The Vedomosti Telecom Forum is one of the leading professional telecom community gathering places in the country.

The Forum annually gathers all the iconic representatives of the industry to discuss key problems, current issues and successful business cases. Nothing but meaningful dialogue between businesses and the authorities, and a great place to network.

The current state of the industry, its potential and its development prospects — this is what the annual forum «Telecom 2018. The Technological Leadership» is all about.

Key Topics
  • Industry reboot. How telecom is being transformed.
  • MVNO and new businesses in cross-industry cooperation.
  • Data consolidation as an element of market management.
  • Development of additional services and new products.
  • Governmental strategies and industry regulation.
  • Universal digitization as a growth driver.
  • Digital economy and changes in operators' strategies in Russia.

Forum attendance

The leading players of the telecommunications industry will be participating in the event, including top managers of Russia's largest operators and foreign telecommunications companies, the Ministry of Communications, the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service, the Ministry of Economic Development, digital TV operators, content suppliers, telecommunications equipment manufacturers, wireless Internet operators, investors, analysts and industry experts.

Format of the event

Consecutive and parallel sessions as discussions and round tables, and special presentations in an interview format.


Discussion session 1. Digital Economy: Based on Real Developments

– The modern world is changing so rapidly that whatever was trending just a year ago is either now out-of-date or has completely changed its course of development. Digitalization is no longer an abstract term; it has become reality. Mass digitalization has made it possible for countries to compete at the global level, expand their presence, and thus raise the local population's standard of living. Outdated economic models are being transformed across the globe, influencing multiple areas from scientific research to global corporations. Starting from 2017, the Russian government has prioritized digital transformation of the national economy. The year 2018 is going to be crucial for elaborating the program and selecting digital economy operators to implement the program by 2025.

Topics of discussion

  • Program for developing the digital economy: sources and amount of funding.
  • Selecting the digital economy operators and infrastructure-related partnerships of the market parcitipants. Developing a cross-industry data pool and expertise.
  • Shaping regulations, establishing the legal status and industry standards.
  • What does the government expect from digital economy operators?
  • Participation in the program of small and medium-sized businesses.

Discussion session 2. Investments in New Markets

– The Russian market has reached maturity: the shares of its key players are stable, new technologies have been introduced, and income growth has slowed down. Along with that, operators are still facing the problem of selecting a new course for company development and investments in new markets in order to diversify business. Due to the growth of traffic streams, telecommunication companies and Internet service providers must continuously increase their network capacity. How the OTT providers, telecommunications companies, and Internet service providers in the context of their partner agreements and what investment models they will choose over the short or long term – these topics will be covered in the discussion session.

Topics of discussion
  • Overview of best development practices for Russian and global companies by means of investing into new markets.
  • Possible growth factors for telecommunication companies: analyzing Big Data, IoT, telemedicine, VR and AR, financial technologies, and legal services. What are the most powerful market players putting their stakes on?
  • Business consolidation and modern M&A deals.
  • Data consolidation as an element of market management.
  • Communication quality and types of cooperation. Outlook on new markets.

Discussion session 3. MVNO «Factories»

– Where the telecom market is oversaturated and mobile technologies are ubiquitous, companies tend to partner with adjacent markets in order to support the underrepresented segments or the segments with which the company is not able to partner effectively. In their turn, the partner companies that possess the extensive customer base tend to view mobile communication not as a source of additional profit, but as a tool to improve customer loyalty and obtain customer data for the purposes of further monetization. Sberbank, Tinkoff, Rostelecom, TTK – these are a few of the companies that in 2017 confirmed their readiness to provide their own branded services. These companies do not own any infrastructure, but they plan to take it on lease from mobile communications providers, i.e. to become an MVNO.

Topics of discussion
  • Competitors or companions? What are the benefits and rules of play?
  • Pricing policy for the new operators. How can we protect ourselves against dumping?
  • Benefits for subscribers, extending the subscriber base and data monetization. What risks are telecommunication companies and MVNO operators facing?
  • How do MVNOs affect operators' financial and operational indicators?

* The program is not fixed yet and can be modified.