Sunday, 18 January 2015
In March 2014, the US Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its intention to transition the stewardship of the IANA functions to the Internet community.
Discussion on how this transition will take place has captured the imaginations of many in the Internet community worldwide as an assembled Coordination Group of global experts now seeks to guide the development of a transition plan.
In some quarters, the transition has been branded as "handing over control of the Internet". But in reality, what exactly is being transferred, and what does this all mean?
This session will explore the IANA stewardship transition, from the basics of the IANA function and how it fits in with ICANN, to the implications for network operators, businesses, governments and Internet users, look forward to how the process is likely to progress, and answer your questions to demystify what can appear as a complex proposition.
Manager, Japan Pacific ICT Centre, University of the South Pacific
CTO, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
Dean and Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University
Senior Director, Network Architecture & Engineering, Time Warner Cable
Director General, Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC)
We are not yet a truly ‘networked planet’ as there are population still waiting for access, trapped in the slow lane or even worse – not connected at all. In 2015 in the Pacific, ‘off network” is the reality for many small populations, and even some national capitals are stuck firmly in the slow lane – consider an entire country connected to the global network over a 4Mbps link. Efforts being made to address these gaps like reducing constraints on international connectivity through donor-funded submarine cables as those recently commissioned in Tonga and Vanuatu, and similar efforts in Palau and Federated States of Micronesia. Countries are being provided assistance to liberalise markets and introduce broadband services to complement improvements to international connectivity. Technology is also playing its part with advances in spot-beam satellite technology and innovative applications. However, not all problems can be solved by donors and technology. In addition to the first-world challenges of e-Government, e-commerce and the desire to foster innovation, Pacific Island Countries face many more basic policy challenges.
This panel will explore these issues and discuss how Pacific regulators and policy makers are responding to the challenge. Under severe resource constraints, Pacific small island states cannot simply adopt the standard approaches of regulators in more developed economies. They must be innovative, and their approaches contain lessons for all regulators.
Director, ICT, University of the South Pacific
Senior ICT Policy Specialist, World Bank
Regulator, Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulator (TRR)
ICT Regulatory Consultant, Office of the Regulator
Director, Communications, Department of Communications, Government of Fiji
This panel will explore the factors driving consumer adoption of and affecting consumer preferences for todays’ most in-demand information and communication technologies. The panel will present research that focuses on factors affecting adoption rates in both the video and smartphone/mobile broadband markets.
Assistant Professor, California Polytechnic State University
Republic of Korea
Doctoral Student, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo
Professor, Graduate School of Applied Informatics, University of Hyogo
Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo
The development of mobile broadband is remarkable and its access speed amounts to 150Mbps for 4G (LTE), which is similar to fixed broadband, and mobile broadband, consisting of 3G and 4G, is expected to play more important role. The purpose of this paper is to analyze factors promoting mobile broadband adoption by panel data analysis, focusing on smartphones such as Android and iPhone. This paper analyzes the factors affect the mobile broadband adoption in major six countries, such as the U.S., UK, France, Germany, Japan, and Korea, those cover more than fifty percent of total population and adoption ratio of OECD 34 member countries. The factors examined here include HHI and frequency auction as completion policy, FTTH adoption, FMC (Fixed mobile convergence), and launching Android and iPhone, in addition to economic variables such as price and income. Panel data analysis showed that smartphones, competition among telecommunication carriers observed by HHI and FTTH affect mobile broadband adoption. The estimation result of HHI also suggests mobile consolidation should be restrictive to promote mobile broadband adoption. This result provides important basis for competition policy on mobile broadband in each country.