Business Forum Programme

Day 1 theme
Mobile broadband as an enabler of accelerated broadband development

Business Forum 1
IMT-Advanced - The Technical and the Strategic Landscape for 4G and beyond

Monday, 24 May 2010 - 13.30 to 15.00


IMT-Advanced technologies are being developed and standardized primarily in 3GPP and IEEE Standards Board. ITU-R working party 5D is currently evaluating candidate technologies. With this in view, the panel will look at the following issues:

  • Role players that have been involved presently and in the past and experiences so far
  • Globalization of IMT-advanced and activities in the ITU-R
  • The evaluation process; what is unique and what are potential outcomes
  • What are business drivers
  • What may be the role of developed and developing countries in making 4G successful

Convenor(s):Dr. Asok Chatterjee (Senior Member IEEE), Vice President, Strategic Standardization, Ericsson, Inc.


  • Mr. James Munn, VP Business Development for Sub Sahara Africa, Qualcomm
  • Anne-Tuulia Leino, Head of Spectrum Regulation & ITU-R in Nokia Siemens and Chairperson of UMTS Forum Spectrum Aspects Group
  • Vodafone
Business Forum 2
Alternatives to providing affordable and sustainable mobile broadband in a fast and cost effective manner

Monday, 24 May 2010 - 15.30 to 17.00

Description: (late changes - differs from the printed programme)

It is now clear that the dominant access and service delivery mechanism in developing countries is mobile devices and associated mobile broadband networks. Sustainable and cost-efficient deployment of Next Generation Mobile Broadband Networks is therefore crucial to accelerate the development of innovative mobile services. Important factors to achieve this are: Models for improved affordability and sustainability of Innovative Mobile Services. Further the question that will have to be answered by the stake holders of the mobile broadband value chain are: how to take advantage of the explosive mobile subscriber growth and technological advancement to solve societal problems in service delivery. This panel will consider alternative socio-economic and technological instruments to provide affordable and sustainable mobile broadband services.  Issues to be considered include:

  • Value chain and sustainable socio-economic competitive models for mobile networks and provision of services
  • Modalities for support and regulatory incentives for local mobile content development
  • Security and reliability of mobile broadband devices and services for public, business and private enterprises.
  • Energy efficiency and cost implications of emerging mobile broadband technologies and services

Convenor(s): Fisseha Mekuria (CSIR), Angeliki Alexiou, Christos Politis (WWRF)


  • Dr. Angus Hay, CTO, Neotel South Africa
  • Prof. Alfredo Terzoli, Rhodes University
  • Mr. Siseko Ngxola,CE,  Nokia-Siemens, South Africa
  • Mr. Fred Baumhardt, CTO, Microsoft,  South Africa

Day 2 theme
Regulatory environment and spectrum reform; the key to growth and development

Business Forum 3
Policy and funding models for accelerating the rollout of broadband access and networks in developing countries

Tuesday, 25 May 2010 - 11.00 to 12.30


Whilst the increase in the telecom market in Africa has increased 'astronomically', exceeding that of Asia, Europe and USA, it is observed that mobile phones outnumber fixed lines by 10 and the broadband uptake is the lowest in the world. The 'digital divide' still needs to be crossed in many rural communities. What is the most appropriate technology, policy and funding model for accelerating the rollout of broadband access and networks in developing countries?

This panel will explore the different international approaches to broadband rollouts. References will be made to policies in the USA and European countries. Lessons for developing countries will then be discussed with regards to best practices for technology, policy and finding models.

Convenor(s): Dr Andrew Barendse, Telkom SA


  • Mr Scott Minehane (Australia)
  • Ms Allison Gillwald (South Africa)
  • Professor Heather Hudson (USA)
Business Forum 4
Spectrum Management - Technologies, Economics, Regulatory Environment

Tuesday, 25 May 2010 - 13.30 to 15.00

Description: (late changes - differs from the printed programme)

Spectrum 'scarcity', perceived or real, has led to numerous suggestions on how best spectrum should be managed. The objective is to enable efficient usage of spectrum and effective regulatory environment. Proposed solutions take the form of economic dimensions and technical aspects. Technological advancement cannot be realised without an ecosystem and regulatory environment to support. The intention for these panel discussions would be to explore a multidisciplinary approach in addressing spectrum management issues and to give some real life perspectives. Issues of interest include the following:

  • Dynamic framework for sharing spectrum - recent technologies developments
  • Economics of spectrum and reflection on ITU-R activities
  • Market based mechanisms - successes and failures
  • Market based mechanisms and developing countries
  • Spectrum reform and regulatory issues
  • Spectrum usage and policy and regulatory imperatives

Convenor(s): ICASA Co-Chairs: Lisa Thornton and Hans van de Groenendaal


  • Anne-Tuulia Leino, Head of Spectrum Regulation & ITU-R in Nokia Siemens and Chairperson of UMTS Forum Spectrum Aspects Group
  • Jon Peha, Chief Technologist of U.S. FCC and Full Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the Department of Engineering & Public Policy and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Mark D Williams, Global Information and Communication Technologies Department, World Bank Group
  • Siyabonga Madyibi, Regulatory Director, Internet Solutions
Business Forum 5
Challenges in Commercialization of Cognitive Radio Technologies

Tuesday, 25 May 2010 - 15.30 to 17.00


Cognitive radios are emerging as a strong technological and regulatory opportunity. Research and development is being promoted rapidly throughout the wireless industry and in the academic research arena. Correspondingly, the standardization and regulation activities are also being initiated in many parts of the world in commercialization of cognitive radio technologies in the interest of having efficient spectrum management and efficient spectrum utilization.

The panel will bring together a number of experts from different domains focusing on the future requirements for cognitive radiotechnology. Areas to be covered will include:

  • Spectrum Scarcity
  • Cognitive Radio and future implications and spectrum sharing
  • Spectrum sharing techniques - what are the incentives for regulators, operators, vendors and end-users? What are possible business models, cost facts and impact on the existing networking infrastructure?
  • Regulatory measures
  • Validation and Standardization efforts/requirements
  • True exploitation in commercialization
  • Stakeholder interests and roadmap of cognitive radio

Convenor(s): Spectrum and Enablers Group (SEG) in European Commission (EC) concentrating on "Radio Access & Spectrum" (RAS) cluster - Abdur Rahim Biswas (Create-Net), Wolfgand Koenig (Alcatel-Lucent Deutschland AG)


Day 3 theme
Ultra broadband technologies

Business Forum 6
100 Gbps Networking: Trends, Deployment, and Challenges

(Cancelled - Differs from the printed programme)

Business Forum 7
Telecommunications - Impact on competitiveness of the nations in the tide of economic change and economic downturn. What is the role of the regulator?

Wednesday, 26 May 2010 - 11.00 to 12.30

Description (Late changes - Differs from the printed programme)

Competitiveness analyses how nations and enterprises manage the totality of their competencies to achieve prosperity or profit. Competitiveness of Nations is a field of Economic theory, which analyses the facts and policies that shape the ability of a nation to create and maintain an environment that sustains more value creation for its enterprises and more prosperity for its people. During the past two decades, the technological revolution has had a profound impact on competitiveness of the nations.
In view of the above this panel will answer questions such as:

  • What is the landscape in the world as far as competitiveness of the nations is concerned
  • What is the landscape as far as investment in telecommunications and what is the impact on competitiveness of the nations?
  • How have nations leveraged on technological advancement?
  • How does regulation of telecommunications affect competitiveness of the nations

Convenor(s): ICASA – Co-chairs: Dr. Thabo Mosala and Lucky Masilela (Nokia Siemens)


  • Dr. Thabo Mosala, Management Consultant, WrenJos Consultant
  • Maphum Nxumalo, Managing Director, SAS South Africa
  • Roger Blackshaw, Managing Consultant, Regulatory Affairs, Detecon International GmbH


Business Forum Biographies

Ashwin Gumasteف

Prof. Ashwin Gumaste is an Assistant Professor in the Kanwal Rekhi School of Information Technology, IIT Bombay. His areas of expertise are Optical Networks, Access Networks, Metro and Enterprise Networks and Network Algorithmics. Prof. Gumaste received his Ph.D from the University of Texas, Dallas. Previously, Prof. Gumaste worked with companies such as Cisco Systems, Fujitsu Network Communications's Research Division, and Fujitsu Laboratories of America.

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Drew D. Perkinsف

Drew D. Perkins co-founded Infirena and has served as a Chief Technology Officer since May 2001, and as a member of the board of directors from May 2001 to November 2006. From December 1999 to April 2001, he served as co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of OnFiber. From February 1998 to March 1999, Mr. Perkins served as co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Lightera, and upon Ciena's acquisition of Lightera in March 1999, served as Chief Technology Officer of Ciena's Core Switching Division. From February 1993 to March 1997, he served in various senior engineering and management roles at FORE Systems, an internet switching equipment company. Mr. Perkins holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Jon M. Pehaف

Jon M. Peha is the Chief Technologist of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. He is also a Full Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and has served as Associate Director of the university's Center for Wireless and Broadband Networking. He has been Chief Technical Officer of three high-tech start-ups, and a member of technical staff at SRI International, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and Microsoft. He has also addressed telecom and e-commerce issues on legislative staff in the US Congress, and helped launch a US Government interagency program to assist developing countries with information infrastructure. Dr. Peha consults for industry and government agencies around the world. His research spans technical and policy issues of communications networks, including spectrum management, broadband Internet, wireless networks, video and voice over IP, communications for emergency responders, universal service, secure Internet payment systems, dissemination of copyrighted material, e-commerce, and network security. Dr. Peha is a Congressional Fellow of the IEEE and a Diplomacy Fellow of the AAAS. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a B.Sc. from Brown University.Back to Top^

Mark D. J. Williamsف

Mark D. J. Williams is a senior economist in the GICT Department of the World Bank Group, where he specializes in the economics and regulation of telecommunications networks. He has worked in over 30 countries, advising governments, regulators, and private companies. Recently, he has advised on market liberalization in the Middle East and on the development of core telecommunications infrastructure in Africa. He regularly publishes articles in journals and contributes to books on telecommunications, including authoring a chapter in Telecommunications Law and Regulation, a standard legal textbook on the subject. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr.Williams was an economist at Frontier Economics in London specializing in the economics of the telecommunications and postal industries. He holds a bachelor's degree in politics and economics from Oxford University and a master's in quantitative economics from the University of Warwick.

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Petri Mࣩhঝnen

Petri MࣩhঝnenMࣩhঝnen is currently a full professor and holds Ericsson Chair of Wireless Networks at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany. He has studied and worked in the United States, United Kingdom and Scandinavia. Before joining to RWTH Aachen in 2002, he was a research director and professor at the Centre for Wireless Communications and the University of Oulu, Finland. He has been a principal investigator in several international research projects, including initiating and leading several large European Union research projects. Dr. Mࣩhঝnen has published ca. 200 papers in international journals and conferences and has been invited to deliver research talks at many universities, companies and conferences. He is a senior member of IEEE and ACM, and fellow of RAS. He is inventor or co-inventor for over 20 patents or patent applications. He has been particularly active in cognitive wireless network research and has been serving in different roles in relevant cognitive communications domain conferences, such as DySPAN, CogNet and CrownCom. He is serving as co-chair for DySPAN 2010 TPC. He has been also guest editor for several special issues in the field. He is currently also a research area coordinator and one of the principal investigators for a newly formed Ultra High Speed Mobile Information and Communication (UMIC) research cluster at RWTH, which is one of the German national excellence clusters supported by the Federal Government of Germany. One of the key research domains in UMIC cluster is also cognitive radio network technologies.

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Klaus Kohrt

After completing a masters degree and a PhD in Mathematics and Computer Science in 1984 Dr. Kohrt has worked in the Siemens telecommunication business in various roles in Germany and abroad. His key expertise is in network architecture evolution and for many years he helped to develop and promote Siemens vision and product strategy both in the wireline and mobile carrier business. In 2003 Dr. Kohrt took over government and industry relationship management for Siemens mobile, subsequently Nokia Siemens Networks. In this role he has served on a number of industry committees and in January 2004 was elected Vice Chairman of the UMTS-Forum. In 2008 Dr. Kohrt decided to become an independent advisor with a focus on future (mobile) networks and spectrum regulation issues, both from a technology and business perspective. In addition, he does volunteer work for several national and international not-for-profit organizations.

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Edward Au

Edward Au is a Principal Research Engineer in Huawei Technologies, where he specializes in research and development on cognitive radio networks, optical communications and fixed wireless broadband systems. He has actively participated in several standardization groups within IEEE 802, especially IEEE 802.22, where he was an active contributor and a working group secretary. He is also an active contributor of the Physical and Link Layer (PLL) working group in Optical Interconnecting Forum (OIF), where he is a co-facilitator of the project "Forward Error Correction (FEC) for 100G DP-QPSK Long Distance Communication". He holds a Ph.D. in electrical and electronic engineering from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

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Michael Fitch

Michael Fitch works in the Research and Technology part of BT Innovation and Design, leading a small research team specialising in physical and systems aspects of wireless communications. He has been with BT since 1989 working in various research and development roles, currently working on a number of collaborative projects on emerging wireless technologies such as LTE and Cognitive Radio. In addition he provides engineering consultancy to other parts of BT on wireless matters. Previous experience is with satellite systems and with mobile radio systems. Michael holds a first degree in maths and physics, a PhD in satellite communications and is a member of the IET.

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Friedbert Berens

Dr. Friedbert Berens received his diploma and his PhD. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany in 1992 and 1999, respectively. In 1999 he joint STMicroelectronics, Geneva Application Lab. Here he worked on the development of advanced algorithms for the use in UTRA-FDD and TDD systems. He held a position as a Senior Principal Engineer in the Computer Systems Groups UWB Business Unit. In this position he was responsible for the enhanced research, standardization and regulation activities for short range devices based on UWB in STMicroelectronics. He recently created his own consulting company working in the domain of regulation, standardization and EU research project acquisition and management with a focus on active coexistence techniques and cognitive radio techniques for short range devices including UWB and RFID. He was member of the ETSI STF 350 on UWB DAA specification and leads the activity of defining a conformance test of UWB devices using DAA in close collaboration with the ICT WALTER project and the EUWB project.

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Abdur Rahim Biswas

Abdur Rahim Biswas has completed his bachelor degree from Bangladesh, Master degree from Sweden and PhD from Germany. He is currently leading Spectrum Enablers Group (SEG) within European Commission (EC) concentration Radio Access and Spectrum (RAS) cluster which is formed by about 40 FP7 projects. SEG activities cover all relevant areas of cognitive wireless radios and systems. He is also a technical leader of "Cognitive UWB radio and Coexistence" work package in FP7 EUWB project. Currently, he is an active member in European cognitive radio standardization body ETSI TC RRS (Reconfigurable Radio System). Mr. Biswas chaired several sessions, panel and workshops which are organized in supporting of EC RAS cluster, collocated in different conferences and EC concentration meeting. He was a guest member in European UWB regulations bodies CEPT ECC Task Group (TG3). He is a founder of SAARCCom (South Asian Annual Conference on Communications). He is also the steering committee member of CROWNCOM (International Conference on Cognitive Radio Oriented Wireless Networks and Communications). At present, Abdur Rahim Biswas is a senior research staff in CREATE-NET, ITALY. He has several years experience in cognitive radio and coexistence, interference mitigation techniques, standardization and regulation, etc.

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