Event Date/Time: Oct 17, 2005 End Date/Time: Oct 18, 2005
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Innovation in Telecommunications

Date: 17-18 October 2005
Time: 4pm on Day 1 to 2.30pm on Day 2
Location: Cambridge

The structure of the telecommunications industry has changed fundamentally over the past 10 years. Telecommunications Operators have significantly reduced their commitment to fundamental research, and have been developing strategies based on exploiting new ideas through spinouts and joint ventures. The established telecommunications equipment and system providers have been challenged by competition arriving from data networking and IT. Many small companies have attempted to provide new systems, services and applications, with sometimes spectacular success.

The pressure for the telecommunications industry to innovate has never been greater. Competition is fierce and growth in revenues is patchy: growth in mobiles and some areas of the Internet, and actual declines in fixed voice revenues. Telecom Operators – both fixed and mobile – face challenges on many fronts, from the deployment of individual applications to the complete re-engineering of their businesses and networks. The architecture, standards, interfaces, services and applications now being researched or developed will have a profound effect on the direction of the telecommunications industry in the future.

The ‘Innovation in Telecommunications’ seminar will bring together researchers and industry experts to review developments and case studies of innovation in telecommunications and discuss their implications for the future of the industry. The seminar is designed to be interactive, allowing delegates from different fields to share their extensive knowledge and expertise.
The seminar will run from mid-afternoon on 17 October to lunchtime on 18 October, and includes an opportunity to network with other participants over dinner on Day 1. Meeting facilities will be available after lunch on Day 2 for those interested in continuing the discussions.

‘Innovation in Telecommunications’ is one of a series of events being run by the Communications Research Network (CRN) and the Centre for Competitiveness and Innovation (CCI), both of which are funded through the Cambridge-MIT Institute to stimulate discussion and debate between industry and university partners.

Invited Speakers Include:
· William Webb, Ofcom
· John Nevins, BT
· Mike Grabiner, Apax Partners
· Phil O'Donovan, Cambridge Silicon Radio
· Barbara van Schewick, Technical University Berlin
· Jim Utterback, MIT
· David Cleevely, Communications Research Network
· Nick Oliver, Centre for Competitiveness and Innovation
· Matthew Cleevely, Ofcom & University of Oxford
Participating Organisations Include:
· BT
· Microsoft Research
· COLT Telecom
· European Commission
· Premium Telecom
· DTI
· Cambridge Broadband
· Broadband Wales Unit
· National Assembly for Wales
Agenda
DAY ONE: Monday 17 October 2005

15:30 - 16:00
Arrival & Registration : The Moller Centre Tower Lounge

16:00 - 16:10

Welcome & Introduction
Dr David Cleevely, Chairman CRN
Professor Nick Oliver, Co-Director CCI

16:10 - 17:20
Session 1: The Need to Innovate
Speakers: William Webb, Head of Research and Development, Ofcom; Matthew Cleevely, Ofcom.
· The pressure on the telecoms industry – where will the growth come from?
· Innovation as part of regulators’ duties
· The competitive challenge
17:20 - 17:40
Tea

17:40 - 18:50
Session 2: Business Models for Innovation
Speaker: John Nevins, Head of Service Innovation, BT Group Chief Technology Office
· How do fixed operators approach innovation?
· How do mobile operators approach innovation?
· The approach to innovation at the service level

18:50 -19:00
Conclusions Day 1
Speaker: David Cleevely

19:00 - 19:30
Pre-Dinner Drinks

19:30 - 21:30
Dinner in the Old Hall, Queens' College

DAY TWO: Tuesday 18 October 2005
Chair: Professor Nick Oliver, Co-Director, CCI

08:30 - 09:00
Arrival & Coffee : The Moller Centre Tower Lounge

09:00 - 10:30
Session 3: Case Studies
Speakers:
Phil O'Donovan, CEO, Cambridge Silicon Radio
Russell Cyr, CEO, BitWare
Mikael Sandberg,

10:30 - 11:00
Coffee

11:00 - 12:00
Session 4: Corporate and System Architecture and Innovation
Speaker: Tim Whitley, Director, Group Strategic Analysis, BT
· Architecture and standards for innovation in Telecommunications
· BT's 21st Century Network
· Corporate rules and innovation

12:00 - 13:00
Session 5: Coping with Disruptive Technologies: where do we go next?
Speaker: Jim Utterback, David J McGrath jr Professor of Management and Innovation and Engineering Systems, MIT Sloan School of Management
· Where are the disruptions going to come from?
· Best practice in disruptive technologies
· Policy implications for the telecoms industry

13:00 - 13:15
Conclusions
Speakers:
Dr David Cleevely, Chairman CRN
Professor Nick Oliver, Co-Director CCI

13:15
Lunch, followed by one-on-one discussions


This event will be held in the lecture theatre at The Møller Centre in Cambridge.


The dinner will be held in the Old Hall in Queens' College

Accommodation
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Payment
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