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Network X puts TechCo transformation front and centre

Network X – the world’s most comprehensive event for the B2B telco industry – relocates to Paris, France this October, providing telecommunications professionals with a unique opportunity to discuss and learn from market leaders about network infrastructure investments required to drive the TechCo transformation.

Alongside investment in fibre and 5G, telco businesses are looking for new ways to grow and adapt to changes in their environments. Worldwide, boards are beginning to align with the concepts embraced by TechCos, that allow for rapid change. However, the transformation requires technology investment, as well as a shift in market positioning, approach and culture. Consequently, businesses are looking to adjust their digital products, sales channels and market positioning to better serve the needs of users and enterprises.

The 2023 event, running from 24-26 October at Porte de Versailles, Paris, will bring together leading minds, experts, and visionaries from the fixed-line and mobile industries to help accelerate this transformation. A carefully curated educational programme will enable attendees to consider new business models, frameworks, and approaches to monetise B2B and consumer services through cloud-enabled fibre and 5G networks.

The Expo Pass
Network X’s free Expo Pass will provide visitors with access to the exhibition floor, exclusive technical workshops, the World Broadband Association’s (WBBA) annual event, and the new ConnectFrance zone.

The exhibition will once again offer an invaluable opportunity to secure new contracts, business partners and clients. This year, more than 100 of the world’s leading technology providers will be present, including Nokia, Plume, Mavenir, and ZTE, giving industry professionals the room to engage and develop relationships across the three-day event.

This year, Network X also celebrates the launch of ConnectFrance – a stage dedicated to exploring issues impacting the French telecoms industry today, with talks delivered in both French and English. The bilingual space will enable attendees to gain insights into and discuss the state of the French telecoms market. Considering recent updates across the industry, the stage has strategic importance, with Orange and Bouygues Telecom both planning to deploy 5G standalone (SA), and Orange France – the country’s largest fixed-line wholesale operator – moving toward an all-fibre fixed infrastructure by the end of 2030. Special sessions will dive into the regional challenges and opportunities, while a zone on the exhibition floor will help international visitors identify the latest French innovations.

The Delegate Pass
67 per cent of past visitors to Network X reveal that they attend to keep up to date with the latest industry trends. With CXOs, VPs and Directors from the tier 1 telcos, FibreCos, neutral hosts, wireless operators and more taking to the stage over three days, there is no better source of valuable insights that will shape future strategy than the Network X educational programme.

Network X’s highly acclaimed Headliners stage will once again feature telco trailblazers like Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, the Deputy CEO of Orange Group; Enrique Blanco, the Global Chief Technology Officer at Telefonica; and Howard Watson, Chief Technology and Information Officer at BT Group; along with other innovators and policymakers. They will address changing market dynamics, investments in network technology and the growing influence of big tech in telecoms, as well as the impact of business models and approaches in B2B segments.

The Network X conference will also feature three unique streams that focus on the latest 5G development, broadband infrastructure and cloud transformation. Among the topics high on the agenda this year will be the development of next-gen PON strategies and services, the deployment and use of new client-facing cloud technology applications, and the benefits of migrating to SA architecture. A full programme will be announced in August.

Additionally, the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) will be returning to Network X for the second year running. For a small extra fee, visitors can attend the world’s largest Wi-Fi technology event, Wireless Global Congress (WGC) EMEA, during the event, which will focus on Wi-Fi innovation for operators, enterprises, places and things.

Network X Awards
The event will once again host the prestigious Network X Awards, that will put the leading telco innovations of the past year in the spotlight. Taking place on Wednesday, 25 October, at Hotel de Ville in Paris, the glamourous evening will enable professionals to support and recognise the achievements, innovation and excellence being delivered across the industry.

Christopher Lycett, Portfolio Manager from Network X commented:

“The programme for this year’s Network X event touches upon so many critical areas for the telco industry. Clearly there is a transformation happening and we aim to provide a platform for industry professionals to learn about the trends shaping the sector, network with the key players and source the most innovative, pioneering solutions. Delivering this will enable telcos to tackle the future challenges and grasp the opportunities.

“Through executive Headliner speaking slots from tier 1 telcos, monetisation use cases from regional and national telcos, Group Roundtable discussions and technology demonstrations from the major RAN and fibre access vendors, Network X is the place to bring you the solutions.”

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