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A series of annual Telecom events organised by the Vedomosti business edition providing specialist platforms recognised by the country's leading professional telecoms community.
Telecom Forum sessions are part of the World Mobile Congress and SPIEF. They gather all the major industry players annually to discuss pressing problems, current issues, and successful business cases. They offer nothing if not a constructive dialogue between businesses and authorities and a great place to network.

The annual international forum of telecommunication operators, Telecom, has been the leading telecommunications event for many years now. Every year, opinion leaders, managers of the largest companies in the industry, and key newsmakers are amongst the Forum's speakers.

As per tradition, the participants of the Vedomosti forum will discuss the current state of the industry, it's potential, and forecasts for development.

The discussion will focus on

  • The COVID crisis and how it affects the growth of digital consumption. Only forward and never a step backward?
  • The pandemic as the trigger of global digitalisation. How the world, clients, the balance of power, and rules of business have changed.
  • IT investment in the light of the international economic reality. Development of the digital market in Russia and abroad.
  • Business transformation and the place of operators in cross-industry competition.
  • 5G as an infrastructure for new services.

Forum guests

The event attracts top market players, top managers, and representatives of major telecommunications and other advanced technology companies from Russia and abroad, government authorities, digital TV operators, banks, media, fintech, and Internet companies, manufacturers of telecommunications equipment and components, Internet operators, investors, analysts, and industry experts.

Event format

Sessions as discussions and round tables and special presentations in an interview format.

PROGRAM

9am–10am. Participant registration and morning coffee

10am–12.00am. Expert session. Business in the age of digital consumption
Discussions with visionaries, the leaders of the largest technology companies, about the present and the future

The focus of the discussion
· The COVID crisis and how it affects the growth of digital consumption. Only forward and never a step backward? Will 'offline' ever return to our life?
· Time-to-market at high speed. How to keep things under control while trying to satisfy clients' changing demands?
· The pandemic as the trigger of global digitalisation. How the world, clients, the balance of power, and rules of business have changed.
· Conquering new heights. Do modern technology companies still have space for growth?
· 5G as an infrastructure for new services and the key foundation of the digital economy.

Moderators
Ksenia Boletskaya, Feature Editor, Vedomosti
Anton Ustimenko, Partner, Head of Practice in Services for Technology, Media, and Communication Companies in Russia and the CIS, EY

Panelists
Evgeny Davydovich, President, Svyaznoy
Oleg Ivanov, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation
Alexey Kornya, President, MTS
Dmitry Sergeyev, Director General, Alibaba Russia
Gevork Vermishyan, CEO, Megafon

12.00pm–2.45pm. Break

12.45pm–2.15pm. Session 2. Execute and report. How import substitution actually works in Russia

The focus of the discussion
· IT investment in the light of the international economic reality. Development of the digital market in Russia and abroad.
· Focus on import substitution: a service forced by government or actually benefiting business?
· Can 'Made in Russia' be successful?
· The reality of import substitution: strengths and weaknesses of its practical implementation.
· Competing with international companies: possible alliances for market players?
· Which foreign goods remain irreplaceable and why? Do we need competition or balance?
· Obstacle Race. What obstacles prevent businesses from using quality software?

Moderators
Denis Kuskov, Director General, Telecom Daily
Nikolai Pryanishnikov, Chairman of the Committee for New Technology, Innovations, and Cyber Security, Association of Independent Directors

Panelists
Boris Borodyansky, Vice President for Telecom Industry Cooperation, GK LANIT
Yevgeniy Chechelnitskiy, Advisor to General Director, MTT
Anna Kashnitskaya, Director for Business Development, Mail.ru Group
Dariy Khalitov, Director for IT Development, Rostelecom
Natalia Kovalenko, Partner, Head of the Interbranch Group, Pepeliaev Grouppelyaev Group
Ekaterina Solntseva, Director for Digitalization, ROSATOM

2.15pm–3pm. Lunch break

3.00pm–4.30pm. Session 3. Beyond the pipeline: new businesses of telecoms operators. Will the flight be a success?

The focus of the discussion
· Redeveloping the service market based on knowledge of the client. Who's going to win? What steps can help operators become market leaders?
· Synergise with other markets, develop only your own business or buy? Should we expect the rise of new holdings?
· Will operators lay the foundations for new ecosystems? How does the operator see itself?
· New challenges and new non-telecommunications directions in the digital age. Will they become drivers of growth? If so, when?
· What ideas and directions are capable of disrupting the current market? Forecasts and key trends.

Moderator
Konstantin Ankilov, Managing Partner, TMT Consulting

Panelists
Boris Glazkov, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Rostelecom
Alexander Gorbunov, Vice President for Strategy and Development, MTS
George Held, Vice President for the Development of Digital and New Business, VimpelCom
Svetlana Skvortsova, Director for Strategic Planning, Tele2
Alexander Sobolev, Director for Business Strategy and Development, Megafon

4.30pm – 4.40pm. Break

4.40pm–5.10pm. The Speaker’s Speech.
Vis-a-vis with a Top Manager – Igor Mishin, General Director, MTS Media.

5.10pm. The End of Forum. Cocktail