23 February 2021 2pm – 3.30pm Webinar Online

On 23 February 14:00-15:30, techUK’s Communications Infrastructure Programme will join forces with the Cloud Programme to explore how cloud is key to driving forward increased virtualisation of telecommunications networks and infrastructure in the UK. 

If deployed correctly, cloud could drive a series of benefits for the telco industry, from accelerating service deployments and the ability to control and securely deploy applications at scale. Afterall, cloud is an invaluable business enabler that can bring market adaptability and organisation transformation. Cloud native infrastructure will help realise the transformational benefits of next-generation connectivity, like 5G, with applications based on microservices, containers and optimised design. The deployment of open and virtualised radio access networks (RAN) will be enabled by the flexibility and scalability that cloud offers. 

This webinar will explore how telco operators can exploit cloud computing to revolutionise their business services. This predominately includes navigating internal infrastructure deployments to help drive forward network virtualisation in the UK. 

Specifically, we will address: 

  • What are the benefits of cloud native network infrastructure? 

  • How to identify new partners that cloud can draw into your ecosystem. 

  • Navigating key stakeholders and building collaboration 

  • How to build business and technology skills and capabilities to build cloud services 

  • Adapting business and operational processes in  to accelerate deployments while reducing overall cost and risks. 

Speakers confirmed:

  • Clive Grethe, Global Head of Hybrid Cloud Competence Centre – Telecoms, Media and Technology, Atos
  • Paul Miller, Chief Technology Officer, Wind River
  • Oliver Neuberger, Security Lead - Communications, Media and Technology, Accenture 
  • Shadi Razak, Technical Director, CyNation 

The webinar will be co-chaired by Laura Foster, Programme Manager for Technology and Innovation, techUK and Sophie James, Programme Manager for Communications Infrastructure and Services, techUK.


Laura Foster

Laura Foster

Programme Manager, Technology and Innovation, techUK

Laura is techUK’s Programme Manager for Technology and Innovation.

She supports the application and expansion of emerging technologies across business, including Geospatial Data, Quantum Computing, AR/VR/XR and Edge technologies.

Before joining techUK, Laura worked internationally in London, Singapore and across the United States as a conference researcher and producer covering enterprise adoption of emerging technologies. This included being part of the strategic team at London Tech Week.

Laura has a degree in History (BA Hons) from Durham University, focussing on regional social history. Outside of work she loves reading, travelling and supporting rugby team St. Helens, where she is from.

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Sophie James

Sophie James

Programme Manager, Communications Infrastructure and Services, techUK

Sophie James is the Programme Manager, Communications Infrastructure and Services, at techUK.

Sophie was promoted to Manager having been Programme Assistant across a variety of areas including the Broadband Stakeholder Group, Central Government, Financial Services and Communications Infrastructure programmes, supporting each team with administrative and event support, research and communications.

Prior to joining techUK, Sophie completed a masters in Film Studies at University College London. She has previously worked as a marketing manager for a design and fabrication company, and has project coordination experience in the graphic design and music industries.

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020 7331 2038

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