|Opportunities and Challenges in Home Networking
Geneva, 13 - 14 October 2005
SESSION 1: Worldwide Status of Home Networking:
Opening statement by Charles Sandbank (13 October 2005)
My name is Charlie Sandbank, I had the pleasure of chairing the Steering Committee of distinguished people who
put this workshop together. I would like to thank them and the authors for the splendid and important contributions,
for their hard work and particularly Stewart Alexander who generated many Gigabit/s of e-mail traffic and many hours
of conference calls progressing this work.
I would like to draw your attention to two items you will find in your welcome pack. One of these is a CD, which
contains the workshop presentations. Don’t be fooled by the word “presentation”. The CD contains many more Power
Points that could possibly be presented by the authors in the limited time they have available. There are over 100
slides for this first short session and if they were all presented there would be no time for the other sessions later!
So please study the CD at your leisure, it contains valuable information, which you will not find anywhere else and may
not appear on this screen in the next two days in our very fully packed program.
The other thing in your pack I would like to bring to your attention is an invitation card with the names of several
Telcos who have kindly hosted a cocktail party this evening and the coffee break refreshments today and tomorrow.
The word “Networking” in the title of this workshop has two meanings. One of these is the opportunity for networking
with the presenters and delegates during the coffee breaks, the cocktail party or as you look at the exhibition.
Finally I want to stress that the ITU is looking for your ideas on what we should be doing in this emerging field, what
standards are needed, what liaisons should be formed, how should the work be organized. We would like to have your ideas
and suggestions and if the presenters haven’t left you enough time to express your views during the sessions, please speak
to the session chairmen or to me so that we can pick up your ideas in the final wrap-up session.