P-1 Start-Ups: Experiences and Lessons Learned
P-2 Network Intelligence: In the Network or in the Terminals?
P-3 Service Convergence: The Why and How
P-4 Home Networks: Challenges and Technologies
P-5 Broadband Access: When Do We Get 100 Mbps?
P-6 The Role of Satellites in Future Broadband Networks
P-7 Global Trends and Challenges in Mobile and Wireless Communications
P-8 Broadband Access: Bridging Users and Services
P-9 Providing Quality of Service: What is Ahead?
P-10 How to make business with 3G Networks?
P-11 Wireless LANs: Trends and Challenges
P-12 Radio Spectrum Technologies and Policies

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P-1 – Start-Ups: Experiences and Lessons Learned

Yannick Levy,
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, DibCom
Nathalie Brengarth,
Chief Executive Officer, TurboConcept
Marc Engels,
General Manager, FMTC
Gerhard Fettweis,
Professor at Dresden University, Founder of Systemonic
Niels Kristian Hersough,
Chief Executive Officer, Hymite

Monday, 21 June – 9:30-10:50
Room: Champs Elysées, Hotel New York

The year 2000 was extremely rich for the creation of new ventures, not only related to Internet but all across industry, and especially in the field of communications technologies. Four years later, some of these start-ups have grown up and continue as private companies, some have been have been acquired by large corporations, and some have died. In all cases, experience has built up on the entrepreneurial side and also on the financial side. Today, is there a magic potion to start up a company and win? Chief Executives from different start-up companies will take part in this debate and share their experience with potential entrepreneurs. The panelists will address a number of questions such as:

  • How to move from an idea to the creation of a company?
  • Does the company necessarily require venture capital to grow?
  • What are the constraints and benefits of a small company against industry giants?
  • How to measure the risks involved during different phases of growth?
  • How great this experience can be for the founders and all employees?
  • What recommendations would the panelists give to new entrepreneurs?

P-2 – Network Intelligence: In the Network or in the Terminals?

Martine Lapierre,
CTO and VP, Alcatel Mobile Communications Group
Jean Craveur,
Director, Network Architecture, Integration and Control, France Telecom R&D
Azucena Hernandez,
Deputy-Director, Standardization, Telefonica
David Ludlam,
Telecommunications Services Analyst, Discovery Consultancy Association
Eric Mahe,
Technology Advisor, SUN Microsystems

Monday, 21 June – 11:10-12:30
Room: Champs Elysées, Hotel New York

In the context of this panel, “Intelligence” is defined as: Software programs, processes, applications and databases that control and enable the provision of advanced and sophisticated new services to communications end users. Intelligence at the edge and in terminals as distinct from intelligence within the network has often been presented as a conflict. The members of the panel will provide their view as to what can be best performed in each location and what criteria lead to this conclusion. The scope of the discussion includes both the deployment of intelligence within a single network or service space and the use of intelligence as the bridge to provide ubiquitous services across multiple networks in support of the “Anything, Anytime, Anywhere” concept that attracts the user community. In addition to being used to increase revenues by delivering new services, intelligence can also be used to minimize costs and to make more effective use of existing infrastructure. In the current financial environment this deployment of intelligence to reduce costs is of equal importance to many operators as is increase of revenues.

P-3– Service Convergence: The Why and How

Klaus-Dieter Kohrt,
Senior VP, Government and Industry Relations, Siemens
Martine Lapierre,
CTO and VP, Alcatel Mobile Communications Group; Gennady Sirota, VP Marketing, Starent Networks;
Gennady Sirota,
VP Marketing, Starent Networks
Malcolm Wardlow,
VP Mobility, Intelligence and Applications, Office of the Group CTO, British Telecom

Monday, 21 June – 14:30-15:50
Room: Champs Elysées, Hotel New York

A few years ago, Fixed/Mobile-Convergence (FMC) was a hot topic within the telecom industry because of the expected savings for the operators both in capital expenditure and operational cost. But due to major differences in both environments (e.g. maturity, regulation, growth rate and speed of innovation), FMC never happened. Today, we see renewed interest in convergence, but for very different reasons. Mobile subscriptions have overtaken fixed subscriber numbers and the majority of users own and use both kinds of network access for their everyday communication needs. In addition, the choice of access technologies has grown considerably with the addition of broadband access and new radio technologies even outside the cellular domain. Consequently, customers are beginning to expect similar kind of applications and services with common user interfaces, regardless of underlying network technology.
The panelists will discuss the technical and business implications of these requirements and different ways operators are trying to provide Service Convergence, in order to achieve a competitive advantage.

P-4 – Home Networks: Challenges and Technologies

Jacob Baal-Schem,
Senior Lecturer, Tel-Aviv University
Hans Werner Bitzer,
Technical Manager TeleHome, Deutsche Telekom AG;
Bahman Mobasser,
Director of Services and Applications, Alcatel Corporate Networks Strategy Group;
Stan Moyer,
Executive Director and Strategic Research Program Manager, Telcordia Technologies

Monday, 21 June – 16:10-17:30
Room: Champs Elysées, Hotel New York

As computing power becomes more ubiquitous and sophisticated consumer electronics invade the home, the need for networking, communications, computers, appliances, security and entertainment devices in the home becomes more stringent. Coordination between appliances – e.g. air conditioning, lighting, washing devices – might ease the running of the home. Burglar alarms can use the lighting system to warn of intruders and the distribution of computer connections, TV, VCR and DVD outputs to the different rooms can contribute to the family activities. Home Networks have become popular in many countries and different alternatives and business models have been developed - using wire or wireless connections. This Panel of experts from industry, network operators and research organizations will discuss the requirements for home networks, the challenges to developers and the trends perceived worldwide. Different technologies, including wireless and power lines, will be discussed. The panelists will highlight the limitations and advantages of the available technologies and present progress achieved in different forums such as OSGi, IETF and others. They will also give their visions of the future.

P-5 – Broadband Access: When Do We Get 100 Mbps?

John M. Cioffi,
Professor, Electrical Engineering Department, Stanford University
Ted Rappaport, Professor,
University of Texas at Austin
Oleh J. Sniezko,
Chief Technology Officer, Aurora Networks
Paul Spruyt,
Director Access Products, Alcatel Product Line Management
Tony Werner,
Chief Technology Officer, Liberty Cable

Tuesday, 22 June – 9:30-10:50
Room: Champs Elysées, Hotel New York

Broadband access technologies have come into common use for internet access at speeds of a few hundred kbps to a few Mbps. But an ever-increasing demand for video, data, and audio services and combinations requires even higher speeds in the future. This panel session investigates the broadband access status of wireless, cable, fiber, and digital-subscriber-line technologies in their upward progression of broadband access speeds. A panel of experts will address the evolution of these technologies in terms of feasibility, time-frame, regulatory motivation, and demand.

P-6– The Role of Satellites in Future Broadband Networks

Riccardo De Gaudenzi,
Head of Communications Systems Section, European Space Agency
Roberto Campitelli,
Chairman Hughes Network Systems Europe;
Olivier Guilbert,
Alcatel Space Systems and Network Marketing Director;
Benjamin Pontano,
President, Viasat Comsat Labs;
Harald Skinnemoen,
R&D Product Manager, Nera SatCom

Tuesday, 22 June – 11:10-12:30
Room: Champs Elysées, Hotel New York

Satellites have been playing a key role in providing global fixed and mobile telecommunication services. Due to the difficult economic situation, the expansion of terrestrial broadband technologies (ADSL, cable, optical fiber, …) population coverage, the planned satellite broadband networks deployment has been postponed or confined to professional applications. New satellite broadband commercial initiatives aiming to complement terrestrial networks both in the West and in the East are potentially going to generate new industrial momentum.
The questions that the panel will be addressing are:

  • What is the role of satellite in bridging the digital divide?
  • Are emerging standards (DVB-S2, DVB-RCS, DOCSIS…) going to make broadband satellite technologies affordable?
  • What are the key space and ground technologies required to be able to economically complement terrestrial networks in the medium and long term?
  • Are there new applications which can boost the exploitation of broadband satellite networks?

P-7 – Global Trends and Challenges in Mobile and Wireless Communications

Jorge Pereira,
Scientific Officer, European Commission, DG INFSO
Peter Karlsson,
Expert, Mobile Network R&D, TeliaSonera;
Ian Oppermann,
Director CWC, University of Oulu;
Mikko A. Uusitalo,
Manager, Research Co-operation, Nokia & WWRF Chair;
Adam Wolisz,
Executive Director Inst. Telecommunication Systems, TU Berlin

Tuesday, 22 June – 14:30-15:50
Room: Champs Elysées, Hotel New York

As markets slowly stabilize after the burst of the Internet bubble and new technologies are brought to maturity, be it for UMTS or for new Wireless LAN (WLAN) standards, it is time to assess trends, identify challenges, and discuss new directions for R&D in a global context. New initiatives, like the Mobile Communications and Technologies Platform, show the increasing relevance of the area, also substantiated in the funding of the area in the EU-funded FP6, and reflects the many ways it affects our lives.
In this panel, experts from industry and academia will discuss the global trends and the challenges in the areas of mobile and wireless communications. The discussion will cover, but is not limited to, UMTS/B3G/4G, PANs/BANs, QoS issues, Cellular-WLAN integration, IPv6 and Wireless IP issues, Sensor Networks, and UWB.

P-8 – Broadband Access: Bridging Users and Services

Paulo T. De Souza,
Head of Sector, European Commission, DG INFSO
Helmut Leopold,
Director, Platform and Techn. Development, Telekom Austria AG;
Robert R. Phillips,
Telecommunications Consultant;
Heinrich J. Stuttgen,
General Manager, Network Development Labs, NEC Europe

Tuesday, 22 June – 16:10-17:30
Room: Champs Elysées, Hotel New York

This panel discusses possible broadband access technologies as an enabler bridging the gaps between the user networks and the core networks to deliver end-to-end services and applications with appropriate QoS and Security. The panelists will address these enabling technologies and business models that will provide broadband access for all users and remove a major constraint in developing the information society. One aspect of Broadband Access is Technology and Regulation. The basic thrust is how regulation can shape and is shaping the broadband services. One of the factors affecting the development and deployment of broadband services is the existing regulations or proposed ones. Another aspect is Convergence of services. The user expects the IST technologies and services to improve the quality of life, and that requires network and service providers to make broadband access deployment a reality. With such a move, there will be new services and applications that the user wants with the ease of use, adapted to his work and family environment and associated with cost-performance, but independent of underlying networks. Economics and the business models are at the end the deciding factor. The current infrastructure implementation falls in 3 classes: Broadband Access (xDSL, HFC, FTTH), Wireless LANs, and technologies with low acceptance like power lines. The current economical situation and regulation leads to an investment stop for real Broadband Access in rural areas. Public private partnership concepts are difficult to be implemented within the current regulation. The consumer equipment industry needs to catch up with broadband developments, standards are still missing and regional content development is lacking. Conclusion: There is a need to harmonize these different lines in order to stimulate a real technology push and application pull.

P-9– Providing Quality of Service: What is Ahead?

Kees Hoogendoorn,
Carrier Products Innovation Center, Siemens
John Adams,
Office of the Wholesale CTO, BT
Christophe Diot,
Intel Research
Pierre Combescure,
Head, Engineering, Planning and Architecture, France Telecom
Kurt Melden,
Chief Scientist, Juniper Networks

Wednesday, 23 June – 9:30-10:50
Room: Champs Elysées, Hotel New York

Concepts and product implementations for providing IP QoS have been available for some time. Even so, most public networks today still offer best effort service only. This may no longer be good enough when services with high QoS and availability expectations (for example voice or real-time video service) migrate to an IP-based next generation network (NGN). The panelists will discuss how and when they expect network operators and service providers to rise to this challenge, not only from a technical, but also from a business perspective.

P-10 – How to make business with 3G Networks?

Mike Short,
Chairman of Mobile Data Association
Frédéric Dufal,
Director of Service Innovation, Orange
M. Takashi Natsuno,
Managing Director,  i-mode Strategy, NTT DoCoMo
Georges Passet,
CTO, Bouygues Telecom
Yoshiharu Tamura,
General Manager, NEC Mobile Terminals Division

Wednesday, 23 June – 11:10-12:30
Room: Champs Elysées, Hotel New York

Deployment of 3G terrestrial mobile networks has already started in Asia and is arriving in a number of countries in Europe. This new technology provides great changes from the existing mobile network, both in available bandwidth and in quality of service. But if in Japan mobile internet usage is well established with almost 70.000.000 users, this market is only beginning in Europe. How can these new 3G networks be valued?
Leading Industry Executives will address in this panel a number of questions such as:

  • What are the key services on 3G wireless networks?
  • What is the key evolution –as viewed from the customer- from 2G to 3G?
  • 3G network: data only, integrating VOIP or data and voice services?
  • What is the most appropriate planning for 3G?
  • How to churn mobile subscribers from 2G to 3G?

P-11– Wireless LANs: Trends and Challenges

Jamshid Khun-Jush,
Senior Expert, Qualcomm
François Comet,
Senior VP, Corporate Innovation, France Telecom
Jean-Pierre Lacotte,
H2GF Chair, Thomson Consumer Electronics
John Terry,
Former Vice-Chair of IEEE 802.11g, Principal Scientist, Nokia Research Center
Carlo Cassisa,
Product Manager, TeliaSonera

Wednesday, 23 June – 14:30-15:50
Room: Champs Elysées, Hotel New York

Wireless LANs (WLANs) are becoming an important private networking technology in business, education and home. Furthermore, cellular mobile operators are adding WLAN services to their data offerings in “hot spots”. In this way, users will have broadband access to the Internet and private intranets via “Public WLANs” from a variety of hot spots like airports, train stations, hotels and convention centers. Though in most cases users will be able to use the same computer and networking hardware for private and public coverage, there are open questions including subscription control, roaming support, billing, authentication and centralized network management. Another question is the pace and the extent of service delivery via Public WLANs.
On the technology side, IEEE 802.11b (known as Wi-Fi) is the clear technology winner today. More recently, the IEEE developed the 802.11g and 802.11a physical layer standards which can provide up to 54 Mbps bit rate over the air. Furthermore, the IEEE 802.11e standard, which is under development, will provide quality of service (QoS) mechanisms enabling multimedia applications. Still, there is no a clear evidence at the moment whether these mechanisms are sufficient to satisfy the QoS requirements of home multimedia applications like video distribution and streaming. Therefore, the IEEE 802.11 Working Group is continuing to work on a new generation of WLANs. This panel intends to address these topics. Representatives from cellular mobile operators, standard development organizations and technology vendors will discuss the most current developments in this area and will try to sketch the roadmap for future WLAN services.

P-12 – Radio Spectrum Technologies and Policies

Gérard Pogorel,
Professor, ENST
Martin Cave,
Professor, University of Warwick;
Jean-Philippe Dereumaux,
Dep. Director, Frequency Affairs, Bouygues Telecom;
Cengiz Evci,
Chief Frequency Officer, Alcatel Mobile Communications Group;
Ulrich Stumpf,
Director, WIK GmbH

Wednesday, 23 June – 16:10-17:30
Room: Champs Elysées, Hotel New York

A heated debate is under way regarding the radio spectrum management and processes - the outcome of which could lead to a major turning point in both the provision of wireless services and the radio spectrum management process. Improving the spectrum characteristics of a wireless system can be a motive in itself, e.g. the achievement of higher spectrum efficiency and better sharing conditions. However, it is also important to consider how innovations in radio technologies influence the allocation of spectrum and create new possibilities for, and methods of, spectrum management, and how wireless networks may be used.
The impact of recent radio technology developments also depends on the extent to which spectrum planning could be made more flexible and open to innovations- for instance, whether transmitters and receivers are able to gain access to more portions of the spectrum without having to apply for licenses. Assessment of the feasibility and impact of new technological developments that improve spectrum usage is still incomplete. Therefore, software techniques, like UWB, SDR, hardware multi-standard components, or a combination of the two will need to be evaluated. These evolutions undermine currently established procedures for spectrum allocation and planning and challenge the established monopoly of public institutions on spectrum allocation.