GSMA IoT at GSMA Thrive Asia Pacific

GSMA IoT at GSMA Thrive Asia Pacific

Start: Tuesday 3 November 2020 10:00

End: Thursday 5 November 2020 12:30

Venue: Online

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IoT Summit – What 5G IoT Means for Smart Cities and Enterprises | 3 November 2020 | 14:30 – 15:30 (GMT+8)

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Asia Pacific share of IoT revenue in 2020 this will further increase to 38% by 2025 as government stimulus plans help digital transformation efforts across the region. Have the cities and enterprises embraced the technology to realise the benefits?
Topic Speaker
Opening Julian Gorman, Head of Asia Pacific, GSMA
IoT in Asia Pacific: state of play and future outlook Sylwia, Kechiche, Principal Analyst IoT, GSMA Intelligence
Keynote: Building 5G IoT ecosystem for smart cities, enterprises and manufacturers on digital transformation
Would 5G bring the unprecedented benefits? What are the examples and learning today?
Tanapong Ittisakulchai, Chief Enterprise Business Officer, AIS Thailand
Joint presentation: Epidemic accelerates the imperative role of IoT towards the self-production ambition in large agriculture country.
The epidemic impacts lot of human activities, logistics and the productivity. How can IoT support the agriculture industry to improve the productivity? Massive IoT and AI is essential to support self-production ambition in large population APAC countries. Learn how it can be realized step by step with strategic partnership.
Feby Sallyanto, Chief Business Officer, XL Axiata
Tommy Wattimena, CEO, PT Sreeya Sewu
Keynote: IoT creates tremendous values in low population density country
Average 6 people per square kilometer in Australia. IoT becomes critical to significantly improve the productivity in key industries and in doing so deliver substantial benefits to the whole economy.
Gerhard Loots, Executive Global IoT Solutions, Product & Technology, Telstra
Keynote: Oil and gas industry in transformation
The oil and gas industry comes with specific digitization and digital transformation challenges, among others depending on the process and operation. In the digitalization initiatives of the industry, the Industrial IoT, big data and artificial intelligence play a major role.
Anuar M Isa, Principal Engineer, Telecommunications, Petronas
Q&A and Wrap Up


IoT Summit – How 5G IoT is Transforming Manufacturing | 3 November 2020 | 16:00 – 17:00 (GMT+8)

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Manufacturing is undergoing a major generational shift. Industry 4.0, the digitisation and advancement of the manufacturing processes and ecosystem, is set to create far more flexible, efficient and sustainable production lines. 5G for IoT underpins this transformation by enabling manufacturing companies and their supply chain partners the opportunity to utilise emerging technologies such as AI, AR/VR, robotics to give vastly improved visibility over all aspects of their business.
Topic Speaker
Keynote: Building a 5G IoT ecosystem for manufacturers to shape the industrial domain
On one platform, manufacturers, operators, technology leaders from all over the world jointly create forum to address the hottest topics on private network, edge computing and security.
Azad Singh, Chief Global Mobility Solutions, Reliance Jio & APAC Co-Chair of GSMA 5G IoT for Manufacturing Forum
Keynote: Empower robots with 5G in manufacturing
In a bid to help manufacturers and small-medium enterprises cope with the current pandemic-induced economic downturn, operators have been pitching in by introducing new 5G-powered smart factory solutions that aim to boost the efficiency of production systems that have been heavily impacted by the coronavirus.
John Lee, Global Partnerships & Business Team, LG Uplus
Keynote: How to ensure 5G deliver the required performance in Industrial IoT applications?
What are the challenges and how can test and measurements solutions help in supporting a high reliability of wireless connectivity in Smart Manufacturing?
Joerg Koepp, Market Segment Manager IoT, Rohde-Schwarz
Keynote: Strategy of a global manufacturing leader to drive the IR4.0
With the new technology 5G IoT, AI, how will a new harmonized IT and OT ecosystem being emerged and framework being set that would offer a new manufacturing services and experiences.
Mirela Juravle, Head of IoT Cloud Applications Solutions Business Development APAC, Siemens
Panel: Learning from how collaboration and partnership help to deploy 5G factory with a real example e.g. partnership model, business model, guarantee service level Moderator: Terence Wong, Market Development Director, APAC, GSMA
  • Philip Tseng, EVP, Enterprise and Carrier Business Group, Far EasTone
  • Colin Hsieh, General Manager, Orisol

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Anuar M Isa

Principal Engineer, Telecommunication, Petronas

Anuar M Isa

More than 28 years of Telecommunication/SCADA working experience in oil & gas Upstream and Downstream sectors covering pipeline system and onshore & offshore crude oil/gas field production facilities. Recent project undertaken was PETRONAS mega RAPID project as Telecommunication Project Technical Authority. Project experience includes working in a large – scale local and international pipeline project, viz Malaysia’s Carigali Dulang Project development and Sudan’s Muglad Basin Oil Development Project (MBOD). Undertook the Sudan Block 3 & 7 Melut Basin project development in the Basic & Detailed Design, and execution of construction and commissioning.

Involved in various project implementation phases such as detailed design, construction and maintenance of oil and gas telecommunication network/systems. Job function covers overall Telecommunication network infrastructure planning which include in-house feasibility studies, basic and detailed engineering work, project costing, resource planning, contract strategies and contract evaluation. Project execution and supervision of system integration/composite test, pre-commissioning and commissioning of telecommunications and related systems.

Azad Singh

Chief Global Mobility Solutions & APAC Co-Chair of GSMA 5G IoT for Manufacturing Forum, Reliance Jio

Azad Singh

Azad is responsible for international roaming over various technologies WiFi, MIoT, 4G and VAS strategy for Reliance Jio. Azad is also responsible for developing innovative international roaming products and services that create a seamless global borderless telecom experience for human and devices.

Azad have 20+ years of telecom experience in India, Canada and USA at various technical and management positions also entrepreneurship. Azad is representing Jio at WBA, GSMA and other international telecom forums.

Azad holds engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from National Institute of Technology Jalandhar India and management from McGill Desautels Canada. He is the APAC chairman of GSMA 5G IoT Manufacturing Forum.

Colin Hsieh

General Manager, Orisol

Colin Hsieh

Feby Sallyanto

Chief Business Officer, XL Axiata

Feby Sallyanto

Gerhard Loots

Executive Global IoT Solutions, Product & Technology, Telstra

Gerhard Loots

Gerhard Loots heads up Telstra’s IoT business, a key growth area at the heart of the company’s transformation. His experience stretches across multiple industries, having fulfilled leadership roles in security, advanced manufacturing, consumer electronics, health, real estate and telecoms as well as appointments on the advisory board of several start-ups. Gerhard holds formal qualifications in law, commerce, engineering and continuous improvement. With credentials that also include building a technology company from start-up, he is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship. This experience and focus on innovation drives Gerhard’s success in delivering pragmatic and transformative business outcomes for Telstra customers, leveraging new technologies to solve real business problems.

Joerg Koepp

IoT Market Segment Manager , Rohde & Schwarz

Joerg Koepp

Joerg Koepp is a Market Segment Manager responsible for driving the test & measurement business in the internet of things (IoT) market at Rohde & Schwarz. Joerg has enjoyed a 30+ year career in a variety of fields of telecommunication starting as a young man with the repair of electromechanical telephone switching systems. Prior to joining Rohde & Schwarz, he worked as a system architect, project leader, director of system engineering and technology manager at Siemens and Nokia Siemens Networks.

John (Jun Hee) Lee

Global Partnerships & Business Team, LG Uplus

John (Jun Hee) Lee

Responsible in developing business collaboration and strategic partnerships opportunities with global telcos and ICTs

Julian Gorman

Head of Asia Pacific, GSMA

Julian Gorman

Julian is the Head of Asia Pacific for the GSMA, leading a highly experienced cross functional team in

the execution of GSMA programs across the regions. He is a global telecommunications executive with over 20 years of commercial and marketing experience across Wholesale, Business, Regulatory, Policy and Digital Transformation. He has pioneered new digital partnerships and business units in mature and emerging markets across Africa, Europe, Australia and Asia with industry leaders including Vodafone, MTN and Ooredoo. As advisor to management executive teams and Boards he has extensive insight and relationships to support collaboration and delivery of industry alignment.

He has been recognised for his leadership in digital innovation, digital women, health and agriculture services with industry awards and grants.

Julian has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Law from Australia.

Mirela Juravle

Head of IoT Cloud Applications Solutions Business Development APAC, Siemens

Mirela Juravle

Mirela Juravle heads up IoT MindSphere Business Development APAC for Siemens with focus on Industry 4.0 and Smart Cities. Living in Asia for 6 years, she was previously heading up IoT, Smart Cities and Big Data Practice for Orange Business Services APAC in charge with regional go to market execution for IoT solutions and integration services for smart buildings, smart cities, smart access control and retail.

She is passionate about the difference that IoT and digital technologies can bring to people’s lives, businesses, industry, communities and cities.

Mirela has 20 years experience in IT/telecoms/IoT and digital technologies for large service providers in Asia and Europe such as Indosat Ooredoo Indonesia, Telefonica Digital London, Orange Business Services Singapore, London, Paris with successful track record in defining and Managing IoT go to market execution plans, product innovations, local and global B2B and B2B2C IoT Projects, as well as building and managing partnerships and IoT technology ecosystem providers for Smart Cities, Transportation and Automotive, Smart Utilities, Retail and Consumer Electronics.

Philip Tseng

EVP, Enterprise and Carrier Business Group, Far EasTone

Philip Tseng

Sylwia Kechiche

Principal Analyst, IoT, GSMA Intelligence

Sylwia Kechiche

As the principal IoT analyst in GSMA Intelligence, Sylwia leads the IoT product development. Her responsibilities range from sizing the IoT opportunity, including the role of operators, to researching and analysing IoT technologies, applications and business models. Sylwia has also moderated and presented at a number of conferences. Sylwia previously worked in telecommunications, media and technology with Pyramid Research.

Tanapong Ittisakulchai

Chief Enterprise Business Officer, Advanced Info Service PLC

Tanapong Ittisakulchai

Proven track record in leading diverse business and organisations, with strong expertise in general management, business management, sales and marketing. Held multiple senior leadership positions over 29 years in Global companies in Information Technology industry and Energy & Sustainability services.

Now in AIS, as Chief Enterprise Business Officer (CEBO), he is driving strategies and leading commercial business, from SMEs up to large enterprises, to serve solutions i.e. Enterprise Mobility, Business Network, Business Cloud, IoT/ M2M, ICT, Cybersecurity, including digital services like Digital Marketing, Digital Payment. Together with AIS 5G infrastructure and solutions. Collaborate with clients and business partners through digital transformation in various corporate industries to create and accelerate business disruptive approach by leveraging latest innovation and technology in the 4th era of change – Industry 4.0.

Terence Wong

Market Development Director, APAC, GSMA

Terence Wong

Terence serves as the Market Development Director at APAC Technology team in GSMA. He drives the GSMA IoT and Mobile Connect programmes in the APAC region.. The key focus is on IoT, bigdata, eSIM, security and Mobile Connect. He actively engages the operators, innovators, and ecosystem player in order to accelerate the rollout of the Mobile IoT leveraging cellular technology across various vertical such as Smart Agriculture, Smarty City Smart Building, Smart home, environment protection, logistics and asset tracking and other consumer market, etc. Recently, he works with 18 MNOs across 11 Asia Pacific countries to setup the APAC IoT Partnership programme that aims to accelerate the Mobile IoT ecosystem development in the APAC region.


Worked for IT/Telco industry over twenty years, Terence has strong and board experiences on telecom industries experiences on infrastructure, product development and management, consultancy, sales and marketing. He has worked for multinational companies such as Fujitsu, Nokia, and served as the architect, consultant, product lead and pre-sales head of BSS/OSS in the Asia region.


Terence has Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic Engineering) in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Master of Business Administration (Information Technology Management) in Hong Kong Polytechnics University, previously certified as Project Management Professional (Project Management Institute).

Tommy Wattimena

CEO, PT Sreeya Sewu

Tommy Wattimena

TOMMY WATTIMENA skills and competency is a rarity in Asia Pacific. He was the first Indonesian and youngest VP Category in UNILEVER ASIA PACIFIC, who oversee Ice Cream Business in 13 different countries and lead multi-national team. He had more than 15 years of experience running various positions at Unilever Indonesia, regional and global. His last position at Unilever was VP Ice Cream Category Asia Pacific and Kids Global. He continued his passion for mobile & digital technology when joined PT XL AXIATA Tbk as SVP, transforming the traditional telco business into mobile data. Then he joined PT SMART Tbk to led their consumer group and transformed its sales and logistic into one the most sophisticated digitized sales and logistic business, in the process disrupting the water industry by relaunched Pristine alkaline water.

He is currently the President Director at PT SIERAD PRODUCE Tbk or now being transformed into PT SREEYA SEWU INDONESIA Tbk. His leadership style is always visionary with non-orthodox methods that combine science and smart direct business approaches that are truly transformative in the contemporary era. He is a battle tested world class leading edge in Brand, Sales and Marketing with strong Big Data Science and Digital Marketing. Entrepreneurial, No Nonsenses and Disruptive by Nature, he has led many transformative journey in different companies

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APAC Resources

GSMA Thrive Asia Pacific On-Demand: IoT Summit – How 5G IoT is transforming manufacturing


Wednesday 4 Nov 2020 | 5G | Artificial Intelligence | Asia-Pacific | Edge Computing | Manufacturing | Resources |

Manufacturing is undergoing a major generational shift. Industry 4.0, the digitisation and advancement of the manufacturing processes and ecosystem, is set to create far more flexible, efficient and sustainable production lines. 5G for IoT underpins...

GSMA Thrive Asia Pacific On-Demand: IoT Summit – What 5G IoT means for smart cities and enterprises?


Tuesday 3 Nov 2020 | Asia-Pacific | Both Technologies | Resources |

Asia Pacific share of IoT revenue in 2020 this will further increase to 38% by 2025 as government stimulus plans help digital transformation efforts across the region. Have the cities and enterprises embraced the technology to realize the benefits?

Interview with Grammeenphone


Friday 6 Mar 2020 | Asia-Pacific | Resources |

[Mobile World Live] Mr. Solaiman Alam, Chief Digital Strategy Officer, talks about Grameenphone’s efforts to progress in the IoT market.

Interview with Jazz Business


Monday 9 Mar 2020 | Asia-Pacific | Resources |

[Mobile World Live] Mr.Ali Fahd, Head of B2B Marketing, Jazz Business discusses Pakistan’s opportunities for IoT development and the different roles that the company can play in various industries in the country.

GSMA Partnership Programme Expands to Create the Largest IoT Community in Asia Pacific

Press Release

Wednesday 25 Sep 2019 | Asia-Pacific |

32 Operators in 16 Countries Creating Innovative IoT Solutions; APAC IoT market to Reach 11 billion Connections by 2025 London: The GSMA APAC IoT Partnership Programme has expanded to include more than thirty mobile operators making it the largest IoT...

Internet of Things Case Studies – Leading the World of Innovation in Asia-Pacific


Saturday 29 Feb 2020 | 5G | Asia-Pacific | Both Technologies | Manufacturing | MIoT Technology | Mobile IoT | Resources | Smart Cities | Smart Cities Transport | Smart Cities Utilities |

Produced by the GSMA’s APAC IoT Partnership Programme, this report consists of 17 case studies showing how mobile operators are expanding the Internet of Things (IoT) into many more sectors of the economy.

Presentation Decks: APAC IoT Innovation Summit 2019


Thursday 3 Oct 2019 | 5G | Asia-Pacific | Both Technologies | MIoT Technology | Resources |

APAC IoT Innovation Summit 2019 welcomed 36 industry experts to share insights into 5G, IoT Capability Beyond Connectivity, IoT Ecosystem, Mobile IoT (LTE-M, NB-IoT) and key industry use cases.

APAC IoT Innovation Summit 2019 – Watch On-Demand


Thursday 26 Sep 2019 | 5G | Asia-Pacific | MIoT Technology | Resources |

As part of the Mobile 360 - Digital Societies 2019, the APAC IoT Innovation Summit took place on Thursday, 26 September 2019 ...

Demo Interviews with Experts at Mobile 360 – Digital Societies 2019


Thursday 16 Jan 2020 |

Hear from the IoT industry experts in Asia-Pacific how cellular connectivities, including 5G, LTE, LTE-M and NB-IoT are applied to innovative IoT solutions in various industry verticals.

The 4th Dimension of Space by Diomedes Kastanis, Singtel


Tuesday 20 Aug 2019 | Asia-Pacific | MIoT Technology | NB-IoT | Resources | Smart Cities Environment |

Singtel IoT demonstrates the applicability of a 4-dimensional digital harmony – an integration of Singtel’s AI-driven IoT network, people, space, and things – to smart buildings, and how it increases productivity, improves cost efficiency, and...

Mobile IoT Case Study: How Asia Pacific Intelligently Connects to IoT


Monday 18 Feb 2019 | Asia-Pacific | LTE-M | NB-IoT | Resources | Smart Cities Environment | Smart Cities Transport | Smart Cities Utilities |

This report shows how LTE-M and NB-IoT are being deployed in the Asia Pacific region. Drawing on interviews with mobile operators and their partners, the report describes six very different Mobile IoT applications. These case studies ...

Interview with Chamith Hettiarachchi on Mobitel’s IoT Strategy


Sunday 21 Jul 2019 | Asia-Pacific | Resources |

Chamith Hettiarachchi, Head of Business Solutions of Mobitel talked with David Turkington, Head of Technology - APAC, GSMA at MWC19 Shanghai regarding their IoT strategy in the region. For more details about GSMA Asia Pacific, ...

Interview with Gerhard Loots on Telstra’s IoT Strategy


Sunday 21 Jul 2019 | Asia-Pacific | Resources |

Gerhard Loots, IoT Products and Service Design Executive of Telstra talked with Julian Gorman, Head of ...

Network-First IoT and Artificial Intelligence Platform – Singtel


Tuesday 26 Mar 2019 | Asia-Pacific | MIoT Technology | NB-IoT | Resources | Smart Cities Environment |

Diomedes Kastanis, Head of IoT at Singtel, explains how the data collected from IoT sensors through Mobile IoT (LTE-M & NB-IoT) networks is collected and analysed on their voice-activated artificial intelligence platform. [button ...

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APAC Industry News

Innovative IoT Showcase at Mobile 360 in Asia-Pacific: Partnership Enables Mobile Industry’s Expansion Beyond Connectivity

The IoT’s increasingly rapid growth has opened up vast new opportunities for operators to look beyond their traditional commercial horizons as providers of connectivity – as countless services, devices and objects come online for the first time.  While provision of ...

Operators Gather in Kuala Lumpur to Consider Expanding Roles Beyond Connectivity

Asia Pacific (APAC) has a key role to play in the expansion of operator roles beyond connectivity. This region is by far the most connected region on earth: with 120 Mobile IoT networks now deployed worldwide, more than a quarter at 37 are in APAC, which accounts for a ...

NTT DoCoMo Rolls out LTE-M Across Japan

Following launch of LTE-M in October 2018, NTT DoCoMo achieved population coverage of 99.8% across Japan by spring of 2019. The carrier, which is Japan’s largest, now plans to work on rolling out NB-IoT over the coming year.  NTT DoCoMo has formed alliances with partner ...

Beyond Connectivity: Operators Look Beyond Traditional Roles as the IoT Expands

Mobile network operators are increasingly looking beyond their traditional commercial horizons, as IoT growth positions them to provide end-to-end services and platforms directly, rather than simply the connectivity to enable them. Until relatively recently the vast bulk of ...

A Rapidly Growing Ecosystem Meets: the APAC IoT Partnership Programme comes to Taipei

It’s now widely recognised in the mobile industry that Asia Pacific (APAC) is the world’s foremost growth region in IoT, representing 40% of the total global spend last year.  37 of the world’s 110 Mobile IoT networks are deployed in Asia Pacific across 12 countries, and ...

Mobile IoT Doubled in Range – Without the Need for Hardware Upgrades

Mobile IoT has turned a corner: one that makes connection of even the remotest areas, such as those in rural Australia, all the more feasible.  Last month a partnership between Ericsson and Telstra successfully tested a deployment of NB-IoT fully 100km away from the nearest ...

Intelligent Connectivity Top of the Agenda in Bangkok as Asia Pacific Leads the Way in IoT

Asia Pacific is now the world’s foremost growth region for IoT, representing 40% of the world’s total spend in 2018: mass installation of sensors, cameras and other connected devices will bring investment above $291 billion this year, up 12% from $260 billion in 2017. ...

Operators Move Beyond Connectivity in the IoT Era as Asia Pulls Ahead

The Internet of Things is well on the way to transforming our lives – connecting devices across vast areas at low cost to make our working lives more productive, our cities smarter, and our travel safer and more efficient. Much of the growth in IoT – particularly in ...

Asia-Pacific’s Ongoing Proliferation of Mobile IoT Deployments Cements its Status as World’s Most Connected Region

Mobile IoT’s growth across Asia-Pacific continues apace, in line with predictions made by PwC and the GSMA that, by 2020, the continent will become the world’s most connected region.  GSMA Intelligence shows that Asia-Pacific continues to prove the world’s fastest-growing ...

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