A highlight of Mobile News XPO will be an afternoon symposium looking at the significance of 5G to the UK channel.

Superfast 5G mobile broadband will be here in a matter of months in some countries offering speeds up to 20 times faster at present.

But what difference will it really make? When and how will 5G achieve critical mass in the UK? What are the big technical challenges for the networks? How will the networks ensure there are enough 5G handsets to generate mass market usage of 5G? What new kind of tariff and data packages can we expect to see (broadly speaking) How will the networks market 5G? What will compel users to upgrade to 5G? Will 4G remain a dominant technology? When will 4G be surpassed by 5G?

These are just some of the questions that will be discussed by industry leaders at the Mobile News XPO 5G Symposium.


Conor Pierce – Corporate Vice President – Samsung  

Conor Pierce is Corporate Vice President, Samsung UK & Ireland. Conor joined the business back in 2015 as Vice President of Mobile & IT, having been the UK and Ireland Vice President at Nokia immediately prior to that. He is an energetic & results-driven executive leader with a proven track record in formulating and executing turn-around strategies across several regions achieved by focusing on building high-performance teams whilst growing profitable market share with Ericsson, Nokia, Microsoft & Samsung.


During his tenure, he helped propel Samsung’s mobile division to new heights despite increasing headwinds in the UK mobile market. Leading a team of 250 people at this time of huge transformation for the industry, Conor’s experience executing turnaround strategies for businesses across multiple geographies firmly contributed to Samsung’s continuous sales growth and profitability in the UK.

Scott Petty - Chief Technology Officer - Vodafone UK

As Chief Technology Officer Scott implements Vodafone's Technology strategy including the use of artificial intelligence, 5G and full fibre broadband. Scott joined Vodafone UK in February 2018. Prior to this, he worked in a range of senior roles at Vodafone Group, having joined the business in 2009 as Business Products and Services Director. He joined Vodafone from Dimension Data where he held various positions, including running their Global Services Business and serving as CIO. In 2012, Scott was appointed Group Technology Enterprise Director, leading product development across connectivity, IoT and converged communications.

Brendan O'Reilly - Chief Technology Officer - Telefónica UK

Brendan is Telefónica UK's Chief Technology Officer, with over 15 years' experience in Mobile Telecoms. Brendan has accountability for O2's strategy, design, planning, test, delivery and operation of the entire mobile and fixed network, messaging and WiFi supported by his team of more than 600 professional engineers. Brendan has held a number of senior roles in the Networks Leadership Team over the past seven years, with achievements including leading the development of O2's network share partnership with Vodafone in June 2012. He is also experienced in detailed planning and delivery of radio and transmission networks.

Phil Sheppard - Director of Strategy & Architecture - Three UK

Phil Sheppard is Director of Strategy & Architecture at Three UK. He is responsible for defining a technology strategy and an end to end architecture that will meet the demands of customers and the business – to achieve industry leading levels of customer experience, performance, economics and capability to support revenue growth.  Phil has been with Three since they started building the UK's first 3G mobile network in 2000. Prior to this he worked at BT Labs on a wide range of R&D projects such as digital transmission and IP multimedia.

Howard Watson - Chief Technology and Information Officer - BT Group

Howard is a technology CEO with extensive expertise in the strategic development, leadership and delivery of network, IT, business transformation and post-merger integration. He has had 20 years MD, CTO and CIO level experience gained in the UK communications industry including Telewest (before it became Virgin Media)and was CTO of Virgin Media. He is respected throughout the business for his expertise and his values. Howard is also a board memberTM Forum, the global industry association that drives collaboration and collective problem-solving for digital service providers and their ecosystem of suppliers.

Ben Wood - Chief of Research - CCS Insight

Ben leads the research at CCS Insight having been in the mobile industry for over 20 years — he's always got a different phone in his hand, has one of the smartest homes around and loves trying out new services and features on the latest and greatest connected products. Ben joined CCS Insight in May 2006. He oversees all research areas at the company while delivering analysis on smart devices including mobile phones, connected home products. His experience in the mobile sector includes research vice president for mobile devices at Gartner, where he led a global team of analysts. Prior to that he was a director of Mobile Streams, and has held positions at Lucent Technologies and Vodafone, where he was involved in launching SMS and mobile data. Ben is frequently quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Business Week. He regularly appears on the BBC, Bloomberg TV and others.