How to get to the autonomous network

Tuesday, 19 September 2023
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Location: Stage C

Gorkem Yigit, Principal Analyst, Analysys Mason
Francis Haysom, Principal Analyst, Appledore Research

The role of autonomous networks in the emerging telecoms landscape

  • How will autonomous networks help telcos become techcos and drive customer experience, operational efficiencies/cost savings and network performance?
  • What is the role of data and AI in autonomous network evolution and how can Generative AI be leveraged in the journey towards autonomous networks?
  • How does the telco operating model transform as the networks mature towards automation?
  • What is expected from standards and industry organizations in the adoption of autonomous networks and use cases?
  • what are the use cases that the industry needs to focus on in the short and medium term to make the best out of autonomous networks?

Ulrich Irnich, CIO, Vodafone Germany
Manish Vyas, President, Communications, Media and Entertainment Business, and CEO, Network Services, Tech Mahindra

INTERVIEW: Autonomous networks: it’s time to leave the legacy behind!

  • Exploring the challenges and opportunities that CSPs face on the journey towards autonomous networks
  • Why has the industry been unable to fully realize the promise to deliver zero wait, zero touch and zero trouble services? 
  • Why have traditional methods failed to deliver, and why it’s time to “leave the legacy behind” and adopt disruptive new approaches?

Interviewer: Hamdy Farid, SVP Business Applications, Nokia
Ibrahim Gedeon, Chief Technology Officer, TELUS Technologies

CASE STUDY: NaaS evolution – new technologies unlocking new potential

  • What does the NaaS opportunity look like, and how is our journey progressing?
  • How to integrate AI powered, closed loop automation to overcome the growing complexity and unlock NaaS benefits?
  • Why translating business intent into cross domain orchestration is key
  • How to bring exposure into the mix, and power the future of B2B
  • Key lessons learned for an efficient and practical evolution path

Katja Scheepers, Head of Network as a Service, Vodafone Ziggo
Menachem Konorty, VP, Head of OSS/Network Product Management, Amdocs

PANEL: Accelerating the adoption and deployment of network automation 

  • How can CSP determine their automation maturity and identify gaps or limitations that may hinder the adoption of automation?
  • Leveraging CI/CD in network automation to enable a faster deployment 
  • How to identify and prioritize automation use cases that offer quick wins and immediate benefits
  • How to select the appropriate automation tools and technologies for automation use cases and objectives
  • Who should CSPs partner with to accelerate automation adoption?

Moderator: Francis Haysom, Principal Analyst, Appledore Research
Aroussia Maadi, Network Automation Department Director, Orange
Divesh Gupta, VP – New Technology & Sales Operations, PCCW Global
Neil McRea, Chief Network Strategist, Juniper


Aroussia Maadi

Network Automation Department Director

Divesh Gupta

VP - New Technology & Sales Operations
PCCW Global

Francis Haysom

Principal Analyst
Appledore Research

Gorkem Yigit

Principal Analyst
Analysys Mason

Hamdy Farid

Senior Vice President, Business Applications

Ibrahim Gedeon


Katja Scheepers

Head of Network as a Service
Vodafone Ziggo

Manish Vyas

President, Communications, Media and Entertainment Business, and CEO, Network Services
Tech Mahindra

Menachem Konorty

VP, Head of OSS/Network Product Management

Neil McRae

Chief Network Strategist
Juniper Networks

Ulrich Irnich

Vodafone Germany