Business Applications Sessions and Technology Panels

Enterprise Network Architecture: A User’s Perspective


Organizer and Moderator: Merwyn Andrade, Aruba Wireless Networks

Panel Summary:
This panel brings together users and vendors of WLAN technology to discuss and debate the different approaches, technologies and issues surrounding WLAN deployment within today’s enterprise. Panelists will examine issues such as adding value to or taking value from access points, making WLANs as secure as their wireline equivalents, Layer 2 and Layer 3 security mechanisms, role of Information Technologies, WLAN scalability, centralized versus distributed network management and control.

Panelist: Neil Buckley, Partners Healthcare

Wireless network security is a multi-faceted problem that can’t be solved by a single product. It includes protecting the traffic with advanced encryption schemes, protecting the network with sophisticated authentication and access control mechanisms and protecting the users with polices and security that moves with them. Enterprise today must wade through a sea of security standards and approaches from WEP to TKIP to AES, Layer 3 tunneling technologies such as IPsec to new authentication approaches such as 802.1X. This presentation explores the wide range of wireless security mechanisms, examining the various alternatives available as well as the architectural pitfalls facing the network manager.

Panelist: Robert Sanchez, inCode

Deploying 802.11 networks on a large-scale is ridden with issues, from costly site surveys to continual upgrades and how to operationally manage thousands of access points. Many options exist today for enterprises in deploying 802.11 WLANs but few provide the best model for scaling and securing large-scale deployments. We examine some of the technical, operational, deployment issues facing enterprises installing Wi-Fi networks.

Panelist: Abner Germanow, IDC

Should enterprises centralize wireless intelligence or distribute it? Should wireless users be quarantined behind a DMZ or just attached to the Layer 2 corporate network with Layer 2 encryption running across the link? What do I need to do about mobility and mobile security? These are some of the questions that we address in his presentation on 802.11 technologies. We detail the many aspects of 802.11 technology standards are and discuss their implementations.

Wireless Networks Security


Organizer and Moderator:Leslie D. Owens (Les), Booz Allen Hamilton

Panel Summary:
This panel explores the latest network security issues in the wireless world. It is likely to be security lessons learned from 1G cellular and 802.11 wireless LAN that can be applied to emerging technologies such as 4G and mesh networks. Additionally, we will address the latest in end-to-end application security over wireless, wireless Public Key Infrastructure, wireless security crypto performance and idiosyncrasies of intrusion detection for wireless..

Managing Data Security in the Mobile and Wired Enterprise
Panelist: George Heron, SafeNet, Inc.

Policy management has proven its worth in the wired industry. Within the enterprise, remote users and their practices must be managed. With the growth of more corporate mobile users, policy management in a wireless world will ultimately need to be addressed. Other issues will include the ways to combat the new set of security threats that evolve with wireless communications including cloning, untrusted code, lost/stolen devices, theft of content and denial of service. This presentation will discuss the policy management needs for a workforce on the road ... both classic and unconventional.

Bringing Secure Connectivity to Wireless Mobility
Panelist: E. Sanders Partee, Ecutel, Inc.

Enterprises are seeking the productivity boosts offered by wireless connectivity, especially from Wi-Fi networks. However, the adoption of such technologies is hampered not by cost, but by security concerns and the increased complexity for workers to roam between networks behind and beyond the corporate firewall. Access to corporate networks has become increasingly cumbersome for the mobile worker as well as a burden for IT departments. Whether providing access to the network from a wired or wireless connection, security, connectivity, support and maintenance are constant challenges for the enterprise. Enterprise users of Wi-Fi networks are faced with the following problems of Security and Integration with other networks. A devised Solution is based on Mobility, Simplicity, and Security.

Ad Hoc Networks


Organizer and Moderator: Peter Stanforth, MeshNetworks

Panel Summary:
Proponents of ad hoc networking believe that it is a truly disruptive technology that has potential to fundamentally change the way wireless networks are designed and deployed. The concept has been under investigation and development since the DARPA packet radio experiments 20 years ago, but it has only recently graduated from the lab into commercial products. Ad hoc networking (or mesh networking as it is commonly known) is beginning to appear in products for 802.11, last-mile and mobile broadband applications from both start-up and established vendors. Find out why this technology is being called the next major step forward for wireless network design.
In this session industry experts will provide an in depth look at the technology and it's present day application to various segments in the wireless industry. Benefits of ad hoc networking, including self-forming and self-healing routing, spectral efficiency and organic scalability will also be highlighted. Market potential for ad hoc networks, as well as some of the unique applications that can be addressed by the technology will be presented. Finally a review of the ad hoc networking efforts within the IEEE standards bodies will give an up-to-date view on the issues being tackled in preparation for wide spread adoption of this technology.

Panelist: Scott Corson, Flarion

There will be a brief presentation on the current status and likely direction of IETF standards work on ad hoc network routing work underway in the IETF's Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANET) Working Group. This will be followed by a critical look at the pros and cons of ad hoc networking as a technology relative to more traditional base station-oriented wireless network access technologies.

Panelist: David Robak, Cybiko, Inc

We present the application of ad hoc peer to peer networking implementation in mobile devices. We discuss startling revelations and techniques used within the wireless PDA teen space and the migration to mass-market implementation in cellular phones. We present the defining characteristics that change this technology from a differentiating application to an essential disruptive technology in the distribution of protected digital content.

Panelist: Richard D. Dwelle, NexGen City

Ad hoc peer-to-peer wireless networks inherently solve current issues in public safety communications. Communication interoperability, self forming/self healing networks, device location and increased data rates are just a few of the added functionality these networks provide to first responders. This presentation discusses how ad hoc peer-to-peer wireless networks will play a significant role in the future of public safety communication.

Software Defined Radio – An Implementation Perspective


Organizer and Moderator: Stephen M. Blust, Cingular Wireless

Panel Summary:
Software Defined Radio is beyond the education and initiation phase. The industry is addressing the needs of reconfigurable radio technology development, implementation, and application in a variety of marketplaces. Regulatory decisions are being formulated to facilitate SDR adoption and deployment. This panel discussion will bring together representatives of the wireless value chain, including core technology/component suppliers, radio software developers, terminal manufacturers, infrastructure manufacturers, wireless operators/service providers, and regulators to discuss the implementation of SDR and provide a top to bottom perspective.

Panelist: James A. Hoffmeyer, Panasonic

There are numerous different perspectives of software defined radio and its applications. In this presentation, the perspective will be that of software download to SDR-enabled devices. This perspective includes the value of software download to users, service providers and manufacturers. The SDR Forum has initiated an aggressive program in developing requirements for radio software download. The Open Mobile Alliance has defined use cases for radio software download as well as content or applications software download. The presentation provides information regarding both the SDR Forum and OMA work efforts.

Panelist: Louis Luneau, Radical Horizon

We discuss the radio computing concept based on an open standards architecture utilizing SDR technology and how SDR changes the traditional value chain. A wireless base station example is used to show the application readiness and limitations that exist today.

Panelist: Tom Schmutz, Airnet; Earl McCune, Tropian

Monday, 17 March, 16:00-17:30
Room 210

The Business and Technical Case for Wireless Sensor Networks:
Is Homeland Security the Killer App?


Organizer and Moderator: Reginald Brothers (moderator), Draper Laboratory; Kathy Sohrabi, Sensoria Corporation

Panel Summary:
The vision of a world of massively proliferated embedded sensors in large-scale networks that may be heterogeneous in sensing modality and hierarchical in topology is frequently discussed. This vision promises near ubiquitous virtual presence and implies seamless connectivity to existing networked infrastructure. In spite of successful ongoing military efforts in this field, very few, if any commercial and/or large scale distributed wireless sensor systems are currently deployed. We postulate this slow pace of technology emergence is due in most part to two factors: lack of specific commercial applications with a clearly defined business model and unavailability of enabling technological capability. This panel discusses potential applications and market and technological challenges to the actual implementation and deployment of these systems.

Panelist: T. P. Smith, III, Science Applications International Corporation

Wireless sensor networks are a new technological thrust in the long history of human sensory extension. They are being designed for biological, chemical, seismic, acoustic, infrared, telematic and other applications. Sensors range from simple video cameras to silicon micro- and nano-structures, hyper-spectral optical sensors and sophisticated scientific instruments. The technical and scientific challenges fall into three broad categories: the physics and engineering of the sensors themselves; the development of robust, secure, ad-hoc networks to deliver the data to the users; and the signal processing, data fusion, and information processing required to detect and identify specific agents, events and phenomena. The business challenges center on cost, performance and return on investment. We will review the state of the art using specific examples and outline the technical and market challenges that lie ahead.

Panelist: G. Noubir, Northeastern University

We address the problem of securing wireless sensor networks. We explain why traditional network security techniques cannot be applied in a straightforward manner to wireless sensor network.. We describe the inherent limitations of these wireless networks (energy, computation, bandwidth, channel unreliability, and mobility) and show how they impact security services. We discuss the obstacles facing the development of traditional security services: authentication, confidentiality, and integrity. We also discuss more elaborate security services such as secure group communication, multilayer denial of service, anonymous routing, and fairness enforcement.

Panelist: Sanjeev R. Kulkarni, Princeton University

The possibility of deploying a large number of networked sensors presents great opportunities for a host of commercial, military, and homeland security applications, but also presents enormous technical challenges. We argue that a mismatch between technology and expectations is the limiting factor in the deployment of wireless sensor networks. In particular, in most applications one of key benefits of deploying a sensor network would be to aid in high-level decision-making.
Yet, this is also a notoriously complex task. In addition to wireless network issues, sensor networks must do a great deal more than just support communication. Transporting bits does not automatically lead to intelligent decision-making, and connectivity does not automatically result in coordination. In a sensor network there is a joint purpose to be accomplished by the network as a whole. There are fundamental questions about what information to transmit, where to send it, how to utilize it, and whether to do computations locally, or to pass information to higher layers for centralized computations. These tasks must be accomplished in the face of scarce resources, notably limited time, bandwidth, and power.
Thus, it is not surprising that at such an early stage, relatively little progress has been made in this regard.

Tuesday, 18 March, 9:30-10:50
Room 206

The Internet Technology Model Impact Within Wireless Networks


Organizer and Moderator: Iain Gillott (moderator), iGillott Research; Gail Redmond, Telespree Communications;
Jack Newton, Calysto Communications

Panel Summary:
Internet technologies are increasingly being incorporated into wireless networks. Protocols and programming languages that originate from the Internet world, such as WSDL, XML, WAP and MIP, are being used to create new (and improved) wireless activation technologies. This panel explores new ways that the Internet model is encroaching upon wireless and how this is likely to affect wireless network performance and market trends in the future. Specific topics to be discussed include: The emergence of new device-network relational technology that is similar to Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) in the IP world and that enhances complicated wireless activation processes today (e.g. OTASP). The impact of the web services model: what opportunities are created to automate account set-up and provisioning? And, the potential positive economic impact of such technology on wireless network operations and applications such as telemetry and gaming.

Panelist: Toshio Miki, DoCoMo USA Labs

We address frontier technologies and challenges related to enabling innovative applications for the next
generation mobile networks. Internet technology for support of mobile communications, mobility management
and security are among fundamental problems at hand. In this panel discussion
we address these issues as well as their status in corresponding IETF WGs. We also address
the impact of Fast handoff for Mobile IP (FMIP) on cellular networks.

Panelist: : John Major, Technology Solutions Group

The Implications of Automated Activation, Deactivation and Diagnostics: There are vastly more machines that need to communicate with machines and people than there are people to communicate with people or machines. Even so, already, there's a developing need for off network self-coordinating networks to reduce overall costs. Must there be networks within networks? Part of this is driven by network activation costs that are prohibitively high as a result of being still largely manual. Internet/IP technology makes this possible. The implications are enormous.

Panelist: :Alon Segal, Telespree Communications

Today Internet/IP-based technology is increasingly being incorporated into wireless networks, IP-based technologies are creating more than just new transport methods. Using the concept of customer acquisition as an example, carriers can use auto-activating wireless devices to create an effective one-to-one customer engagement - without spending a fortune to do so. Inserting intelligence, similar to Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP), into the wireless activation process enables carriers to use wireless devices as the point of sale to interact with the buyer on a more personalized level and thus offer targeted rate plans and features that best fit their lifestyle.

Tuesday, 18 March, 11:10 – 12:30
Room 215

Security and Privacy Implications of Wireless LANs


Organizer and Moderator: Satyendra Yadav, Intel Corporation

Panel Summary:
Wireless networks promise mobile networking environments with potentially great productivity gains at lower cost. While wireless networking has great potential in a number of applications, there are significant security issues to be addressed. This panel explores fundamental issues in securing wireless local area networks (WLANs) from many perspectives e.g. standards, business, marketing, research and applications.

Security and Privacy Requirements for Wireless LAN

Panel Moderator: Satyendra Yadav, Intel Corporation

Industry standards (such as IEEE 802.11) and product implementations have been focused on ensuring authentication, access control, and transmission security in Wireless LANs (WLAN). There are many other aspects of securing a WLAN such as availability, survivability, intrusion detection, and user privacy. This presentation will discuss overall security and privacy requirements for WLAN and describe the gaps in standards and current technology that need to be filled to make the WLAN suitable for large scale deployment.

Securing WLANS with Location-Based Intrusion Detection

Panelist: Michael Maggio, Newbury Networks

In a traditional wired network, every device accesses the network through a designated port. In a Wireless LAN (WLAN) it is difficult to determine where the user is. To secure a WLAN we need to answer not only “who” is accessing the network but also “where” is it being accessed from. This presentation will discuss the challenges facing information technology professionals with WLAN security and detail alternative methods and practices for facing these challenges head on. Location-enabled networks can deliver a higher level of functionality for securing a WLAN with real-time monitoring and location based intrusion detection for pinpointing strangers and trouble spots on WLAN environments.

Edge Access Security
Panelist: Laszlo Elteto, Rainbow Technologies

RF networks (such as 802.11 networks) create security vulnerabilities that can not be solved by protocol protection alone. We also need to deal with the issues such as RF interference or jamming, networking bandwidth starvation, and roaming. This presentation describes security needs of Wireless LANs that are not covered by standards such as 802.1x and 802.11i. The presentation will point out that protocol security is only one component of providing complete WLAN security.

Edge Access Security
Panelist: Paul Congdon, Hewlett-Packard Company

Effectively securing the edge of mobile networks represents one of the greatest barriers for large scale Wireless LAN deployment. Understanding the intricate details of todayís security solutions and how they can or can not support roaming and connection persistence in a mobile network is a daunting task for IT and network managers. This presentation will discuss alternative technologies used for providing secure authenticated network access in mobile networks. We will discuss pros and cons of authentication technologies such as 802.1X and VPN. How these technologies impact roaming, connection persistence and real-time applications will be reviewed. A forward-looking analysis of the needs for mobile network access will also be provided.

From 3G to 4G, From Technology to Market


Organizer and Moderator: Roberto Saracco, Telecom Italia Labs

Panel Summary:
3G, in various shapes and shades is finally on the way. Somebody, however, is starting to wander what is the real difference from the 2G and 2.5G. The issue is not a technology one. It is quite clear from a technological point of view what the differences are. The issue is on the market. Do we have a significantly different market for the 3G? What are the services that will make 3G a success and were not delivered by 2.xG? This panel aims at discussing technology from the point of view of market. What are the services that market would be willing to pay for and that are not possible because of 3G technology? Is it something that makes multibillion $ investment appealing? If the current experience in the transition from 2G to 3G is any indication, bandwidth alone is not playing a significant role in the market pull. Moving onto 4G just to provide higher bandwidth may not be the way to go. At the same time we know that technology is going to evolve, even in the absence of a market pull. What would be feasible in a 5-10 years time frame from a technological point of view?

Title: 3G/4G Services
Panelist: Roberto Parodi, Ritsumeikan University

The strategic positioning of the wireless operator now is concerned with the main issues of strengthening the core business (voice) and developing the demand for new value added services. This is reinforced by the fact that high data users (active data services users and advanced data services users) are at the same time also the higher voice spenders. In order to look forward to the UMTS business cycle, it is important to capitalize the lessons coming from 2,5 G and M -Services. In TIM, M-Services and MMS in particular, have been fundamental applications that have made Value Added Services ARPU grow after the launch of GPRS. This has been highly affected by the effort of the entire wireless community (operators and manufacturers), that have come up with a common technology platform. This is what has been done in GSM Association with the definition of the M - services standards. In this way, the challenge for the Operator in the future is to ensure full interoperability and to play the centric role of brokering with the other players positioned along the wireless value chain, in a context where applications, interaction modes and middleware are becoming more and more important to control the End to End communication . From the end user perspective, the 3G approach of the operator is to introduce a new paradigm of wireless services, that is to say not only provide customer with a cellular service (technology paradigm) but mainly with a personal service, in which the personalization and the media component become crucial. Finally, we believe that applications for the corporate segments will drive initially the development of the new generation markets

Title: Mobile Multimedia Metropolitan Area Network for Wireless VPN Services

Panelist: Gaute Lambertsen, Ritsumeikan University

One of the important challenges of next generation networks will be to offer an omnipresent working environment to business users, by offering Wireless Virtual Private Network (VPN) solutions wherever the user goes. We believe that there is a large market for this service, as this could give the edge to business users on the move. The initial focus should however be business users, as the price tag probably would be too high for private users during the initial phases. We propose a Mobile Multimedia Metropolitan Area Network (MM-MAN) as one viable 4G-network candidate since this service will initially have to be deployed in metropolitan areas where there are a lot of potential users. To offer the necessary high data transmission speeds, micro-cells must be adapted, offering challenges in supporting user mobility and in keeping the user connected to the network upon rapid change of access point. Also, terminals moving at different speeds would require different processing characteristics. Business usages in wireless networks require a high level of security. In addition to encrypting transmitted information, the addresses of the users should also remain confidential to prevent monitoring of the users actions. From an infrastructure viewpoint we feel that the mobile access needs to be integrated with an All IP Passive Optical Network within each MAN. This ensures high throughput and dissemination of wireless access points. This Wireless VPN service and its characteristics are felt to be one of the motivational factors to invest in the evolution from 3G to 4G.

Title: Autodesk Location Services

Panelist: Eli Rosner, Autodesk Inc.

An interesting topic since we see challenges in both technology and market areas. Here are some of the areas where improvement can help boost Location Based Services, LBS. Some areas can be improved in 3G networks while others may be faster to implement once standards are more available and stable ‚ but is it 4G that will make it happen?
  • Market education ‚ subscribers need to be educated about the possibilities exposed by LBS applications. I just returned from GSM in Cannes and I have not seen subscribers using LBS applications.
  • Business models not clear ‚ the value chain for LBS has not settled down yet. There are still too many moving parts, which causes the wireless operator a major headache when they want to launch a service.
  • Creation of Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and inclusion of many available standards under that umbrella could lead to longer cycles.
  • Location is a horizontal enabler and should be discussed as such. It adds value to existing applications and enhances use of SMS, IM and MMS.
  • Location technology is only one obstacle that could be resolved in 4G but can partially be resolved even with 3G. Various applications have different accuracy and yield (ability to obtain location fix ‚ success rate) demands to add value. Applications categories in discussion are: Information services, Navigation, Field Force Automation, Transport (Taxi), Child tracking, medical alert.
  • Service creation environment ‚ in a nascent market it is important to provide a service creation environment that enables application developers to rapidly develop applications. It allows experimentation with various services without a major investment.
  • Privacy is a topic that needs to be addressed but it is not the showstopper for LBS applications.
  • Roaming of location information and subscriberís data are important especially in countries that use the same communications standards (GSM for example)
  • Location Enabling Servers (LES) are now the hot discussion topic in standard groups. Once the market matures the definition of the LES will become clearer and companies would be able to clearly articulate where they fit.

Panelist: Tomi T. Ahonen, 3G Strategy Consultant

Ahonen advises global carriers, vendors, consultancies, bankers, analysts and other experts on 3G business opportunities. Quoted over 100 times and having presented over 50 papers on 3G business topics worldwide, Ahonen has introduced over 250 wireless service ideas into the public domain. Previously he worked for Nokia heading its 3G Business Consultancy department and overseeing the 3G Research Centre. He also was Nokia's first Segmentation Manager. Before that he worked for three carriers in Finland and the USA working in technical/engineering and marketing/sales work creating the world's first fixed-mobile service bundle, a multi-operator billing system, and setting the world record for taking market share from the incumbent. Ahonen also worked several years in telecoms standardization.

Wednesday, 19 March, 9:30-10:50
Room 215

Communications Regulations: Broadband, Wireless and Beyond


Organizer and Moderator: Marc S. Berger, Fenwick & West LLP

Panel Summary:
This panel focuses on the current legal and regulatory activities occurring within the communications industries. With a particular focus on the Federal Communications Commission and currently pending or proposed legislation,
this panel will address:
  • FCC’s initiatives to develop a national, broadband regulatory policy;
  • Current pending or proposed legislation targeted at the communications industries;
  • Security issues facing the communications’ industry;
  • Recent activity of the FCC’s Spectrum Policy Task Force;
  • Developments with respect to spectrum auctions, licenses and allocation; and
  • Merger and acquisition activities within the wireless industries

Wednesday, 19 March, 11:10-12:30
Room 210

Ultra-wideband (UWB) – An overview of the IEEE 802.15 Call For Proposals


Organizers: Fujio Watanabe, DoCoMo USA Labs, Ian Gifford (moderator), XtremeSpectrum

Panel Summary:
This technology panel will focus on ultra-wideband (UWB) and the current status from the preceding weeks IEEE 802 Plenary Meeting and the initial round of Physical Layer proposals received on the IEEE 802.15 Call For Proposals; most of which are based on UWB. The attendees will be provided a short overview and summary of the IEEE 802.15 Task Group 3/3a and their UWB studies to date. The Panel will then discuss the UWB proposals, address various UWB schemes, their addressability to the call and/or the emerging regulatory framework, next steps, Project 802.15.3a timeline, etc. Additionally, we will briefly overview the latest worldwide standards and regulatory activities.

Panelist: Bob Huang, Sony Electronics

The ultra-wideband (UWB) communications promise of high bandwidth and low power consumption at low cost is very attractive to consumer electronics and PC industries. However, the lowest possible cost can only be reached through the volume associated with worldwide UWB deployment. Currently, UWB has regulatory approval only in the United States. Frequency sharing studies which will serve as the foundation of UWB regulations are underway in Europe. This session will discuss the European regulatory process and give the current status.

Panelist : Jeff R. Foerster, Intel

Intel has been researching and developing ultra-wideband (UWB) technology for high-rate, short-range cable replacement applications like USB 2.0 for the last 2-3 years. The FCC allocation of 7.5 GHz of unlicensed spectrum in 2002 presents a huge opportunity for the industry, but also carries with it a big responsibility to properly share that spectrum. As a result, industry standards become critical for enabling this new technology to ensure widespread adoption and peaceful coexistence with other narrowband systems. In this panel session, I will share Intel's interest in UWB technology from the applications perspective, a technical approach that achieves very high rates with inherent flexibility for coexistence and future scalability, and our desire and efforts to help the industry converge to a single standard.

Panelist: John McCorkle, XtremeSpectrum, Inc.

XtremeSpectrum is the leading provider of ultra-wideband (UWB) semiconductor solutions for the wireless distribution of digital video and audio. In this panel session, I will share XSI’s interest in UWB technology from an IEEE consensus standards point of view. XSI has been participating in the IEEE 802.15 study group for over a year and the recent approval of Project 802.15.3a and the subsequent Call For Proposal has created a large field of candidate radio transmission technologies to be considered for the new 802.15.3 Alternate Physical Layer. It is anticipated that the majority of these proposals will based on UWB Technology. We will provide an overview of our candidate proposal and our desire and efforts to help the industry converge to a single consensus standard.

Panelist: : Ryuji Kohno, Div of Physics, Electrical & Computer Eng, Yokohama National University, Japan

Ultra-wideband (UWB) or impulse radio for commercial communication applications is a recent innovation. The technology has many advantages which stem from its UWB nature. It not only experiences significantly less fading margins as reported recently, it can also penetrate walls, offers extremely fine time-resolution and the possibility of achieving processing gains much larger than those of typical direct-sequence spread-spectrum communication systems. Many challenges of UWB deployment include regulatory issues and, in particular, co-existence and interference-related issues with GPS receivers. Potential applications include wireless local area networks (LAN), medical information distribution systems, entertainment systems, ranging devices and multiple-access communication systems for short-range or indoor applications. In addition, an overview of the Communication Research Laboratory (CRL) project on UWB R&D will be introduced. This project focuses on total R&D of UWB wireless communication systems including devices, systems and regulatory issues in the range of microwave (3-30GHz) and millimeter-wave (over 30GHz) in order to pursue standardization and business with UWB four years later.

Wednesday, 19 March, 14:00-15:30
Room 215

3G - Opportunities for Customers, Applications/Infrastructure Providers and Carriers


Organizer and Moderator: Gennady Sirota, Starent Networks Corporation

Panel Summary:
As mobile wireless carriers continue to deploy next generation networks, they must identify new and unique services that will increase network utilization and drive profitability. It has become clear that such services must conform to the mobile subscribers’ lifestyle and the mobile communications environment. As a result, next generation services must provide greater flexibility for the subscriber to communicate on their own terms, be it voice, data or an integration of both. This panel provides an overview of 3G technologies, opportunities for customers and application/infrastructure providers. Panelists will discuss the following issues: delivering differentiated customer services; enhancing the back-end billing process and capabilities (reverse billing, destination billing, etc.); leveraging 3G to provide enhanced carrier services; “knowledge is power”: channeling enhanced customer visibility to offer tailored services (from applications to billing); the state of 3G in North and South America, Europe, and Pacific Asia.

Panelist: Gennady Sirota, Starent Networks Corporation

This presentation will provide a look at next generation voice and data service opportunities provided by new, powerful networking solutions. Such services include voice/data instant messaging, Push-to-talk and voice web access – providing a cost effective and compelling service offering. These services will enhance the subscribers ability to communicate, while positively impacting the wireless carriers’ ability to increase revenue and profitability on 2G, 3G and future networks.

Panelist: DeWayne Nelon, LogicaCMG North America

Speculation regarding the growth of the wireless data and multimedia messaging markets in North America is addressed. We discuss the facets that need to align in order to ensure success in next generation applications – upgraded networks, handset availability/adoption, appealing content and greater consumer understanding of how to effectively use the services. We also explore the significant revenue potential from multimedia messaging once true carrier interoperability is achieved. We discuss the areas where compelling content is at the greatest demand - information services, entertainment services, mobile banking, location-based services and m-commerce

Panelist: : Jon Auerbach, Highland Capital Partners

The hype of 3G is over. Saddled with debt, global wireless carriers have scaled back their ambitions. Carriers are now realizing that their key to survival and prosperity is not simply the size and scale of the network, but rather the services that are carried through the network. Forced to innovate, a handful of carriers have developed compelling services that are driving significant revenue. 3G, meanwhile, is morphing into an important technology add-on that can enhance key areas of networks, providing better coverage and capacity. We focus on how the shift in strategy help carriers and equipment vendors provide solutions and drive revenue. The discussion will center on opportunities over the next several years, and why the wireless industry is poised to come out of the recent downturn stronger and more nimble than ever.

Thursday, 20 March, 9:30-12:30
Room 215

Key Technologies Enabling Success of Wi-Fi Public Access Networks


Organizer and Moderator: Jesse Frankel, Neo5 Wireless

Panel Summary:

The promise of ubiquitous wireless broadband access based on Wi-Fi technologies is extremely compelling. As the business models evolve, key developments across the technology landscape must converge to enable mainstream acceptance and the ultimate success of public access Wi-Fi networking. Improvements are needed in client computer ease of use and in high performance multi-band Wi-Fi integration; reductions in cost, complexity and manageability of network infrastructure deployment; higher silicon level integration to enable wider range of application-specific devices; creation of a global standard for secure inter-network roaming. We probe these issues in depth to explore the state of the technology curve that is driving the Wi-Fi revolution in wireless communications.

Inter-Network Roaming
Panelist: Phil Belanger, Pass-One Association

Wi-Fi is being built into many devices; privacy and authentication solutions have been standardized; coverage has been improved due to new Wi-Fi infrastructure technologies; many of the billing techniques used in mobile telephony can be applied to Wi-Fi. Even the technical issues of Inter-Network Roaming have largely been worked out. However we are in a vicious cycle now: usage of WiFi is low due to lack of ubiquity and absence of global reachability; meantime service providers do not invest in the infrastructure to expand the Wi-Fi footprint due to insufficient usage. We explore a way to break out of this cycle by establishing a global Wi-Fi zone, i.e. a seamless roaming mechanism amongst all of the current Wi-Fi providers.

WLAN Chip Sets and Silicon Integration
Panelist: Paul Struhsaker, Texas Instruments Corporation

With the tremendous growth in the size of the market, the number of different applications, and the use of emerging 802.11 standards for modulation, security, and QoS, we are beginning to see a new generation of WLAN products that are differentiated by application / market segment. The presentation will review the trends in silicon integration and radio technology from both a market and a technology viewpoint. Emerging 802.11 enhancements will be reviewed which impact design choices for integration moving forward.

High performance client computer integration of multi-band Wi-Fi RF devices

Panelist: Liam Quinn, Dell Computer Corporation

WLAN technology is now highly integrated into standard computing platforms, such as notebook computers and PDAs. While availability of Wi-Fi equipped computing systems has increased, the user experience using public access Wi-Fi networks is still potentially challenging. We address hardware and software integration improvements and measures to improve over-all performance, e.g. support for multiple RF modes (802.11b, Bluetooth), optimization of the radio/antenna subsystem, antenna diversity for receive and transmit, software tools to improve management of RF network connections, etc.

WLAN Infrastructure Technology and Trends- Not Just an Access Point Anymore
Panelist: Jim Thompson, Vivato

WLAN network design methodology using standard access point devices has matured. However, technical and business challenges are presented when trying to illuminate public access spaces with the “standard” architecture of switched Ethernet cable plant and access points. Multi-mode networks (802.11 a/b/g) require increased access point density for consistent coverage. Also, implementing dynamic frequency re-use schemes to maximize available capacity is difficult to achieve with the current access point devices. We address next generation RF distribution architectures that will offer alternative mechanisms for deploying WLAN infrastructure in public spaces.

Managing User Identity Credentials and Data Protection

Panelist: Tony Fascenda, Koolspan LLC

In addition to solving the technical issues required to enable public access networks to support roaming, there remains another class of issues related to reliable user identity credentials and the safe transmission of identity information and account membership status over the WLAN infrastructure. As more devices become Wi-Fi enabled, new mechanisms are required to allow an owner of a collection of Wi-Fi devices to uniquely identify him/herself to achieve smooth connection to an ambient public access Wi-Fi network. Various deficiencies in current WLAN transmission security schemes are being addressed by a myriad of techniques, which may soon converge into a common set of tools.

Thursday, 20 March, 14:00-17:30
Room 215

Spectrum Management for Mobile Technologies of the Future


Organizer and Moderator: Murray Milner (moderator), Mansoor Shafi, Telecom New Zealand

Panel Summary:
The early 21st Century represents a time of considerable change for the mobile telecommunications industry. Developments in technology are enabling wireless networks to offer a range of services that in regulatory terms encompass the boundaries of fixed, mobile and broadcasting . Is the current manner of spectrum allocation by specifying the use still valid ?. Regulation changes are seldom revolutionary, however, in today's fiercely market dominated environment a "rapid regulatory response" to technological change is required and this itself may be considered revolutionary. In whichever manner spectrum management methods develop, it is during this the transition period that complications will be most apparent. The transition period represents a time when possibly dated methods, such as licensing by application and grant, will co-exist with newer methods, such as dynamic allocation of spectrum access rights, or shared spectrum access.

A View from Europe
Panelist: Reiner Liebler, PTT, Germany

The presentation gives an overview on present challenges for spectrum management in Germany and in Europe. We present a new approach to a “digital VHF/UHF broadcasting plan” for Europe and Africa (ITU Region 1) being sufficiently flexible for convergence of services, address methods for co-ordination between UMTS/IMT-2000 networks in Europe and possible future developments, address ideas and first conclusions on how to manage ultra wide band applications and general aspects of spectrum trading and refarming with regard to the future role of a spectrum management authority.

A View From USA

Panelist: Richard B. Engelman, International Bureau, Federal Communications Commission

The issues of efficient spectrum management receive attention by the US regulatory body. This presentation provides a US perspective.

A View From Brazil
João Carlos Fagundes Albernaz, National Telecommunications Agency – Anatel

We present a Brazilian view on the spectrum management and also will provide comments on the perspectives of other Latin American countries

A View From Japan
Kohei Satoh, Association of Radio Industries and Business (ARIB), Japan.

Japan is facing an unprecedented growth in mobile services. We describe the Japanese views on technologies for efficient utilization of frequency based on Japanese Telecommunications Council's Report . We also address the activities in ITU-R/WP8F on spectrum issues for future mobile communications, e.g. spectrum sharing, frequency arrangements, methodology for interference evaluation, etc.