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Tuesday, 23rd November 2021

There is no registration charge for the event. TelSoc warmly welcomes new members.


In this Forum Ericsson and Telstra will look at the current state of 5G both in Australia and around the world and talk to the capabilities, developments, challenges and opportunities looming on the next 5G horizon.

Telstra plans indicate a 'mission possible' for bringing improved connectivity to everyone, particularly through 5G, with its 5G coverage already extending to 75% of the Australian population. Meanwhile 5G technology and applications developments continue to advance rapidly, and Telstra continues to directly contribute to this development. At the same time Telstra has  committed to rolling out exciting new 5G capabilities to more areas across metro, regional and rural Australia. Such rollout builds on established demand trends, updated by new research and recognised opportunities. With hindsight from COVID experience these developments have become more critical to Australia in a related context of social and economic structural change substantially impacting communications.  

To cover and discuss these issues we're fortunate to have as presenters Iskra Nikolova, Telstra, Network & Infrastructure Executive responsible for Customer Access Networks (Fixed and Mobile), Transport and IP, Private Cloud infrastructure and Telstra’s International Network, and James Evans, Acting Head of Ericsson Network Solutions, Australia & NZ.



Jim Holmes, President, TelSoc and member of the TelSoc Broadband Futures Group


Speakers (in alphabetical order):

James Evans, Acting Head of Ericsson Network Solutions, Australia & NZ:   5G -- Australia in perspective with the rest of the world

Iskra Nikolova, Telstra Network & Infrastructure Executive:   5G -- Where we are, what is next (challenges and opportunities)


The presentation will be followed by a discussion and question and answer session.


Please register via Eventbrite through the "Book a Seat" button, or via the link:

Zoom details will be provided via email to those registered just prior to the online event.



Date and Time

Tue, 23 Nov 2021

12:00 - 13:30 AEDT


Online Event Only
Melbourne VIC 3000


Iskra Nikolova

Iskra Nikolova joined Telstra in November 2020 as the Network and Infrastructure Executive. At Telstra Iskra is responsible for the Customer Access Networks (Fixed and Mobile), Transport and IP, Private Cloud infrastructure and Telstra’s International Network.

Iskra joined from Singtel in Singapore where she spent the last four years and was responsible for the Mobile Network and Network Cloud infrastructure in the country. Prior to Singtel Iskra was a member of the Senior Leadership Team of Vodafone Group, where in her last role she was responsible for Networks and IT in Greece.

Born in Bulgaria, Iskra relocated to the UK in her late twenties with her husband and son and has developed her career in telecommunications in London working for companies such as Ericsson, MCI Worldcom and Cable&Wireless in engineering and commercial roles.

Iskra holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Telecommunications and an MBA from London Business School. In her spare time she enjoys cycling and photography and exploring Melbourne and Victoria where she is based.

James Evans

Acting Head of Ericsson Network Solutions, Australia & NZ

(Bio TBA)