Agenda 2022

*Time indicated in Eastern European Time (EET)

10:00 - 10:30

Policy & Strategy Stage

Opening Speeches Day 2

Artūrs Toms Plešs

Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia

Ulrik Knudsen

Deputy Secretary-General, OECD

Konstantinos Masselos

President / Chair for 2023, Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission / BEREC

Kaspars Rozkalns

Director General, Investment and Development Agency of Latvia

10:35 - 11:15

Innovation & Technology Stage

Research and industry cooperation for future 6G technology

The Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU) is an European partnership for 6G mobile technology. Public and private member cooperation aims to ensure industrial leadership for Europe in 5G and 6G technology. In this session, you will be able to hear about the latest opportunities for 6G research and cooperation for academia and industry, as well as current research and development topics being worked on by the leading minds in the field.

Dr. Lauma Muizniece

Director General, Latvian Council of Science

Colin Willcock

Chairman of the Governing Board, 6G IA

Oskars Teikmanis

Research Assistant, Institute of Electronics and Computer Science (EDI)

Mikko Uusitalo

Head of Research Department, Nokia Bell Labs

Marja Matinmikko-Blue

Research Director, University of Oulu

10:45 - 11:00

Policy & Strategy Stage

Keynote Speech

Luukas Ilves

Undersecretary for Digital Transformation, Government CIO, Estonia's Ministry of Economic Affairs

11:10 - 11:50

Policy & Strategy Stage

5G in Defence

The defence sector has been at the forefront of new technological development and usage for a long time and new network iterations are no exception. 5G networks in defence could advance intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems and processing; modernize logistical operations for improved efficiency, and develop new methods of command and control (C2); among others. Hear from defence sector representatives and vendors on the latest in 5G in Defence.

Tomass Pildegovičs

Senior Expert, NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence

Ingmārs Pūķis

VP & Member of the Management Board, LMT (Latvian Mobile Telephone)

Philippe Agard

Head of Defense Vertical, Nokia

Juha Mattila

Researcher, Aalto University

Stephen Douglas

Head of Market Strategy, Spirent Communications PLC

11:40 - 12:20

Innovation & Technology Stage

Open RAN technological challenges and opportunities

With Open RAN set to potentially disrupt the industry, there are still a number of technical and interoperability issues that need to be tackled. At the same time, the expected benefits of a wide network, potentially lower prices, and an increased user experience may be well worth the effort. Listen as experts who are working on Open RAN weigh in on the technological challenges and expected advantages of Open RAN.

Marios Nicolaou

Senior Consultant, Coleago

Christian Mueller

Senior Business Development Manager, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co KG

Timo Jokiaho

Chief Technologist, Red Hat

Alla Goldner

Director, Standardization Strategy, NEC

Francesca Lamarque

Head of International and Standards, Telecoms Diversification, DCMS

Richard Mackenzie

Distinguished Engineer, BT

12:10 - 12:50

Policy & Strategy Stage

Mission Critical

2022 has been another year where mission critical networks have been tested throughout various calamities in the region. Countries and services involved in critical communications are considering switching to mobile communications, but, is a time of crisis the right time for such a change? In this session, our experts will be discussing the 3GPP technology standards that enable mission critical mobile networks, the vulnerabilities of existing legacy systems, the challenges of changing networks and more.

David Lund

Cooordiantor of BroadWay/Net, Public Saftey Communication Europe (PSCE) Forum

Anne Stephan

Vice President of Critical Infrastructure & Networks, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co KG

Lise Karstensen

Head of Nordics and Baltics, Nokia Enterprise, Nokia

Mads Lindback

Industry sales specialist, Cisco

Günter Graf

Vice President Innovation, Frequentis AG

Renaud Mellies

Head of International Cooperation, Standardization and Innovation, French Ministry of Interior RRF Program

13:10 - 13:50

Innovation & Technology Stage

Accessibility as responsibility and opportunity for the technology sector

Almost one in five Europeans, including many older people, and people who have a temporary impairment suffer from a disability that hinders them from using different services, including digital ones. In today’s world where most people are using at least some digital services, this puts a lot of people at a disadvantage. But is it up to technology companies to ensure accessibility for all? And is there a business opportunity in providing accessibility services? Listen in as our experts discuss these questions, as well as the European Accessibility Act which is set to be in place by 2025 and more.

Will Townsend

VP & Principal Analyst, Networking & Security / Contributor, Moor Insights & Strategy / Forbes

Michalis Moschos

Global Partner Solutions Go To Market Lead CEE, Accessibility Lead CEE, Microsoft

Kaspars Kauliņš

Business Development Director, Tilde

Pauls Puķītis

Information and communication technology development policy coordinator, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia

Elina Celmina

Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Welfare of the Republic of Latvia

13:30 - 14:10

Policy & Strategy Stage

City Mobility Green

The role of mobility in establishing climate neutrality in cities has been increasingly and intensely discussed across Europe. While conventional forms of mobility are persistently phased out of urban centres, mobility as a service, last mile solutions and urban logistics have come to the forefront with significant velocity. In our discussion Green City Mobility, the panel will handle some of the most pressing questions such as what the role of private companies is in developing the green mobility landscape, what forms of multi stakeholder governance have proven to be successful and how we can accelerate progress with innovative green mobility initiatives and testing. Which cities are leading the way in engaging citizens and communities?

Viesturs Celmins

Managing Director, VEFRESH

Monika Dernai

BMW Group Corporate Strategy, Head of Urban Mobility, BMW Group

Uwe Puetzschler

Head of Automotive & Mobility Solutions / Vice-Chair, Nokia / 5GAA

Maiju Viiki

Account Manager, City of Tampere

Larissa Suzuki

Technical Director, Google

Kitija Gruškevica

Head of Latvian Branch, Rail Baltica

14:10 - 14:30

Innovation & Technology Stage

Regional strategies for semiconductors

While global sales of semiconductors soared to a record $556 billion in 2021, recent years have exposed clear flaws in supply chains that are relevant to Europe. But even without the current geopolitical challenges, it is clear that future technologies will require rapid advancement in chip development and a streamlining of manufacturing processes. In this discussion, industry leaders will speak on the steps that are necessary to prevent chip shortages in Europe.

Dean Ramos

Principal, Arka Kapital, LLC

Benjamin Sokolowski

Vice President of Government Affairs EMEA and Managing Director for Germany and Austria, Qualcomm

Raimonds Lapiņš

Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia

14:30 - 15:20

Policy & Strategy Stage


The Nordic societies are among the most advanced in Europe in digitalization with ambitious goals for the next phase of digital development. Challenges associated with social inclusion, urban/rural differences and sparsely populated areas signal the importance of 5G for public services provision, as well as the need to further cooperation and synergies, but what’s the way forward? In this exciting session, we will hear about the Nordic-Baltic 5G Monitoring Tool and what can 5G offer to public services, looking into benefits for society and what are the barriers and limitations for further Nordic Baltic collaboration.

Heidi Himmanen

Chief Adviser, Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom

Markku Niemi

Director, Business Tampere Oy

Elīna Lidere

Innovations Ecosystems Lead, LMT Innovations

Ana de Jesus

Senior Researcher, Nordregio

Oskar Penje

Senior GIS analyst, Nordregio

Annika Svensson

Project Manager, Luleå University of Technology

Stefan Eriksson

Director, Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Riga

14:50 - 15:40

Innovation & Technology Stage

Intelligent transport in action - powered by LVRTC

It has long been argued that one of the areas which can be most helped by the latest network generations is traffic management. A reduction in travel time, improved safety, better traffic flows and decreased CO2 emissions are among the potential benefits of intelligent transport systems being deployed in action. But beyond the potential benefits lies a number of questions around investment in infrastructure, government and vendor cooperation and distribution of responsibilities in the future traffic system.

Listen in as experts directly involved in smart mobility efforts discuss talking traffic, mobility data space, smart road signs and other initiatives being deployed around the world.

Johannes Springer

Lead 5G Automotive, Deutsche Telekom / T-Systems International

Arturs Lindenbergs

Innovation Lead, LMT

Menno Malta

CEO, Monotch

Andreas Heindl

Project Lead Mobility Data Space, acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering

Evijs Taube

Member of the Board, Latvia State Radio and Television Centre

Uwe Puetzschler

Head of Automotive & Mobility Solutions / Vice-Chair, Nokia / 5GAA

15:40 - 16:20

Policy & Strategy Stage

Open RAN Ecosystem

Open RAN continues to be among the most hotly debated topics in the industry. On one side, its proponents will point out the potential of lower costs, more innovation and an increase of local manufacturers . The other side presents those who highlight the potential security risks and regulatory challenges of Open RAN. In any case, it is clear that this technology cannot be implemented by one actor – it will require an ecosystem. Listen in as our experts discuss how this ecosystem might look  and what policies and strategies are needed to create it.

Ioannis Tomkos

Professor, University of Patras

Slawomir Pietrzyk

CEO & Founder, IS-Wireless

Peter Stuckmann

Deputy Director - Future Networks, European Commission

Paolo Campoli

VP, Global SP Segment Leader, Cisco Systems

John Baker

Senior Vice President of Ecosystem Business Development, Mavenir

16:00 - 16:40

Innovation & Technology Stage

5G-ROUTES takes to the waters: Seamless connectivity over the sea and on harbours

Nine countries share a coastline with the Baltic sea, which covers an area of nearly 400,000 square km, making it larger than most countries in the region. Communication in, on, and around the sea and waterways is an indispensable part of the European communication and mobility network. Technology should be enabling that, right? In this session we will discuss how 5G can and will enable new opportunities for maritime.

Kaspars Kalnins

Researcher, LMT

Per Ljungberg

Director, Ericsson

Lasse Nykänen

Project Director, Vediafi

Arturs Lindenbergs

Innovation Lead, LMT

16:40 - 17:20

Policy & Strategy Stage

Green aspects of network evolution

To help tackle climate change and reduce network operational costs, energy saving has become a priority for the telecoms industry. Many of the top players in the industry have a green networking strategy that they are working on. However,  which is the main factor we should be focusing on – power management, cooling systems, base station emissions or something else entirely? Are regulations helping or hindering the efforts? Are the potential new technologies economically viable? Hear as experts directly involved in network evolution efforts discuss the challenges and opportunities of going green.

Julia Gifford

Co-founder, Truesix

Chris Hogg

Executive Programme Manager, NGMN Alliance

Peter Wennerström

Head of Strategy & Business Development, Europe, Nokia

Graziano Catucci

Chief Technology Architect, Hewlett Packard Enterprise