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Workshop on "Next Generation Networks"
Geneva,  9-10 July 2003


Research and Policy Factors affecting the evolution towards NGN

Next Generation Networks may mean different things to different people, but there is broad agreement that they assume an IP-based environment, with broadband access, always-on characteristics, and multi-service capabilities in an open, carrier-independent structure.

A Roadmap to NGN will have to consider non-technical factors as well as general technological trends. Business Models, Societal and Economic/Political Factors generally determine the rate at which networks will evolve, since they influence the financial resources that are available, the incentive for introducing new services, and the level of governmental support. The Evolution of the Network depends on the general trends taking place in the Core and Access networks, with special attention to the optical and CATV environments. 

An overview of related activities at the IST Programme will also be undertaken, with possible implications for standardization work.

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