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Arch Summit 2019 Special Report

Arch Summit 2019: Group ponders new partner models at 2019 Arch Summit (p.6)

  • Group ponders new partner models at 2019 Arch Summit
  • Contemplating Vodafone's 'post-digital' world…
  • with a backdrop of harsh current realities

Technology: Wibergh trailers next five-year plan for Group Tech (p. 11)

  • Transitioning Vodafone to a Technology Communications Company
  • Table: Gigabit Vodafone checklist

Supply Chain: VPC tightening up act with SCM Control Centre (p.15)

  • Re-shaping the telecoms value chain
  • Multi-dimensional supply chain (and partnering)

Vodafone Group Foundation: Foundation joins play for innovation partnerships with Ventures arm (p 21)

Strategy: Group seeks to shore base with 'One More Service' plan (p 23)

  • Vodafone phones home
  • Table: Approximate impact of Liberty Global pending acquisitions
  • By numbers: the stature of Liberty
  • Read seeks distance from Colao era, but old habits die hard

TV: Vodafone switching channel (p 26)

  • TV and Things
  • Still searching for the home sweet-spot

Arch Summit: startup competition: Twin-tracks: Future Tech and Social Impact (p 30)

  • Celebrity v industry
  • Table: Arch Summit 2019, startup competitions winners and finalists
  • Table: Arch Summit 2019 startup competition: winners, runners-up, other notable pitches

Tomorrow Street: Tomorrow Street bedded in, says exiting CEO (p 33)

  • Warrick's castle
  • Table: Approximate impact of Liberty Global pending acquisitions
  • A multi-sided model
  • The day after tomorrow

Vodafone Supplier Awards (p 36)

  • Ericsson shines
  • Table: Vodafone Supplier Awards, 2018 (April 2019, Arch Summit)
  • Table: Vodafone Supplier Awards hall of fame (multiple winners, 2011-18)

A

Accenture 7, 14, 36

Africa

South Africa 35

Amazon.com Inc. 12

Amazon Web Services 12

Americas

Canada 27, 34

USA 12, 34

Arkane Network 32

Asia-Pacific

Australia 33, 35

New Zealand 9

Singapore 34

AT&T 18

B

BeON Energy 31

BT Group 8, 32

C

Cambridge Oncometrix 31

Celeno 32

Comcast Corp. 27

Comdata 36

ContactEngine 32

Cygnetise 32

D

Dell 14, 37

Dell Technologies 14, 37

Dell EMC 37

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu 28

Deloitte Consulting 28

Deutsche Telekom 17, 32

Europe

Slovakia (Slovak Telekom/T-Mobile) 32

Digital Barriers 34

Dispersive Networks 32

E

EMC 37

Endor 32

Ericsson 6, 11, 36, 37

Europe 9, 13, 24, 25, 26, 27

Czech Republic 24

Germany 15, 23, 24, 25

Hungary 24

Italy 9, 25

Luxembourg 6, 7, 8, 15, 34

Romania 24

Spain 9, 25, 32

Turkey 25

United Kingdom (UK) 9, 25, 32, 35

ExoAtlet 31

Expeto 34

F

Fira de Barcelona 6

FlexGigaHertz 31, 32

floLIVE 32

Food4All 31, 32

Forward Networks 32

Frontier Connect 32

G

Gap 18

Gemalto NV 36

Giesecke & Devrient 36

Google 12, 32, 36

GSM Association (GSMA)

Mobile World Congress 6

H

HARDWARIO 32

Hiber 32

Hotailers 31, 32

Hotshot Technologies 31, 32

Hoxton Analytics 32

Huawei Technologies 8, 14, 36, 37

I

IBM 12, 18, 36, 37

K

Kathrein-Werke 36, 37

L

LG Electronics 37

LibertyAces 32

Liberty Global 24

LikeBank 32

Limitless Technology 32

Local Backhaul Networks, LLC 8, 34

M

Market segments

Voice 13, 24

MedUX 32

Microsoft 12, 15

SharePoint 15

MoEngage 32

N

Nokia 36, 37

P

Parkio 32

PeachyMondays 32

Pobuca 32

Q

Qudini 32

R

Rogers Communications 27

S

Safaricom

M-PESA 21

Safran Group 37

Morpho 37

Samsung 21, 27

SAP 15

SCALUE 32

SIAE MICROELETTRONICA 36, 37

Smart Mobile Labs 31, 32

T

Tata Group 27

Tata Consultancy Services 27

TCL Communication 36, 37

Technology

3G 13

4G 13

5G 8, 13, 17, 37

AI 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 32, 34

Cloud computing 11, 12, 13, 14, 21, 26, 32, 36, 37

CRM 13

Fibre 13

FTTH 13

IoT 7, 18, 19, 21, 24, 27, 28, 32, 34

IPTV 27

Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) 13

.Net 36

NGN 24

PC 34, 36

Smartphone 26

W-LAN 32

Technoport SA 7, 33, 34

TechSee 31, 32

Telefónica Group 32

TIDBO 32

Tinizine Ltd

Azoomee 34

V

Vizibl 34

Vodacom Group 35

South Africa 35

Vodafone

Africa, Middle East, and Asia Pacific Region (AMAP) 13

Australia 33

New Zealand 9

South Africa (see Vodacom) 35

Turkey 25

Board of Directors

Land, Nick 22

Europe Region 9, 24

Czech Republic 24

Germany 15, 23, 24, 25

Greece 32

Hungary 24

Italy 9, 25

Malta 18

Netherlands

VodafoneZiggo 24, 32

Portugal 32

Romania 24

Spain 9, 25, 32

UK 9, 25, 32, 35

Executives

Colao, Vittorio 14, 25

Cramer, Warrick 8, 33, 34

Della Valle, Margherita 9, 12, 15

Dunnett, Andrew 21

Essam, Ahmed 25

Hernandez, Sonia 18

Read, Nick 8, 11, 25

Reiter, Joakim 22

Wibergh, Johan 9, 11, 23

Wilson, Ninian 15, 18, 24, 36

Group 7

Marketing

ZYB (Imity) 35

Partner Markets 19, 27

Vodafone Procurement Company (VPC) 6, 7, 15, 18, 32, 34, 35, 36

Tomorrow Street 6, 7, 8, 14, 30, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37

Vodafone Ventures 35

Wayfinder Systems 35

xone 35

Products

360 35

Business 12, 19, 21, 35

Europe 26

Liberty (Malta) 24, 26

V by Vodafone 27

Vodafone TV 26, 27

ZYB 35

W

Whalebone 32

Wipro 16

World Wide Technology, Inc. 17, 28

Z

ZTE Corp. 14

  • Arch Summit now established as a forum for Vodafone suppliers and partners.
  • Wibergh teases-out Vodafone’s Technology 2025 strategy; fuelled by ‘radical simplification’ mantra, ‘Technology Communications Company’ goal.
  • VPC’s Wilson walks-the-digital-walk with SCM Control Centre; outlines multi-dimensional supply chain (and partnering) vision.
  • £50m-budget Group Foundation getting commercial with VBV investment vehicle, as it seeks sustainable, ‘patient capital’ model for good causes.

April 2019 saw more than 4,000 industry executives converge on Luxembourg for the second edition of Arch Summit, the multi-faceted conference, exhibition, and startup pitch event organised by Group innovation joint venture Tomorrow Street.

Held under drab, grey skies on the city’s outskirts, the show does not yet have anything approaching the scale or razzmatazz of the telecoms sector’s most high-profile gatherings – not least Mobile World Congress, which now purports to jam in the equivalent of nearly a fifth of Luxembourg’s total population into Barcelona’s Fira Gran Via.

Appearances can be misleading, however, and the event is already of clear importance to Group partners and suppliers, as well as new players seeking to break into the Vodafone world.

The Arch Summit saw more than 200 startups offered the opportunity to woo new customers and investors, via a EUR200,000 (£176,000) pitching contest to celebrity judges. For more established players, the event was about underlining their commitment to Vodafone as a client (with evident Group ‘encouragement‘ to participate). More than 90 “strategic suppliers” were said to have attended, and 60-plus corporate exhibitors signed up to buy space on the floor. Like the 2018 Arch Summit, Vodafone’s annual Supplier Awards were incorporated into the billing, with Ericsson landing the top prize (Vodafonewatch, #165 and #174).

Established in 2017, Tomorrow Street is a joint initiative between Vodafone and Technoport, a Luxembourgian state incubator. It is tasked with identifying and accelerating later-stage startups in innovation areas considered key to Vodafone, such as AI, IoT and cybersecurity, and non-exclusively leveraging its parents’ networks to help develop them into ‘the next generation of strategic suppliers for Vodafone and its partners’. A twist is that Tomorrow Street does not follow the corporate fashion to directly invest because it considers venturing to be an unhelpful distraction from its mission to make things happen earlier and faster. As an incubator, it is understood to have room for sixteen startup residents, which can stay for up to three years, with Accenture acting as an enabling partner. Tomorrow Street has a distributed team of around a dozen, predominantly drawn from Vodafone supply chain and technology alumni, and sharing a hub with VPC in Luxembourg City. It is understood to have board-level support from both VPC and Vodafone Group, with Kenny Graham (Managing Director for Group Supply Chain Management at VPC) taking over from founding CEO, Warrick Cramer.

Tomorrow Street is host to the now-annual Arch Summit, which is positioned as an innovation gathering of startups and suppliers. The event debuted in 2018, expanded in 2019, and has become a significant event for Vodafone’s supply chain ecosystem. Along with startups and innovation, notable themes include Vodafone supplier relationships, technology, social impact, and Luxembourg. In 2019, it featured 80-plus strategic suppliers exhibiting or sponsoring, around 200 startups (competing for EUR200,000 in prize money, split equally across Future Tech and Social Impact competitions; and many also had an exhibitor presence), and a claimed 5,000 attendees — with representation encouraged across Vodafone’s local markets and key Group functions (notably Group Technology, as well as supply chain). A sizeable proportion of the audience comes from other innovation and social impact stakeholders, including global peers, the venturing community, official bodies, and academia. Highlights in 2019 included the Vodafone Suppliers Awards, ‘celebrity judges’ for the startup competitions and a keynote from Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee.

In tandem with VPC, Tomorrow Street and Arch Summit provide Vodafone with a rich opportunity to promote and reinforce its important strategic relationship with Luxembourg, which houses critical supply chain, financial, organisational, and tax assets for the Group.

For the rest of this article and more exclusive content, insight and analysis from Arch Summit 2019, download a copy of our special Arch Summit report here.

Image: Tomorrow Street

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