Partner Programmes



Tue, 28 Feb: 09:00 - 12:45 CET



Theatre 1, Hall 6

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Session Description


Don’t miss this exclusive event for Industry leaders at MWC 2023


The future cloud will expand to a highly-distributed fabric spanning 5G to space, powered by modern network infrastructure, and enabling a new application paradigm that puts ubiquitous computing power even closer to the problems that customers need to solve.


Join Microsoft executives Jason Zander, EVP of Strategic Missions and Technologies, Yousef Khalidi, CVP Azure for Operators, Martin Lund, CVP of Azure for Operators, and Victor Bahl, Technical Fellow and CTO, Azure for Operators, to hear about Microsoft’s vision for the future of connectivity, modern networks, and the cloud.


This session will also explore how operators and enterprises can take advantage of the new application paradigm today and gain insight into Microsoft’s new wave of products and services. In addition, attendees will learn best practices from Microsoft partners on how they are working with Microsoft Azure for Operators to help their customers through digital transformation journeys, drive value and growth, and prepare for the future.




09:00 – 09:25

Doors open, networking meet & greet with industry leaders


09:30 – 10:00

The Future of Cloud and What it means for the telecommunications industry



Jason Zander, EVP, Strategic Missions & Technologies, Microsoft

Igal Elbaz, Senior Vice President, Network CTO, AT&T



Joe Biron, GM, Azure Marketing, Microsoft



Join Jason Zander, executive vice president at Microsoft, at this keynote session to learn about Microsoft’s vision for the future of connectivity, modern networks, and the cloud and how you can take advantage of modern connected apps today. You will also hear from Igal Elbaz, senior vice president at AT&T, as he shares one operator’s journey to the cloud.


10:00 – 10:45

Microsoft Azure for Operators: What’s new and a look ahead



Yousef Khalidi, CVP, Azure for Operators, Microsoft

Martin Lund, CVP, Azure for Operators, Microsoft

Rob Soni, VP, Radio Access Network (RAN) Technology, AT&T Services

Monica Zethzon, VP and Head of Solution Area Core Networks, Ericsson



Joe Biron, GM, Azure Marketing, Microsoft



Attend this session to learn what’s new and what’s coming from Azure for Operators. Get an update on our rapid momentum, key new announcements, and top investment areas to help accelerate the digital transformation of telecom operators and help them deliver innovative services to their enterprise, public sector, and consumer customers.


11:00 – 11:30

Platform to modernize your 5G network



Shawn Hakl, VP of Product Management, Mircosoft 

Ross Ortega, VP of Program Management, Microsoft

Fran Heeran, SVP & General Manager of Core Networks, Nokia



Attend this session to learn about Azure’s new hybrid cloud service for Operators to run their 5G mobile core and RAN workloads.


11:30 – 11:50

Simplify network operations and deliver world-class customer experiences using AI Operations



Jason Hogg, GM, Azure for Operators, Microsoft 

Iain Milligan, Chief Network Officer, Three UK



Modern communication networks are becoming too complex for traditional network management processes. Attendees will learn how Microsoft is delivering the same big data and AI-enabled management services that power Azure to help operators easily deploy and manage complex services, eliminate manual configuration errors, avoid data silos, and deliver exceptional customer experiences.


11:50 – 12:10

Convergence at the Edge Powers Modern Connected Apps for Enterprises



Shriraj Gaglani, VP Product Development, Microsoft

Antje Williams, SVP 5G Campus Networks, Deutsche Telekom

Attila Algan, CEO, Cognitiwe

Carsten Schmitz, Principal Client Manager, NTT Germany, AG & Co. KG



Enterprises across manufacturing, energy, retail, transportation, and logistics industries are seeking modern connected applications to achieve their digital transformation goals.  Convergence of 5G networking, platforms, and applications at the enterprise edge is critical to achieve these goals while offering the flexibility to serve the widest range of use cases in Robotics, AI, and Industrial IoT. This session will provide insights about how Azure private MEC solution is being adopted by an ecosystem of Operators, System Integrators, and innovative ISV partners to offer industry solutions at scale. Enterprises benefit from validated use cases running on the edge integrated with high performance, reliable private 5G connectivity, all managed from the cloud, making these solutions very simple to consume.


12:15 – 12:30

Azure Powered Software RAN



Victor Bahl, Technical Fellow & CTO of Azure for Operators, Microsoft



The Radio Access Network (RAN) is one of the most sophisticated and important components of the telecommunications network. When implemented as an integral part of the edge and cloud infrastructure, it becomes a powerful, scalable, and secure programmable platform ready to ingest innovations unlike ever before. We are building experimental 5G networks in Microsoft’s Redmond, USA, and Cambridge, U.K. campuses. These networks are built with an open architecture and cloud-native components. Our networks use open 5G radios, and Open RAN software on Azure-managed telco-grade edge servers with FEC hardware accelerators. The software layer includes Microsoft Mariner OS, third-party RAN network functions, Azure Network Function Manager, Kubernetes for RAN, and our RAN automation technology. Orchestration and management are automated through Azure portal. Advanced features include dynamic energy management for sustainability, interference detection and mitigation, fault tolerance, and live migration.


Seating capacity for this session is limited. Attendees who have pre-registered and been accepted by Microsoft will receive a confirmation email and be added to the attendance list.

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