Already recognized as an institution from the Information & Telecommunications market as well as the political leadership of Albania, the 5th InfoCom Albanian Telecom Forum tοοκ place on 10th of December at Sheraton Hotel, in Tirana, under the motto ‘Digital Gates to EU’. This motto reflects one of the biggest challenges that Albania faces, on its way to fulfill the requirements for its European integration.
Session 1: Creating Digital Highways
In this session digital networks infrastructure was the case. Companies, institutions and government presented their views on building and utilizing Next Generation -wired and wireless- Networks.
The tremendous technological developments in the telecommunications sector, consistently reaffirm the Evolution Theory, while incite providers to increasingly pressing investment plans, and looking for the best recipe of Return of Investment. In this arena, various technologies compete with each other, but also complement each other, so that the business plans generate positive outcome.
At the keynotes session academic scientists and analysts presented their view, regarding the technologies and business models which will get closest to the targets of “Digital Agenda 2020”.
At the round table session, delegates from network providers, vendors and service providers deploy their strategy for broadband dissemination in Albania.
Session 2: Connected Business and Opportunities
Another decisive point for Albania, is the exploitation of the great potential of technology, necessary for the growth of economy, for entrepreneurship and productivity as well as the improvement of the quality of life for its citizens. Along data-agnostic digital highways, the All-IP communication model can interconnect almost everything: from people to machines and from computers to extended smart grids.
The Information Technology and Telecommunications, empower businesses with several skills-set, in order to convert a significant portion of CapEx to OpEx, freeing up precious capital resources, while at the same time allowing them to consolidate their relationship with their customers.
This change affects, not only small medium businesses, but also bigger organizations, from the banking sector to the State structures.
In this section, cloud service providers, operators and banking presented their proposals for a data-centric environment, which is constantly expanding, while they respond to challenges, both in terms of how to manage the volume of information, but also with consideration to the delicate balance between accessibility and security.
Session 3: CEO Summit: Growth & Collaboration
The highlight of the 5th Infocom Albania Conference was the CEO Summit. The annual meeting point, where renowned personalities from the Albanian telecoms sector, exchange comments and opinions and spotted the positive footprint of telecommunication and their services, almost in every sector of economy and governance. They also presented their targets and perspectives, the trends and steps they intend to follow in the near future, as they seek the ideal balance between securing the CapEx and the urgent need for adopting new and modern technologies.
09:00 – 09:30 Registrations & Coffee
09:30 – 10:30 Opening
Costas Nostis, President of the Organizing Committee
Genc Pollo, Minister of Innovation and of Information and Communication Technology
Nancy Sundberg, International Telecommunications Union
Moderator – Georgios Blekas, Managing Director, Intracom Telecom Albania S.A.
10:30 – 12:30 Session 1: Next Generation Networks & Infrastructure
Keynote Speaker Sophokles Stathoulis, CEO, ATU
Keynote Speaker Adrian Shatku, President, UNIFI
Speech Rauf Elmas, Technical and IT Director, AMC
Speech Baki Kuran, CTO, ALBtelecom
Speech Genci Hamzaraj, CTO, Vodafone Albania
Nikos Tsantanis, Senior Product Manager, Telco Software, Intracom Telecom
Dimitrios Papadopoulos, General Manager, NSN
Georgios Demirtzoglou, General Manager, Ericsson
Sorin Ocos, Country Sales Representative for Albania, Alcatel-Lucent
Dilsat Abdullah, General Manager, Huawei
Spiros Devissis, RF/MW Planning Team Leader, Net Technologies
Moderator – Ioannis Tomkos, Professor at Athens Information Technology – Greece
12:30 – 13:00 Coffee Break
13:00 – 15:00 Session 2: CEO Summit: Citius – Altius – Fortius
Keynote Speaker Piro Xhixho, President, AKEP
Visho Ajazi, Deputy Minister of Innovation and of Information and Communication Technology
Haris Broumidis, CEO, Vodafone Albania
Orhan Coskun, CEO ALBtelecom, CEO Eagle Mobile
Moni Buchnik, CEO, Plus
Robert Wood, Operational and administrative division Director, AMC
Meta Zakrajsek, General Director, Primo Telecom Slovenia Group
Moderator – Kyriacos Sabatakakis, Managing Director, Accenture
15:00 – 15:45 Lunch Break
15:45 – 17:45 Session 3: e-Albania: A brave new world!
Keynote Speaker Endri Hasa, General Director, AKSHI (National Agency for Information Society)
Keynote Speaker Dritan Mezini, AITA (Albanian Information Technology Association)
Keynote Speaker Arjan Xhelaj, Center Director, Academic Network of Albania
Stefano Zara, Regional Sales Manager, Tooway : ‘Satellite Broadband’
George Papadakis, Product and Services Manager, AMC : ‘Mobile Internet Evolution’
Shqipe Berisha, Value Added Services Manager, Vodafone Albania: ‘Mobile Internet Services’
Antonis Charalampakis, Principal Product Marketing Engineer, Intracom Telecom: ‘Cloud era’
Iasonas Antonopoulos, Product Development Director, M-Stat : ‘The Mobile Internet Revolution’
Etleva Laro, Director of Sales & Marketing Department, Primo : ‘Managed Services’
Adrian Cioroianu, Business Development Manager, Intel : ‘e-learning’
Moderator – Yannis Rizopoulos, Journalist
17:45 – 18:00 InfoCom Albanian Telecom Forum Awards
18:00 – 18:30 Cocktail