Schlagwort-Archiv: Telecom Industry

Talk at the FUSECO Forum Asia 2014

09:30-10:30 Session 4: Future Internet Technologies and Enablers as Foundation for Smart Cities at the FUSECO Forum Asia 2014
Chairs: Florian Schreiner, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany; Prof. Serge dida, Lip6 Paris, France.

  1. “FIWARE – A European Perspective on enabling Future Internet and Smart Cities”, T.M. Bohnert, ZHAW on behalf of Telefonica, Spain
  2. “Innovative eHealth Services on top of the emerging European Smart City Enabler Infrastructure”, Dr. S. Covaci, TU Berlin, Germany
  3. Q&A Panel

fff-asia-2014

ITU Telecom World 2013 – Mobile Cloud Networking Session – Outcomes

About the Mobile Cloud Networking Session. In association with the Mobile Cloud Networking project.

mcn-session-screen

Mobile Cloud Networks combine mobile communications with computing to run network functions in the cloud, enabling new business models at the inflection point between mobile and internet technologies. Running mobile network functions in the cloud reduces costs, and provides elasticity, scalability, on-demand provisioning, calibration and better performance. Operators need to invest in research and human capacity, innovating to create value in-house on this new platform, developing new apps and protocols without being locked in to equipment so is now, to manufacturers. avoid the risk of The losing time market to do space as cloud computing providers begin to move into networks the fusion of telecommunications and IT is not a one-way street.

The full report can be found here http://tinyurl.com/ojhthzw

itu-outcomes-report-mcn-p1

itu-outcomes-report-mcn-p2

Webcast: ITU Telecom World Forum 2013, Panel Session “Mobile Cloud Networks”, Thursday 21 November (16.15-17:45, Bangkok)

The panel sessions will be webcast (audio and video). Questions submitted via a Twitter feed using the hashtag #ITUWORLDLIVE  or by SMS or through the ITU Telecom webcast portal will be displayed on the Moderator’s laptop screen during the session.Screenshot from 2013-11-17 01:49:04

Mobile Cloud Networks
Thursday, 21 November 2013, 16:15 – 17:45, Jupiter 9

Innovative services and products over the next decade will be strongly driven by cloud computing technologies. Research communities on cloud technologies will need to address challenges such as radio access in the cloud, new opportunities for sharing of infrastructure, open source, SDN (software defined networks), new CDN (content delivery networks), and ICN (information centric networks). Globally, green requirements, performance and scalability studies and related impacts on policy, regulation and standardisation will also need to be addressed. Telecommunication networks need to be prepared for the requirements coming from cloud services, transporting the corresponding information in an effective and efficient way. The cloud concept is being brought into network architectures, by introducing virtualisation into all signal processing and information storage in the networks, and the service provision concept as a replacement for current network node functionalities. Game developers, network operators, OTT content providers and community operators will have a big role to play in these new paradigms. A broad view will be taken, addressing perspectives of innovation, standardisation, business models, implementation, roadmap, and so on.

Moderator

  • Dr Thomas Michael Bohnert,  Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

Panellists

  • Prof. Luis M. Correia, Associate Professor, Instituto Superior Técnico – Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Dr Neil Davies, Founder and Chief Scientist, Predictable Network Solutions, United Kingdom
  • Mr Latif Ladid, Founder & President, IPv6 Forum, Luxembourg
  • Mr Peter Riedel, Executive Vice-President, Rohde & Schwarz, Germany
  • Dr Masao Sakauchi, President, NICT, Japan

Cloud Computing: Savior of the Telecom Industry?

Cloud Computing (IaaS/PaaS/SaaS) services offered by Telco carriers are gaining momentum.

An excellent overview – from 2011 – is provided by KPMG’s “Telcos advance in cloud computing”. The following table is borrowed from this report.

kpmg-telco-cloud-offers

Meanwhile, some of these offerings materialized / matured and several others were added. Here is a list of a few very prominent ones.

Infrastructure-as-a-Service

  • Telefónica invests in Joyent and runs an Infrastructure-as-a-Cloud (IaaS) service, the Telefonica Instant Servers
  • NTT Communications Enterprise Cloud runs a virtualized Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering, with the availability of data centers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia Pacific.
  • AT&T Synaptic Compute as a Service with VMware vCloud Datacenter Service is a pay-as-you-go cloud computing solution that lets you access virtualized servers in the AT&T cloud. AT&T was positioned as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (December, 2010)
  • Cloud Computing Services by Verizon Terremark
  • Deutsche Telekom maintains a significant share in Zimory
  • Portugal Telecom launched its Smart Cloud service
  • AT&T is OpenStack platinum sponsor and member of the Board of Directors
  • Swisscom become major investor in Piston Cloud, an OpenStack Enterprise provider

Platform-as-a-Service

Invited to talk about Software-defined Networking at the ITU Telecom World 2012

ITU Telecom World 2012 is the leading platform for the global ICT community to connect, debate, network and share knowledge. Key stakeholders from across the entire industry ecosystem will come together in Dubai from 14 -18 October to harness the power of ICTs to create real change. This exclusive Leadership Summit will bring together global leaders responsible for shaping the ICT visions, policies and strategies of the future.

At the core of the World 2012 programme are the Panel Sessions, where leading industry figures engage in lively discussion on the key topics and future trends impacting the world of ICT and the world in general. These trends and topics will each be examined and debated from the three principle perspectives uniquely inherent to the industry: technology, business and policy.

It is therefore a special honour to be invited as Panel Speaker and a great feedback for the ICCLab as such.

From the Invitation Letter:

On behalf of Mr Blaise Judja-Sato, Executive Manager of ITU Telecom, we are pleased to enclose the official invitation letter extended to you by Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré, ITU Secretary-General, inviting you to participate in the Forum of ITU Telecom World 2012.

This is a brief description of your panel session:

Open Source Routing Monday 15 October, 15:45-17:00 One of the key drivers of the proliferation of the internet was the adoption of managed open source for the domain name infrastructure (BIND). This enabled an open, interoperable yet affordable internet for all. Today, a similar revolution is happening through trends in the virtualization of network resources such as OpenFlow. Open source routing is a new initiative that will help establish a “platform” supporting committers and communities behind the open source routing protocols. No longer will there be a reliance on equipment vendors’ proprietary hardware and closed software stacks that don’t adapt to rapid changing requirements. Virtualization and open source routing will bring a lot of disruption in the industry and also a lot of new services to the public.

Kindest regards,
ITU TELECOM Place des Nations | CH-1211 Geneva 20 | Switzerland http://world2012.itu.int/

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”.

SAP Forum 2011, Mexico City

Invited as speaker by SAPs Telco Industry Unit I had the pleasure to talk at the SAP Forum 2011 in Mexico City. Great event, well attended and even so organized.

The Telco Session was very well engaged and featured excellent speakers.
= Telco 2.0: New Business Models for Telco companies, Simon Terrance, CEO, STL Partners
= Sustainable Business for Telecom Industry, Jens Amail, SVP and Head of SAP Telecommunications Industry
= Monetizing Services in a hyper-connected World, Martin Schmid, Sales Director Convergent Charging, SAP
= Cloud Computing, New Technologies, and Co-Innovation, Thomas Michael Bohnert, Technical Director, SAP Research

An amazing speech with lots of insights was given by Simon. I especially enjoyed the discussion around Softbank, a telco that hands out femto cells plus DSL backhaul for FREE to its mobile subscribers in order to enhance mobile experience. A pure accident that femto cells were an element in my talk as well. Another interesting topic was the upstream-downstream business concept: Telcos as facilitator in the very heart of the Internet century.

Jens took on and presented SAPs strategy for the telco industry high-lightning convergent charging and and real-time analytics. Who says SAP does not have a reasonable telco footprint. With Highdeal first, and now Sybase, SAP took measures and if continued, may eventually exploit its huge experience and eco-system to become a true telco big-player.

And there was also Martin, an SAP telco veteran, making a strong case for convergent charging in a hyper-connected world, with cloud computing, mobile adds, services, or in general value-add at the forefront.

Finally, pleasure was mine to talk about tech transformations. To cut short, it was amazing to talk to an engaged crowed. The slides can be found here

Product versus Service Business – Service Economies and the Internet

A paper by my SAP colleague Andreas F. promotes the research discipline “Service Science”. His (well-known) point is that modern economies turn into service economies by market forces. So what distinguishes “services” from “products” and what are explicit/implicit features of “service economies”. But this what “Service Science” is all about, right?

An interesting and valid observation especially exemplified in the telecom and software industry. Just watch the statement of NSN in an earlier blog post. It claims that “50% of NSNs business is operating networks” (network-as-a-service). The same applies to Ericsson, Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent, and others with only the actual ratio different.

The question to therefore not whether “servicefication” is a valid observation but rather a.) “What is the right strategy for the sector and b.) which role the Internet may hold (technology and business).

SAP Research has a long track record in investigating these questions under the umbrella-term “Internet-of-Services”. Essentially the idea is to extend the current Internet into a “Global Service Delivery Framework” that supports “service-based economies” that then turn into “web-based service economies”. This is a bold statement and no economy will turn fully web-based, definitively. But the broader concept is valid. Personally I favor the term “Internet Business Platform”, mostly since “Service Delivery Platform” is associated with a long-lasting concept in the telco domain.

For more about SAP Research “Internet-of-Services” check the IoS-Portal.

IEEE Globecom 2010

IEEE GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE (IEEE GLOBECOM) is one of the flagship conferences of the IEEE Communications Society and high up on my annual conference must-attends.

This year, IEEE Globecom 2010, is held in Miami, Florida and lines-up seamlessly in the hall of fame of this conference series. With 2500 attendees on-site it sets a new record and as usual it features a very comprehensive program with a good number of high-profile speakers from business as well as academia.

Keynote by Yoshihiro Obata, CTO of eAccess Ltd in Japan
A very interesting talk, excellent presentation with a very good mix of industry/company background/insight and technological/research challenges. This is the style of talks you look for at IEEE Globecom.

Here is what Mr Obata had to tell:

- Traditionally, Telco services were controlled by operators (e.g. SMS). With IP services control moves towards devices/applications
- And terminal are no any longer provided by the operator, huge variety in devices, competition high (e.g. Apple vs Google)

- Smart-phones turn signaling (traffic) into a huge issue for operators. As control went from network to devices operators cant control / police users effectively. This essentially prevents M2M introduction

- Highest expenses are still with the backbone, eAccess flat rate offers were only possible since they own a backbone, especially in wireless networks is the backbone cost what matters; base stations are not relatively inexpensive

- Volume and characteristic of traffic by corporate users does not cause trouble, i.e. corporate users behave as they follow a certain (manageable) pattern (e.g. peak traffic).

- Mobile vs Fixed: The peak (busy hour) in mobile networks is broad (TMB: statistically stationary) versus traffic in fixed networks (ie DSL) shows very sharp/short peaks (instationary) -> TMB: This has consequences to admission control!

- Reasoning: mobile terminals/services are simpler to use, by potentially more singles and younger users, which are attached for longer periods to their terminals; In contrast, Internet services over fixed (cable, DSL, etc) access require a greater effort to start, in particular the terminal (PC, laptop, etc) and hence users start-use-shut.

- On traffic patterns: 300K (2-5%) users take 50% of the capacity for peer-to-peer traffic, still no issue for state-of-the-art technlogy, annoying though, but the network needs to be sized for full capacity anyways.

- On business in general, telcos need to adapt to change as meanwhile nearly 30% of the user spending goes to the terminal and this takes a major part of the overall budget

- A new service in Japan is “Pocket WiFi, WiFi allows terminals to concurrently access the network with one subscription. This gives meanwhile three options for mobile operators – hotspots, mirco cells, pocket wifi – still unclear which will predominate

Kevin Fall (Intel) WSN Forum
- Observation on WSNs – mostly worried with power consumption, use essentially the same network architecture as any other devices, people mostly use them for trivial scenarios (room temperature monitoring)

- Programming WSNs as essembles instead can be a basis for innovative scenarios

- Issues: disconnection, addressing (location/ID, address space)

- Some ideas/solutions: DTN (storage/caching), use URIs for addressing/naming anything

- Info-networking (content-centric or data-centric networking) that put data/information in the center of design, architecture, operations instead of hosts

Edward Knightly (Rice Uni) WSN Forum
Edward, how was giving a keynote at my BWA workshop in 2008, talked about “sensing” in general and took WSNs into the vehicular, smart grid, and eHealth domain. Nothing really new, some of the slides are indeed known for a while (eHealth). What was new though, is that he is promoting “Visible Light Communication” as a technology for vehicular communications.

H. Atarashi (NTT DOCOMO) 4G Operator Perspectives
- DOCOMO to deploy LTE comercially in Dec 2010, initially over legacy 3G infrastructure, terminals will support dual-mode

- 3 deployment scenarios, remote-radio-head, cabinet-type, indoor

- Remote radio head: base stations (eNodeB) are deployed somewhere and connect over fiber to the …

- ~1000BS by end of 2010, 5000 by end of 2011, 15000 by end of 2012 (40% POP coverage)

China Mobile
- 564m subscribers, ~500000 GSM base stations
- LTE deployment in 2011, several trials conducted with several manufacturers involved (terminal + network), LTE-TD meets all expectations

COMCAST IPv6 Forum
- CDNs are starting migration strategies this year (2011)
- Mind that this involves many aspects, way beyond the network, e.g. OS, Apps, OSS tools, CRM, Accounting, BSS in general
- To wait is a risk: v6 introduction takes time, Google needed 3 years
- And there will be more NAT to come in the meantime
- But 90% of v6-readiness can be achieved without turning v6 on!
- How to save cost? Put v6-readiness in your product strategy (TMB: that”s easy said ..) and mind that a customer may need to turn NAT on in order to access your content
- But isn”t v6 broken? No, that”s mostly an issue on your consumer-side and mind, ISP-NAT does not scale and add complexity/unwanted control
- The today challenge of v6 is not so much technology, it”s training of field personell, sales, support, etc
- Comcast is virtually v6 ready

Nokia IPv6 Forum
- Symbian is v6 ready since quite a while
- NAT versus v6, keep-alive versus idle but connected -> NAT drains your mobile”s battery
- Operators will not switch on Voice over LTE in the near future
- More details on NAT: keep-alive commonly in 40sec-5min intervals, can decrease your standby time from days to hours, many different/imcompatible tunneling, very different NATs (home, office, hotspots, ISP-NAT, etc) in terms of traversal mechanisms, frequently poor quality code, mind multi-level NAT (cascades)
- T-Mobile and Nokia run v6-trial in the USA, Nokia supports cell+wifi v6 in the N900 dual-stack.

Some random notes
- JND theory, “just noticable distortion”, widely used theory for picture quality evaluation (subjective)

- Wireless network usage is not uniform, one practical example shows 15% of the cells generate 50% of total traffic

- Most of the traffic in the future is expected to come from indoor environments

The GEYSERS Project

The GEYSERS project met in Zurich for its first General Assembly. One year on track, good progress, first results.

GEYERS is a project worth to keep an eye on. A strong technical vision aims at bringing together the IT and Telco world with a clean architecture for “Telco+IT” fulfillment (Connectivity, Storage, Computing in a Service-oriented Design).

At first sight this is not fundamentally new. Yet GEYSERS definition goes beyond pure Telco-based (GMPLS) provisioning with some (GRID-like) IT resources at edges plus some Web-Service interfaces.

By defining an SML-layer, that is based on Service-oriented Infrastructure concepts, IT-standards, and SLA-based service composition and orchestration, GEYSERS reference architecture turns into a complete Infrastructure-as-a-Service framework for public/private Cloud Computing with a IT-northbound / Telco-southbound interface. All this based on accepted concepts and respective open standards in the IT plus Telco domain.

For more details check the architecture reference model at the FP7 GEYSERS Website and the technical specs at GEYSERS Tech-Specs

Do not miss the GEYSERS Video!