2020 Seminar Programme

Session 1 – 5G Chapter Two

11.30 - 12.30 - Crystal Palace Room 

The 5G Symposium was a highlight of Mobile News XPO in 2019. This was an hour's Q&A session with the Chief Technical Officers of O2, Vodafone, Three, BT/EE and Samsung's Director of innovation. Attended by nearly 100 delegates.

The event was such a hit that we been fortunate to secure another distinguished network panel and hold a follow-up session  “5G Chapter 2”.  This session will look at areas such as - How successful were the first 5G launches? What sort of customer profile is emerging? What are the usage patterns we are seeing? Has 5G speed translated into real-world benefits? What commercial applications are now live? Has there been an uptake of 5G by enterprises? How is 5G rollout progressing? What are the early lessons learned from the 2019 launches? Is there widespread end-user understanding of what 5G is capable of and can deliver?




Fotis Karonis

CTIO BT Enterprise & BT


Fotis is 5G Executive Lead at BT Group tasked with the mission-enabling delivery and launch EE and BT's 5G programme. Before this, he was MD of BT’s Mobile and Convergence, Chief Technology Officer of EE and headed the Technology integration of EE with BT group. As EE CTO, he headed up the launch of the first 4G in the UK in 2012.


Karl Liriano

Head of Mobile & Network Evolution


Karl Liriano is a senior technical leader with 20 years experience spanning strategy, networks, ICT, analytics and development of joint venture partnerships, developing governance and operating models, and negotiating contracts


Andrea Donà

Head of Networks



Andrea Donà became Vodafone UK’s Head of Networks in March 2019. Previous to this role, Andrea held senior technology positions including Head of Network and Managed Services in Ericsson and Network Deployment Director at T-Mobile.

Andrea is overseeing Vodafone UK’s mobile and fixed networks, including the rollout of its 5G network, converged network strategy and delivery of our technology transformation agenda. His team also continue to underpin Vodafone’s commitment to bring world-class communications across the UK, driving network improvements including the continued rollout of 4G. Responsibilities also include the rollout of Vodafone’s Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) programme, which involves the technology being made available in a number of cities & towns across the UK.


Richard Woodward

Chief Commercial Officer


Richard Woodward joined the CK Hutchison group in 1997 and has worked in a number of operations for the group in countries including Hong Kong, Australia, Israel and Sweden. He joined Three as Chief Financial Officer in April 2010 and was made a Director of the company in July 2012.  He was appointed Three’s Chief Commercial Officer in June 2018, with overall responsibility for the commercial performance of Three’s own branded products as well as Three’s wholesale business and second brand SMARTY. Richard is also responsible for running Three’s distribution and service channel.


Panel Chair - Ben Wood

Chief of Research

CCS Insight

Ben Wood will Chair this important session, Ben joined CCS Insight in 2006. He oversees all research areas at the company, with a focus on smart devices including mobile phones and the smart home. He has over 20 years' experience in the mobile sector, including a period as research vice president 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, involved in launching SMS and mobile data. Ben is a notable industry figure, frequently quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Business Week, and regularly appearing on the BBC and other media outlets.

This session is likely to be packed out.

Register early to ensure your place.