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TIA QuEST Forum Announces Virtual ICT Summit

Free Virtual Summit to Feature 4 Online Sessions on Critical ICT Topics

Arlington, VA (September 21, 2020) –– The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today announced the details for its ICT Summit 2020 virtual event. The event will feature four, 90-minute webinars featuring leading speakers from various companies and countries. The free-to-attend sessions from TIA’s QuEST Forum will offer attendees in-depth discussions with global industry leaders as they address some of the most critical topics facing the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry.

“While we wish we could have held our event in-person again this year, we’re excited to be able to hold our sessions virtually as it’s a transformational time for the ICT industry,” said Ken Koffman, vice president and CTO at TIA. “We have world-class members who are committed to coming together to share information, help solve common challenges and drive progress forward. We look forward to these discussions as the topics are timely and of critical importance globally.”

 

AGENDA:

DAY 1: OCTOBER 6, 2020

 

9:00 – 10:30AM ET: COMMUNICATION SERVICE PROVIDERS (CSP) POST COVID-19 STRATEGY

Hear from Tier 1 CSPs about how they are transforming post COVID-19 operations, handling anticipated challenges with respect to infrastructure, topology, and/ or architecture as people return to work.

SPEAKERS:

  • Tony Roy, Head of Risk, Governance & Sustainability – BT Group Procurement, British Telecom (BT)
  • Andy Ray, Director-Network Systems, Verizon

 

1:00 – 2:30PM ET: ASSESSING SMART BUILDINGS: PUTTING CRITERIA TO THE TEST

Hear from leaders at TIA and various partners on the latest developments around the new smart building assessment criteria developed by the TIA Smart Buildings Working Group and how it was used to assess various types of buildings.

SPEAKERS:

  • Marta Soncodi, Smart Building Technology Program Director, TIA
  • Neil Lakomiak, Building & Life Safety Technologies Director, UL
  • Corning (speaker TBC)

DAY 2: OCTOBER 7, 2020

 

9:00 – 10:30AM ET: STATE OF SOFTWARE QUALITY

The Webinar will discuss where software quality is headed with 5G and Quality 4.0 initiatives. The discussion will also highlight the need for standards and best practices, and the benefits of a Software Quality assessment model.

KEYNOTE:

  • M. Bala, Chairman and Chief Mentor, Digital Core Technologies, Kochi, India

PANELISTS:

  • Ralph Stagg, Senior Manager, Cloud and Platforms Architecture and SOE, Verizon
  • Venkat Ramaswamy, Manager-Quality Management Systems Program, Cisco Systems
  • Aakriti Dharmani, Quality Management Professional/ Data Science Enthusiast, Cisco Systems

 

2:30 – 4:00PM ET: 5G Security, Supply Chain, and Zero Trust Architectures

The presentation will review a proposed supply chain architecture that goes end to end across both the manufacturing/deployment perspective, and the operational/user perspective.

KEYNOTE:

  • Charles Clancy, Senior Vice President and General Manager, MITRE Labs

PANELISTS:

  • Dave Sanicola, President, The DESARA Group (Moderator)
  • Charles Clancy, Senior Vice President and General Manager, MITRE Labs
  • Carlos Solari, Founder and member of the management team, SecureG
  • Scott Rose, Computer Scientist at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Junaid Islam, Director of Public Sector Solutions, Verizon
  • Marina Thottan, Vice President, NOKIA Bell Labs

 

 

To register for the sessions, visit: https://tiaonline.org/events/ict-summit-2020/

Contact

Dan Brown, (301) 219-8605, dbrown@tiaonline.org

About TIA

About TIA The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents more than 400 global companies that enable high-speed communications networks and accelerate next-generation ICT innovation. Through leadership in U.S. and international advocacy, technology programs and standards development, and business performance solutions, TIA and its members are accelerating global connectivity across every industry and market. TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

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