1 PACIFIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL New World, New Strategies January 2014 Honolulu Hawaii call for participation A decade and a half into the new millennium, the world is experiencing accelerating evolution and revolution; disruptive innovation and shifting alliances; new paradigms; new threats and opportunities. The Pacific Rim continues to be a driver of global economic recovery, enabled by telecommunications: hyperconnectivity, mobility, social networking, collaboration. This new world particularly in telecom has new rules and new players, which demand new thinking and new strategies. New technologies are driving shifts in price/performance and service architectures. New markets are creating new opportunities for growth. New players are disrupting traditional business models, fostering new ecosystems, and restructuring relationships. New regulatory initiatives are attempting to change established Internet governance practices. New cyber security threats are driving new policies at the highest levels of governments. New mobile technologies are creating new disruptions, from augmented reality and mobile payments to locationbased services. The Internet of Things is driving big data and big bandwidth. PTC 14 will now more than ever in PTC s nearly forty-year history bring together industry giants and garage shops; incumbent telcos and over-the-top providers; mobile, satellite, subsea, and terrestrial network operators; regulators and the regulated; developed and developing economies; East and West; and technologists, thought leaders, policy-makers, and executives, creating a unique forum for networking and negotiating, sharing insights and exploring the dimensions of this new world, and helping craft new strategies. Pacific Telecommunications Council 914 Coolidge Street Honolulu, HI Phone: x124 Fax:
2 New World, New Strategies January Honolulu Hawaii Topics Wireless and Mobility Today s networks and applications ranging from social networking to machine-to-machine are increasingly mobile and wireless. What does that mean for business models, service providers, hardware and software suppliers, and the design and consumption of applications? What new strategies, partners and capabilities are needed? Where are the new revenue opportunities and challenges? How does wireless change the design and delivery of apps and services; revenue models; retail pricing and packaging; backhaul requirements or user interfaces? Where do fixed networks fit in, and what could be done to grow fixed network roles in the developing ecosystems? Consumerization of IT The growing trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is causing companies to weigh the potential benefits of cost savings and morale and productivity increases against data breaches, ownership issues, and access to privileged company information. This phenomenon will continue to shape how IT and telecommunications are purchased, managed and secured. Consumerization challenges include managing data and services, operating systems, and mobile platforms while maintaining compliance with the company s security requirements. How will firms effectively manage the use of devices, data and services by employees while retaining flexibility, transparency and control, and what are the emerging opportunities for supporting this growing trend? Are solutions technical or cultural? Enhancing Customer Relationships Today s markets are characterized by an onslaught of global, disruptive competitors, making the customer more important than ever before. What forms of engagement and services will allow carriers to differentiate from innovative competitors? How do we learn what customers will use, value and pay for; and how are these needs best provisioned? What factors are most important in understanding the technologies and services that will be widely adopted by business and individual customers? We invite discussion on topics surrounding the customer: understanding future demand and growth areas. Internet of Things (IoT) The Internet of people is increasingly being complemented by the Internet of Things: always-connected devices leveraging the plummeting costs of microprocessors and connectivity. What will the killer applications be that drive this next wave of innovation? Smart meters, tele-health applications such as biosensors, connected home devices, connected vehicles, or something else? How will this shift the loads on mobile and wireline networks? Will this change latency requirements? Will it demand new standards for interoperability? Will new platforms arise to enable applications? What other dimensions from the network layer on up will characterize this exciting new paradigm shift? Cloud and Big Data Cloud computing has taken the world by storm and is increasingly being leveraged in conjunction with mobile technologies, sensor networks, and big data to support business analytics for optimized operations and enhanced customer relationships. How and where will all that data be stored, processed, and transported from points of capture to enterprise data centers and cloud computing facilities? Will new challenges in distributed processing, data compression, and data stream handling create new opportunities for network service providers? How shall we bring together multiple viewpoints and formulate an integrated view of trends, challenges, and opportunities spanning mobile devices and other endpoints such as point of sale devices, smart meters, and other machine-to-machine sensors, evolving network capabilities, and the cloud and enterprise data centers? Cyber Security Cyber security has always been a problem, but its importance has soared as a seemingly endless stream of vulnerabilities is exploited not just by lone hackers, disgruntled exemployees, or criminals, but by movements and nations. While the network is typically the means of attack, can it also be a means of defense? What new trends, technologies, and issues are arising in network-based firewalls, anti-virus/anti-spam, and network-based distributed denial of service safeguards? How will emerging capabilities intersect the shifting geopolitical and regulatory environment? Internet Governance Policy The practices and governance structure that have led to the unprecedented growth of the Internet, broadband access, the digital economy, and today s increasingly connected global society are being reconsidered by various intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, sometimes in opposition to each other and/or commercial interests. Is broadband a fundamental human right, as some have suggested, and if so, how should it be funded? What are the optimal policies and governance structures along the spectrum from market-based to regulated? Are these potential new directions based on valid concerns such as cyber-security or on attempts to control dialogue? Should the current model be left alone, modified, or replaced on a wholesale basis? Is there the possibility of détente between multiple stakeholders such as top global regulators and policy advocates with differing views? What are the global ramifications of emerging positions? Government vs. Industry The perspectives of government and industry regarding telecommunications can be significantly different. From rules and regulations to access technologies, or from investment strategies or establishing collaborative joint telecommunications efforts to establishing cross-agency capabilities, how can both entities operate without inefficient and unintended results? What are the best strategies by which government and industry can leverage big data, embrace change in the healthcare arena, develop recommendations for broadband, and bridge the digital divide? Satellite Satellite systems have long provided vital links throughout the Asia-Pacific region s varied locations, many of which are remote. Besides video and data, satellites are now playing an increasingly important role in linking advanced terrestrial systems to the worldwide network. The largest single use of satellite capacity in parts of the region is estimated to be for mobile backhaul, but what other roles will the new broadband systems now being launched over the region play? As mobile users demand more bandwidth and services, what new innovations in satellite systems will provide higher throughput, lower latency, and greater mobility? What new technologies, strategies and services will the satellite operators and related industry players bring to bear as the Asia-Pacific continues its rapid advance?
3 Topics continued Submarine Cables Submarine cables continue to dominate international connectivity solutions in an industry where bandwidth, latency, resilience and availability define the primary needs of customers and users. What innovative ideas and new strategies will emerge where the convergence of technology deployed in both domestic and international networks is essential to meet or exceed customer expectations? How will seamless integration of the access network and international network satisfy demand and how can providers best compete? What are the different facets of development affecting the submarine cable industry today? What are the new technology developments and new deployment initiatives? How is the regulatory environment evolving? How can service providers drive more effective utilization of capacity? Proposal Options 1. Keynote 2. Executive Insight Roundtable 3. Topical Session 4. Workshop / Roundtable 5. Industry Briefing 6. Research Proposal 7. Student Paper 8. Other: Suggestions for audience engaging formats at PTC 14 are welcome. Possibilities include debates and other ways to enable more audience participation such as audience surveys, group topic discussions, etc. Submission Guidelines PTC s tradition is for presenters and panelists to provide knowledgeable industry insights and views on topics of interest to a broad range of conference delegates, rather than commercials or public relations for themselves. A proposal that is a product or service pitch or otherwise focuses on a company or organization will NOT be accepted. To improve the likelihood of your proposal being accepted, please: Submit a well-crafted abstract that clearly defines the problem(s) or issue(s) you intend to address, summarizes your main points, and captures your key conclusions and recommendations. Please note vague or incomplete proposals are often rejected. Be sure to explain why your approach is significant. Focus on strategic directions, not specific technicalities. Do NOT submit commercial or product promotions. International Telecommunications Numerous players in the global telecommunications industry have made significant strides in claiming space in the competitive landscape. Who will the new international competitors be, and how can we assess the impact these competitors can have? How can we enumerate and evaluate the strategic options facing local telecommunications industries as they attempt to partner with global telecom providers? Will it take partnerships and access to complementary technologies to provide customers with a comprehensive portfolio for telecommunications services and products? Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) Realizing the potential for ICTs to be powerful drivers of social and economic development requires appropriate uses of communication technologies as well as an understanding of how technologies can deliver new approaches to healthcare and education. What are the challenges and solutions to providing affordable connectivity in communities with inadequate telecommunications infrastructure, both in rural areas and densely populated urban areas across the Asia-Pacific? What are the appropriate new access technologies, affordable services and applications? What are the complexities in building sustainable use cases? Is there a need for benchmarks and evaluation metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of development projects? New Business Models and Technologies PTC 14 welcomes innovative new papers in topics that may be interdisciplinary or otherwise don t fit cleanly into the above topical areas: software-defined networks, data center fabrics, new component technologies, two-sided markets, digital business models, the quantum Internet, green and sustainability, etc. In short, any new business models and technologies that are relevant to the dynamically changing telecommunications and networked services market in the Pacific Rim are welcome. Individuals whose proposals are accepted and who agree to participate in PTC 14 are kindly asked to register for the conference at the special program participant rate.
4 How to Submit a Proposal Research Awards Proposal Deadline: Full Student Paper Deadline: 1 July August 2013 PTC is pleased to offer two named awards for excellence in research: The O.S. Braunstein Student Prize Award for best student research paper and the Meheroo Jussawalla Research Prize Award for best overall participant research paper at PTC 14. Submit your proposal online at ptc.org Questions? Please contact Ms. Jamie Wan- Lopaz at Tel: , ext. 124 Fax: Other Opportunities for Participation at PTC 14 Maximize your organization s exposure and visibility at PTC 14. Sponsor an event or a delegate item or reserve a private meeting room. For more information, please contact Ms. Sharon Nakama at Tel: , ext. 110 Fax: For submission details, please refer to the online submission form at ptc.org. MEHEROO JUSSAWALLA RESEARCH PRIZE AWARD The Meheroo Jussawalla Research Prize Award is given to the best participant research paper at PTC s annual conference. Named in honor of the late international telecommunications scholar Meheroo Jussawalla, the Award is open to all conference participants whose research papers have been accepted for presentation. Meheroo Jussawalla was an Emerita Senior Fellow/Economist at the prestigious East West Center in Honolulu. She served as an Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Economics and the School of Communications at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. A leading scholar in the Economics of Telecommunications, she published 15 books in the field and garnered several national and international awards, including two from the Pacific Telecommunications Council. This Award s recipient will receive: US$1,000 cash award Conference registration waiver A speaking opportunity to present the winning paper at PTC 14 Up to US$1,500 for travel and accommodations to present at PTC 14 A certificate presented to the winner at the Closing Lunch and Awards Ceremony Authors whose proposals have been accepted for the conference may opt to have their full research papers considered for the Meheroo Jussawalla Research Prize Award. Please indicate this preference when you submit your proposal. The PTC 13 Meheroo Jussawalla Research Prize Award winner should refrain from being considered for this award at PTC 14. The full paper must be received by 13 September 2013 for review. If you intend to publish your paper in a journal, please kindly check the publication s guidelines before submitting your proposal to PTC. PTC does not restrict the publication of the paper AFTER it has been presented at PTC 14.
5 Deadlines Proposal Submission (excluding Full Student Papers): Proposal Acceptance Notification: Full Student Paper Submission: Full Research Paper Submission: O.S. Braunstein Student Paper Prize Award Notification: Meheroo Jussawalla Research Paper Prize Award Notification : Final Paper & Presentation Slides for Conference: 1 July August August September October October December 2013 Research Awards Continued O.S. BRAUNSTEIN STUDENT PRIZE AWARD The O.S. Braunstein Student Prize Award is awarded to the best student research paper at PTC s annual conference. This prize has been awarded by PTC for many years, and has been underwritten by the late Yale Braunstein, a long-time PTC member and son of the late O.S. Braunstein, on behalf of his family since The prize is valued at over US$2000. Oscar Samuel (O.S.) Braunstein, a photographer, chemist and entrepreneur may be best known for his successful Philadelphia-based businesses, Braun Labs and Décor Bulbs, Inc., which produced the famous Flicker Flame. In 1962, he started manufacturing and distributing decorative light bulbs. Long before the concept of virtual corporations or globalization became popular, he created an international network of small businesses to manufacture and distribute light bulbs and electrical parts throughout Japan, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Australia, and the U.S. Winner for this award will receive: US$500 cash award Conference registration waiver A speaking opportunity to present the winning paper at PTC 14 Up to US$1,500 for travel and accommodations to present at PTC 14 A certificate presented to the winner at the Closing Lunch and Awards Ceremony The paper must be an original research paper on a topic pertaining to the PTC 14 theme and topics. The paper should be authored by a single student or co-authored with fellow student(s). Papers with faculty members as co-author(s) are ineligible. In order to receive this award, the winner must be able to present his/her paper at the conference. Please note that an awardee is not eligible for the O.S. Braunstein Prize Award the following year. A complete paper, NOT proposal must be submitted by 26 August Pacific Pacific Telecommunications Council Coolidge Street Street Honolulu, HI HI Phone: Fax: Fax: