Wholesale, Tuesday 26 March 2019


Organiser’s Welcome Remarks

Nitin Mahajan

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Natasak Rodjanapiches

Host Opening Keynote Address: Accelerating Thailand’s digital economy

  • An overview of Thailand’s digital economy masterplan
  • What new ICT technologies is Thailand looking to invest in?
  • Opportunities for collaboration and partnership: How is the government looking to partner with solution providers
Erwin Meyer

Dell EMC Keynote Address

Erwin Meyer, General Manager & Senior Director, Dell EMC Global OEM & IoT Solutions
Panel discussion

Opening Keynote Panel – A vision for tomorrow: Digital transformation for 2020 and beyond

With the advent of 5G and proliferation of IoT devices, the telecoms industry is at a turning point. Businesses and industries are impacted by digitalisation, driven by faster connectivity and higher bandwidth services as the crucial backbone.
  • Tapping into AI, big data, IoT – What new opportunities do they present in diversifying revenue streams and creating better products and experiences for customers?
  • How are operators leveraging on new hardware and software to achieve long-term efficiency gains and greater flexibility?
  • How are operators planning to overcome the challenge of legacy IT platforms and architecture to build digital capabilities?
  • Future gazing: What is your vision for the post-2020 landscape?

Morning Refreshments & Exhibition Visit

Wholesale Outlook

Panel discussion

Wholesale Leaders’ Panel: Evolution of the wholesale business & Unlocking new growth drivers

Traditional wholesale services are being commoditised, and wholesalers are under increasing price pressure from new OTT players. How are wholesalers responding?
  • New customers, new business models and revenue streams – How are wholesalers adapting to winds of change?
  • What opportunities will virtualisation and software-defined technologies offer to wholesalers looking to innovate?
  • Cross-industry collaboration – What are the initiatives in establishing partnerships with third-party organisations?
  • How will IoT lead to and support shifts in wholesalers’ strategies?
  • Where is the next wave of opportunities?
Joel Lumanlan, Vice President, Smart Communications Inc
John Sullivan, Head Of Carrier Wholesale Voice And Mobility, Global Enterprise And Services, Telstra

Networking Lunch & Exhibition Visit

Country Spotlight: East Asia

Kohei Kitade

Country Update: Japan The Road to 2020 Olympics

  • Current telecoms market conditions - Key developments in 2019
  • Network infrastructure plans for supporting Tokyo 2020
  • Preparation for the expected launch of 5G in 2020
  • Development of smart infrastructure – IoT, C-V2X, smart grids and smart cities
Ronald Van Der Breggen

Laser-connected Enterprise Networks – Opening up new markets and accelerating growth

Hyun Joo Andy Lee

Country Update: South Korea

  • Current telecoms market conditions - Key developments in 2019
  • Current developments, projects in the pipeline, rollout timelines, vision for the future
  • Development of smart infrastructure – IoT, C-V2X, smart grids and smart cities
  • Partnership opportunities

Country Spotlight: Greater Mekong Sub-Region

Panel discussion

Insights into Myanmar’s telecoms boom

Myanmar’s telecoms sector is in the midst of an energetic expansion, shaping the economic and social composition of the country. This session will provide insights into partnership opportunities in this growth market.
  • What is the current telecoms landscape in Myanmar?
  • Key drivers behind such rapid growth
  • Plans for infrastructure rollout and service provision
  • Tapping rural areas - What are operators’ strategy in gaining market share?
  • What opportunities of growth does Myanmar’s telecoms market offer?
Thein Than Toe, Chief Executive Officer And Co-Founder, Global Technology Co., Ltd.
Kamrang Eang

Country Update: Cambodia

This session will focus on the telecoms landscape in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, providing insights into available partnership opportunities in these growth markets.
  • State of development of telecom infrastructure and competition
  • What new innovations and services are being considered/implemented with the development of better connectivity?
  • Opening the doors to new players - Opportunities for foreign investments and partnerships

Networking Refreshments & Exhibition Visit

Closing Keynote Session

Chee Keong Foong

Formulating regulatory frameworks for the future

  • Trends in telecommunications regulations
  • What do regulatory changes mean for industry and consumers?
  • What policies are needed to ensure continual investment in broadband infrastructure and development of the global internet economy?
Matthew Sturgess

Preparing for tomorrow’s cybersecurity challenges

  • What are the main threats facing the telecommunications industry?
  • How has the security landscape and what are the new emerging threats?
  • New privacy issues and implications to consider in the age of IoT
  • Developing a technology roadmap focused on cybersecurity applications for IoT
Panel discussion

Closing Keynote Plenary: Securing Global Network Infrastructure

With digital technologies gaining widespread adoption and driving innovation across industry verticals, the security landscape has evolved. This session looks at the new breed of threats and how telecom operators are planning to manage digital risks on their infrastructure.
  • How has the security landscape evolved and what are the new emerging threats?
  • As cyberthreats increase in frequency, scale and complexity, how is the industry working together to ensure security across the network on each layer?
  • How is the industry addressing challenges of data ownership and privacy?
  • With the diversification of portfolio, how have carriers integrate security services into their offerings and monetise added security services?
last published: 21/Feb/19 02:25

Wholesale, Wednesday 27 March 2019


Organiser’s Welcome Remarks


Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Erik Meijer

Embracing a new wave of digitalisation: Deutsche Telekom’s journey

  • What are major steps that Deutsche Telekom has taken into digitalisation?o Transformation into a platform business modelo Challenges of digitalisation and how to overcome them?
  • How has Deutsche Telekom tapped into new technologies?o Application of AI, machine learning, blockchain technologies
  • Building an agile and innovative culture – What are the new ways to foster this culture

Keynote Address by VMWare


Fireside Chat: Scaling Netflix through Partnerships

  • How are media consumption patterns in Asia evolving? What are the opportunities arising from these changing patterns?
  • Which markets are the biggest sources of growth over the next few years?
  • Examining the importance of OTTs and telco partnerships
  • Content quality in an on-demand age – How to future proof service quality
Frank Sliwka

Leveraging on Asia’s booming eSports industry

  • Overview of the esports market landscape in Southeast Asia
  • Key factors behind the gaming boom in this region
  • What roles can telcos play in scaling up e-sports, content creation and distribution within the broader gaming ecosystem?
  • Strategies to connect and engage with millennial consumers

Exhibition Visit & Morning Refreshments


Roundtable 1: Cambodia


Roundtable 3: Indonesia


Roundtable 6: Myanmar


Roundtable 7: Philippines

Joel Lumanlan, Vice President, Smart Communications Inc

Roundtable 8: Thailand


Exhibition Visit & Networking Lunch

New Revenue Opportunities

Geok Chwee Ong

Key Drivers to Activating New Revenue Streams

  • Emerging tech and the realisation of trends.
  • What are the key drivers and how will they translate into revenue?
  • How are leading telcos around the world harnessing technology to activate new growth?
Bee Loon Tan

Connect with Customers: Messaging that works


Exhibition Visit & Networking Refreshments

Country Spotlight: South Asia & MENA

Aamer Ejaz

Country Update: Pakistan – Plans towards a digital future

  • How does Pakistan’s telco infrastructure need to evolve to serve the needs of Pakistan’s emerging digital society
  • Market updates and 3G/4G penetration rates
  • New service offerings and business models to serve the changing needs of consumers
Narinder Chhibber

Overcoming challenges in providing connectivity to India’s emerging market

  • What is India’s current broadband status and the key challenges?
  • Building smart cities – What new infrastructure and key technologies are needed?
  • 4G Implementation and Roadmap to 5G


Allan Rasmussen

Trends in Asia Pacific’s MVNO market

  • Where and the emerging markets and opportunities?
  • Impact of regulation and market liberalisation
  • How are relationships with network operators evolving in different domestic and sub-regional markets?
Panel discussion

PANEL: Navigating the evolving world of MVNOs

  • How has the relationship between MVNOs and MNOs evolve?
  • How are MNVOs innovating and differentiating on value proposition and cost structure?
  • How are new technology enablers such as e-SIM, NFV, AI driving new opportunities for MNVOs?
Hurman Mok, Innovative Business Director, China Mobile International Ltd

Close of Telecoms World Asia 2019. See you next year!

last published: 21/Feb/19 02:25


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