The telecoms sector is at a crucial juncture, grappling with the need for innovation amid evolving technologies and consumer expectations. Embracing scalable, sustainable, and profitable networks has become imperative, with AI adoption and cloud-native transitions being key drivers of industry competitiveness.

This era, especially marked by the advent of 5G, demands not just technological advancement but a strategic overhaul of business models to foster growth and meet market demands.

DTW Asia Tour in India will allow delegates to gain deeper insights into leveraging cloud technologies for more agile and efficient network operations, harnessing the power of AI to enhance customer experiences and operational capabilities, and exploring innovative strategies for monetization in the era of 5G and beyond.

Event information:

19 March 2024 
8:30 am - 5:30 pm IST
Courtyard by Marriott Mumbai International Airport


8:00: Registration opens


    Session Moderator: George Glass, CTO, TM Forum

    Welcome and Introduction - Driving growth and value creation in the digital economy 

    George Glass, CTO, TM Forum

    FIRESIDE CHAT: Transitioning to a techco to foster innovation and drive new growth

    • How are operational strategies evolving to support rapid innovation and sustain growth in the transition to techco?
    • How is Jio leveraging partnerships and ecosystems to foster innovation and tap into new growth opportunities?
    • What does the roadmap to success look like for Jio and which essential technologies and tools are pivotal in this journey?
    • How will Jio’s AI platform facilitate the creation of new 5G services and optimize operations?
    • How is Jio structured for optimum delivery?

    Interviewer: George Glass, CTO, TM Forum 
    Kiran Thomas, CEO, Jio Platforms 
    Anish Shah, COO, Jio Platforms

    Accelerating growth and value creation in the digital economy

    • What are the most promising opportunities for growth and how is your company positioning itself to capitalize on them?
    • How do you envision the role of digital transformation in shaping the future of the industry?
    • What strategic initiatives are you prioritizing in today's digital landscape?
    • How can CSPs address the challenges in driving organizational change toward digitalization?
    • How are customer expectations shaping your digital strategy?

    Vishy Ramaswamy, Vice President, 5G & Digital Solutions, Tata Communications 
    Padma Ravichander, CEO, Tecnotree 

    10:40 – 11:10 Networking Break

    11:10 – 12:10 Panel discussion: TM Forum Innovation Hub - Delivering solutions at speed

    • Impact of the Innovation Hub on driving innovation
    • ODA Accelerator – developing a production quality reference implementation
    • GenAI – Designing a reference model to enable CSPs to be better informed
    • New Services – an architecture to effectively identify fraudulent calls to enhance the security and reliability of communication networks
    • A look to the future: what is coming next?

    Session Moderator: Aaron Boasman-Patel, Vice President, AI, Labs & InnovationTM Forum
    Sudhir Mittal, Executive Vice President and Chief Architect, Jio Platforms
    Krishnamurthy Srinivasan, Head, Data & AI/ML Solutions, Telco Industry, Google
    Lester Thomas, Head of Digital & IT New Technologies & Innovation, Vodafone
    Sigrid Braun, Enterprise IT Architect, Deutsche Telekom
    Govinda Ramaswamy, Associate Director, Accenture


    Session Moderator: Shilpa Malaiya Singhai, Managing Director, Accenture Strategy

    FIRESIDE CHAT: Leveraging 5G and the Edge to monetize new enterprise services

    • 5G and edge: enabling scale, and operating at lower cost points
    • How does 5G change the model of delivering services?
    • Enabling multi-sided business models and developing an ecosystem
    • Addressing the pitfalls of entering new verticals – are telcos set up to operate across multiple verticals?
    • Finding the right partners to find the correct solutions
    • Operating 5G and edge services - what needs to change at the operating model level and across the organization?

      Interviewer: Shilpa Malaiya Singhai, Managing Director, Accenture Strategy
      Vishy Ramaswamy, Vice President, 5G & Digital Solutions, Tata Communications
      Rajesh Awasthi, Vice President & Global Head of Managed Hosting and Cloud Services, Tata Communications

      CASE STUDY: Successfully Monetizing IOT: Taking opportunities beyond connectivity

      • Harnessing 5G technology, NB-IoT, and artificial intelligence to create new solutions and experiences for enterprises
      • Establishing a thriving ecosystem of partners and start-ups to accelerate the adoption of next-generation technologies and empower digital lifestyles
      • Progress in facilitating the development of an infinite number of industrial applications to accelerate the digitization of Sri Lankan industries

      Ishari Siriwardane, General Manager, Digital Transformation Projects, Sri Lanka Telecom

      12:55 – 14:10 Lunch


        Session Moderator: Richard Webb, Senior Analyst, Research & Media, TM Forum

        CASE STUDY: The network as a platform for innovation and growth

        • JPL's Revolutionary Approach to Network Automation: Highlighting our milestones in setting global records through rapid deployment and our commitment to leveraging open APIs for industry-leading innovations.
        • 5G Core and Radio Automation: Showcasing Jio's achievements in deploying cloud-native solutions and advanced network management, significantly enhancing connectivity and service delivery.
        • Telco Cloud Automation at Scale: Detailing our strategies for orchestrating cloud-native infrastructure, ensuring high performance, and fostering ecosystem collaborations for seamless service integrations.

        Aayush Bhatnagar, SVP, Jio Platforms

        FIRESIDE CHAT: Telecom reinvented with intent-driven, autonomous, and sustainable networks

        • How has Rakuten's disruptive telecom journey since 2018 reshaped the industry landscape?
        • What key innovations and futuristic visions, such as O-RAN, cloud technology, automation, and AI, define the culture and journey of Rakuten and Rakuten Symphony?
        • Where does Rakuten Symphony currently stand in the industry, and how does its portfolio reflect its strategic position?
        • What are Rakuten's insights on the future of telecom, and how is the company pioneering the shift towards intent-driven, autonomous, and sustainable networks?
        • How has Rakuten Symphony distinguished itself as a unique product company incubated out of India, and what impact does it aim to have on the global telecom scene?

        Interviewer: Aaron Boasman-Patel, Vice President, AI, Labs & Innovation, TM Forum
        Rahul Atri, Managing Director and President, OSS BU, Rakuten Symphony

        INTERVIEW: Capitalizing on enterprise demand for private mobile networks

        • What is driving the enterprise's need for private mobile networks and why CSPs are well-positioned to meet that need?
        • Creating difficult-to-match private mobile offerings for enterprises
        • Why security and control are key
        • Partnering with vendors and system integrators to drive industrial-grade private mobile network deployment

        Interviewer: Richard Webb, Senior Analyst, Research & Media, TM Forum
        Biplab Banerjee, Principal Solution Architect, Volt Active Data
        Fahad Khan, Sales Director, IndiaVolt Active Data

          Fireside Chat: Leveraging AI to accelerate the journey towards Autonomous Operations

          • How is AI transforming your approach to network management and maintenance in your organization, particularly about achieving autonomous operations?
          • What are the specific challenges associated with integrating AI into your existing network infrastructures, and how can they be overcome?
          • How has the use of AI improved efficiency or cost-effectiveness in your network operations, and what metrics do you use to measure these improvements?
          • How is AI being leveraged within your network to facilitate the transition towards fully autonomous network operations?

          Interviewer: Richard Webb, Senior Analyst, Research & Media, TM Forum
          Abhay Savargaonkar, CTO, Cloud and Network Services, Nokia
          Aaron Boasman-Patel, Vice President, AI, Labs & Innovation, TM Forum

          15:30 – 16:00 Networking Break


          Session Moderator: Anilavo Datta, Associate Director - Digital Strategy, KPMG India

          CASE STUDY: How to future-proof IT for growth

          Ribhu Shadwal, VP & Head of Engineering - B2C, Airtel

          CASE STUDY: Migrating and managing your entire cloud estate to one unified single platform 

          • Improving resiliency and business continuity with hosted solutions on both public and private cloud with a unified management approach
          • Providing increased control and better support for data flow, analysis, and security from core to the edge
          • Using multi-cloud management tools, PaaS, and Containers to ensure rapid growth, innovation, and governance
          • Utilizing cloud analytics and optimization services to ensure high performance across multiple cloud environments

          Vivek Murthy, Director of Private Cloud and Secure Platforms, BT Group

          CASE STUDY: Strategies for Implementing Seamless Cloud Integrations: A platform-centric approach

          • Exploring the role of platforms in seamlessly integrating hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud architectures to enhance the efficiency of cloud migrations
          • Discussing how platforms simplify the integration of Open Digital Architecture (ODA) into Digital Business Support Systems (BSS), fostering a more streamlined and effective digital ecosystem
          • Delving into the benefits of a platform-based unified management approach, showcasing how it enables the hosting of multiple applications and improves overall efficiency in utilizing cloud infrastructure
          • Addressing the importance of ensuring interoperability with legacy platforms during migrations, emphasizing the role of platforms in mitigating challenges and ensuring a smooth transition

          Udaya Priyankara, Head of Competency Excellence - DevOps Architect, Axiata Digital Labs

          Clearing the Cloud: Demystifying cloud-native and TechCo transformation for telcos

          • Understanding cloud-native for Telcos
          • A “TechCo or a “Telco TechCo”?
          • Actionable steps to become a cloud-native Telco TechCo

          Anuradha Udunuwara, Senior Engineer / Enterprise Business Solutions, Sri Lanka Telecom


          Aayush Bhatnagar
          Jio Platforms


          Rajesh Awasthi
          Vice President & Global Head of Managed Hosting and Cloud Services
          Tata Communications


          Rahul Atri
          Managing Director and President, OSS BU
          Rakuten Symphony


          Biplab Banerjee
          Principal Solution Architect
          VOLT Active Data


          Aaron Boasman-Patel
          Vice President, AI, Labs & Innovation
          TM Forum


          Sigrid Braun
          Enterprise IT Architect
          Deutsche Telekom


          Anilavo Datta
          Associate Director - Digital Strategy
          KPMG India


          George Class
          TM Forum


          Fahad Khan
          Sales Director, India
          VOLT Active Data


          Sudhir Mittal
          Executive Vice President and Chief Architect
          Jio Platforms


          Vivek Murthy
          Director of Private Cloud and Secure Platforms
          BT Group


          Udaya Priyankara
          Head of Competency Excellence – Senior DevOps Architect
          Axiata Digital Labs


          Govinda Ramaswamy
          Associate Director


          Viswanathan Ramaswamy
          Vice President - 5G and Digital Solutions
          Tata Communications


          Padma Ravichander


          Abhay Savargaonkar
          CTO, Cloud and Network Services


          Ribhu Shadwal
          VP & Head of Engineering - B2C


          Anish Shah
          Jio Platforms


          Shilpa Malaiya Singhai
          Managing Director
          Accenture Strategy


          Ishari Siriwardane
          General Manager - Digital Transformation Projects
          Sri Lanka Telecom


          Krishnamurthy Srinivasan
          Head, Data & AI/ML Solutions, Telco Industry


          Kiran Thomas
          Jio Platforms 


          Lester Thomas
          Head of Digital & IT New Technologies & Innovation


          Anuradha Udunuwara
          Senior Engineer / Enterprise Business Solutions
          Sri Lanka Telecom


          Richard Webb
          Senior Analyst
          TM Forum


          Courtyard by Marriott Mumbai International Airport
          C.T.S No. 215 Andheri Kurla Road Andheri East
          Mumbai, 400059 India