It is a great pleasure and honour for me to welcome you to the World Telecommunications Congress 2010 in Vienna! I am excited to chair this exceptional gathering of leading experts from industry, academia and government to jointly discuss and share their expertise and viewpoints.
In today’s society the prevalent demands and needs have become information - and communication - centred. Telecommunications as the enabling factor of modern lifestyle, where being connected anytime and everywhere has become of paramount importance, and now has become society-changing relevance.
New 'Network and Technology Developments' are needed to support the emerging new 'Application and Services'. 'Emerging Business Models' are needed to fund these developments and deployments and the 'Regulatory and Policy Issues' have to be solved to enable the Telecom Industry to build 'The infrastructure of the 21. Century'. Our hosts, the VDE and the OVE have done an outstanding job in setting up a comprehensive program that addresses in its entirety the significant aspects and pressing questions of the telecommunications environment.
Telecommunications is and will increasingly be playing a major role in enabling and further advancing the way we live and work in the 21st century. The shape and success of tomorrow’s societies will depend on what we develop, enhance and build today. As an essential building block in creating and developing technological frameworks as well as influencing the economic and political ecosystem the World Telecommunications Conference is playing an influential and significant role in this venture.
I want to express my hope not only that your participation in the WTC 2010 will be a rewarding and memorable experience but that you also will enjoy your stay in the beautiful city of Vienna!