The series of annual Vedomosti events dedicated to Telecom are leading expert platforms in the country's professional telecom community.

The Telecom Forum and sessions held as part of the World Mobile Congress annually host the industry's leaders to discuss pressing topical issues and successful business cases. Focus is placed squarely on a dialogue and networking between businesses and the authorities.

The Focus on Technology Leadership telecom operator session during SPIEF is a continuation of Vedomosti's projects series.

Transformation. This word has become an inextricable part of reality for many companies around the world. For each different industry, it has a different degree of importance for business development. In some industries, players are forced to completely change their business models in the wake of technological progress. As one of the most advanced industries, telecommunications is currently at the forefront of transformation, choosing to focus on technology leadership.
In the past, telecom companies have already faced tense situations forcing them to reimagine their business models. These include the emergence of OTT and instant messengers, VOIP, the increase in the volume of transmissions, declining revenue, slowdowns in the growth of the subscriber base, and the Yarovaya law and its resulting rising costs. Yet the transformation upon us now will change the industry beyond recognition. If implemented, the new business model of telecom operators will radically change the alignment of forces in the industry and the entire commercial realm as a whole.
Vedomosti is bringing together the CEOs of leading telecommunications players, as well as cross-industry partner companies, to share their experiences in business transformation. The participants will share their plans and strategies, present unique research on the main trends and prospects of the global and Russian telecommunications markets, exchange experience in the development of new business projects and discuss which projects lead to the highest growth.

Event goals

To bring together the most influential representatives of the telecom community, as well as related markets, to discuss ways to implement promising projects in Russia and the CIS.

Leading players in the telecommunications market: representatives and leaders of the largest telecommunications companies in Russia and abroad, government authorities, banks, OTT services, modern technology companies, internet companies, manufacturers of telecommunications equipment, internet operators, as well as investors, analysts, industry experts and leading media.

Format of the Event
The session will be held as a discussion between speakers and participants of the event, followed by a business lunch and networking opportunities.

The territory of ExpoForum. Hilton Hotel St. Petersburg Petersburg Expoforum. The entrance is strictly according to the passes of the SPIEF.


13:00 – 13:15. Registration

13:15 – 14:15. Discussion session. Focus on technology leadership

Discussion will focus on
  • The technological transformation of businesses. Diversification of operators.
  • New revenue streams: digital technologies, telemetry, internet of things, smart systems, telemedicine, financial technologies and blockchain.
  • Big Data's potential in the new realities of building a business.
  • 5G development as a foundation for future projects.
  • Interaction with the regulator: transformation of the industry, mechanisms for supporting and stabilizing the business climate. What business was waiting for «yesterday»?
  • M & A against partnerships: the pros and cons in a new economy.

Ekaterina Derbilova, Editorial director, «Vedomosti» and Harvard Business Review Russia
Anton Ustimenko, Partner, Head of Practice in Services for Technology, Media and Communication Companies in Russia and the CIS, EY

Session participants include
Sergei Emdin, CEO, Tele2
Alexei Kornya, President, MTS
Vasil Latsanich, CEO, Vimpelcom
Sergei Soldatenkov, CEO, Megafon
Aiden Wu, CEO, Huawei Russia

14:15. Business lunch, networking.