Europe II 2018



Theme: Digital Transformation Powering the Global Economy

Innovation is a process – it needs funding and time to bear fruit. Companies need to become familiar with data and understand the possibilities that are created by allowing the free flow of data between organisations in order to create opportunities, and putting in place the right legal and technical toolkits to support this in line with existing data protection, privacy and ethical codes.

Europe I 2018



Theme: Artificial Intelligence Goes Mobile?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is intelligence exhibited by machines. In computer science, the field of AI research defines itself as the study of “intelligent agents”: any device that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of success at some goal. Colloquially, the term “artificial intelligence” is applied when a machine mimics “cognitive” functions that humans associate with other human minds, such as “learning” and “problem solving”. Artificial intelligence (AI) has increasingly become one of the hottest topics in both business and science. More leading tech companies are showing their interest in AI investment, from Google’s US$400 million acquisition of DeepMind, and Faraday Future’s unveiling of self-driving supercars at CES 2017. These are just a few examples of the commitment companies have towards this cutting-edge technology, but one of the most promising areas for AI is in mobile. The idea of having a personal assistant to help tackle everyday tasks is becoming more appealing to users everywhere. However, intelligent apps are not just limited to digital assistants but for a variety of purposes from security to e-commerce. Today, many companies are applying AI in their mobile apps to transform the customer experience. These additional applications will therefore add increased demand upon the network, and will surely require operators to increase the capacity and/ or efficiency of their networks. With the advancement of AI technology, what challenges will this bring to operators?

Europe II 2017



Theme: The growing awareness of the advantages provided by virtualization technology

Virtualization technology is possibly the single most important issue in IT and has started a top to bottom overhaul of the computing industry. The growing awareness of the advantages provided by virtualization technology is brought about by economic factors of scarce resources, government regulation, and more competition.

Europe II 2016



Theme: Networks and network infrastructure, the future

The communication network and service environment of 2020 will be infinitely richer and more complex than that of today. The expectation is that in 2020 the network infrastructure will be capable of connecting everything according to a multiplicity of application specific requirements: People, things, processes, computing centres, content, knowledge, information, goods, in a flexible, truly mobile, and powerful way. The future will encompass connected sensors, connected vehicles, smart meters and smart home gadgets way beyond our current experience of tablet and smartphone connectivity.

Europe II 2015



Theme: Privacy issues of social networking

The advent of the Web 2.0 has caused social profiling and is a growing concern for internet privacy. Web 2.0 is the system that facilitates participatory information sharing and collaboration on the Internet, in social networking media websites like Facebook and MySpace. These social networking sites have seen a boom in their popularity starting from the late 2000s. Through these websites many people are giving their personal information out on the internet.

Europe II 2014



Theme: The promise of Software Defined Networking

The Cloud, Big Data, the Internet of Everything, machine-to-machine traffic, the explosion of multi-media entertainment, mobile traffic and a host of other established and emerging applications are already straining our networks and affecting the quality of service. Best-effort service is increasingly unacceptable, and we are only at the beginning of the era of zettabyte traffic volumes.

Europe II 2013



Theme: M2M beyond the hype

It’s a huge market, endless possibilities - so how are the ideas materialising into real, profitable services? How M2M is exploiting existing service components? What are the business models - what will subscriber perceive as value? What is the impact on the network - is the signalling tidal wave coming?

Europe II 2012



Theme: Communications in Travel

Time and movements characterise both Mobile Communications and the Travel Industry and this synergy should breed interesting services. Yet, better communications can substitute the need to travel, as happens in times of strikes, volcanic ash, storms etc… The Travel Industry should also explore what they can do for the traveller, and deliver their precious ‘content’ on smart mobile devices with advanced media or as reliable and timely short text. Airports and stations are becoming hubs of connectivity. The Automotive section of communications is going beyond GPS and has enormous potential. Battery life of mobile devices is much improved, but has still a way to go. Roaming facilities and unsubscribed local services have also room to grow, catering for those high spenders ‘road warriors’.

Europe II 2011



Theme: Network Capacity - meeting the challenge

Wired and wireless carriers alike are hard pressed to keep up with the rapid growth of digital traffic. Video growth is aggressively pushing network capacity limits - and this is not just for YouTube - non-Internet IP video traffic for high definition video, on-demand viewing, over-the-top content traffic and the like are also growing rapidly. Nevertheless, margins are dropping, since traffic is growing faster than revenues; this will have an impact upon the ability of many service providers to finance the needed network upgrades.

Europe II 2010



Theme: Feet on the ground, while on the air and in the ‘cloud’

The number of ways to connect is growing and none faster than cloud computing. Cloud computing offers pay-as-you-go, provider managed, virtualised services using - more often than not - a fully distributed infrastructure architecture. It can be a public or private service. Companies look to cloud computing to reduce the capital and operating expense they have running their own dedicated data centres. Individuals will increasingly look to the cloud to provide a wide variety of sophisticated services on the thinnest client of all - the smartphone. This edition of Connect-World will explore the benefits and risks inherent in cloud computing; its theme will be Feet on the ground, while on the air and in the ‘cloud’.

Europe II 2009



Theme: ICT and the EU Innovation Agenda

The EU has actively promoted innovation of all types through a series of programmes and conferences. The EU has committed over €2 billion to its plans for “Inventing the Future” by promoting research and development in ICT, including its use in such leading edge fields as ICT-bio, photonics, robotics and cognition. The far-reaching EU development programmes promise to open new markets, new sectors, and bring new players. This issue of Connect-World Europe will track the progress and the promise of these important EU initiatives.

Europe II 2008



Theme: The evolving ‘Net - Rising to the challenge of rising useThe evolving ‘Net - Rising to the challenge of rising use

The growth of the net, often in unexpected ways, is challenging capacity, search resources, regulations, security, equipment manufacturers, marketers, e-businesses – indeed, the entire Internet ecosystem. Where do we go?

Europe II 2007



Theme: The network business - strategies for tomorrow

When speaking of networks, conventional wisdom and traditional business models no longer work as they did. The lines are blurring in the fixed, mobile markets and even broadcasting markets. Wired networks now handle traffic once thought suitable only for wireless and wireless is substituting wired in a broad range of applications. Seamless handoffs between wired and wireless networks - indeed mergers, partnerships and consolidations bringing together networks and players of all sorts - further confuse the once prettily organised networking landscape.

Europe 2006



Theme: Personalised, specialised and ubiquitous: IP's future!

Connect-World series of magazines is the leading magazine in the telecom and ICT industry that brings together the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap between the developed and developing world

Europe 2004



Theme: Pervasive Connectivity as a Tool for Development (Europe)

Connect-World series of magazines is the leading magazine in the telecom and ICT industry that brings together the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap between the developed and developing world.

Europe II 2002



Theme: Telecommunications, Finding the way - Hard Decisions

Connect-World series of magazines is the leading magazine in the telecom and ICT industry that brings together the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap between the developed and developing world.

Europe I 2017



Theme: What will 5G deliver in the future?

It's been over six years since LTE 4G started rolling out, and a finalized 5G standard is expected to arrive around 2018. Now's the time to start exploring the new frontier if you've got a stake in mobile. Naturally, there were plenty of demos and jargon-filled press releases about 5G during the show. But there were also some impressive demos and a palpable excitement in the air for what's to come next.

Europe I 2016



Theme: The Cloud Mobile Synergy

The ties between mobile devices and the cloud grow stronger by the minute. The combination of these technologies is accelerating the growth of ‘liquid computing’ - the software driven ability to seamlessly move from one type of device to another to access, use, process, and change data.

Europe I 2015



Theme: What might 5G bring?

5G (5th generation mobile networks or 5th generation wireless systems) denotes the next major phase of mobile telecommunications standards beyond the current 4G/IMT-Advanced standards. 5G is also referred to as beyond 2020 mobile communications technologies. 5G does not describe any particular specification in any official document published by any telecommunication standardization body.

Europe I 2014



Theme: Moving on with mobile - the challenge of success

Mobile is growing rapidly as a technology and as a service. According to the ITU, the world will soon have more active mobile lines than people. This widespread availability of inexpensive mobile devices, free applications for almost everything, immediate access to a great chunk of the world’s accumulated knowledge, entertainment, news and social networking is slowly reshaping the way we interact with the world.

Europe I 2013



Theme: The Transformation of Service Delivery – is everything going to the web

The communications sector has changed irreversibly. The very nature of global connectivity has been transformed by the massive growth of mobile and social networking. Dominant players are losing ground to powerful new players under the impact of cloud services and smart devices. Innovative services are attracting users and generating new revenue streams. But how are these services being delivered and who benefits from the revenue generated? What scope remains available for Telecoms with its standard service delivery? Is closer cooperation required between Web service giants and Telecom to ensure a sustainable future?

Europe I 2012



Theme: Mobilising the economy, monetizing the mobile sector

Mobile is the dominant form of telephony in much of the world. Mobile is also a major economic force both as an industrial sector in its own right and as a facilitator of businesses processes and markets in general. In developing economies where mobile is often the only widely available form of telecommunications, it has created whole new markets and, for the first time, makes possible a money-based economy with bank-like services for previously ‘unbanked’ populations. In more developed regions Smartphones have put the Internet into the hands, literally, of everyone and every company.

Europe I 2011



Theme: Riding the mobile wave

Mobile is more than a technology; it is a social and economic phenomenon that shows no sign of slowing. Some 80 to 90 per cent of mobiles this year will ship with web browsers and the PC is no longer the primary means of Internet access. Billions who cannot afford a PC can now access the Internet via their mobile phones. Business use of mobile applications is growing strongly and this is transforming business processes and providing unprecedented facilities and economies.

Europe I 2010



Theme: Wireless - growing on its own

Wireless in all its forms is driving the direction and planning of the communications sector, including the fixed sector. Wireless is re-focusing IT growth and increasingly determining IT platforms and delivery mechanisms. Wireless is not the only game in town, but at times, it seems to be the only one that matters to both ICT and users sector executives. Exaggerated as some of the hype seems, wireless is - if not a new destructive technology - a destroyer of time-honoured business models and beliefs.

Europe I 2009



Theme: Mobile and wireless - much more than voice and entertainment

Wireless, both mobile and fixed, is rapidly growing in importance throughout the world. The boarders between mobile and fixed wireless are blurring with the advent of the femtocell and the use of mobile networks for fixed broadband access in regions not reached by fixed broadband infrastructure.

Europe I 2008



Theme: From broadcast to broadband - it's show time

What the availability of new entertainment platforms means to regulators, lawyers, manufacturers, carriers, service providers and the consumer.

Europe I 2007



Theme: Thriving or surviving with convergence

Connect-World series of magazines is the leading magazine in the telecom and ICT industry that brings together the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap between the developed and developing world.

Europe 2005



Theme: Emerging Technology, Emerging Hope (Europe)

Connect-World series of magazines is the leading magazine in the telecom and ICT industry that brings together the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap between the developed and developing world.

Europe 2003



Theme: Access Through Broadband (Europe)

Connect-World series of magazines is the leading magazine in the telecom and ICT industry that brings together the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap between the developed and developing world.

Europe I 2002



Theme: Moving Forward- Managing the Change

Connect-World series of magazines is the leading magazine in the telecom and ICT industry that brings together the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap the leading industry players, regulators, associations and governments, to discuss how technological integration and digital inclusion helps reduce the gap between the developed and developing world.