Major international roaming challenges tackled at the second IO Plenary
After the first IO Plenary last November in Dubai, the IO community gathered again in Malaga to review its work so far and to discuss and share experiences and challenges in the delivery of Roaming in 2022.
Almost 50 delegates representing over 100 MNOs, groups and small operators, travelled from over 30 countries across the world to review the workstreams being developed on the VoLTE Roaming Lab, 5G Roaming Lab, African Roaming Alliance, and the new M2M/IoT Roaming Lab.
Over 100 delegates from various MNOs spread across the globe also joined the sessions remotely to contribute to the discussions and get educated on key industry matters like 3G decommissioning, impact of regulations and commercial considerations on VoLTE, roaming profitability post pandemic, BCE, Blockchain, 5G Roaming and M2M Roaming, amongst others.
The IO Plenary #02 was inaugurated with an introduction by IO Executive Board Chairman, Frédéric Schepens, CEO at MTN GlobalConnect. Frédéric encouraged IO delegates to work together and collaborate to build the future of Roaming as a community. The rest of recently confirmed members that would join Frédéric at the first Executive Board were also announced: Cameron Dunn (AT&T), Anneli Jennersjo Lundberg (CKH IOD), Dr Rolf Nafziger (Deutsche Telekom), and Benoit Bertin (Bouygues Telecom).
After IO’s Director General Jason Bryan presented an update on the progress of the organisation, Pelephone, Orange, Swisscom, AT&T, Hutchison Group, MTN GlobalConnect and Telefónica shared insights and lessons learnt with their fellow operators, encouraging candid discussions thorough-out the 2-day event.
The event was supported by gold and silver sponsors Nextgen Clearing and iBASIS, who opened the meetings on day 1 and 2 with presentations related to the topics at hand. Alongside these two sponsors, bronze sponsor Telcovas also took part in the networking sessions. An evening event was sponsored by Nextgen Clearing, which allowed delegates to network in a more relaxed environment after an intense day of knowledge sharing.
All Accelerator Labs provided updates on the work that had been developed since the previous IO Plenary. The 5G Roaming Lab announced its Chair Derek Rapaduski from AT&T, and the recently formed M2M/IoT Roaming Lab, chaired by Johannes Opitz from DT, also appointed its Deputy Chair, Lars Amdisen from Telenor.
To conclude the session, the delegates agreed on its calendar for 2022 with the IO Plenary #03 being announced in mid-November 2022 outside Europe.
IO is a non-profit member organisation developed by Mobile Operators for Mobile Operators. With a few core staff, and on the objectives set by its Executive Board of mobile operators the organisation tackles roaming specific challenges through accelerator “Lab” style meetings where MNOs share and collaborate on their key challenges.