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ITU-D Regional Development Forum for the Arab Region:
"NGN and Broadband, Opportunities and Challenges"

Cairo (Egypt)
13-15 December 2010


Day 1 - Day 2 - Day 3

Day 1 (13 December 2010)

10:00 – 10:30 hours

Opening Ceremony

Opening remarks:

  • Dr. Miloud Ameziane, Regional Director, ITU ARO
  • Dr. Amr Badawi, Executive President of NTRA and Chairman of the Forum
  • H.E. Dr. Tarek Kamel, Minister of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Egypt

Coffee break: 10:30 – 10:50 hours

10:50 – 12:30 hours

Session 1: New Telecommunication Technologies: Promise and Potential for Leapfrogging Digital Divide

Session Chairman: Natasa Gospic (University of Belgrade)

Objectives: This session will focus on the potential of  new technologies NGN and Broadband and will address the development experiences and opportunities in the Region.  

Lunch break: 12:30 - 14:00 hours

14:00 - 15:30 hours

Session 2: Regional Developmental issues and Regional Initiatives

Session Chairman: Miloud Ameziane (ITU Regional Office, Cairo)

Objectives: This session will focus on ITU-D activities with special reference to Regional Initiatives. In addition the activities of the ITU-D Regional Office will be highlighted.

Coffee break : 15:30 – 16:00 hours

16:00 - 17:30 hours

Session 3: ITU Standardization Activities on NGN and Broadband

Session Chairman: Marco Carugi (ZTE Corporation)

Objectives: This session will provide an overview of ITU standardization activities from different ITU Sectors. Focusing on current standardization topics form ITU Sectors, it will specifically address:

Day 1 - Day 2 - Day 3

Day 2 (14 December 2010)

8:30 – 11:00 hours

Session 4: Bridging the Digital Divide by Broadband

Session Chairman:  Satya N. Gupta (BT Global Services)

Objectives: This session will discuss the status of ICT deployment in the Region and role of ICT in connecting the unconnected with specific focus on broadband. The role of technology, policy and enabling regulatory environment for encouraging widescale deployment of broadband in the Region will be also discussed. Issues will include:

Coffee break: 11:00 – 11:15 hours

11:15 – 13:30 hours

Session 5: Trends of NGN Technology and Migration Aspects

Session Chairman: Ignat Stanev (Assoc. Professor, HCTP, Bulgaria, ITC Member)

Objectives: This session will present the evolution of NGN and future perspectives in the relevant access technologies, service and network architecture with special focus on convergence, home, office and mobile applications, Internet protocol-based platforms and multiple access networks. It will be devoted to the evolution of the network architecture towards NGN (IMS based or otherwise), fixed-mobile convergence, evolution: towards a new generation of broadband mobile, PSTN/ISDN evolution to NGN, cases studies and scenarios taking into consideration the relevant business models and opportunities. Emphasis will be on.

Lunch break: 13:30 - 14:30 hours

14:30 – 16:30 hours

Session 6: Interconnection, Interoperability and Security Aspects in NGN

Session Chairman: Riccardo Passerini (ITU-BDT)

Objectives: This session will begin with discussion on the User-to-Network Interface supporting the services defined for the NGN. In addition, accomplishment of the goal of Plug and Play devices place requirements in at least three major areas, Auto-Provisioning, Standard SIP Profile & Call flows, and Standardized limited codec selection will be discussed. Currently there are various implementations and deployments that perform Session/Border Control Functions (S/BCF), in service provider, enterprise, access and end-user networks. Defining requirements for these functions and for mapping these to physical implementations is needed to allow for vendor product interoperability and network interconnection.  Moreover, Number Portability and Network Address, Translation and Protocol Translation issues will be considered as well as Interconnection of NGN and legacy networks. This session will also provide an overview of security standards and current security standardization work. Security topics will include technologies and convergence implications and will cover cybersecurity issues e.g. combating spam. Topics to be discussed are:

Coffee break: 16:30 – 16:45 hours

16:45 – 19:00 hours

Session 7: NGN and Broadband: Policy and Regulatory Issues

Session Chairman: Stewart White (KPMG)

Objectives: This session will focus on the challenges that the policy makers and regulators face while considering introduction of NGN and Broadband technologies. Current regulatory frameworks based on technologies and/or service specific licenses have limitations. In order to ensure investment in NGN and Broadband, regulators need to encourage conditions, which lowers entry barriers, promotes competition and encourage investment in infrastructure. Emphasis will be on:

  • Broadband Policies and Regulation: Turhan Muluk (Intel)
  • Emerging Trends in Broadband Policy and Regulation - Case Study from Emerging Market: Satya N. Gupta (BT Global Services)
  • Emerging Trends in NGA Policy and Innovative Financing Models - NGN Interconnection Case Study from Emerging Market: Satya N. Gupta (BT Global Services)
  • How supportive regulations can help loosen the backbone bottlenecks and foster broadband and NGN deployments: Stéphane Lecomte (Alcatel-Lucent)
  • Next Generation Access Regulation and Trends: Gamal Hegazy (Alcatel-Lucent)
  • On the Road to 3rd Generation Regulation: Essam Mitwally (Saudi Telecommunications Company)

Day 1 - Day 2 - Day 3

Day 3 (15 December 2010)

8:30 – 10:30 hours

Session 8: Services and applications offered by NGN and Broadband

Session Chairman: Amr Abdel Rahim Abdallah (Consultant in Technology)

Objectives: This session will address applications and new services offered by NGN and broadband due to convergence. These applications and services provide opportunities to the service providers for offering new revenue generating services as well as for offering new competitive service for consumers. This session explores:

Coffee break: 10:30 – 11:00 hours

11:00 – 13:00 hours

Session 9: Market Opportunities and Challenges

Session Chairman: Amr Hashem (Nile Ventures)

Objectives: NGN provides a number of opportunities for variety of businesses. Those include service providers, application providers, transport providers in the access and the backbone. NGN also provides mechanisms to offer services to residential and business users as well as to re-sellers. Challenges arise from a number of sources like competition, implementation costs, changing marketplaces, complex migration scenarios and regulatory uncertainties. This session aims to provide a state-of-the-art overview on global trends with a focus on Region from different perspectives. This session will also include discussion on:

Lunch break: 13:00 - 14:00 hours

14:00 – 15:30 hours

Session 10: Challenges and opportunities facing Broadband Wireless

Session Chairman: Natasa Gospic (University of Belgrade)

Objectives: This session will present some of the challenges and problems related to the implementation of Broadband Wireless Networks. Security and aspects related to Infrastructure sharing will be analysed. This session explores:

Coffee break: 15:30 – 15:45 hours
15:45 – 17:00 hours

Session 11: Panel Discussion

Ways Forward: How to foster the development of NGN and Broadband in the Region?

Session Chairman: Dr. Amr Badawi (Executive Director, NTRA, Egypt) / Stewart White (KPMG)

Moderator: t.b.d.

Objectives: This discussion aims to examine experience and lessons learned in the Region, and how the points raised in this Forum may be applied to address specific problems encountered or anticipated. The Forum will close with a brief summation by the Chairman of the Forum

- Oscar Gonzales Soto (ITU consultant):
Experience in supporting operators in fostering broadband and NGN development and related services.  
- Jeremy Foster (UMTS Forum): Challenges and Actions for facilitating the development of Broadband in the Region
- Ignat Stanev (ITC, Bulgaria):
Use of Network Planning Tools  to  facilitate the development of NGN and Broadband  in the Region
- Satya Gupta (BT Global Services, India): How Policy makers and Regulatory bodies can facilitate the development of NGN and Broadband in the Region
- Natasa Gospic (University of Belgrade):  Universal Service, Opportunity for development Broadband in the Region
- Noel Kirkaldi (Motorola):
Perspective of the market for Broadband in the Region
- Amr Hashem (Nile Ventures): Experience in the Region for transition to NGN and introducing Broadband
- Denis Andreev (ZNIIS):
Interoperability between equipment and systems, obstacle for NGN and Broadband Development, how to face the problem
- Essam Mitwally (Saudi Telecom Company): Next Generation Access Regulation: Fostering the development of NGN and Broadband
- Ayman El-Sherbini (UN-ESCWA): Broadband for Development in the Region

17:00 – 17:30 hours

Closing Ceremony

  • Closing Remarks: ITU/BDT
  • Closing Remarks: Host Country

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