STL Partners Asia Summit 2019

STL Partners Asia Summit

Agenda & Logistics

4th & 5th December 2019, Singapore
The Coordination Age: Making 5G, NFV, Edge, etc. real


Technological developments in the last few years are heralding a new era for society and telecoms, one which STL Partners has termed ‘The Coordination Age’.  We believe that faster networks which can connect tens of billions of sensors coupled with advances in analytics and process digitisation and automation means that there are opportunities for telecoms players to offer more than connectivity.  

A successful telecoms operator in the Coordination Age will profitably contribute to the betterment of society by enabling governments, enterprises and consumers to collaborate in such a way that precious resources – labour, knowledge, energy, power, products, housing, and so forth – are managed and distributed more efficiently and effectively than ever before. This should have major positive economic and social benefits. 

This event 

In this event, STL Partners will outline the drivers of the Coordination Age and the opportunities available to the telecoms industry to play a bigger role in it.  We will draw on examples from telecoms and other industries to show how the Coordination Age differs from the world that preceded it. 

We will explore the roles telcos can take, the nuances of operating in coordination ecosystems, and introduce new three-layer B2B2X model for evaluating opportunities in different verticals. 

Finally, the event will turn to how the industry needs to change to realise these opportunities. We will explore refinements to the telecoms investment model and allocation of resources, as well as look at corporate strategy and the implementation of new business models. 

Who is the event for? 

The event is targeted at senior executives at telecoms operators who are responsible for implementing strategic change and/or realising new growth opportunities at their organisation. 


STL Partners will present output from our recent research and stimulate discussion among participants by inviting questions from the audience and soliciting (anonymised) votes to questions.  The event will not be attended by the press and Chatham House rules will apply (nothing will be attributed to individuals or their organisations) to encourage open discussion, debate, and collaboration. 


Date: 4th December  

Location: TBD, Singapore  

13.00 Introductions and objectives  

13.15 Succeeding in the Coordination Age: Navigating the big picture challenges  

  • What is the Coordination Age and how is it different?  
  • What are opportunities for operators? 
  • How can operators realise these opportunities? 

14.45 Break  

15.00 The Roadmap to Change: Lessons from 5G, NFV, Telco Edge and Enterprise Innovations  

  • Selected presentations and discussions on 2 of the following topics:  
  • 5G strategy 2020-22. Who’s doing well and why right now, what’s next, and what are the realistic prospects for 5G FWA in Asia? 
  • NFV: Time to get real.The true benefits of NFV are turning out to be somewhat different to the original theory. What are they, and how do you make them pay?   
  • Making the Case for Telco Edge. Insights and lessons from our world leading practice in building and validating the business case for telco edge computing. 
  • Enterprise Transformation. How 5G, IIoT, AI, Digital Twins will radically change the way enterprises work, and the roles that telcos can play.  

17.30 Informal drinks and networking  

Day 2: Understanding the value of 5G to manufacturing, healthcare and other industries


5G is currently being rolled out in advanced markets and the initial focus is usually Fixed Wireless Access and Mobile Broadband.  But a big opportunity for the telecoms industry lies far beyond the consumer market: 5G can be key a driver in the transformation of industries – making them more efficient, coordinatedresponsive and profitable.  In fact, STL Partners believes that globally 5G can generate $1.4 trillion (or 1.44% of Gross Domestic Product) in 2030 for eight industries*.  This new value represents a huge opportunity for both forward-looking enterprises and for telecoms players with ambitions to move beyond pure connectivity.  

*Manufacturing; healthcare; transport & logistics; media, entertainment & leisure; construction, extractive industries, agriculture, retail  

This event 

In this event, STL Partners will draw on extensive research undertaken in the healthcare and manufacturing industries where we have interviewed dozens and surveyed hundreds of executives across developing and developed markets to understand their unique challenges and explore the value that 5G can bring to them.   

We will run through the value of specific 5G use cases. These include remote patient monitoring, High-definition virtual consultations and connected ambulances in healthcare and advanced predictive maintenance, precision monitoring and control, and augmented reality remote experts in manufacturing.  We will show how these use cases create value to all stakeholders and quantify this value by drawing on economic models we have developed by country for each industry.   

We will also look at the implications for the telecoms industry and what operators, regulators, and vendors must do to unlock value for enterprises and secure a meaningful role within the ecosystem as it develops.   

Who is the event for? 

The event is targeted at both enterprises within healthcare and manufacturing looking to understand how 5G can help them transform their businesses and their industry and to telecoms operators seeking to better understand the needs of these industries and the commercial options they should be looking to pursue.   

The event will cover general principles for operators looking to pursue 5G enterprise opportunities beyond connectivity so will be relevant whether you are committed to focusing on the healthcare or manufacturing verticals or not. 


STL Partners will present findings from the research programme and then stimulate discussion among participants by inviting questions from the audience and soliciting (anonymised) votes to questions.  The event will not be attended by the press and Chatham House rules will apply (nothing will be attributed to individuals or their organisations) to encourage open discussion, debate, and collaboration. 


Date: 5th December  

Location: TBD, Singapore  

09.00 Registration  

09.30 Introductions and objectives  

09.45 Overview of the research programme  

  • Methodology, interviews, survey, modelling  

10.00 Headline results – the value of 5G to 8 industries: a $1.4 trillion opportunity in 2030   

  • Economic and social benefits to enterprises, governments, and consumers 

10.15 Healthcare deep-dive: specific use cases and benefits from 5G  

  • The ecosystem and value to the healthcare industry from 
    • Remote patient monitoring 
    • High-definition virtual consultations 
    • Connected ambulances 

11.15 Break  

11.30 Manufacturing deep-dive: specific use cases and benefits from 5G   

  • The ecosystem and value to the manufacturing industry from 
  • Advanced predictive maintenance 
  • Precision monitoring and control 
  • Augmented reality remote experts 

12.30 Implications for the telecoms industry  

  • Commercial strategy considerations for operators, regulators, and vendors  

13.30 Lunch 

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