Agenda

TowerXchange Meetups combine traditional presentations and panels with more interactive structured networking formats, enabling attendees to tailor make their agenda to best suit their needs. With content ranging from operational issues to strategic and futurist visions, Meetups provide two days of idea sharing, problem solving and networking for the entire ecosystem and org chart.

Visionary interviews and keynote presentations
VIPs selected for their thought leadership share their views on the direction in which the sector is heading

CXO panels
The management teams of regional and international infracos debate the biggest news and trends shaping the industry

Innovation case studies
New for 2020. Detailed insights into live projects which are reimagining the role and scope of the towerco

Focus groupsread more
Invitation-only curated sessions assembling a group of like minded stakeholders, designed to tackle a specific industry issue.

Roundtable discussionsread more
Hour long interactive groups of c. 20 stakeholders focussed around a key subject area and hosted by an expert moderator.

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Day One | Tuesday 19 May

  • 09.00
  • TOWERXCHANGE ANALYSIS: European market update

    - M&A roundup and forecasts for European tower ownership to 2022
    - Status review of European towercos’ diversification into new service lines
    - An update on Europe’s MNO captive towercos being formed
    - Headwinds the industry is facing
    - Trends in other global markets and take homes for the European industry

    Laura Graves, Managing Director, EMEA, TowerXchange
    Kieron Osmotherly, Founder & CEO, TowerXchange

  • 10:00
  • MNO captive infracos and the MNO model of the future

    2019 saw a series of major announcements by European MNOs carving out separate tower and infrastructure divisions, whilst existing MNO captive towercos looked to expand their operations. TowerXchange invite key stakeholders hitting the headlines to explore the developments and their impact on the industry.

    - Primary motivations behind the carve out or expansion
    - Scope of services provided and steps being taken to bolster expertise and competence
    - Monetisation plans and potential valuation expectations
    - Comparison to independent players in the market
    - Latest strategies of parent MNO companies
    - Is this a roadmap to a complete separation of retail and infrastructure functions by Europe’s operators?

    Vivek Badrinath, CEO, Vodafone Towerco
    Mario Martin, CEO Telxius
    Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, Managing Director, Deutsche Funkturm
    Giovanni Ferigo, CEO, INWIT

  • 11:00
  • FIRESIDE CHAT: Record M&A, organic growth and business model expansion at Cellnex

    After a record breaking 12 months in which Cellnex signed deals which will add some 28,000 assets to their current portfolio whilst continuing their position as one of the world’s most innovative infracos, we speak to Tobias Martinez who sits at the helm of this European tour de force to hear more about Cellnex’s growth and vision.

    Tobias Martinez, CEO, Cellnex Telecom

  • 11:20
  • Networking refreshment break

  • 11:50
  • Roundtable session 1
    -
    Focus group: Data collection & utilisation

  • 12:50
  • Networking lunch

  • 14:20
  • Roundtable session 2
    -
    Focus group: Site resilience and site power in a 5G world

  • 15:20
  • Networking refreshment break 

  • 15:50
  • EUROPEAN CXO PANEL

    Assembling leading towerco CXOs, this panel will examine recent trends alongside developments expected in the coming year

    - The creation of new MNO captive towercos
    - M&A activity
    - Shifts in the investor landscape
    - Policy challenges to address
    - Contract renegotiations

    Olivier Huart, CEO, TDF
    Scott Coates, CEO, Wireless Infrastructure Group
    Alex Mestre Molins, Global Business Managing Director, Cellnex
    Rhys Phillip, CEO, Cornerstone

  • 16:30
  • GLOBAL VIEWS: Challenging towerco readiness for the 5G era

    With the use cases of 5G still being debated, starkly different views are starting to emerge about where investment will be prioritised and where the most important growth opportunities for towercos will be. This panel will challenge global towercos on how they see 5G being rolled out in their markets, what they are doing to prepare for it and debate opposing views.

    - Over 50% of network capex will be indoors: do you agree and do you have the relations and skill sets to capitalise upon this?
    - Industrial applications of 5G will be more significant than consumer uses: do you agree and how do you plan to feature in this space?
    - With the use cases of 5G in smart cities still being debated, where should towercos start and where will the biggest opportunities be
    - Who will be your competitors of the future?
    - Will the tower industry become marginalised if it stays in its comfort zone of just providing macro-infrastructure whilst new types of partnerships are forged elsewhere?

  • 17:10
  • Chair's closing remarks and end of day one

  • 17:15
  • Networking drinks

  • 19:30
  • Networking dinner (separately bookable)

Day Two | Wednesday 20 May

  • 09:00
  • EXPERT Q&A: What do we know about how 5G network architecture will look?

  • 09.20
  • Keynote presentation: Digital Colony

  • 09:40
  • INNOVATION CASE STUDIES 1: Real life deployments of tomorrow’s infrastructure

    New for 2020! Short presentations offering insights into innovative business models, partnerships and network architecture being deployed across Europe to address tomorrow’s connectivity requirements. Moving beyond theoretical discussions about how the industry needs to adapt, these presentations will provide real life examples of major steps being made by some of the most forward thinking infracos in the community.

    Presenters include Cellnex, Deutsche Funkturm, Russian Towers and INWIT

  • 10:40
  • Networking refreshment break

  • 11:10
  • Roundtable session 3
    -
    Municipality focus group

  • 12:10
  • Networking lunch

  • 13:30
  • Roundtable session 4

  • 14:30
  • Networking refreshment break

  • 15.00
  • INNOVATION CASE STUDIES 2
    (continued from above)

  • 15:30
  • Upgrading infrastructure for tomorrow’s networks: where investment is being prioritised

    - New build expectations and the role for macro-towers, smart poles and alternative site topologies
    - Structural upgrades for existing sites: what proportion of towers will require work?
    - Focus on acquisition of street level infrastructure
    - Status of fibrisation of towers and strategies to address this
    - Changes in site power requirements
    - Addressing rural coverage
    - Level of investment into indoor solutions

    Panellists:
    Pat Coxen, Managing Director, MBNL

  • 16:15
  • Chair's closing remarks

  • 16:30
  • End of Meetup