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

  • 08:00
  • Welcome coffee & registration

  • 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

  • 10:00
  • Operator carve out towercos reshaping the landscape

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

    - Motivations behind the move and long-term strategic plans of the unit
    - Balancing neutrality and the goals of majority shareholders
    - Does this represent a step change in the attitudes of Europe’s MNOs towards outsourcing tower operations?
    - Are we on a roadmap to deeper separation of network and retail functions?

    Mario Martin, CEO Telxius
    Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, Managing Director, Deutsche Funkturm
    Giovanni Ferigo, CEO, INWIT
    Ole-Martin Gundhildsbu, SVP Towers, Telenor

  • 11:00
  • Networking refreshment break

  • 11:30
  • 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

  • 11:50
  • European towerco CXO panel

    - Tackling rising competition from the entrance of new operator-led towercos
    - Adapting the towerco model in an era of active sharing
    - How finance and investment in the sector is changing
    - On a country and European policy level what battles still need to be fought?

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

  • 12:50
  • Networking lunch

  • 14:20
  • Roundtable session 1
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    Focus group: Data collection & utilisation

  • 15:20
  • Networking refreshment break 

  • 15:50
  • Visionary presentation: How towercos need to adapt for the 5G era
    Gayan Koralage, Director, Strategy & Commercial, edotco Group

  • 16:10
  • 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?

    Alexander Chub, President, Russian Towers
    Jose Aranda, Product Strategy and Innovation Director, Cellnex
    Gayan Koralage, edotco Group
    Representative, Digital Colony/ Freshwave

  • 17:00
  • 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
  • Address from the European Wireless Infrastructure Association
    Olivier Huart, CEO, TDF and Chair, EWIA

  • 09.20
  • Expert opinion: The outlook for Open RAN and the knock-on effect for towercos

  • 09:40
  • Expert opinion: The impact of CBRS launch in the US and lessons for other markets

  • 10:00
  • 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.

    Upgrading existing infrastructure to create a nationwide EV charging network
    Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, Managing Director, Deutsche Funkturm

    Defining a role in edge computing
    Jose Aranda, Product Strategy and Innovation Director, Cellnex

    Network as a service
    Russian Towers

  • 11:00
  • Networking refreshment break

  • 11:30
  • Roundtable session 2
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    Focus group: Site resilience and site power in a 5G world

  • 12:30
  • Networking lunch

  • 13:45
  • Roundtable session 3

  • 14:45
  • Networking refreshment break

  • 15.00
  • Innovation case studies
    (continued from above)

  • 15:35
  • 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

    Pat Coxen, Managing Director, MBNL
    Jorge Alberto Jiménez Pérez, Executive President, Axion
    Tony Killarney, CEO, Towercom

  • 16:15
  • Chair's closing remarks

  • 16:30
  • End of Meetup