Spotlight turns to next-gen broadband and mobile networks

Staff Writer
17 May 2011

The CommunicAsia2011 Summit will be spotlighting how next-generation networks (NGNs) and mobile broadband are reshaping Asia's ICT industry.

Held alongside CommunicAsia2011 at the Marina Bay Sands from June 21 to 24, the conference includes dedicated tracks on new technologies, businesses and regulatory models, which have the potential to initiate fundamental changes in the economic and communications landscape.

"We have the opportunity to learn from the experiences and challenges of business and industry luminaries from across the globe, about how different nations, in transitioning to new technology regimes, can access the commercial viability of NGN business models," said Lindy Wee, director of PR and conferences at Singapore Exhibition Services.

"The objective is to see how these technologies can be successfully deployed across countries. Asia is at an important crossroad today, and the discussions at these tracks and valuable insights offered at CommunicAsia2011 Summit will have important implications on businesses and consumers alike."

Regional governments are exploring new regulatory approaches for their national NGNs to ensure open access industry structures through functional separation, a process pioneered by the Singapore government. The infrastructure for new networks requires architectures that can handle massive traffic volumes while remaining cost effective. Effective terrestrial back-up for existing submarine cables in the region is fast becoming a priority to minimize the disruptive effects of earthquakes and other natural hazards. Moreover, the back-up is aimed at ensuring ease of access for transport networks and other end-users, while simultaneously introducing competition to drive down costs.

Other conference tracks include case studies on the mobile web's growth and its impact on emerging nations, discussions on mobile broadband networks such as HSPA, HSPA+, LTE and Wimax. Participants will also discuss the factors and challenges associated with building an LTE ecosystem to enhance user experience by meeting industry demands, drive business gains and encourage the rollout of new applications.

"Investments in communications infrastructure can yield significant economic benefits provided the right policy, regulatory and investment frameworks are in place," said Stewart White, MESA head of telecoms at KPMG.

"There are strong reasons to suggest that fresh investments in creating infrastructure for the NGNs will catalyze economic growth and boost productivity. Asia's broadband landscape is witnessing significant evolution, with NGNs - both wired and wireless - transforming the way we live, learn, work and interact. The CommunicAsia2011 conference tracks offer a strong platform for industry experts, leaders and investors to exchange ideas, analyze and discuss issues of relevance to the sector, address challenges, make course corrections and plan for the future."

Stewart will impart his insights on the current trends and challenges surrounding the broadband industry in Asia and elsewhere at the Summit.

Other speakers for the tracks include Bill Barney, CEO of Pacnet; Supun Weerasinghe, CEO of Dialog Mobile; Joseph O'Konek, CEO of CSL; Robin Mersh, COO of Broadband Forum; Allen Lew, CEO of SingTel, and representatives from Acme Packet, Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion, Andrew Solutions, Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh, BTI Systems, Broadlight, Ernst & Young, Eutelsat, Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers, ITU, Optus, Point Topic, SAP Asia, TM Forum, Telekom Malaysia, Telecom New Zealand, Telenor and ZTE among others.

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