Sunday, 17 January 2016
Submarine cables remain critical infrastructure for the modern world. Today, submarine cables carry over 98% of intercontinental data traffic, providing a web of comprehensive connectivity, reliability and redundancy. But the connectivity needs and technology of our world continues to change – our industry is critical to support and drive such global development. PTC’16 will examine cable protection and regulatory development, the latest developments in system design and upgrade, and focus on issues critical to the ongoing success of the Global Submarine Cable industry.
The Changing Global Cable Map, What’s Next?
The changing global mesh, building the story of huge volumes of demand with OTTs, older cables reaching a critical 25-year mark within the planning horizon for new cables, technology approaching the Shannon limit! Does this result in somewhat longer build-cycle than we’ve seen in previous up-periods of the market? How are we going to handle all this and build the network of the future?
Managing Partner, The David Ross Group (DRG), Inc.
VP, Research and Development & CTO, TE SubCom
EVP, Corporate Strategy & Investment, Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin)
Director, Global Network Acquisition Group, Microsoft
VP, Research, TeleGeography
COO, AquaComms Limited
Since 2007, eCLIC (the Emergency Communications Leadership and Innovation Center) has evangelized the principles of democratized innovation and collaborative leadership to improve emergency communications. For years, we have spread this message at the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) Annual “Emergency Communications & Disaster Management workshop” (ECDM), the US Pacific Command’s Pacific Endeavor (PE), Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley’s Disaster Management Initiative (DMI), and other venues.
In 2009, eCLIC and Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley joined forces. CMUSV/eCLIC collaboratively supported both PE and PTC 2009 through 2015. Again, we will support the ECDM workshop on 17 JAN, at PTC’16 in Oahu, Hawaii (see www.ptc.org). For 2015, REDCOM’s Klaus Gueldenpfennig and O3b’s Jack Deasy joined Pat Lanthier as Co-Chairs of the PTC ECDM.
PTC and the ECDM workshop are international events. The full conference attracts 1000+ leaders from communications companies, governments, military, humanitarian groups, academia and emergency services from 50+ countries. The ECDM also collaborates with USPACOM’s PE (23 countries, via the Multinational Communications Interoperability Program - MCIP) and the UN Working Group on Emergency Communications (UNWGET).
We invite you to collaborate with us at PTC’16. Help us “Reimagine Emergency Telecoms” via a “Whole Community” approach for Emergency Communications and Disaster Management (ECDM).
Director, Government Solutions, O3b Networks
Manager, Emergency Telecoms, & Disaster Response Capability, New Zealand Red Cross
Following a disaster it must be assumed that the infrastructure we take for granted will cease to be available, due to physical damage, lack of power, or simple overuse. Without infrastructure we cannot use Cellphones nor can we recharge cellphone batteries. The previous sentence is not 100% true, emergency power can be sourced with a tiny investment in hardware, and alternative means of communication, ad hoc networks, can be established using smartphones and freely available “store and forward” data applications. Currently available commercial off the shelf hardware enables these ad hoc networks to link with distant conventional networks and communicate with the wider world. In the near future hardware, currently in prototype, will permit the joining of these ad hoc networks into a wider area mesh.
VP, Cisco Systems, and Director, Global Programs, NetHope
Chief, Multinational C4 Interoperability Branch, J651, United States Pacific Command, US Navy
With the telecom/ICT sector undergoing rapid transformation, the small islands and developing economies of the Pacific will need to tag in and be part of the new digital world. In line with the PTC 2016 theme, Reimagining Telecoms, this workshop will focus on the Pacific with a few selected technologists and country players discuss re-imagining telecoms, sharing their context and discussing necessary new ecosystems, capacity and goals needed, with policy, regulatory challenges, and needs to shape strategies, plan for transition and implementation, what needs to be enabled and gaps to be bridged, and how the industry and organization can leverage on the new era of new paradigms, partnerships, matured technologies, cyber ecosystems.
The panelist will first see discussions by the selected technologists introduce and highlight key changes that technology is bringing about and enabling, to be followed by country panelist to discuss their local and Pacific regional contexts and re- imagining their telecoms
President, Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA), and CEO, Telecom Fiji Limited
Sales Engineer, MetaSwitch
South Pacific Regional CIO, Huawei
Marketing Manager, American Samoa Telecom Authority (ASTA)
Group CEO, Bluesky Group
Three tremendously timely papers which address important questions about mobile broadband spectrum. Should mobile broadband spectrum at mm wavelengths (26-60 GHz) be licensed or unlicensed – or both? What does a 145 country study show about the conditions under which regulators are most able to adopt paradigm shifting spectrum allocation policies for the best use of the resource? How can wireless network virtualization and spectrum sharing be used together to meet the increasing demand for the spectrum resource? If you are interested in the future of mobile broadband spectrum, you need to hear this.
Distinguished Professor in Residence, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa
Director, Widenet Group Ltd
Our research summarises the benefits and limitations of using spectrum at mm wavelengths for radio access in cellular networks. It discusses the engineering viability of using mm wavelengths for cellular use, but focuses on the assignment of spectrum in this band from a regulation and policy use point of view. In particular, the analysis considers whether mm wavelength spectrum should be used as licensed or unlicensed bands, or a combination of both, when used for cellular networks.
Our research shows that mm wavelengths for cellular use is best used where coverage is not expected to be continuous or ubiquitous, and used in areas where capacity demands cannot be met by using the UHF band. In addition our paper shows that there are benefits of assigning part of the mm wavelength band as unlicensed spectrum for private individuals or small networks, and part of the adjacent mm wavelength band as licensed spectrum for cellular operators.
Ph.D. Student, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
Spectrum Sharing and Wireless Network Virtualization have been explored as methods to achieve spectrum efficiency, increase network capacity and, overall, to address the existing spectrum scarcity problems. This work aims at exploring the link between these two topics, by specifically placing virtualization as a technology that
can render spectrum sharing schemes feasible.
No complete analysis can be made without taking into account three important axes: technology, policy and economics. In this light, in order to explore how virtualization enables spectrum sharing, flexibility is studied as a common attribute, due to the characteristics it presents regarding the three preceding axes.
By determining how spectrum sharing, wireless virtualization and flexibility tie together, ground can be laid toward exploring further opportunities that would enhance spectrum usage, making it possible for this resource to foster these days’ ever-increasing demand.
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Research Fellow, Technology and Management Department, Chalmers University
Theoretical works that explain the dynamics of the regulatory institutions and their decisions related to spectrum management are in abundance. However, quantitative scrutiny is scarce. We try to fill the gap through empirical research. This research empirically ascertains first, the impact of the institutional environment on the regulatory choices and second, the impact of these choices on the marketplace. The dataset used has information regarding 3G mobile telephony spectrum management decisions: spectrum auction, band mandate for 3G and having provisions for multiple technology standards for 3G. We perform separate estimations for each of the decisions.
A spectrum management scheme is a set of policies and procedures that enables national regulatory authorities to select which band of spectrum is to be assigned to which operator for what use. Among various regulatory decisions, the most crucial are: the choice of spectrum band, the decision regarding technology standards and the method of awarding licenses. In most cases, the regulators make available a new specific band of spectrum for the introduction of newer technology or to respond to spectrum need. This decision depends on various technical and policy oriented issues such as channel interference, competition, and social needs. Based on these criteria the regulators may award operators a new spectrum band or allow them to reuse their existing licensed spectrum for a new generation.
Our estimations find that in the telecommunications sector, it is not the over all political conditions but the construct of the regulatory structure-independence and scope that enables the regulators to take decisions in favor of paradigm technologies and interventions. We find that the decisions related to spectrum management, have positive impact on diffusion. However, the ‘one size fit all solution’ does not work well as in terms of consumer price and GDP growth, influence of these interventions affect the countries of different economic level and geo-political locations differently. We also find evidence that, whilst the institutions impact various regulatory decisions which in turn impact the diffusion of technologies, the variables of the institutions do not have direct influence on the diffusion process.
A series of short presentations by various speakers and organizations on various topics and technologies.
1100 - 1120: Service Discovery Across Multiple Interconnected Networks
Jason Kempson, Neustar
1120 - 1140: The LSO Progress Report: Multi-Operator Carrier Ethernet Service Orchestration from Months to Minutes
Nan Chen, MEF
1140 - 1200: The Role of Ethernet in IoT
Chad Lamb, XKL
Executive Director, Strategic Solutions, Neustar
As providers implement various IP services such as VoLTE and RCS they leverage the most established identifier that we have in the communications world - the telephone number. Even if the identifier chosen for a particular application is not an actual TN, these services and appliations will be required to leverage a providers numbering infrastructure should they desire to utilize established provider networks. As these services interact across multiple networks it becomes necessary to identify the capabilities and services associated with a telephone number and its associated device. Some of the questions that are being discussed are:
This Industry Briefing will outline these issues and offer recommendations on solutions.
MEF's Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) vision was introduced in early 2015 with the promise to accelerate the implementation of agile and assured connectivity services and dramatically improve operational efficiency of the world's most popular business services - Carrier Ethernet. LSO benefits service providers by enabling the rapid deployment of new services at significant cost savings, particularly across multiple-operator networks. Also, LSO enables faster time to revenue for service providers with new service roll-outs that take minutes rather than months. LSO supports traditional WAN technologies working in conjunction with Software-defined networks and virtualized functions.
Service providers are moving to an on-demand, cloud-centric model for delivering enterprise connectivity services while leveraging a virtualized infrastructure and LSO promised to be a key enabler of this goal. Twelve months after the LSO concept introduction, this keynote provides a progress report on the numerous industry developments, involving many SDOs, fora and Open Source projects, under the leadership of MEF, to make the LSO vision a reality.
Director, Engineering, XKL
“We can’t be certain what technologies will shape our future, but Ethernet is certain to be a part of it” –Chad Lamb, Director of Engineering, XKL
The migration from legacy private-line services to Ethernet transport will accelerate. ATLANTIC-ACM estimates that revenues from legacy private-line services bought by businesses was down 8% from 2013 to 2014, while Ethernet transport (switched and dedicated Layer 2 Ethernet services) revenue reached $4B in 2014, up 16% from 2013. Ethernet’s share will grow from 38% of private transport in 2013 to 66% in 2019 as every sales conversation now starts with Ethernet. Both customers and carriers are inclined to go that direction as customers appreciate the scalability and protocol consistency and carriers seek to eventually decommission legacy networks. DIA and IP VPN also will make huge shifts from TDM access to Ethernet access technologies in 2015.
Looking forward, issues for IoT network infrastructure will include security, scalability as well as reliability. In addition to these challenges, many technical barriers will need to be overcome as IoT pushes the boundaries of what we know is possible today with regard to network protocols, storage and analytics. This session will examine the implications for addressing these issues with modern architecture that includes Ethernet.