Sunday, 17 January 2016
The Internet of Things (IoT) has emerged as one of the critical initiatives of the year, as every organization must now be a digital business. Organizations that succeed in this digital era are creating, capturing and distilling an onslaught of digital data in order to accelerate innovation, improve customer experience, manage risk, and achieve competitive advantage. But IoT does not stand alone. Agile organizations are leveraging cloud services and big data analytics as well as other new technologies and processes to fulfill the promise of IoT.
This session will explore the intersection of IoT, cloud and big data. Experts across all three areas will distill the definitions of each and provide examples of how you can increase your competitive advantage and help your customers succeed in the digital era.
Global Product Marketing, Red Hat
Chief Architect & VP of Innovation, EdgeConneX
The Internet of Things as well as the evolution and continued utilization of cloud technologies are dependent upon the underlying infrastructure of the modern all IP-based Internet over which these services and data are delivered. Real-time communications and streaming data as well as a host of next- generation, cloud-based applications must all be provisioned with the lowest latency possible.
This discussion will focus on how the localization of peering points and the selection of tactical “edge” colocation facilities in close proximity to the end-user will reduce costs, increase performance and better meet the latency and security needs of the network and its stakeholders.
Today’s bandwidth-intensive and latency-sensitive cloud content requires a new infrastructure – The Internet of Everywhere. Latency affects the maximum rate data can be transmitted efficiently and effectively and is determined by speed and distance. The Internet of Everywhere eliminates distance and delivers content faster while improving the user’s experience and enhancing security.
The Internet’s design will completely change over the next five years to address the new needs of content and the demands of users. This presentation will reveal to attendees how that’s going to happen and why they need to adapt their thinking or prepare to have their business models disrupted.
Data Scientist Manager, Azure Network Engineering Group, Microsoft
The capacity of global telecommunication networks and its complexity has been exponentially growing. Traditional voice networks and internet service providers were both designed to deliver traffic between customers. Increasingly, enterprise businesses build their own network backbone to augment a content delivery platform, and employ network as a service. This change in purpose has transferred the way bits are routed within and across individual networks. The routing of traffic has been managed through traffic matrices. Intelligent traffic routing enables an intelligent network; one used to mitigate congestion, distribute compute and storage, enable reliability and resiliency, add a layer of protection and provides an ultimate cloud user experience.
As global networks today exist in an eco-system of 60,000-70,000 autonomous networks, the ability to control the flow of traffic within and across the eco-system is critical. To compute these multivariate traffic matrices in time efficient manner is imperative to cloud’s evolution. Tools like Label Switching Paths (LSPs) and flow like implementations are fast loosing relevance with an exponential growth of networks. Network topology morphs because of the growth and complexity pressures; this changes the utilization and resilience implications.
With most recent traffic growth CAGR in the three digit range, adequate planning is must to ensure that networks can be run at peak utilization. We extend research done by traditional telecom networks to enhance optimization algorithms. We have considered the optimal topology heuristics as a coupled problem, where we construct a global optimal solution which use the network as a sensor while predicting growth across cloud infrastructure and an actuator to manage the exponential growth trajectory. We present a global optimization platform that outperforms off-the-shelf bespoke solutions by over 50% while reducing the run time by half.
VP, Global Service Provider, Vertical Marketing, Equinix
Network service providers (NSPs) have strong opportunities to augment existing service portfolios by offering turn-key cloud services that build on their established enterprise business relationships. With businesses of all types moving to hybrid-cloud architectures to lower their costs and increase business agility, partnering with established interconnection providers to drive cloud can offer NSPs great rewards.
Highlighting real-world use cases, this session will explore how NSPs of all types and sizes can identify, source and scale a variety of cloud service offerings, including software-as-a-service (SaaS), infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) to their enterprise customers with minimal addition to their existing infrastructures and little-to-no incremental training or staffing overhead. Attendees will learn about carrier-agnostic cloud and enterprise interconnection providers and how to convert those providers’ existing cloud provider relationships and service delivery infrastructures to real, recurring revenues quickly, easily and reliably.
The telecom industry is about to experience an tumultuous upheaval that will completely change how networks are designed, deployed, and maintained. Join us for an interactive discussion that will cover the hottest and most pressing technology changes that will affect both network operators and end-users alike. Topics covered include the technologies, challenges, and new business opportunities related to the impending deployment of 5G mobile networks. Also covered will be the most fundamental shift in telecom networks since the introduction of wireless networks, which is the moving from closed, hardware-based networks to open, software-based networks driven by the accelerating advent of Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) concepts. Join the discussion and peer into the future of tomorrow’s telecom industry.
VP, Product Management, Infinera
The telecoms industry is full of news and announcements around new or planned capabilities covering SDN and NFV functionality within products and networks. These technologies will undoubtedly transform certain aspects of the industry and will bring great benefits to network operators and their end customers.
But for vendors, implementing these technologies isn’t a case of simply following the herd and picking one of the standards and implementing it within their products and this is especially the case within optical transport networks. SDN will bring changes to the way transport networks are built and operated and these networks will also bring specific changes to the way the SDN environment is created. These networks are standardized digital domains at all external interfaces but internally they are complex analogue domains spanning great distances where factors such as controller hierarchy and signaling latency can have huge impacts that are not seen in other SDN environments. These are topics that will greatly impact the scale of SDN deployment within transport networks but are often brushed over quickly within industry discussions.
These transport networks often also include packet-optical integration encompassing OSI layers 0, 1, 2 (Ethernet), 2.5 (MPLS-TP) and occasionally layer 3 IP functionality. This brings the opportunity to include NFV functionality within service demarcation devices and potentially also virtual routing functions within the transport network allow new capabilities that can optimize traffic within the network and better utilize expensive core routing devices.
Infinera’s speaker, Rob Adams, VP Project Management has a deep understanding of the challenges the industry will face to correctly implement these exciting new technologies. He will bring a unique perspective to the panel based on Infinera’s plans and ongoing SDN and NFV development that consider both new metro network buildouts but also an installed base of over 50,000 packet-optical metro nodes and individual networks with up to 5000 nodes already installed.
President & CEO, ZenFi Networks
Cisco predicts global mobile data traffic will increase nearly tenfold by 2019 and that 50 billion devices and objects will be connected to the Internet by 2020. This massive data explosion will produce additional capacity and connectivity challenges for today’s mobile operators, enterprises and telecoms service providers. Their challenge of addressing growing consumer demand for instant connectivity anywhere and faster connection speeds, as well as the industry’s move to next mobile standard - 5G, will be further compounded by traditional mobile network infrastructures, which were not built to accommodate today’s mobile traffic surge.
This topical session and / or executive insights roundtable will examine how the growth of mobile data is transforming traditional network infrastructure and how today’s providers are reshaping their strategies to accommodate the fundamental shift. It will introduce a new fiber network infrastructure model that aggregates and connects high-capacity small cell clusters to redundant fiber backhaul and major colocation facilities. Attendees will also benefit from real-world case studies surrounding applications of this new network, which will provide a firsthand look into how it enables innovative mobile technologies such as Wi-Fi, C-RAN and Small Cells.
Mobile bandwidth consumption is on the rise worldwide with no signs of abating. Consumers are increasingly dependent on social media and entertainment, which is increasingly video-centric that is driving bandwidth demands ever higher. This has led to key issues and challenges that Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) are scrambling to address by increasing their capacity, coverage, and an overall improved quality of experience in order to remain financially viable in a hyper-competitive marketplace with little to no brand loyalty. So, are there any new ways to improve capacity and coverage, while lowering operating costs with a quicker and more competitive time to revenue? Yes, the answer is Mobile Backhaul as a Service, which is taking hold in some regional markets, and is the focus of my presentation from business and technology viewpoints.
My presentation reviews the latest advances in mobile backhaul technologies associated with emerging small cells to existing macro cells and how capacity and availability is drastically increased while lowering the overall cost, complexity, and time to revenue. The current state of the emerging MBHaaS market will be discussed and how it can be applied to untapped markets, which allows MNOs to lower their operating costs while creating new business opportunities for wholesale wireline operators, tower real-estate operators, and Cable MSOs alike. As SDN and NFV adoption increases, these new technologies will find their way into the mobile backhaul network leading to new value-added services such as encryption, deep packet inspection, firewalls, and software-based routing, which are significant new strategic business opportunities. My presentation is based on real-world examples making it highly relevant and informative attendees, as they will learn how to adopt new business opportunities and revenue streams into local markets. New strategic directions from both the perspective of the MNO (customer) and MBHaaS (wholesaler) will be covered.
This panel will focus on how access to Internet connectivity and information and communications technology (ICTs), can enable economic development, social empowerment, and equitable opportunities for people across the developing world, and more specifically, across Small Island Developing States (SIDS). In particular, the panelists will focus on how broadband Internet access affects the tourism industry in small island developing states (SIDS), how access to modern telecommunications technology empowers rural women, and how regulatory policies for telcos across the Pacific Islands can improve the possibilities for providing connectivity to a greater proportion of the population.
Assistant Professor, Ethics, Public Policy, Science & Technology (EPPST), Department of Political Science, California Polytechnic State University
Instructor & Ph.D. candidate, Pennsylvania State University
There is no need to emphasize how important tourism industry is to Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Tourism is a key sector in most SIDS, contributing to GDP, employment, and the socio-economic development through direct and indirect channels. The study aims to explore how broadband (both fixed and mobile) affect tourism demand in Fiji and Seychelles.
To answer the research question, tourism demand models are used to find out whether broadband penetration impacts tourism demand in Fiji and Seychelles based on panel data acquired from ITU, World Bank, UNWTO, local governments, etc. Results showed that fixed broadband has a positive influence on tourism demand in both Fiji and Seychelles, and fixed broadband seems to have a stronger impact on tourism demand than mobile broadband.
Due to isolation, connection between island nations and the rest of the world seems especially crucial. With the development of broadband in SIDS, people in tourism businesses are able to do more online promotions and online transactions. Better broadband infrastructure may also strengthen the appeal and competitiveness of SIDS to tourists who need to be connected while relaxing on the beach.
The relationship between broadband and tourism demand has not been examined much. And overall there is a lack of research on SIDS. This study is an attempt to bridge the gap and hopefully shed some light on related policy issues for SIDS governments.
Ph.D. Student, University of Hawai’i, Mānoa
We often see that those living below the poverty threshold are excluded from social capital and social institutions, access to legal processes and economic structures, which further denies them access to taking part fully in society. Two primary principles underlie the motivations for this research. Firstly, the principle that social and economic development truly flourishes where there is promotion of gender equality. Secondly, that one of the key factors in promoting economic growth and ameliorating the vast global economic inequalities is the recognition of the foundational aspect of agriculture and rural development. This paper seeks to explore the means by which women in rural communities in Fiji are empowered through interaction with community radio and mobile devices, two technologies largely accessible to this population, and ultimately how this enhances women's right to access information. The method used is of a qualitative study, utilizing interviews, of a women’s community radio station in Fiji, femTalk, and its rural, female audience. Analysis is carried out in the context of the theoretical frameworks of inclusive innovation, post-development theory and participatory communications theory. Key findings include the use of 'mobile suitcase radio' and 'women's weather watch'. Processes described include monthly women's gatherings and use of mobiles for callback texts and reverse charges. Difficulties using mobile devices include difficulties purchasing credit and power outages, whilst community issues -- such as access to clean water – have become apparent. Furthermore, agricultural practices, as well as information about scholarships, have been shared through women's gatherings. Limitations include empowerment factors described unrelated to mobile devices in relation to community radio, possible positive bias in interview questions, as well as access limitations to audience interviewees. We see that the interaction between mobile devices, beyond mobile-phones, and community radio and its associated activities has a positive impact on women's status in Fiji.
Regulators have to contend with changes in technology, law, business models, policies and globalization of the sector. Donors are changing the way they view ICT in the Pacific and there is a change in Governments engagement in the sector. The combination of these waves of change and the increase in their frequency of change creates a resonant effect that results in a wave of change of “Tsunami” proportions. The Panel will address these changes and what the Pacific needs to do to meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities being presented by these changes.
Charles Punaha, very instrumental in the establishment of NICTA of Papua New Guinea, will enrich the discussions on the key skills that are required In the new regulatory environment and present views on ensuring the independence of the regulatory body; Shivnesh Prasad understands the requirements of small island states and his role as Chairman of the Telecommunications Authority of Fiji will enable him to provide insights on why small island developing states have special consideration especially when grappling with the new emerging technologies. Donnie Defreitas, an experienced regulator will provide views on training the payers in the ICT regulatory ecosystem to remain relevant. Ivan Fong, key player in the Fijian ICT private sector will provide the industry perspective on regulation in an era of change and his views on the impact of regulatory decisions.
Director, PiRRC, and Regulator, Office of the Regulator
CEO, National Information and Communications Technology Authority (PNG)
Papua New Guinea
President, Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA), and CEO, Telecom Fiji Limited
Director, Communications, Ministry of Justice and Communications, and Acting Chairman, Telecommunications Authority of Fiji