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Executive brief

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 on startup event circuit.
  • Wide range of entries: newborns to scaleups; leftfield to serial entrepreneurs.
  • Industry judges impress by out-performing the celebrities.

In its second year, the Arch Summit appears to have achieved its goal of securing a place on the startup competition circuit. In this guise, Arch Summit 2019 hosted two fast-paced startup competitions, for Future Tech and Social Impact. The 2019 event boasted around 200 startups paying an entry fee of €999 including pitch, exhibition booth and major networking opportunities (the latter being the Summit’s differentiator for startups, i.e. its intersection with Vodafone, its suppliers and the wider ecosystem).

There was a wide (and typically engaging and relevant) variety of Future Tech pitches, ranging from the freshly-hatched and bootstrapped, to the highly-polished and richly-funded (some $50m+). A few of the entries have clearly made it a strategic imperative to ‘work’ the startup circuit for fundraising and visibility, and are consequently very slick. The Tomorrow Street and Vodafone MCs varied between authoritative and light comedy; both keeping the show rolling, and participants energised.

Pitch judges (five for each round) were largely drawn from corporate exhibitors and sponsors, together doing a very creditable job. At least one judge on every panel displayed domain knowledge relevant to nearly every pitch, and together they generally displayed affinity, empathy, passion and variety in their approaches and questioning.

The pitch rounds were not heavily attended, and a significant proportion of each audience was obviously affiliated to specific entries, but this should not surprise given the intensity (fast-paced, three-minute pitches and two-minute Q&As, both with ‘buzzer’ countdowns, and twelve-plus entries per round) and competition elsewhere for time and attention. To cover all the pitches and judging would involve the best part of four person-days (Vodafonewatch focused intensely on the Future Tech startup pitches as those with most direct potential for Tomorrow Street and Vodafone).

Celebrity v industry

Whilst fabulous publicity, and a huge crowd-draw, the finals’ judging panel was unsettled from the outset by one celebrity no-show (Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec).

Having been impressed by the pitch rounds, Vodafonewatch was surprised to find the finals let-down by the celebrity judges, who both stole the limelight and seemed to lack the cohesion and incisiveness required to really tune in to the finalists.

Without meaning to slight deserving winners, they were the easy choices, and arguably the least-aligned with Tomorrow Street. The runners-up were more technical and complex, and looked more like Tomorrow Street scaleup candidates able to connect with Vodafone’s ecosystem and benefit from the network effects it can engender.

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.

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