Annual Telecom Forum is

  • A communication platform recognized as the leading venue by the country's professional telecom community.
  • The core sectors’ representatives brought together in one venue.
  • The relevant problems and best case studies.
  • The meaningful dialogue between business and public authorities.
  • Efficient networking.
  • Top company leaders.

    The Focus of Discussion
  • World of telecommunications in 2016. What will happen to the market and what will be its future?
  • Modern threats. Regulatory policy and government support for Runet protection.
  • Telecom and media synergy in today's environment. New technologies and their penetration in TV broadcasting.
  • The development of a new generation of communications in Russia.
  • New operator cooperation models.
  • Current marketing and loyalty strategies

    What's new at the Telecom 2016 Forum?
  • The Speaker’s Speech. Interviews with top managers of mobile operators.
  • Art objects exhibition.
  • Multimedia space.
  • Matchmaking is the system of individual meetings.

    Forum's audience
    Top players of Russia's telecommunications market, the «big three» operators and foreign telecommunications companies, the Ministry of Communications, the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service, the Ministry for Economic Development, digital TV operators; content suppliers, telecommunications equipment suppliers, wireless Internet operators, investors, analysts and industry experts.


    09:30 – 11:00. Special session. Another reality of Telecom

    – The need for transformation is ripe for many companies from different industries. The future of Telecom business around the world is already inextricably connected with mobile finance, OTT and media. New companies come on the applications and services market, leaking their traffic through Telecom operators. Telecom companies are already competing not only among themselves but also with those companies whose business is increasingly dependent on operators and who have the Telecom elements by themselves. At this time the main factor of further company’s development is made on time decision about the company’s effective transformation.
  • Transformation of the Telecom business. Switching brains.
  • Confrontation or cooperation?
  • Effective models of changes.
  • Telecom as a new business paradigm.

    Discussion session 1. Telecommunications market. Are we on the way to consolidation?

    – The Russian market at the mature stage: stable shares of the key players; introduced key technologies and decelerated proceeds growth. At the same time, ongoing price wars are real, and operators still face the need to invest in the network development, withstand macroeconomic uncertainty and jointly stand up for the sector's interests against OTT providers. Many foreign communications markets reached consolidation in similar circumstances. Is Russia's telecommunications market able to reach consolidation? What forms can it take?
  • Consolidation in foreign telecommunications markets: reasons, similarities and differences with Russia.
  • What changes affected competition in Russia's telecommunications market in the last years?
  • Back to growth. How to prevent further decline in subscriber's margin?
  • Recent M&A transactions in the telecommunications sector. What is the fair asset value in macroeconomic uncertainty? How does the sector estimates the prospects of the market consolidation?

    Oleg Salmanov, Editor of technology and telecommunications column, Vedomosti
    Igor Tsukanov, Deputy Chief Editor, Vedomosti

    Special speech: «Review of the international practice of consolidation in telecommunications markets (for example, the UK, Italy, France).»
    Mikhail Romanov, Partner, Head of Telecommunications, Media and Technology, EY

    Discussion participants
    The Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation, the speaker TBC
    Anatoly Golomolzin, Deputy Head, the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service
    Eugeniy Lashmanov, Director of strategy and M&A, ER-Telecom Holding
    Vasil Latsanich, Vice President for marketing, Board Member, MTS
    Alexander Popovsky, Executive Vice President for corporate strategy and business development, Vimpelcom
    Eugene Chermashentsev, Executive Director, Megafon

    Discussion session 2.1 Communications providers fighting for efficient business

    – In the rough time for business, the best option for company's development is efficient and reasonable strategic cooperation, rather than tough competition for subscribers. We will look at companies' efforts under their partnership agreements and models they select for cost cutting in the short- and long-term at the discussion session.
  • Construction and operation of new generation network infrastructure. What challenges do companies face when they select RAN Sharing? Shared operation lessons: pros and cons.
  • Selling and leasing. What are the benefits of shared use of «passive» infrastructure?
  • Outsourcing and insourcing: what is the bet?
  • Cost-effectiveness of the company’s technological reorganization.
  • Operator's role and their cooperation in shaping the public communications policy.

    Discussion participants
    Andrey Azhigirov, Deputy General Director, Inter-Operators' Cooperation, MTT
    Alexander Bashmakov, Infrastructure Director, Megafon
    Yelena Zayeva, Director of the administration of communications and information technologies, the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service
    Alexey Kornya, Vice President for finance and investments, member of the Management Board, MTS*
    Alexander Ponkin, Director of the Department for regulation of radio frequencies and communication Networks, the Ministry of Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation*
    Lyudmila Smirnova, Chief financial and administrative Officer, Tele2
    Martin Skop, Executive Vice President for infrastructure development, Vimpelcom

    Discussion session 2.2 Surf's Up! New generation communications in Russia

    – With falling proceeds from voice communications, data transmission has been growing fast engaging increasing numbers of consumers in content use, online service consumption and text, voice and video IP transmission. Accelerating technology growth hits the classic consumption model. This trend opens unlimited possibilities to develop new businesses and additional monetization of providers' services.
  • How to stay on top by changing the existing business models?
  • Digital explosion worldwide. Its prospects in Russia.
  • Today's subscriber: their portrait, needs and dependence on global trends.
  • OTT providers' cooperation with telecom providers. What is the benefit?
  • Business VoIP. First outcomes of Voice over LTE.
  • Traffic transmission priority Do providers need it?
  • 3G, 4G, 5G… How does mobile traffic consumption change?
  • The Internet of Things on government and commercial service.

    Discussion participants
    Konstantin Likhodedov, CEO, Skartel*
    Alexander Mikoyan, Vice-President, CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Russia
    Tigran Poghosyan, Senior Vice President, Corporation ZTE – Tekhnologii, (ZTE)
    Andrey Ushatsky, Vice President for engineering and IT, Board Member, MTS
    Alexander Tseitlin, Vice President and technical director, Rostelecom
    Houlin Сhjao, General Secretary, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)*
    Denis Shiroky, Deputy Director General, Director of the Business business unit, M
    The Ministry of industry and trade of the Russian Federation, the speaker TBC

    Discussion session 3.1 Threat protection

    – Sweeping global changes along with growing technology penetration impose the rules. To protect Runet and personal data from existing threats, telecommunications and Internet providers need support from the state and well-balanced regulatory policy. How will it affect real business and what are expectations of communications providers in 2016-2017? - To be discussed at the discussion session involving the sector regulators.
  • Modern threats to telecommunication companies and their subscribers. How to prevent and resist them?
  • People, government and business. How to balance between the protection of data, combating threats and business needs?
  • The regulatory policy in the sphere of the Runet protection. The requirements of the government and the real possibility of operators. Where is the limit of the desire for traffic control?
  • Fragmentation threat to the Internet: is it a myth or reality? Freedom limitation as payment for security.

    Session participants
    Alexey Basov, Vice President, Rostelecom
    Vadim Dengin, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on information policy, information technologies and communications, The state Duma of the Russian Federation
    Artyom Kozliyk, the founder, Roscomsvoboda
    Andrey Kolesnikov, Expert
    Ruslan Ibragimov, Vice President for corporate and legal matters, MTS
    Alexey Moshkov, Chief, Bureau of Special Technical Measures Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (K Division)
    Maxim Mysev, Director of infrastructure projects, the Ministry of Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation
    Antonina Priyezhayeva, Deputy Director, the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications
    Sergey Hrenov, Director of fraud prevention and revenue losses, Megafon
    Roman Sheredin, Deputy Director, the Federal Communications Agency of the Russian Federation

    Discussion session 3.2 New TV business formats

    - According to many experts, Russia's pay-TV market is one the fastest growing markets worldwide. Providers are betting on this business, in particular with falling revenues on key indicators. However, the pay-TV market continuously transforms to adapt to fast penetrating technologies. Thus, the companies need to invest and keep up with the times and even outperform the times. The session will look at the roads providers take and their efforts in the current environment.
  • Audience trends for broadcast, pay and IP TV Review of viewers preferences and video content consumption models.
  • Generating content and competitive service portfolios for pay-TV subscribers.
  • New technologies and their penetration in TV, digital broadcast TV, HD and Ultra HD: supply and demand, strategies and reality.
  • OTT TV providers, media holdings and IPTV providers. Who wins?
  • Can foreign streaming media companies develop in Russia? Is there a threat?

    Discussion participants
    Andrey Bezrukov, Director of Strategic Marketing, GS Group
    Michael Vorobyov, Deputy General Director - Director for B2C, ER-Telecom Holding
    Michael Goryachev, Director of Content, National Satellite Company
    Alexander Doulerain, General producer, TNT
    Dmitry Kulakovskiy, Director of marketing and business development, MGTS
    Alexey Nazarov, Director of business development for the mass market, Net Bay Net Holding
    Greg Peters, International Development Director, Netflix
    Maria Reznik, Director of development of the media business, Vimpelcom
    Alexey Trotsyuk, General Producer, Yellow Black & White
    Vitaly Shub, Adviser of the President, TTC

    Discussion session 4. Like! My favorite subscriber

    - Changing business conditions modify positioning strategies of telecom-providers. One thing remains unchanged, subscribers are always the top priority for all businesses. The discussion will address: positioning and loyalty strategies selected by providers, their real effects on business, and the most efficient changes for retaining subscribers.
  • Shifting the focus on subscribers. What do adjusted audience winning strategies change?
  • Subscribers' consumer behavior. What services are in demand?
  • Audience monetization: best practices. Mobile advertising: beyond the good and the bad.
  • Mobile apps - new options of audience communications.
  • New methods to win subscribers' loyalty.

    Discussion participants
    Caisson Olivier, Director of the Department of Sales and Marketing, Orange Business Services in Russia and CIS
    Irina Lebedeva, Director of Mass Market Marketing, Vimpelcom
    Vyacheslav Nikolayev, Mass Marketing Director, MTS
    Andrey Chazov, Director of marketing, ER-Telecom Holding
    Victor Mazurik, Director of marketing and advertising, Enforta*

    * - Additional confirmation is expected