Schlagwort-Archive: Future Internet

FI-WARE and the 2nd FOKUS FUSECO Forum 2011

fuseco-forum-logo_2011Looking foward to the 2nd FOKUS FUSECO Forum 2011. Launched in 2010, see FUSECO 2010 blog entry, this event immediatelly proved to become a prime Future Internet event neatly located inbetween cutting edge research and business innovation. A definitive „must attend“ featuring an excellent mix of ICT and Non-ICT executives and Future Internet researchers.

A perfect place to present FI-WARE and the FI-PPP that both intrinsically fit the innovation oriented nature of this event. My slides are available for download (FI-WARE General and Open Call) and (FI-WARE I2ND Chapter).

Musa Unmehopa, Alcatel Lucent, France
– 1BN OMA enabled devices end of 2011

Bernd Wunderlich, IBM, Germany
– IBM runs a pilot on cloudified RAN with China Mobile

Dr. Dieter Schafhuber, Accenture, Germany
– LTE Network CAPEX in Germany 4.5B Euro
– Network makes for 60-70 percentages of total CAPEX on operator balance sheets
– Since 2007 network sharing (in particular mobile networks) is gaining significant momentum
– Full RAN sharing, saving 34/22 CAPEX, 32/25 OPEX (greenfield site/existing site)
– Saving, 6% after 5years (then exponential increase)
– US back-to-back-to-back example: Lightsquared leaes infrastructure from Sprint and Sprint leases wholesale network services from Lightsquared

Giulio Maggiore, Telecom Italia, Italy / ETSI TC INT Chairman, France
– ETP interoperability by ETSI (e.g. Diameter conformace testing)
– VoLTE interoperability test conducted in 2011
– Incorporation of WIFI access important
– Interoperability essential since Time-to-Market is continuously getting shorter
– OTT and classic telco provider business (for voice) is simply not cmparable (entirely different business, regulatory environment, etc)
– DIAMETER perhaps replaces SS7 completely in the future, but DIAMETER is not prepared/used for inter-provider scenarios, like for instance roaming

Christian Gayda, NSN, Germany (Christoph Aktas, VP RCS Standardisation, GSMA, UK)
– More than 100 companies involved in RCS, 30 telco incumbents
– Trails in France and Spain with encouraging user feedback for services like chat/voice/file-transfer/enhanced phonebook
– RCS will develop into RCS-e (RCE), to be announced at the upcoming Mobile World Congress
– RCS-e, live video, file sharing, 121 and group chat, VoLTE
– RCS-e to be comercially available in Germany, Spain, France, etc in first half of 2012

Franz Seiser, Deutsche Telekom AG, Germany

– DIAMETER not prepared for roaming but central component of LTE/EPC
– Circuit Swichted SMS/Voice: foreseen as interim solution, still many issues with call-setup times
– IMS-based VoLTE: Many issues with system integration with legacy networks (SR-VCC) and roaming, co-esisting RCS-e and VoLTE
– Mismatch of Roaming biz- and technology models between LTE/EPC and existing IMS-based approach

Dr. Guido Gehlen, Vodafone, Germany
– Vodafone ran an IPv6 and IMS test for automotive services
– Global data services (no roaming fees!) for in-car multi-media unit (nav + web services)
– IMS for M2M Usage Area

Alfonso Ehijo, University of Chile, Chile
– Chile first country that fully implemened Net Neutrality

HP Baumeister, Fraunhofer Digital Media Technologies, USA

– USA leading 4G market, AT&T and Verizon leading, Sprint and T-Mobile next
– Mobile Video will make for nearly 70% of traffic in 2014
– OTT lead worldwide mobile VoIP (Skype first)
– 20 % of voice services in North America already VoIP, expected to rise to 40% in 2014
– FaceTime on IPhones is catching up
– New concept of HD-VoiIP, worse than AM radio … Skype and Facetime way superior
– Solution, use State-of-the-Art codecs backed by stable licensing framework, that is AAC-ELD (used by FaceTime) de-facto royality free

The 16th International Conference on Optical Networking Design and Modeling – ONDM 2012

On the TPC of ONDM 2012 (special thanks to Reza).

The CFP remains open until the 30th November 2011, author instructions can be found at the conference website. ONDM 2012 encourages submissions of research papers that relate the topics of optical networking to the other areas and disciplines, such as integration of optical and wireless networks or the role of optical network for the future Internet design. Controversial ideas and approaches and their open discussion are strongly encouraged.

Future Internet Symposium 2011

Will talk about „Business, Technology, and Research Trends in the Telecom Industry“ on behalf of Net!Works and FI-WARE at the Future Internet Symposium (FIS) 2011.

FIS 2011 is co-located with the COIN Final Conference and focuses on these objectives. The agenda of the event can be found here: FIS 2011 Technical Program along with the slides of my talk“.

On the TPC of the 10th Int-Conf Wired/Wireless Internet Communications (WWIC 2012)

The 10th International Conference on Wired/Wireless Internet Communications – WWIC 2012 will be held in the magnificent island of Santorini, Greece, on June 4-6, 2012.

The goal of the conference is to present high-quality results in the field of global internetworking, and to provide a framework for research collaboration through focused discussions that will designate future research efforts and directions. In this context, the program committee will accept only a limited number of papers that meet the criteria of originality, presentation quality and topic relevance. WWIC is a single-track conference which has reached, within 9 years, the highest level of quality, which is reflected both in the level of participation as well as the acceptance ratio and the amount and quality of submitted papers. Following the conference tradition there will also be a best paper award.

Accepted papers from the Call-for-Papers (CFP) will appear in the conference proceedings published by Springer in the Lecture Notes of Computer Science (LNCS) Series. Extended versions of selected papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of a competitive international journal.

Public ETSI Workshops in 2011

Many interesting talks spread over a set of workshops:

24 January 2011 – 201101_SECURITYWORKSHOP
11 February 2011 – 201102_ITSWORKSHOP
17 March 2011 – 201103_CEN_ETSI_WS_onCommunitySpecifications
15 April 2011 – 201104_SMARTGRIDS
06 September 2011 – 201107_ITSG5_DSRC
03 October 2011 – 201109_CLOUD
30 September 2011 – 201109_FUTURENETWORKS
18 October 2011 – 201110_M2MWORKSHOP

Access to the ETSI Workshops 2011 directory here.

Public Access to FI-WARE Available


The FI-WARE project, Technology Foundation of the Future Internet Public-Private-Partnership (FI-PPP), has established procedures and tools to get in touch for any matter, no matter of public or private interest. A detailed How-To for issuing a ticket for „General Support“ via a FusionForge tracker system can be found at the FI-WARE Wiki.

To cut short klick here for direct access to the tutorial„.

ICTurkey 2011: International Partnering and Collaboration Event in ICT



Will be talking about FI-WARE and the FI-PPP at the ICTurkey event 2011.

Certainly a good time to talk. The project is getting in shape and partner contributions (to Generic Enablers and related Assets) are getting more concrete. First signs for potential FI-WARE Open Call topics are slowly showing up. Definitively worth to keep an eye on.

The slides are available for download: FI-WARE Open Calls

The Future Internet Week in Ghent – From the G16, over the Industry Group, FIRA and EFII, to EFIA

This year closes with the Future Internet Assembly as part of the Ghent Future Internet Week. One more the event gathered the majority of European research projects/community around several sessions, workshops, exhibitions, and and and.

Presence of *common suspects* was harnessed to ran an ad-hoc meeting between FIRA (Future Internet Research Alliance) and EFII (Eurpean Future Internet Initative) members. As chairman of FIRA I had the pleasure to present vision and ambition of FIRA and to engage into discussions with EFII members in order to evaluate a potential collaboration of both organizations. Bottom line, this is was and still is the objective of the two communities, despite the number of differences to be sorted out. This is good news.

The meeting reinforced a conviction that complexity of such an joint venture must not be underestimated and after a poorly managed first attempt only a sound framework with clearly defined rules, roles, competencies, objectives, etc will create trust for moving forward. This was proposed and it now remains to be seen if reasonable agreement can be reached that represents the very different stakeholders and related objectives.

At the end the European research community seeks for a „Future Internet“ that is fundamentally different and enables Europe to take the lead in future Internet-based economies. Commonly agreed is that such an Future Internet will differ from the current one by consolidation and extensive collaboration across the different sectors, ICT and non-ICT, and from a technology, business, and policy perspective.

Such a vision implies not only technology transformation but mind sets as well. The Internet keeps proving to favor those that accept its openness and global nature instead of those trying to sustain protective approaches. Successful will be those ones, that endorse and assimilate the Internet as an opportunity to collaborate – isnt that what the Internet is all about?

The so-called G16, then the Industry Group, nowadays EFII, as well as FIRA are contemporary witnesses of this change and its pains. For the past two years the two organizations struggled with finding common ground for a multitude of reasons. Still there is a perspective, not least by the implementation of the FI-PPP, which was original motivation to the G16 and then EFII, as well as later FIRA. Lessons learned are that many players were finally able to put heads together and work for the greater good by letting „local“ agendas aside (to some extent). If eventually successful? Spring 2011 will tell; as usual writing/submitting proposals is a though job – but the origin of a real challenge at best.

One must not ignore the human dimension in all of this. Sincere consideration of the above leads to a change that has to happen at individual level. FIRA and EFII have proven this. Today I asked to stand down as chairman of FIRA given that original perspectives to founding members were reasonably met. Commitment to these was always a high personal priority to me. This was confirmed and implementation is already on the way. If this exercise will be repeated, I do believe, it could eventually be the natal hour of EFIA, the European Future Internet Alliance.

Comments on the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI PPP)

Roughly two years of preparation, from idea, over program design, to call for proposals for the „Future Internet Public-Private Partnership“. The deadline was passed last Thursday, 2nd of October 2010. It remains to be seen whether the enormous investments eventually pay off.

I believe in the European definition of a „Holistic Future Internet“. It is a rather broad concept; „Networks of the Future“, „The Internet of Things“, „The Internet of Services“, „Security“, „Cloud Computing“, and „Media & Content“. But it is not the range of topics alone, what makes the difference is that these domains are not considered in isolation. Instead, this vision of „Future Internet“ is a consolidation of these domains into one global Internet-scale platform. Objective is to turn the Internet into a an open eco-system with low entry barriers and support for innovation in infrastructure as well as application domains. And this far beyond the ICT sector.

This is very different when compared to US-style „Future Internet“ research, that is primarily focused on Internet communication architectures (c.f. NETS, FIND, GENI). While the European vision may appeal more complete and more universal, the US definition is more concise and warrant for potentially streamlined progress towards the ultimate objective, the next Internet. It is hard to quantify in terms of investment (social and monetary captial), but one predominant obstacle in European Future Internet research is definitively the „prerogative of interpretation“.

The FI PPP is a proper tool with a reasonable vision and capable provisions. The ultimate challenge, however, is to get the idea of an „open platform“ penetrating beyond technology in order to gain support by business strategists. The past has shown that technology alone does not suffice: 25,583 IEEE papers on QoS versus XXX deployments?.

In any case, FI PPP preparations already achieved one significant result, namely the ICT sector entering a (painful) process of collaboration towards this idea of an open Internet-scale eco-system. This process is still at the very beginning and who knows if a beneficial continuation will result. Yet an ambitious platform is there and enough evidence for significant economic potential should be a good motivation.

At the end, „gain is frequently related to risks taken“ and Europe is commonly perceived being too conservative, especially when compared to the US. The FI PPPs 300M€ investment prove otherwise.