CC Digital Cloud Summit - Berlin 14th & 15th May

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Carrier Community (CC) is a global telecom club established since 2008 and has organized annual global carrier community meetings in Berlin for its CC members  – the telecom wholesale service providers. CC has organized for its members its 6th annual CC-Digital Cloud 2019 Summit – Berlin on 14th & 15th May 2019 in Waldorf Astoria Berlin with several evening networking receptions.

400+ member executives representing decision makers from 200+ telco and cloud operators have met and networked in Berlin. Companies from various segments such as Application – Content Providers – Cloud – Security – Data Storage – Mobile – Datacenters – Enterprises and other related segments have participated and met in one place.



REASONS TO ATTEND CC Digital Cloud Summit - Berlin
  1. An exclusive event for the digital cloud segment
  2. Meet with digital cloud peers in a relaxed environment and interact with telecom companies during evening hours
  3. Present and converse market trends, new ideas and updates
  4. Enjoy networking and discussions over drinks!
  5. 100% business networking discussions sessions
Monday, May 13
19:00 - 22:00

Networking Cocktail Reception at CHESHIRE CAT with drinks and canapes, co-hosted by e-shelter, NTT Communications, Telefonica and Annecto

Tuesday, May 14
08:30 - 10:00 Registration-Morning Coffee Reception
08:30 - 12:30 Members one-to-one meetings
10:00 - 10:45

Key-Note Speeches & Executive Round-table Panel Discussions Session.

Topic: Latest Technological Innovation and Development in the Messaging landscape

11:00 - 12:00

Key-Note Speech & Executive Round-table Panel Discussions Session.

Topic: RCS Messaging – latest developments and new opportunities for the messaging operators

12:30 - 13:30 Networking Lunch Break
13:30 - 17:30 Members one-to-one meetings
13:50 - 14:30

Executive Round-table Panel Discussions Session.

Topic: Wholesale Industry in the Digital Age – Challenges and opportunities emerging from data hungry products and services

14:40 - 15:20

Executive Round-table Panel Discussions Session.

Topic: The role of Datacenters in the region to meet future demand

15:30 - 16:15

Executive Round-table Panel Discussions Session.

Title: Carriers empowering the digital platform economy

17:00 - 19:30

CC Global Awards 2019 Ceremony

(please visit the Awards 2019 page to learn more about T&Cs.
Non-shortlisted GCCM registered companies have access to the Ceremony Basic Lounge, please RSVP).

17:00 - 17:30 Official Closure of Day 1
20:00 - 01:30 Official Networking Evening Drink Reception at PURO Lounge Bar with drinks, canapés, DJ (80s..90s) and Show
Wednesday, May 15
09:30 - 10:30 Registration-Morning Coffee Reception
09:30 - 12:30 Members one-to-one meetings
10:00 - 10:30 Registration & Networking Breakfast Session
10:30 - 10:45 Keynote Presentation by Julia Lehmann, Founder of AI solutions at OnFore

Topic: Driving efficiency, CX & Customer Engagement – A chatbot introduction

10:45 - 11:00 Keynote Presentation by Miguel Lopes, VP Product Line Management at Dialogic

Topic: Leveraging the convergence of AI, Machine Learning and IoT in real-time communications

11:00 - 11:15 Keynote Presentation by Thomas Boele, Sr. Director, Systems Engineering – EMEA at Cohesity

Topic: Squaring the circle: extracting business insights from data whilst increasing efficiencies, and increasing visibility and data compliance

11:15 - 11:30 Networking Break Session
11:30 - 12:30

Executive Round-table Panel Discussions Session.

Topic: Leveraging Data for Competitive Advantage. Seeking New Opportunities – Identifying business models through Data

12:30 - 13:30 Networking Lunch Break
13:30 - 17:30 Members one-to-one meetings
17:00 - 17:30 Official GCCM Closure
18:30 - 21:00 Closing Evening Networking Reception at WARTESAAL with Drinks and Food, co-hosted by 42com & Xicomm
Waldorf Astoria Berlin
Hardenbergstraße 28, 10623 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 8140000

Waldorf Astoria Berlin welcomes you with modern luxury and unparalleled Waldorf Service. This graceful urban oasis in the heart of Berlin’s City West provides exclusive experiences at Germany’s first Guerlain Spa, Berlin’s highest suites and the 15th floor Library Lounge. Enjoy our Art Deco style and panoramic city views.


Recommended Hotels nearby to book directly:

  1. 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin – visit the hotel website
  2. Hotel Palace Berlin – visit the hotel website
  3. Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm – visit the hotel website
  4. Lindner Hotel AM KU’DAMM Berlin – visit the hotel website
  5. Hotel Zoo Berlin – visit the hotel website
Erik van Stokkom

Based at Lago di Como in Italy, VSC provides strategic advisory services in M&A, Business Development & Media for the telecommunication industry. Over the last 25 years, Erik developed extensive expertise and deep domain knowledge working at major telecom companies. His international career includes senior & executive level positions. Over the years, Erik has been a regular speaker & moderator at major international telecom conferences.

Isabelle Paradis
President and Founder at HOT TELECOM

Isabelle is President and Founder of HOT TELECOM, one of the most innovative and creative telecom research and consulting companies in the industry. HOT TELECOM has been supporting operators, regulators and investors on a global basis for over 14 years, more particularly on the subjects of International and wholesale.

More recently, Isabelle has been working with many of the world's global wholesalers and service providers to help them define their transformation strategy. She has published a number of articles and reports on the subject and has spoken at numerous conferences to share her views on the future of the wholesale business.

Isabelle holds a Bachelor degree in Engineering, an MBA in Finance and has over 20 years working globally.

Jose Garcia
Owner at GTC

An expert in wholesale voice and SMS messaging with over 20 years’ experience in the telecom industry as former VP of Sales & Carrier Relations at tyntec, one of the largest A2P SMS service providers globally and as Regional Manager at Verizon where he headed up a team responsible for international voice services in Europe. José also previously managed operator relations in Central and Southern Europe for Netsize, a Gemalto company. José holds a degree in business administration from the Wolfgang-Goethe University in Frankfurt a. M.

Launch SMS services / Shift from Voice to Messaging / A2P SMS Monetization / MNO revenue assurance / SMS platforms / P2P SMS Cost optimization / Training Sales and Carrier Relations / Wholesale Voice / VoIP / Integration of Operators, Carriers, Aggregators into value chain of OTT services / Off-net connectivity for OTT services.

Moderator, Keynote Speaker, Panellist
Birgit Schönborn
CEO at Beginit

Mrs. Schönborn studied Computer Science at the Berlin Technical University and worked as a businesswoman since being a student. She founded and raised an IT-Consulting Company in 1994, a town-planning and smart city company in 1999 and an innovation and digital transformation consultancy in 2012. 

After working with the newest technology trends for over 25 years, now Mrs. Schönborns focus is on empowering the  digital readiness. She works as a consultant for the Management to find new Business Models and empower the employees for the change process. She leads towards a new vision, sets up the Digital Office and she is one of the few experts that train the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) in leading the digital transformation. Mrs Schoönborn loves to think different, out-of-the-box, unconventional and lateral to find new insights and solutions for processes and the way people collaborate. easily, agile and successful.


Keynote Speaker, Panellist
Fabian Teichmueller
Communications Products & Services Partnerships, EMEA at GOOGLE

Fabian Teichmueller leads Partnerships for Communications Products & Services for DACH, Central & Eastern Europe, Russia and Italy. Since joining Google in 2010 he worked in various marketing roles as well as leading Android Partnerships for the UK.

Keynote Speaker
Julia Lehmann
Founder of AI solutions at OnFore

Julia Lehmann is a pioneer of Digital Transformation and has executed more than 100 digital projects across many industries over the past ten years. She has participated in and managed projects with leading brands, including DAX 30 companies. As Founder of OnFore she is helping customers with the strategical and technical development of digital business models and products, specialised in the area of AI and Cognitive Computing.

OnFore has built the first chatbot for WhatsApp Business in Germany and expects a reduction of up to 70% of services costs through automation while improving customer experience.

Since 2019 Julia is also a lecturer for Digital Marketing & Management (MBA) at the University for Applied Sciences in Nürtingen.

Keynote Speaker, Panellist
Miguel Lopes
VP Product Line Management at Enghouse

Miguel started in 1999 as a developer and in 2002 he co-founded an MSP in West Africa. In 2007 he also co-founded what would be the first Wi-Fi ISP in Cape Verde. Five years later, Miguel accepted the invitation from Ezelink Telecom in Dubai, to revolutionize the company strategy in the Intelligent Hotspot, IoT and Smart City solutions as Director of Technology.

Afterwards, since 2015, Miguel has been working in Silicon Valley and been involved in several projects to help Service Providers monetize their voice business. Currently, he is Vice President of Product Line Management for Applications at  Enghouse .

Surash Patel
VP EMEA, Sales & Operations at RealNetworks

Surash leads the RealNetworks business in EMEA and has over 25 years of experience in telecommunications. Prior to joining RealNetworks, Surash worked at mGage, the global mobile engagement provider, where he held roles of Chief Strategy officer as well as COO for Europe.  Surash was also previously instrumental in helping Velti through its meteoric growth and NASDAQ listing. Surash has worked for KPMG, Accenture, O2 and BT in various consulting and business development positions. Surash has an MBA from London Business School and a BEng(Hons) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Brunel University.

Keynote Speaker, Panellist
Thomas Boele
Director, Solutions Engineering at Twilio

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Marc Wyss
CEO at Polygravity

Marc is the CEO of Polygravity, a high performance and high-security blockchain-based transaction network for enterprise use. Together with its partners, Polygravity is bringing wholesale billing to the next level of accuracy, efficiency, and trust. Marc is an entrepreneur who, previously to building startups, held several top-level positions in successful tech ventures, and led a platoon as an officer in the Swiss Army. He studied business at the University of St.Gallen.

Sam Barker
Senior Analyst at Juniper Research

Sam Barker is a Senior Analyst with Juniper Research. Sam’s focus areas lie across IoT & M2M and Telco Service Provider streams, covering key research topics including, mobile messaging, mobile voice, A2P messaging, 5G and Virtual Reality. He previously worked as project support analyst for a major online retailer, planning, forecasting, and reporting on budgets for large company projects.

Frank Fager
Senior Advisor, VP Sales at Easy Fiber

Frank Fager, now the owner of Fager Consulting and working for a joint group of fiber operators in the Nordics under the brand name “Easy Fibre” joined the telecoms industry 20 years ago. Initially assisting mobile operators with equipment choices. Early 2000 Frank was appointed to build the wholesale arm of a newly founded fiber operator in Denmark and remained there for 15 years with the focus of attracting both OTT’s and traditional telecom operators to Denmark/Northern Germany and Sweden. The company was hugely successful and was in 2016 acquired by EQT, where after Frank formed his own consultancy.

Frank holds a Bachelor Degree in Exact Sciences from the University of Copenhagen and a Master Degree in Engineering from the Technical University in Copenhagen.


Tim Houlihan
Head of A2P Messaging Europe at Telefonica

Supporting Telefonica's operating businesses across our global footprint. Helping to secure the networks, monetise Telefonica's share of the growing global A2P market and enrich the messaging portfolio withnew products and services such as RCS.



Keynote Speaker, Panellist
Andreas Constantinides
Messaging Consultant and CC Ambassador

Andreas Constantinides is a messaging consultant with expertise in SMS & OTT messaging. He is a sales-oriented person, passionate for high value customer service performance, with significant distinctions in training, marketing and customer service. He is a qualified Professional Business Trainer of National Organization for the Certification of Qualifications & Vocational Guidance and author of numerous best-seller Sales books and manuals.

Bianca Löwemann
RCS Business Messaging: Partner Management & Business Development at Deutsche Telekom

Bianca has been with Deutsche Telekom for the last seven years and currently works on the development and evolution of communication products and Rich Business Messaging. She is a conversational enthusiast with a broad understanding of the customer impact and business benefits that RCS can deliver. Bianca has experience in both large, multi-national and small-medium enterprises in a variety of roles including sales, marketing and product management.

Ruth Welter
Sales Director Wholesale DACH at Colt Technology Services

Ruth Welter joined Colt in 2001 and is now Sales Director Wholesale DACH. She is responsible for managing Colt’s business with Wholesale and reselling partners in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Ruth’s team fosters the company’s relationships with national and international carriers, WAN and network providers, data centre providers, internet exchanges and Voice partners from the Unified Communications and IN business sector.

Ruth has held a number of roles at Colt, before which she worked at BT (Germany) GmbH & Co. oH and Arcor AG & Co. KG (now Vodafone).

Jens Möller
Director Direct Sales Global Data Centers EMEA at NTT Ltd

He commenced with e-shelter in October 2011 and is responsible with his team for Carrier - Sales, Purchasing and Developments. Jens has an extensive amount of experience in International Sales having worked for euNetworks, Vanco, Sita S.C., Colt Telecom and Deutsche Telekom AG in Germany, and as Consultant in Madrid, Spain.

Jens holds a Telecommunication Engineering Degree which he obtained in Germany and has over 20 years’ experience working in the Telecommunication and Data Center Industry.

John Pearson
International Sales and Business Development at Iron Mountain

John enjoyed more than 25 years in Tech working for telecom technology and managed transport service providers in International Sales and Business Development generating new revenue streams, usually from scratch. His international experience includes acquiring business in West, Central and Eastern Europe, USA and Middle Eastern markets, also Asia. Large network of contacts in these regions. 

Fabrizio Salanitri

Fabrizio Salanitri is CEO and founder of HORISEN AG, Swiss software company with 17 years’ long experience in telecommunication software and application solutions. Fabrizio’s in depth knowledge and experience in SMS business resulted in state-of-art SMS Platform, cloud based and carrier neutral suite for A-Z SMS Wholesale business.
During his career, he’s been working with companies and industries of all sizes. Therefore, all HORISEN’s products and services are perfect for both enterprise and retail customers – and all of them have one thing in common: they are designed professionally and they are meeting the highest production quality and standards.

Christian Backe
Account Director, Sales at Digital Realty

Christian Backe joined Digital Realty in November 2018 as an Account Director for Sales, looking after German customers in the Telecom sector. Prior to joining Digital Realty, Christian worked with the European Fibre Networks Provider euNetworks for almost four years as a Sales Intern, Account Manager, and Account Director.

The earlier part of his career was spent with Magneti Marelli in their Working Student Powertrain Division of Sales and as a Project Assistant for the German-Mexican Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Mexico City.

He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in International Industrial Engineering from Fachhochschule Wiesbaden.

Mark J. Stewart
CEO at Internet Mobile Communications

Mark Stewart is the CEO, Director and Co-founder (2012) of Internet Mobile Communications Ltd (IMC). Mark and his team developed and delivered IMC’s Bank of Telecom® business proposition – an online automated voice and SMS trading platform with same day settlements - that has revolutionised international voice telecoms by offering a unique blend of Telco and Fintech. It is currently being used by over 1100 global carriers today with an average of 30 joining every month.

Mark started his career over 30 years ago at BT and then Cable & Wireless PLC where he held senior commercial roles before moving to Hong Kong Telecom where he was responsible for managing corporate customers.  Mark was a founding Director of Storm Telecommunications in Europe and the CEO of Advantage in Australia, which he took public. Mark then established TelAsia selling to BNS (now Daisy) where he was COO.

Mark is passionate about service innovation and in late 2018, along with his team, commercially delivered to market the world’s first regulated, Blockchain-powered international settlement service called BoTCoin® Market, which is set to be one of the most significant service introductions to date at IMC, serving not just the Telco industry, but any B2B organisation that needs to settle internationally.

Mark graduated from the University of Greenwich, London in Electronics and Communications Engineering and holds an MBA from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. Mark was a founding member of the City of London Entrepreneurs Guild and is based at the IMC’s UK headquarters.

Sander Barens
Chief Commercial Officer at Expereo

After joining Expereo 11 years ago and setting up the first international Expereo office in Singapore back in 2008, Sander now works out of the HQ in Amsterdam as the Chief Commercial Officer. His team is spread out globally across 5 offices. Before joining Expereo Sander worked out of Australia for BT Global Services and Infonet Services Corp. His telecom career started in 1997 with Unisource Business Services and AT&T Unisource in Europe. Nice to know fact: before Sander went into telecom he was a helicopter pilot.

Nic Stirk
Strategic Adviser & Consultant at Telet Research

Nic is a technology entrepreneur and CEO with proven experience in building strategic and long-lasting business relationships in international markets throughout Europe, Middle East and Asia. Relationships he still has today.

He founded, and grew, SLA Digital to an award-winning business that generated significant services revenues whilst attracting some of the best technologists in the mobile industry. His team subsequently decided to pivot the business to one that was focussed on delivering digital services - specifically carrier billing.

After securing significant service agreements with one of the largest mobile operators in the industry, he went on to secure carrier billing contracts with MNOs in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. With a strong team in place and the foundations that enable the carrier billing business to scale he decided to exit SLA at the end of 2018 to focus on forming a 'new technology centric business'.

With real-life experience in what’s needed to scale a business, he has led and contributed in all business disciplines; including sales, marketing, finance, operations & technology. He recognises the value of a strong brand and the contribution Image, Identity & Reputation brings.

With a good understanding of AI, ML, IoT, 5G, Blockchain & DLT he recognises the disruptive potential that these new technologies will bring.

Bernhard Pusch
Head of Global Internet Strategy at Telstra

Bernhard Pusch is Head of Global Internet Strategy at Telstra.

Based in Paris, Bernhard is responsible for developing and driving Telstra’s Internet business and peering activities globally. He joined Telstra in 2005, and prior to his current role was responsible for developing the wholesale business in Continental Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well as with European OTTs.

Bernhard has more than two decades of experience in IT and telecoms in Europe and Asia, spanning roles in sales, product management and marketing. Before joining Telstra, Bernhard was Sales Director for Global Accounts at Nortel, based in Hong Kong.

In November 2019 Bernhard was elected to serve on the supervisory board of AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) for 3 years.  He is currently a member of the finance committee there supervising reporting and forecasting processes.

Jens Tamm
Chief Executive Officer at Comstor - Westcon Group Germany GmbH

Experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Strong business development professional skilled in Data Center, Management, Solution Selling, Pre-sales, and Software as a Service (SaaS). Previously worked as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer (CSMO) for CPU 24/7 GmbH between 2016 – 2018 And Director Corporate Sales - Country Manager Germany & Austria - VP ECS at Interoute Germany GmbH between 2004 – 2016.

Ulf Kieber
Managing Director at BCIX Management GmbH

Ulf likes tying things together, creating synergies between departments or companies, developing new opportunities, and keeping an eye on the big picture. Specialties: peering; strategic network and capacity planning, implementation, and migration; project management; traffic engineering; Juniper, Cisco, and UNIX system administration; keen interest in sales, marketing, and finances.

Bruno Coindre
VP Messaging solutions at iBasis

Bruno Coindre is the Vice President, Messaging Solutions for iBASIS and responsible for the development of the messaging solutions portfolio for the company worldwide.

Bruno has a wealth of experience in telecom, fintech, and entrepreneurial tech ventures. Efficiently identifying high growth opportunities and fast-changing environments, Bruno joined iBasis post its acquisition by Tofane Global and set the strategic path and commercial strategy to broaden and enhance iBASIS’ messaging suite.

Prior to joining iBasis, Bruno was an early investor and Chief Operating Officer for TransferTo in Singapore, now known as Thunes and DTone. In this role, Bruno oversaw day-to-day business functions while managing cross-functional business units. He contributed to TransferTo's journey from 2009 to 2018, from a small organization out of a single location with USD10 million annual revenue, to a profitable and solid business of more than 120 people, with 3-digit millions in revenue, and a global presence across all continents. He co-sold the company to Ingenico (ING:PA) in 2010 and co-led an MBO in 2013, keeping the company operating under the public standard.

Prior to TransferTo, Bruno co-founded Mobile 365 in 1999, later acquired by Sybase in 2006 and by SAP in 2010, and now known as SAP Digital Interconnect.

Bruno holds an Engineering degree with honors from Ecole Centrale d’Electronique in Paris, France.

Othman Cheddadi
Sourcing Manager at Legos

As a sourcing manager, Othman is exploring the world of Telecoms to find new partners for Legos. Graduated from Audencia, his career has led him from Morocco to France and, now, Spain. As a former analyst and consultant, Othman is always curious about new market trends and constantly looking for buying and selling opportunities.

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IX Telecom provides a platform for global Internet Service Providers to sell internet and managed services in more than 200 countries worldwide. We provide a full range telecommunication and ICT services to service providers and enterprises. We position ourselves as a One-Stop-Shop and disrupt the conventional Virtual Network Operator model by going far beyond simply providing network sourcing. Aside from that, IX Telecom designs, builds and manages the entire network solutions to meet customers’ global requirements in the most competitive way. Our aim is to provide simpler, more innovative and exciting communication experience to our clients, delivered with passion, quality and commitment.


Cohesity makes data work for by consolidating secondary storage silos onto a hyperconverged, web-scale data platform that spans both private and public clouds. Enterprise customers begin by radically streamlining their backup and data protection, then converge file and object services, test/dev instances, and analytic functions to provide a global data store. Cohesity counts many Global 1000 companies and federal agencies among its rapidly growing customer base and was named to Forbes’ “Next Billion-Dollar Startups 2017,” LinkedIn’s “Startups: The 50 Industry Disruptors You Need to Know Now,” and CRN’s “2017 Emerging Vendors in Storage” lists

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