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Keynote, Plenary and Hot Seat Sessions


Networks 2006 provides the following exciting contents that you can't afford to miss:

  • Keynote Sessions

    Keynote 1
    Tuesday, November 7 (9:30 - 11:00)

    Turning Communications Innovations into Enablers for Economic Growth - Top 5 Challenges
    G. Young, Chief Technology Officer, Tata Teleservices, India
    R.N.Padukone,Sr. Deputy Director General, Telecommunications Engg. Center, Govt. of India

    What role does innovations in communications play in
    growing the national economy? How are the legislative and
    competitive processes playing out and how well are they supporting the growth of the economy in India? What are the toughest challenges?
    What are the lessons learned that should serve as guidance
    to the industry - to the strategies followed by operators,
    vendors, integrators, standards bodies, etc. who are looking to accelerate ime to introduction of new technologies and services?
    Two perspectives will be provided: an operator's perspective by Mr. Greg Young, and  a Govt. of India perspective by Mr. R. N. Padukone.

    Keynote 2
    Thursday, November 9 (17:00 - 17:45)

    The Future of Networks - Summarizing Trends
    A. Valdar, University College London, UK

    Never have the challenges facing this industry been so great!   Having survived the decimation of the market crash of 2000, the Telcos are now facing not only technical and cost challenges – but also the profound reshaping of the commercial model and values relating to their services.
    Structurally, the industry is witnessing a rise in mergers and acquisitions as the long-awaited consolidation of the operators and the equipment manufactures takes off.   In addition, the value of switched voice and bandwidth – the staple money-generating services for Telcos – continues to diminish, driven by the rise of voice-over-IP-based services and the rapid rollout of broadband to the consumer market.  The current responses to this situation include the adoption of next-generation network technologies to drive down costs through platform integration – together with all the forms of service convergence (fixed-mobile, communications and entertainment, “triple” and “quadruple play”, etc).
    This presentation considers how these factors are creating such a challenging agenda for the major network operators over the next five years. 

  • Plenary Sessions

    Plenary Session 1
    Tuesday, November 7 (11:30 - 12:30)

    Challenges and Progress towards Convergence
    Chair: O. Gonzalez-Soto, ITU Consultant, Spain

    T. Murakami, NTT Corp., Tokyo, Japan
    T. Harris, BT Group, Singapore

    Convergence in its different dimensions is driving the future of the Telecom sector mainly through the new services to customers and the inherent economies of scale.
    This session will address the analysis of main factors for success and perspectives from key players and leading operators on fixed and mobile services. Current progress, expectations, benefits, and encountered challenges will be treated and discussed by participants.

    Plenary Session 2
    Wednesday, November 8 (9:00 - 10:30)

    Opportunities in the Emerging Services
    Environment-Business Drivers
    Chair: A. Ciarniello, Telecom Italia Mobile, Italy

    A. Somma, Telecom Italia Mobile, Italy
    J. Gross, Arcor, Germany
    M. Bass, Lucent Technologies, USA

    The telecom sector expected revenue evolution for convergent services in the medium term includes new classes of services not only in the Communications area but also in new areas to Telecoms, such as publishing, video/multimedia as well as "long tail" services targeted to relatively small pockets of customers.
    Technology evolution will enable portability of services in different domains both fixed and mobile, this represents an opportunity but poses a number of challenges to existing/traditional business models.
    There are many challenges into this emerging model both from the Value Chain Dynamics side, including the partnership vs. competition new relations with Contect Owner/Provider, Operators and Platform/Technology Enablers, and from the Manufactures and Product requirement side.
    The discussion will also address:
    - how to evaluate these emerging opportunities and some exaple of execution of new Business Models (such as the launch of  commercial DVB-H service in Italy);
    -  what are the potential implications on the business innovation process for Operators and Manufacturers.

    Plenary Session 3
    Wednesday, November 8 (17:15 - 18:30)

    IPTV - Technology Solutions and Business Trends
    Chair: B. Jarry-Lacombe, France Telecom

    A. Kapur, Alcatel, India
    M. Borgne, France Telecom R&D

    This session will focus on the video services that telcos are now offering on their DSL lines in an increasing number of countries. Mr. Kapur will illustrate the evolution of the IPTV services and Michel Borgne, senior expert within France Telecom R&D Labs, will explain what are the networks issues and how the technical solutions evolve. This session will offer to participants a global overview on IPTV over DSL, today and tomorrow.

    Plenary Session 4
    Thursday, November 9 (9:00 - 11:00)

    Access: The Last Mile - When is Copper at its End?
    Chair: J. Gross, Arcor, Germany

    O. Gordien, Alcatel, India
    A. Ciarniello, Telecom Italia Mobile, Italy

    Internet connectivity is a neccessity for so many people now... to communicate, to get information, entertainment (e.g. IP-TV, VoD) and to be a part of the internet community to distribute information, videos or pictures. Access decisions have huge leverage on the operator's ability to meet business objectives. An expert panel will discuss some of the key questions:
    Who is in the best position to provide access to the end user - the mobile or fixed network operator, the Network provider or ISP?
    What is the bandwidth demand for existing and future services?
    What is the best and most economical access strategy for the greenfield operator?
    What about an operator who has an existing infrastructure?
    What is the best access technology to serve these demands-  WIMAX, UMTS,
    Coax, Copper, FTTX?

    Plenary Session 5
    Thursday, November 9 (16:00 - 17:00)

    Broadband Wireless Perspectives
    Chair: G. Sallai, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

    A. Wahi, Alcatel, India
    P. Janek, Hungarian Telekom, Budapest, Hungary

    One of the most prominent trends in today's telecommunication landscape is the widespread deployment of wireless technologies as the "last mile" connection for delivering POTS and broadband Internet access. The emergence of different wireless local loop (WLL) technologies can unlock competition, enabling new operators to bypass existing wireline networks and spare the costly deployment of copper-line, cable or fiber links. This section will focus on the benefits of such WLL solutions, with special emphasis on WiMAX, the most promising WLL technology.

  • Hot Seat Sessions

    Hot Seat Session 1
    Tuesday, November 7 (17:30 - 18:30)

    The Promise of IMS - Myth vs. Reality
    Chair: R. Thanawala, Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies,
    Holmdel, USA

    S. Ahuja, VP Convergence Networks and Services Research, Bell Labs, USA       
    B. Jarry-Lacombe, Network Design and Architecture, France Telecom

    It takes between 10 to 14 months for an operator to introduce
    a new service. In the Internet world, its around three months. The promise of IMS is reducing time to revenue for new services including being able to cost effectively experiment with new services - withdrawing services that don't hit the mark and turning promising services into winners, all the time blending services to create value that users are willing to pay for. However there are lots of issues -  interoperability, getting started costs, etc.  Are these just maturity issues associated with  the introduction of any new change-the-paradigm technology, or are these so significant that the advantages of IMS are not likely to be realized?
    This hot seat session will be a lively exploration of views between two leading industry executives on both the business and technology issues surrounding IMS. Sid Ahuja, Vice President of the Converged Networks and Services Research Laboratory at Bell Labs, and a champion for IMS will present the case for IMS. Bernard Jarry-Lacombe, working in Network Design and Architecture at France Telecom will present an Operator perspective.

    Hot Seat Session 2
    Wednesday, November 8 (16:00 - 17:00)

    Should Voice be Free? Alternative Emerging
    Business Models - Are they sustainable?
    Chair: A. Valdar, University College London, UK

    A. Antonopoulos, Business School, University of Budapest, Hungary and partner at Working Knowledge Consulting Company
    A. Das, BT, India

    The apparent value of a voice call, once the staple source
    of revenue for network operators, has been declining at an
    alarming rate. Whether it is through the death of distance,
    the commoditisation due to competition, or the rise of
    voice over IP substitutes, the cellular and fixed network
    operators are experiencing rapid declines in price of voice.
    But is this trend to free voice sustainable? Are there viable
    new commercial models to cope with this? These and
    other questions will be addressed during this Hot Seat Session, taking the perspective of established network operators as well as new players.