Capacity Russia & CIS 2019
02-03 April 2019 | Russian Federation Moscow
Registration & Networking Breakfast
Cross-Continent Connectivity: Terrestrial Transit between Europe and Asia
Russia’s terrestrial cables form a strategic link in the “Digital Silk Route” and make up the vast majority of Russia’s connectivity offerings. However, submarine cables and diversified routes across Central Asia and the Middle East pose as strong competition for traffic from Europe to Asia and from East to West. This panel discussion will explore how Russian carriers can attract traffic to their routes and will pose the questions:
• Terrestrial cables are expensive and take longer to build and maintain than subsea cables, but what are carriers doing to develop a competitive edge in terms of latency?
• How are carriers adapting to the dichotomy posed by meeting demand for more capacity by building new routes and the resulting price erosion from diversifying routes within Russia?
• Where are the untapped territories that still don’t have cable routes planned?
Trends and Impacts of M & A in Russia & Central Asia
Strategic acquisitions and collaborations are an important factor in wholesale telecoms and lately there has been a flurry of activity in Russia and Central Asia. There have also been some high profile divestments of assets, such as Telia Carrier’s Central Asian holdings, with a resulting change in the dynamics of the regional markets that these affect. This panel discussion will assess trends in this activity and what the implications are for the industry and the region.
• How can acquisition help carriers to diversify their service offerings?
• What impact does consolidation have on an already small market?
• Can M & A activity help alleviate the lack of available spectrum?
• How does regulation around infrastructure, antimonopoly and the limitation of contracts to Russian vendors affect the market?
Seeking Solutions to Fraud in Usage Based Services (Voice Trading & SMS)
The detection and prevention of fraud in telecoms – from voice trading and SMS termination to SIM farming, is essential for customer satisfaction and revenue protection. Illegal practices damage the reputation and profit of businesses globally. This presentation will raise awareness of the challenges presented by fraudulent activity, explore how different markets react to the problem and propose solutions to fraud in voice trading and SMS.
The Modern Day “Space Race”: Strategising for the Implementation of 5G by 2020
Optimising Networks for Content Delivery in Russia & CIS
Alibaba and mail.ru forged a strategic partnership in the latter half of last year to cooperate in traffic and product initiatives between Russia and China, creating more demand for routes between the two major markets. There are also several new infrastructure projects in the region, including an SDN pilot between Moscow and Beijing State Universities, as part of the effort to deliver quality of service and low latency transmission to an increasingly demanding end user.
• What do content providers look for when making a decision about who provides their capacity needs?
• Who is servicing this demand for capacity?
• How does traffic flow from China to Russia and vice versa?
• Does the bulk of traffic travel from China to Russia or vice versa?
• How do Chinese and Russian players derive mutual benefit from Chinese investment in Russian content platforms?
• Will we start to see more partnerships between Russian and Chinese content providers, such as the Alibaba mail.ru joint venture?
• What are the new infrastructure projects in the region and how are they progressing?
• What is the power dynamic of Russia vs. Central Asia in terms of localised content?
• How does data localisation affect Russian transit?
A New Direction for Data Centres – Location, Dark Fibre & Security
Data centres in Russia are doing things differently: choice of location, security measures and environmental concern amongst them. New innovations have emerged, such as environmentally-conscious cooling systems and Cloud Xchange, allowing customers to access different clouds and thus contributing to efforts to encourage traffic flows through Russia. This session will explore these developments in cloud deployment, and examine the following:
- What is the difference between public and private cloud and how can data centres facilitate access to both for their customers?
- New regulation in Russia enforces data storage for up to 3 years – what are the implications for businesses and data centres in terms of adapting to this requirement?
- What is edge and how does it impact data center and cloud services in Russia and beyond?
- What are the implications for local and international businesses of the Russia-specific Yarovaya law on data?
Coffee & Networking
Assessing the Progress of IoT and Smart City Initiatives in Moscow and Beyond
The IoT market in Russia is expected to reach USD 74 billion by 2023, alongside huge investment in smart infrastructure. The establishment of smart cities, power grids, transportation etc. are creating huge opportunities for solutions and services providers to explore the untapped market. The Moscow government has launched a pilot smart district, as a living lab for piloting smart technologies and this session will investigate the progress of AI, big data and exciting smart technology initiatives in Russia.
• What infrastructure is already in place and how is it received by end users?
• How is the technology being monetised?
• What strategies are in place to ensure sufficient ROI?
• What security measures are in place to protect smart ecosystems?
• How is AI developing in the Russia & CIS region?
The Future of A2P Messaging in Russia & CIS
The A2P market in Russia & CIS is ripe with opportunities for several reasons: it is a legal requirement for banks to send the account owner an automated text message to verify every transaction and with a population of over 140 million, that’s a lot of SMS traffic; business between Russia and the Central Asian region is thriving and so is the flow of messages; international SMS aggregators and service providers need to partner with hubs and local service providers with a direct local connection to the network. Find out:
• Which sectors are developing most in terms of A2P messaging and how are operators adapting to this demand?
• How do international SMS aggregators partner with local players?
• Are messaging providers moving to be CPaaS providers?
• What are the opportunities in transactional messaging compared to promotional messaging?
• How can omni-channel or diversified messaging services strengthen quality of service?
• How big is the opportunity for RCS regionally?
MNO/ MVNO Meet Up
A focussed networking session for content providers, infrastructure vendors and other industry players to meet with Mobile Network Operators and the emerging Mobile Virtual Network Operators.
From speaking and exhibiting to just attending as a delegate or hosting a drinks reception, there a many exciting ways to get involved in this year’s Capacity Russia & CIS 2019.