The SMS and A2P Messaging industry is changing and growing fast. More enterprises are using sms messaging services to provide better customer services to their clients. Carrier Community (CC) was organizing for its members the first annual CC – SMS Messaging Summit which took place on 18th and 19th of April 2018 in the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof to bring together mobile network operators (MNOs), aggregators and wholesale carriers, but also leading messaging players and technology innovators. At the summit, you could also meet Bulk SMS – Wholesale SMS – SMS Hubbing – SMS Resellers – SMS Aggregators – SMS and MMS platforms. This is the area to meet our SMS Telecom Industry community members. CC was also organizing various executive discussion panel sessions to address the latest industry hot topics, trends and case studies while discussing news opportunities and challenges within the messaging industry.
- To meet the industry key players and peers in an exclusive gathering
- To participate at the panel discussions session to learn more about the market trends
- To enjoy good value for money service
- To promote your company as a leading player in the market
- To showcase the latest technological and innovative solutions among the community members
Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof
Am Kaiserplatz, 60311 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
+49 69 21502
In the heart of the financial district and the historical city center, we have been welcoming guests in the tradition-steeped Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof since 1876. The Maintower, Römer and Paulskirche are only a few steps away. The Central station can be reached in approx. a 13 minutes’ walk.
Corporate rates with Breakfast & WIFI (including VAT)
Single Occupancy: 235.00 € per night.
Double Occupancy: 260.00 € per night.
To reserve a room at special corporate rate, please contact the hotel [email protected] (the special rate is the subject of availability).
Please use for booking a room the keyword: “CC- Data Connectivity 2018”
Kindly note: the above rates applies on the dates 18th – 19th April. For any other dates you need to contact the hotel.
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Erik van Stokkom
Director at VSC
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.
Commercial Director at Yuboto
Andreas is the Commercial Director of Yuboto, a leading acclaimed and 7 times awarded Mobile Marketing Company in Greece.
He joined Yuboto in 2012 and holds almost two decades of experience in telecommunications industry. He holds great motivation abilities and inspires teamwork. He is a sales oriented person and passionate for high value customer service performance. Andreas will present the 2nd Generation Mobile Marketing Tools, that give access to unlimited and personalized mobile marketing campaigns via a simple SMS landed on a smart phone, and all 2nd Generation tools available at Yuboto's mobile marketing platform: "Yuniverse". Andreas 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.
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.
Keynote Speaker, Panellist
Dr. René Arnold
Head of Department Markets and Perspectives at WIK
Dr René Arnold is Head of Department Markets and Perspectives at WIK – a leading German think tank focusing on ICT Policy. He holds a PhD in Marketing / Consumer Behavior from the University of Edinburgh. His research revolves around the socio-economic impact of OTT applications as well as digitization across various verticals. Recently, he has published various studies on mobile messaging applications. Prior to joining WIK, René was a research analyst with the consulting subsidiary of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research. Next to his professional career, he has engaged as a guest lecturer at various universities across Europe.
Partner at GTC
Giovanni currently serves as Senior Director of Product Management for OpenMarket’s Global SMS services. He is responsible for product strategy and business planning for the company’s global mobile messaging solution.
Prior to joining OpenMarket, Giovanni held a variety of Product Management and Business Development positions in the space of SMS, Voice and Unified Communication at different companies in Europe and USA.
Giovanni graduated from Bayreuth and Manchester University with a Masters in Physics.
Senior Director Business Development EMEA at Twilio
Sven heads up all Business Development activities in Europe, Middle East and Africa for Twilio, the leading cloud communication API. Twilio provides software developers with services such as messaging, Voice and Video.
Prior Twilio, Sven was SVP Business Development at Upptalk and worked at Amazon and Telefónica.
Sven holds an MBA from EDHEC Business School in France and lives in Munich, Germany.
VP, Business Development and Marketing at MMDSmart
A2P Messaging Development EUROPE at Telefónica & EMEA Board Director
Chief Insight Analyst at Mobilesquared
Nick is Chief Insight Analyst and Founder at Mobilesquared, and specialises in all aspects of the mobile and telecommunications industries, including; messaging and OTT, unified communications, mpayments, the enterprise, mobile marketing and advertising, premium rate services, automated platforms, mobile internet and social media, apps and content, as well as networks and technology.
Nick oversees all aspects of client projects; research, analysis, data modellling, and creative output, to drive awareness of clients' brands through white papers or reports, or provide our clients with market positioning and competitor analysis to support company expansion and product launches, as well as Mobilesquared’s own reports, including Global A2P SMS forecasts, 2015-2020.
Nick speaks at conferences around the world, and is a judge for the Global Mobile Awards, the MEFFYS and the EMMAs.
In his time as an analyst, Nick has written strategic industry reports on all of the subjects listed above.
Market Development Director at XCONNECT
For more than 25 years, Lee has been pioneering product innovation, bringing ideas to life and addressing market needs as a software engineer, project manager, product manager, and sales & marketing leader. He is a veteran of the telecommunications industry and is passionate about digital products and willing to challenge anyone that doesn't believe telecommunications is super exciting. Lee has worked as a consultant helping mobile operators launch new mobile services, with SaaS providers on new services, and has spent over 10 years working with the A2P marketplace. Over the last 3-4 years he has focused on privacy technology and as well as running market development he also leads the GDPR preparedness program @ Xconnect.
Gregory C. Brophy
CEO at iTouch
Greg Brophy developed his early skills at the Argus Newspaper Company, which at the time was owned by the Anglo American Group. This experience imparted to him big company structure, process, sound corporate governance and the ability to negotiate with several big trade unions, during which time he earned a reputation for integrity and fairness.
The group was sold to Sir Anthony O’ Reilly and its name changed to Independent News and Media. After a purge of management across all levels by Sir Anthony’s management “Guru’ Chris Tippler, Greg was promoted to Deputy MD of Independent Newspapers, Cape Town and became responsible for all revenue sources of the newspapers including advertising and circulation.
He led the company’s venture, as MD of Independent Digital, in the digital media world and in the process launched IOL which during his reign was the no.1 portal in SA and he also bought the majority shares of iTouch, SA on behalf of Independent News + Media. ITouch soon became one of South Africa’s international success stories as result of rapid international growth and a successful listing on the London Stock Exchange.
Director Business Line – P2P and Cloud Services at tyntec
Dr. Marco Lafrentz is responsible for tyntec’s person-to-person and cloud services business. As an expert in platform technology and enterprise solutions, Lafrentz leads tyntec’s CPaaS development. He is also frequently called on to provide expert commentary on topical issues relating to enterprise mobile communications.
Prior to his current position, Lafrentz was a Senior Product Manager and Product Manager at tyntec. He also served as an Academic at TU Dortmund University. Lafrentz holds a Doctorate in Physics from TU Dortmund University, Germany.
Team Leader DACH at Infobip
Organized, extroverted, good skills in dealing with complex situations, a positive attitude towards the environment, responsible, confident, strong sense of justice, equality and fairness, able to work in an environment and communicate with people from different backgrounds and cultures gained through my business and private experience, able to accept criticism.
My objectives are profitability, productivity, growth, core values, customer service and change management.
Account Manager at Infobip for the DACH & NL region
I consider myself a positive person with high goals and a strong motivation to achieve the same. I am used to work in a team, which I find very effective for different business categories. On the other side, I am also familiar with the importance of individual work.
Working in direct contact with people, I realized that even though there are so many different personalities, I would like to continue working in such an environment.
Since my young years I loved foreign languages, so I have dedicated my time to learn German and English. And working with people is a great way to use this knowledge.
CEO and Founder at MrConnectivity
James Williams is MrConnectivity. He has over 25 years’ experience in the field of Telecommunications, the last 15+ years immersed in the world of Customer Engagement. He lives and breathes Mobile Messaging, Omnichannel, Customer Journey Orchestration, Mobile Subscriber Intelligence and Monetisation.
A particular area of expertise is Mobile Messaging, the key pillar of which today is Application-to-Person (A2P) SMS. He has helped Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), Aggregators and Enterprises with all aspects of A2P SMS, the market for which is worth over $50 billion per year: Strategy, Training (Sales/Support/Carrier Relations), Vendor/Partner Selection, Marketing (including providing complete Website solutions), Service Launch, Business Development, Process Development, Monetisation and Revenue Assurance.
James speaks globally on Customer Engagement and works with both novice and seasoned entrepreneurs on scaling from an idea to a successful business. Leveraging his global network of industry contacts, James is also able to recruit personnel for clients rapidly and effectively.
Think Customer Engagement. Think MrConnectivity.
CEO at FSE CONSULTING
Based in Paris, France, Florence is an experienced New Business Development Professional and Relationship Broker with deep expertise in the telecommunication industry. After a Master in International Trade (Paris II), she joined Telecom Italia during 10 years. She founded FSE Consulting 8 years ago to help companies to build market positions by locating, developing, defining, negotiating, and closing impactful business relationships.
Identify and interpret market trends, as well as track individual contributors and their accomplishments to seek business deals. Contact potential partners, discover and explore opportunities to help companies to close new business. Develop negotiating strategies and positions by studying integration of new venture with company strategies and operations, examining risks and opportunities, and estimating partners' needs and goals.
Head of Business Development Wholesale at Orange Polska
“15 years of experience in International Wholesale Industry with main focus on Voice Trading, Messaging and New Business Development”
Managing Director, Android Enterprise at Google
Senior general management executive with a passion for developing high-growth applications and services - particularly those related to the intersection of enterprise and end-user, mobility, communications, and productivity.
Specialties: product management, strategic planning, business development, product marketing, acquisition planning and integration.
It was a fantastic and successful first SMS specialized CC- event. Congratulations to the CC team for putting together such a brilliant meeting place for the SMS community members.
—Andreas Constantinides, Commercial Director at Yuboto
Dear CC team, congratulations to a successful and well organized with high quality service SMS Messaging event. We will come back again and will support to grow it further together.
—Jose Garcia, Director and Founder at GTC
Perhaps the tightest, most focused Mobile Messaging related summit I have been to so far. Great organisation and a fantastic environment which allowed for all present to get on with developing real business.
—James Williams AKA MrConnectivity
It was a pleasure to meet you in Frankfurt last week.
The event was really great, perfectly prepared and very interesting in terms of content at the same time keeping very comfortable and cosy atmosphere.
—Marta Gabańska, Business Development Director and Specialized Sales, Business Development, Wholesale, Orange Polska
It was a nice successful and very well organized event.
—Alexandra Papazoglou, Regional Manager, Americas & Pacific, International Carriers Department, Voice Sales Services Division
Alarislabs Pte Ltd
API Mobile SIA
Bank of Telekom/Internet Mobile Communications Ltd
Calltrade Carrier Services AG
Comunica It Services SA
Digitel Mobile Srl
DIMOCO Messaging AG
iTouch Messaging Services (Pty) Ltd
Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF)
Orange International Carriers
Pinnacle Teleservices Pvt. Ltd.
“SMS Traffic” Limited
Syniverse Technologies SARL
TelQ Telecom UG
TLT Communications GmbH
Turk Telekom International
Valuefirst Technologies LLC