales Director – Odine

Capitalising on Efficiencies for Wholesale Players

  • Suzy Menneret, Wholesale Advisor – MEF
  • Faïssal Houhou, SVP Business Development – Lenderwize
  • Simon Dodsworth, Global Carrier Settlement Forum
  • Jussi Makela, Director – Global Leadership Forum
  • Mark Stewart, CEO – Bank of Telecom / IMC

How is Billing & Charging Evolution Disrupting Roaming?

  • Dario Betti, CEO – MEF
  • Windsor Holden, Principal Research Consultant – Kaleido Intelligence
  • Xavier Bourgois, Senior Business Development & Product Manager, Roaming – BICS
  • Douwe van der Heij, Senior Product Management Director – Syniverse

Moving Wholesale to Solutions

  • Ignacio Garcia Comin, Advisor – MEF
  • Jim Poole, VP Business Development – Equinix
  • Lionel Hovsepian, Chairman – Wesley Clover Europe & Alacrité
  • François Moreau de Saint Martin, EVP Strategy – Orange Wholesale & International Networks

Voice – Telegeography analyst session?

  • Suzy Menneret, Advisor – MEF
  • Patrick Christian, Principal Analyst – TeleGeography

The Jury: the Industry Takes a Stand on OTT services, the Increasing Demand for Data and Great Customer Experience

  • James Williams, Director of Programmes – MEF
  • Ehsan Ahmadi, CEO – Vox Technologies
  • Pallavi Kudtarkar, Director of Global Business Development – Globe Teleserivces
  • Andy Gladwin, Head of Global Mobile GTM – Cheetah Digital
  • Uku Tomikas, Chief Connectivity Officer – Messente Communications

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