Capacity Asia: Agenda
Capacity Asia 2019
02-04 December 2019 | China - Macau (SAR) Macau SAR
Welcome to Capacity Asia
Turning the Tables on the Traditional Telco: Diversifying Service Offerings to Maintain Relevance in an Evolving Ecosystem
In an ever-increasingly competitive market where seeking alternative sources of revenue is essential, wholesale carriers are revolutionising their business models and repositioning themselves as connectivity providers or digital service providers. Increasingly, OTTs are also seeing themselves as infrastructure providers. Funding and M&A both have an important role to play in facilitating the process of evolution and embracing new services.
- What are carriers and telcos doing to adapt their business models?
- What role can partnerships play in easing the transition and ensuring the continued relevance of established telecoms providers?
- Is investment a viable option for diversifying services?
Coffee & Networking Break
Network Upgrades – Requirements & Opportunities to Ensure the Implementation of Robust, Agile Digital Infrastructure
Upgrading networks and automating processes is a necessary, but Capex-intensive task and needs to cater to current and future service requirements. Therefore, it is important to ensure that investment is focussed on the most important areas and that stakeholders consult each other on how to upgrade digital infrastructure in an efficient, future-proof manner which can adapt to support evolving demands.
- What are the current demands from international OTT content providers into local access networks? Who do they need to collaborate with to ensure local connectivity?
- What key assets do OTTs consider more valuable than network connectivity?
- What connectivity services drive value for cloud service providers?
- How can carriers leverage their core wholesale carrier capabilities through network expertise, geographic coverage and capacity to upscale their content offering?
- How can carriers be more innovative about tailored solutions and customising services to the client’s requirements?
- How do carriers maintain profit margins whilst providing a more bespoke service?
- What network investment is being implemented to improve latency and quality of service?
Optimising Connectivity for Major Sporting Events and E-Sports
This year Japan is hosting the Rugby World Cup and next year the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Provision of mobile connectivity, public WiFi and roaming options will be of significant consideration to showcase the country as one of the foremost technologically advanced markets in the world, and to make the experience of foreign visitors as welcoming as possible. Furthermore, e-sports is now recognised as an official sport at the Asian Games and attracts many consumers to livestream an event, consuming a vast amount of bandwidth.
- What provisions are being made to provide international standard roaming agreements and data to tourists?
- Are there workarounds for legislation which dictates that people must be resident in Japan to access voice packages, as well as data-only?
- How can networks prepare for a surge in capacity requirements when a game is live?
- What are the capacity requirements for live streaming during an event and how can operators partner with venues to prepare for this level of demand?
Status Update on 5G Deployments
The pioneers of commercial 5G are predominantly in Asia and China is leading the charge. Different countries have differing regulations, standards and extent of existing network infrastructure, which can have a significant impact on how easy, economical and efficient 5G deployment is to achieve.
- What are the services that will drive demand for 5G networks?
- Openwave have suggested that cloud gaming could generate 50% of 5G data traffic by 2022. How are carriers working with gaming providers to optimise the experience for gamers?
- What other use cases and beneficiaries of 5G are out there and how can carriers tailor their offerings to support these industries?
Risks & Requirements
- What will be the impact of 5G on costs for consumers and stakeholders?
- Is there an opportunity to reduce cost through non-standalone 5G networks?
- What standards have been put in place and are they sufficient, given that 5G networks are not yet ubiquitous?
- How will operators neutralise the risk that previous investments in technology will be made redundant by the existence of 5G networks?
- Will WiFi networks still be necessary?
- How can we develop strategies to mitigate security concerns about 5G networks?
- How can we future-proof the networks being built today for use cases that don’t yet exist?
- How are geo-political circumstances potentially impeding the progress of technological advancement in 5G deployment?
This structured networking session is designed for first-time attendees and those wishing to procure or provide network services and connectivity solutions. It is a good way to quickly introduce yourself to other attendees at an 500+ attendee event. Participants will have 1-2-1 meetings at tables for 5 minutes, after which an announcement will be made for everyone to move on to the next table.
Transforming Inter-Carrier Settlement - The GLF presents its Project to Launch DLT-Enabled Settlement Platform
The ITW Global Leaders’ Forum will present the Communications Blockchain Network project and how it can achieve automation of business processes between ICT Service Providers globally.
DLT technologies can provide significant benefits that can revolutionise the inter-ICT Service Provider settlement process through enabling automation and improving security. This will facilitate carriers to settle new types of traffic, underpinning network and service innovation, and save costs.
The GLF has developed an approach for a common governance framework and reference architecture to serve the whole industry with the purpose of accelerating the adoption of these automated settlement applications. This is achieved by avoiding fragmentation and by facilitating a more effective development of open-source standards and APIs that enable cross-carrier interoperability of the new, DLT-enabled services.
The GLF will present and provide details of the project and invite every ICT Service Provider to participate in the industry transformation.
Spotlight on China: A Golden Opportunity
Earlier this year, BT became the first non-Chinese telecoms firm to be granted a nationwide operating license in China. China’s Ministry of Commerce intends to broaden market access, to allow other international firms to join the club, from carrier and content partnerships to SD-WAN joint ventures. With a population of 1.4 billion people, Internet users in excess of 800 million and 3 incumbent carriers well-established in the market and leading the race for 5G deployment, global communications providers will have a challenge ahead, but China represents a huge opportunity, as yet relatively untapped by international players.
- What are the opportunities for carriers, data centre operators, software providers etc. in a technologically advanced market already served by 3 industry giants?
- What service offerings are sought by the market, which cannot be fulfilled by local players?
- How do carriers/ content providers/ software vendors differentiate themselves from local equivalents?
- How do you compete in a culture where technical innovation is the norm?
- What lessons can the rest of the world learn about market penetration and fostering a conducive environment for technological invention?
Smart Cities, Flying Cars, Drones & 5G
With 5G technology at our doorsteps, the compute, especially AI-related compute, can be centralized at mini data centres, thus making cities smarter. However, how it affects smart cities depends on various scenarios. This session will deep dive into various scenarios from issuing tickets for traffic violation in real time, to controlling drones and flying cars in private airspace, as well as issues in developing regulations around these technologies.
Multi-Directional Infrastructure: Connecting Hyper-scale Core to the Edge
Network, cloud, IoT and other service providers are moving the internet to a more multi-directional dynamic infrastructure to sustain the volume and speed of demand for content, applications and data, which is putting extreme pressure on existing network infrastructure. Creating a more distributed network through Edge infrastructure will mitigate the traffic build-up which is symptomatic of a uni-directional download centric model.
- How can a hybrid model of core and edge infrastructure function effectively?
- How can data centres collaborate with service providers to build a more interconnected Edge?
- What are the implications of multi-directional infrastructure for data security?