The brightest minds from around the world will attempt to determine the technologies, services and applications that will make next generation networks (NGNs) deliver on their promise.
Organised by the ITU, Innovations in NGN will be held in May and is the first in a series of conferences under the banner 'Kaleidoscope' that will bring closer ties between ITU, academia and research organisations.
Co-sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society, the event attracted around 140 contributions with its initial call for papers: 54 of the most visionary papers have been selected by a review panel of 140 experts from around the world for presentation at the conference.
Innovations in NGN will highlight technologies, services and applications over a period of five years and beyond that will capitalize on the NGN infrastructure and lead to the ubiquitous network society in which information can be accessed anywhere and anytime by anyone and anything. It will also cover multidisciplinary aspects related to the deployment of NGN, including analysis of regulatory and societal challenges.
Malcolm Johnson, director of the Telecommunication Standardisation Bureau, says: "Technology is a critical determinant of sustainable growth and poverty reduction. And education is key to the accelerated development of information and communication technologies (ICT), contributing to the increased use of these technologies all over the world.
"Without the involvement of the world's universities and other academic and research institutions we would not have reached the level of innovation that we see today. The Kaleidoscope series is an excellent initiative to capitalize on the fruitful relationship that we already have with academia and take it to a higher level."
Innovations in NGN will inspire contributions towards a kaleidoscopic view of communication habits for the future. We know what NGN is in terms of the underlying technology, but we don't know what services will emerge, how NGN will influence the marketplace for ICT, and how society will be affected. The conference will shed light on some of these questions, inspire debate on the future of ICT and ICT standardisation, as well as lead to further development work.