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The annual Telecom event series, hosted by the business publisher Vedomosti, provides a specialist discussion platform highly acclaimed by Russia's community of telecommunication industry professionals.

The Telecom Forum sessions held annually as part of the World Mobile Congress and the SPIEF welcome all the major industry players to discuss pressing problems, current issues and successful business cases. The Telecom Forum offers great opportunities for constructive dialogue between businesses and government, and an excellent place to network.

For years now, the Telecom annual international forum of telecommunication operators has remained a foremost highlight among telecommunication themed events. Every year, the forum welcomes an imposing line-up of speakers from among opinion leaders, CEOs of leading corporations and key news-makers.
As per tradition, this year's Vedomosti forum will be addressing the current state of the industry, its potential and development visions.

Forum's audience
The event will bring together top market players, top executives and professionals of the major telecommunication operators and other high-tech companies from across Russia and beyond, as well as government agencies, digital TV operators, banks, media, financial tech and internet companies, telecommunication hardware and software vendors, internet operators, investors, analysts and industry pundits.

Event format
Discussion panels and round tables, special presentations in an interview format.

PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME

09:30 – 10:00 a.m. Participant registration. Welcoming coffee

10:00 – 10:10 a.m. Official opening of the forum. The Future Is Already Here

10:10 – 10:20 a.m. Welcome Speech

Discussion participant
Zhao Lei, СEO, Huawei Eurasia CNBG

10:20 – 10:50. The Speaker's Speech. Face to face with a top manager. Interview with Vimpelcom's CEO Alexander Torbakhov

10:50 – 11:00. Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Regulatory session. Operators and Regulators: dialogue in a post-COVID reality

Special Presentation
Natalia Kovalenko, Partner, Head of Cross-Sectoral Group, Pepeliaev Group

Moderators
Ivan Cheberko, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Vedomosti
Anton Ustimenko, Partner, Head of Practice in Services for Technology, Media and Communication Companies in Russia and the CIS, EY

The focus of the discussion
· Amendments to the Law On Communication. Remote SIM card registration: risks for operators or safety for subscribers?
· Stop spam. Will technical solutions and algorithms protect subscribers?
· Regulatory policy: from an impediment to a driver of the industry.

Discussion participants
Ruslan Ibragimov, Vice President of Government and Public Relations, MTS
Sergey Pereverzev, Legal Director, Megafon
Alexander Pankov, Vice President of Government Relations, Vimpelсom

12:10 – 12:40 p.m. Сoffee Break

12:40 – 1:10 p.m. The Speaker's Speech. Face to face with a top manager. Interview with President of MTS Vyacheslav Nikolaev

1:10 -1.20 p.m. Break

1.20 – 2:50 p.m. Industrial Session Telecom and Industry 4.0

Moderators
Kirill Alifanov, CEO, T-Platforms
Denis Kuskov, CEO, Telecom Daily

The focus of the discussion
· Projects that have taken companies to a new level. Global trends in Industry 4.0. Which technologies fail to work in Russia and why?
· Will the ongoing reshaping of industries lead to an 'industrial revolution' in the long term?
· The digital economy and Soviet mentality: How technology changes modern industrial enterprises.
· How to successfully re-engineer a major enterprise and get it on track toward efficiency.

Discussion participants
Alexander Antonov, Director of Information Technology, T Plus
Vladislav Belyaev, IT Director and Member of the Executive Committee, Cherkizovo
Alexei Nozdrin, Deputy CEO for Commerce, Transtelecom
Yaroslav Svintsov, Executive Director, GLONASS Mobile
Natalia Taldykina, Director of Corporate Business Development, Megafon

1:20 – 2:50 p.m. Media Session Pay TV and Video: The King is Dead, Long Live the King!

The focus of the discussion
· The customer for the ecosystem, or the ecosystem for the customer?
· The economics of creating and developing services in-house: can an efficient model be set up at a high level?
· What does a consumer need more — service quality or one-stop options?
· Business in adjacent markets: Mutually beneficial cooperation or confrontation?
· Ecosystems vs pipelines. Can a telecom operator achieve leadership in other markets?

Moderator
Konstantin Ankilov, Managing Partner, TMT Consulting

Discussion participants
Elena Balmont, CEO ViacomCBS Networks International Russia, CIS, Ukraine, Georgia and the Baltic States
Kseniya Boletskaya, Director of Industry Relations, Yandex
Natalia Bratchikova, Vice President for Convergence Products, Vimpelcom
Ivan Grodetsky, CEO ТНТ Premier
Ivan Grinin, Content Director, Ivi Online Cinema
Maksim Evdokimov, CEO Okko Multimedia Service
Alexey Ivanov, Chief Operating Officer, MTS Media
Daniil Saversky, Director of Online Cinema Development, Tricolour
Diana Samoshkina, Vice President for B2C Digital Business, Rostelecom

2:50 – 3:30 p.m. Lunch break

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. The Speaker’s Speech. Face to face with a top manager. Interview with Tele2's CEO Sergey Emdin

4:00 – 4:10 p.m. Break

4:10 – 5:30 p.m. Cross-Industry Session Telecom & Co

Moderator
Konstantin Ankilov, Managing Partner, TMT Consulting

The focus of the discussion
· The customer for the ecosystem, or the ecosystem for the customer?
· Ecosystems vs pipelines. Can a telecom operator achieve leadership in other markets?
· The economics of creating and developing services in-house: can an efficient model be set up at a high level?
· What does a consumer need more — service quality or one-stop options?
· Telecom in adjacent markets: Mutually beneficial cooperation or confrontation?

Discussion participants
George Held, Vice President for the Development of Digital and New Business, Vimpelcom
Venera Shigayeva, Head of Partner Integration, Tinkoff Bank
Yuri Smagarinsky, Commercial Director, Ivi
Grigory Tsomyk, Director of Open Ecosystem Development, Megafon
Wanghuaxin, Director of Ecosystem & Video Business, Huawei Eurasia

5:30 p.m. Forum conclusion. Cocktail Night