Keynote Speakers

Mr. Armin Sumesgutner

Keynote speaker affiliation:

Armin Sumesgutner
Senior Vice President
Fixed Mobile Engineering Deutschland
Deutsche Telekom Technik GmbH

The Pathway to the Gigabit Society


The Gigabit Society is a society which is electronically networked on many different levels. Not only are the humans involved communicating electronically, but the machines, workflows and processes are connected and interacting via some of the most modern data connections available.

The boundaries between fixed-line and mobile communication will disappear, the performance of mobile devices will continue to increase and will enable heretofore inconceivable new applications. The customer will no longer differentiate between fixed and mobile networking. Always-connected is already seen as a matter of course and has become the new norm.

The spectrum of new applications range from connected or autonomous driving, narrow band internet of things, streaming of ultra high definition video clips, augmented and virtual reality to Industry 4.0 with often very different requirements as far as communication quality and service provisioning are concerned.

The Gigabit Society will make high demands on the performance of communication networks. Aside from the efficient transport of the ever growing volume of data traffic, the area-wide availability, security of communication as well as flexibility concerning new applications will become key properties in a competitive environment.

The technological options range from enhancements to copper based access methods, massive fiber rollouts and wireless to the home technologies, implementation of 5G technologies as well as mobile edge computing. Implementation of virtualization and SDN concepts may enhance efficiency and flexibility.

The presentation will provide an overview of the Deutsche Telekom strategy to cope with these new challenges.


Armin Sumesgutner is SVP at Deutsche Telekom. He is head of the division Fixed Mobile Engineering Deutschland at Deutsche Telekom Technik GmbH.
Armin is responsible for the engineering of the fixed and mobile network-based infrastructure/transport platforms, including service platforms such as IP, DSL aggregation, PSTN/ISDN and the mobile core network. Technical innovations in the areas of ALL-IP, LTE, Optical Access and high-speed DSL systems also belong to his area of responsibility.
Armin began his career in the area of electricity supply at the Austrian Federal Railways and the Austrian  Post and Telegraph Adminstration. In 1997 he started at Telekom Austria AG in areas of ATM and IP Architecture. During his stay at Telekom Austria AG he held several management positions, including responsibility for Fixed Network- and F&E-Strategy and Planning for all networks of Telekom Austria AG. He left Telekom Austria AG in early 2017 to join Deutsche Telekom Technik as head of Fixed Mobile Engineering Deutschland.

Christian Jacquenet

Do Androids Dream of True Automation? Myths and Reality of Deploying Software-Defined Networking Architectures.


Network operators provide an ever-growing service portfolio. The diversity and the complexity of these services have been raising technical challenges for many years, not only during the service design phase but also during the service operation phase.

The emergence of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) techniques such as dynamic resource allocation schemes, as well as network function virtualization techniques has often been the opportunity to make debatable promises about their so-called flexibility or their intrinsic ability to facilitate the automation of the service delivery procedures.

Reality is much different.

Process automation is often restricted to dynamic configuration tasks, whose steering relies upon decision-making procedures that remain “manually declarative”: the data that are used to feed the computation logic that will drive the execution of configuration tasks are statically declared. In addition, this rather embryonic automation only deals with tasks that remain local to a device in the detriment of a global, systemic view that would be able to guarantee the global consistency of the actions initiated to deliver a service.

Automation is actually far more protean: from the dynamic exposure and negotiation of service parameters to feedback mechanisms that are meant to assess that what has been allocated complied with what has been negotiated, the automation of service delivery procedures relies upon a set of function meta-blocks (dynamic discovery of the network, its topology, its components, dynamic negotiation techniques, dynamic resource allocation and policy enforcement schemes, autonomous back-up mechanisms, etc.) coupled with control loops that interact in a deterministic and sometimes autonomic fashion.

The talk will cover the many challenges and stakes of truly automated, SDN-based, service delivery and operational procedures.


Christian JACQUENET graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Physique de Marseille, a French school of engineers. He joined Orange in 1989, and he’s currently the Referent Expert of the “Networks of the Future” Orange Expert community. Until recently, he was the Director of the Strategic Program Office for advanced IP networking within Orange Labs. He is also the head of Orange’s IPv6 Program that aims at defining and driving the enforcement of the Group’s IPv6 strategy. He conducts development activities in the areas of Software-Defined Networking (SDN), IP networking, automated service delivery procedures, including service function chaining techniques. He authored and co-authored several Internet standards in the areas of dynamic routing protocols and resource allocation techniques, as well as numerous papers and books in the areas of IP multicast, traffic engineering and automated IP service delivery techniques. He also holds several patents in the areas of advanced home and IP networking techniques.

Óscar González de Dios

Keynote speaker affiliation:

Technology and Planning Transport, IP and Interconnection Networks

Telefónica I+D / Global CTO unit / Telefónica

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