Monday, September 13


Keynote Session

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM


  09:30 Keynote:
Dr. Rüdiger Köster,
Technical Director, T-Mobile Austria GmbH

Telecommunications: The Infrastructure for the 21st Century

Rüdiger Köster was born in 1958 in Altena, Germany. After graduating from his studies of electrical engineering at the University of Siegen, he began his professional career at Deutsche Telekom, where from 1990 onwards he was contributing to the introduction of the GSM technology from the very beginning.

In 1998 he moved to Italy on behalf of Deutsche Telekom in order to head system- and service development for the WIND consortium. Three years later he was assigned responsibility for the introduction of business- and product platforms in the technology resort of the Telekom subsidiary T-Mobile USA in Seattle. In 2004 Rüdiger Köster returned to T-Mobile International in Germany where he last was heading product- and terminal development for Europe.

In September 2009 Rüdiger Köster has been appointed Technical Director of T-Mobile Austria.


Infrastructural facilities have in all history of humankind been the backbone and foundation for the stability, prosperity and quality of life of a general public. At all times they had to be developed further in order to be and remain an enabler for the progress of society. While on the one hand it is fulfilling our ever growing and changing requirements, by generating new possibilities, infrastructure itself shapes and changes our behaviour and creates demand and needs we have not been aware of before.

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, has evolved into society-changing relevance - into the “infrastructure for the 21st century”.

As the need for telecommunication services does not cease to increase and new innovative services and use cases continue to emerge, the data volumes that have to be handled pose substantial challenges to the telecommunication industry. The infrastructure has to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for service quality while at the same time cost bases have to be kept at a level that allows non-prohibitive pricing and access to broadband services for everybody. Stepping towards next generation networks will prepare the telecommunications ecosystem to address these challenges appropriately.


09:50 Keynote:
Mag. Dr. August Reschreiter, Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology

The governmental challenges in light of next generation networks

Biography August Reschreiter is heading the office of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT).
He is deputy member of the supervisory boards of the Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications as well as the Austrian Institute of Technology, member of the board of directors of the VHS Simmering and member of the “via donau – Austrian Waterways GmbH” supervisory board.
He furthermore lectures business law at the University of Applied Sciences, Joanneum and law and management at the University of Applied Sciences, Campus Vienna. He has published several articles in the fields of telecommunication law and has co-authored “Der Digitale Wohlfahrtstaat” - “The Digital Welfare State”.
August Reschreiter holds a PhD in law and has completed the personnel management academy of the Vienna University of Economics. He is a certified corporate consultant and has graduated from the Strategic Leadership Training of the Austrian Republic.
Abstract We now stand at the edge of another rapid development in communications technology. High Speed Broadband is a domestic essential to millions across the world not only in the case of business but also in the case of society. Next Generation Access (NGA) will bring a major change in the services, customers can enjoy. The question today is the right strategy for the transition to highest bandwidth systems. The initial situation with Austrians leading role in e-Government and the strong mobile penetration are distinguished but need more struggles. The Austrian Government has set up ambitious goals in the current government programme. Beside other issues Austria’s goal is to catch up to the best ICT nations. For this reason a lot of measures are in transcription. These measures include strategy findings, policy activities, revisions of the telecom law, financial advancements and the implementation of a regulatory environment, which enables investments in high speed networks.

10:10 Keynote:
Ruprecht Niepold, European Commission, DG INFSO

The Digital Agenda for Europe - The Policy and Regulatory Perspective


Biography Ruprecht Niepold is an adviser on spectrum management at the Directorate General for Information Society and Media of the European Commission (DG INFSO). Dr. Niepold holds a Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Karlsruhe and a PhD from the University of Stuttgart. From 1977 he worked at the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft in applied research for industry in the field of industrial automation before joining the European Commission in 1989 where he became responsible for relations with Japan and South East Asia in the field of telecommunications policy. As of 1999 he led the unit dealing mobile and satellite communications regulatory aspects. Between 2003 and 2008 he headed the unit in charge of developing radio spectrum policy from a Community perspective. Since May 2008 he has been advising the Director General of DG INFSO on radio spectrum policy.
Abstract In May 2010, the European Commission proposed a strategy called "Digital Agenda for Europe" which outlines the path towards delivering sustainable economic and social benefits from a single market based on fast and ultra fast internet and interoperable applications. This policy initiative calls for a wide range of actions aiming at removing today's hurdles preventing a virtuous circle of the digital economy to gain momentum. Implementing the digital economy at EU level hence calls for addressing issues beyond the classical challenges in the area of electronic communications networks and services. However, as a key condition for success, the Digital Agenda for Europe implies moving towards the next generation network offering ubiquitous broadband internet access in conjunction high capacity backbone networks. This includes a wireless access component expected to play a growing importance. A regulatory environment which enables and supports the development of the next generation networks is essential in this context. The presentation will present the main initiatives which underpin the Digital Agenda for Europe, namely in terms regulation for ECS, of a broadband strategy and a strategic approach to a coordinated spectrum management at EU level.

Tuesday, September 14


Keynote Session

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM



9:30 Keynote:
Dale Hatfield (University of Colorado, USA)

The Role of Self-Regulation in the Next Generation Network

Biography Dale N. Hatfield is currently the Executive Director of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship and an Adjunct Professor in the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program – both at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Prior to joining the University of Colorado, Hatfield was the Chief of the Office of Engineering and Technology at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and, immediately before that, he was Chief Technologist at the Agency.  He retired from the Commission and government service in December 2000.  Before joining the Commission in December 1997, he was Chief Executive Officer of Hatfield Associates, Inc., a Boulder, Colorado based multidisciplinary telecommunications consulting firm.  Before founding the consulting firm in 1982, Hatfield was Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Acting Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).  Before moving to NTIA, Hatfield was Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy at the FCC.  Hatfield has over four decades of experience in telecommunications policy and regulation, spectrum management and related areas.  Hatfield holds a BS in electrical engineering from Case Institute of Technology and an MS in Industrial Management from Purdue University.  In May, 2008, Hatfield was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by the University of Colorado for, inter alia, his commitment to the development of interdisciplinary telecommunications studies.  Hatfield served on the FCC Agency Review Team for the Obama Presidential Transition and is currently serving as co-chairman of the Commerce Department’s Spectrum Management Advisory Committee.

The outlines of the Next Generation Network – the Infrastructure for the 21st Century – are now apparent.  They are guided by the openness of the Internet and are driven by the increasing ubiquity of wireless technology and the emerging broadband capabilities of both wired and wireless networks.  The Internet has already produced enormous benefits and the evolving Next Generation Network promises an even more powerful converged platform that is capable of capturing both economies of scale and scope and delivering still greater economic and social benefits.  Of course, realizing that vision in the face of rapid technological and marketplace change is not without its challenges.  One over-arching challenge is maintaining the openness of the Internet and the opportunities for innovation it presents in the face of uncertainties regarding current and future degrees of market power and changing business models.  From a public policy standpoint, there are dangers of governments both under-regulating and over-regulating in order to maintain the optimum degree of openness.  This presentation will provide a brief overview of techniques for accomplishing this and describe the recent creation in the U.S. of a non-governmental Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (“BITAG”) to form consensus on, among other things, how to ensure that the Internet continues to evolve without unfair discrimination. 


09:50 keynote:
Dr. Kou Miyake (NTT, Japan) 

FTTH/NGN Service Deployment Strategy in NTT

Biography  Dr. Kou Miyake received B.S. and M.S. degrees in mathematics in 1978 and 1980, and a Dr. Eng. degree on network performance analysis in 1991 from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, respectively.
Since joining the NTT Electrical Communication Laboratories in 1980, he has been active in network design and traffic engineering for satellite communications networks, packet-switched networks, and broadband communication networks. From 1998 to 2002, he had responsibility for the research and development of the Next Generation Network architecture and system engineering in NTT R&D Labs. From 2003 to 2007, he was the president of NTT Data Intelli-link Corporation, providing cutting-edge technologies to the telecommunication market. From 2007 to 2009, he was the director for NTT Service Integration Laboratories. Currently, he is Associate Senior Vice President and Executive Director Information Sharing Laboratory Group of NTT.
He had been an active participant in ITU-T Study Group 13 since 1990 as an expert on B-ISDN and ATM systems. Since 2000 to 2002, he was a board member of Multi-service switching Forum (MSF). He is a Senior member of IEEE and a Fellow of IEICE. He was awarded the Young Engineer Award from the IEICE in 1987. 
Abstract In March 2008, NTT lunched commercial based Next Generation Network services. NTT already has more than 15milion FTTH users.  Based on the new NGN technologies NTT plans to consolidate its new service capabilities as well as the reduction of CAPEX/OPEX for the FTTH/NGN Broadband network. In this presentation, we will forecast broadband traffic growth such as IPTV, point to point real time communication like VoIP and TV conference, and future internet applications for the next decade.  Based on the estimation and technology evolution trend, we will point out the technical issues to deploy the economical and sustainable broadband network for the future.



10:10 Keynote:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Jörg Lange, Nokia Siemens Networks

Convergent Charging, Billing and Care – the increasing importance of Online Cost Control for post-paid subscribers

Biography Jörg was born in 1949 in Jena, Germany. After graduating from high school he studied Automation Engineering at the Ukrainian National University of Technology in Kiev from 1967 to 1973, which he followed with a PhD in Engineering (Dr.-Ing.) awarded in January 1978.
From February 1978 until 1986 he was first Assistant and later Associated Professor for Telecommunication specialising in digital transmission and system theory at the University of Technology in Ilmenau (Germany). In 1983 he achieved the Postdoctoral Lecture Qualification (Dr.-Ing. habil.)
From 1986 until 1988 Jörg was Head of Department at the Institute of Computer Sciences of the German Academy of Science in Berlin.
From May 1988 until 1991 he held a Professorship for Information Technology at the University of Applied Sciences (later FHTW) in Berlin-Lichtenberg, Germany.
In 1991 he was invited by Siemens AG to take up a leading position in the new Siemens Software Development Centre in Berlin. He was responsible for the testing and customization of the Siemens solutions in the then novel area of Intelligent Networks and Prepaid Services in Mobile Networks. He remained in this post until 2005 playing a major part in the huge growth these services enjoyed.
Since 2005 and after the merger of Siemens Mobile Networks with Nokia Networks to Nokia Siemens Networks he has focused on customer needs in Convergent Charging initially as a Senior Sales Solution Manager, and then as Senior Solution Architect. He now leads the Customer Requirement Engineering team for Convergent Charging, Billing and Care.

Online charging is leaving the pre-paid corner. It becomes important also for other payment methods – as the basis for online cost control. The Bill Shock Prevention is just a first example. LTE and the corresponding variety of applications, services and new players will rather increase the need in online cost control than reduce.

This presentation deals with the current and upcoming demand in convergent online and offline rating and charging. It describes the main reasons for the increasing need in online cost control and shows the way how online and offline charging can be combined into convergent charging solutions with significant benefit for both Communication Service Providers (operators) and end users.
It considers the convergent rating and charging solutions as “bridge” between the traditional telco world and the IT world dominating the business environment of each CSP.
The presentation shows on example of convergent charging solutions how the telco world goes IT maintaining at the same time the “telco-grade virtues”.

Last but not least the presentation describes the architecture and the main functionality of the NSN convergent charging solution – charge@once unified – together with the advantages any CSP can gain from charge@once in sense of flexibility, cost efficiency, time to market and end user satisfaction.

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