Preliminary Agenda 2023

*Time indicated in Eastern European Summer Time (EEST)

09:00 - 09:50

Policy & Strategy Stage

Opening Ceremony Day 2

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Inga Bērziņa

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

Thierry Breton

European Commissioner for the Internal Market, European Commission

Tonko Obuljen

President of the Council, HAKOM

10:00 - 10:50

Policy & Strategy Stage

Technology and Innovation for Boosting Economy and Connectivity in Rural Areas of Europe

As Europe sets ambitious goals for its connectivity policy, this session will assess the progress made thus far and explore the proximity to achieving these objectives. Our experts will delve into the societal benefits of enhanced rural connectivity, discussing how it fosters economic growth, empowers communities, and bridges the digital divide. We will also examine the technical challenges that arise in delivering connectivity to remote areas, exploring innovative solutions, the potential business case for rural connectivity, as well as highlight the pivotal role of technology and innovation in realizing the vision of inclusive connectivity across rural Europe.

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Maria Lema

CEO, Weaver Labs

Juris Binde

President & Chairman of the Management Board, LMT

Stanislav Prybytko

Head of the Mobile Broadband Department, Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine

Juliana Koza

Senior Manager Government Affairs, Qualcomm

Sofianatos Gerasimos

Deputy Head of Unit B5, Investment in high-capacity networks, European Commission - Directorate General for Communications Networks Content and Technology

Rolf Werner

Head of Europe, Nokia

10:00 - 10:50

Innovation & Technology Stage

Open RAN - is it actually a 6G product?

In this session, we will delve into the ongoing debate surrounding the rollout of Open RAN technology and its relation to the future of 6G.
Industry participants have raised concerns about rushing the deployment of Open RAN and argue that waiting for 6G could provide a more organic implementation. Our panelists will critically examine these viewpoints, exploring whether they hold merit and considering the potential implications for the industry. We will discuss real-world deployment examples that challenge this perspective, highlighting successful implementations of Open RAN in existing networks.

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Will Townsend

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

Timo Jokiaho

Telco Technologist, Red Hat

Alexander Pabst

Vice President of Market Segment of Wireless Communications, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co

Slawomir Pietrzyk

CEO and Founder, IS-Wireless

11:00 - 11:50

Policy & Strategy Stage

Achieving technology excellence in smaller countries - how the Baltics can take the lead in Europe’s innovation agenda

In this session, we will explore the unique opportunities and strategies that smaller countries, specifically the Baltic states, can leverage to become frontrunners in Europe’s innovation landscape. Our esteemed panelists, comprising industry leaders, policymakers, and innovators, will share their insights on building thriving technology ecosystems, fostering entrepreneurship, attracting investment, and nurturing talent in smaller countries.

Discover how the Baltic states can capitalize on their strengths, including a vibrant startup scene, digital readiness, and a culture of innovation, to drive technology excellence and shape Europe’s innovation agenda.

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Sylvia Lu

Corporate Strategy / Advisory Board, u-blox / UKTIN

Nina Cummins

Head of Connectivity Strategy Policy (Global), Meta

Liene Briede

Vice Rector for Innovations, RTU

Darius Stravinskas

Head of future policy group, Ministry of Transport and Communications of Lithuania

11:00 - 11:50

XG Stage

Autonomous trains

In this session, we will delve into the business case for autonomous trains, examining the potential benefits, cost-efficiency, and operational advantages they bring. Our panel will also address the technical considerations associated with autonomous train technology, such as advanced sensors, artificial intelligence, and communication systems. Additionally, we will explore the societal readiness for trains without drivers, discussing the challenges, perceptions, and necessary infrastructure enhancements.

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Julia Gifford

CEO and Co-founder, Truesix Co

Andy Billington

Innovation and Digital Architecture Senior Expert, RB Rail AS

Oliver Reichard

Vice President Sales Mainline, Siemens Mobility GmbH

12:00 - 12:50

Policy & Strategy Stage

Overcoming 5G Challenges and Fostering Collaboration: Reflections from the Nordic and Baltic countries

This session aims to tackle this issue by bringing together speakers from various Nordic and Baltic countries who are active in the 5G ecosystem. The discussion will revolve around how different organizations have been fostering collaboration among industry, business, and the public sector. The goal is to delve into successful initiatives that these organisations have undertaken to engage key stakeholders in the 5G ecosystem and debate challenges as well as future avenues through which the Nordic and Baltic regions can enhance collaboration, facilitating the exchange of knowledge, experiences, and best practices.

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Heidi Himmanen

Chief Adviser, Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom

Michael Nilsson

Project Manager, Centre for Distance-spanning Technology

Elina Lidere

Head of Innovations Ecosystems, LMT

Bård Reian

Senior engineer, NKOM

Oliver Lekk

Head of Radio Network Department, Telia Eesti AS

12:00 - 12:50

Innovation & Technology Stage

When disaster strikes - maintaining network functionality in the face of unexpected events

In this session, our panel of experts will delve into the critical actions that need to be taken to ensure networks can maintain their functionality and performance in the wake of unforeseen events or disruptions. From physical infrastructure attacks to cyber threats at the application level, we will explore the potential threats that can jeopardize network operations.

Moreover, our panelists will discuss a range of solutions including backup infrastructure, dynamic resource allocation, disaster recovery plans, drills, as well as strategies for enhancing network resilience, minimizing downtime, and effectively responding to and recovering from unexpected events.

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Silke Holtmanns

Telecommunication Security Expert, PwC Finland

Olaf Heisch

Director Target Account Management for Infrastructure Services, Rohde & Schwarz

Nir Chinsky

Managing Director, Google Cloud CEE & Alps, Google

Matthias Gerlich

Expert and Senior Business Development Manager ATM Civil, Frequentis

Piotr Linke

Mobile Networks Security Consultant, Palo Alto Networks

14:00 - 14:50

Innovation & Technology Stage

Open RAN Security: A Critical Look at the Threat Landscape

While Open RAN offers numerous advantages, some stakeholders raise concerns about its security implications. This session will delve into the risks and challenges posed by Open RAN deployments and explore strategies to mitigate potential security threats. Industry experts and security professionals will share their insights on best practices for ensuring secure Open RAN implementation while fostering innovation and maintaining an open ecosystem.

Our panelists will also shed light on the importance of proactive security approaches and collaboration in building robust and secure Open RAN architectures.

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Andrii Degeler

Head of Media, The Next Web

François Duthilleul

Telco Security Technologist, Red Hat

Gunārs Danbergs

Vice President, CTO & Member of the Management Board, LMT

Piotr Linke

Mobile Networks Security Consultant, Palo Alto Networks

14:00 - 14:50

Policy & Strategy Stage

Shaping the Future of Quantum Computing & Post-Quantum Security

Representatives from leading organizations in the field of cybersecurity and quantum computing will share their expert insights into the role of quantum and post-quantum security solutions in next generation cybersecurity ecosystem. We will discuss the advances in quantum computing, practical implementations of Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) infrastructures in the region, fusion of QKD and Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC) technologies with classical communications, as well as next steps for extending geographical and social reach of post-quantum security.

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