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Tomorrow's Networks Today 

In recent years, major advances in ICTs, combined with the rapid growth  of global networks such as the Internet, have transformed businesses and markets. Learning and knowledge-sharing have empowered individuals and communities with new means of communication, and created significant wealth and economic growth in many countries.

This revolution also means that there is no longer any need to be physically located near urban areas where most information and production is generated. Constraints of time and distance have been eliminated. The trend is towards the realization of a ubiquitous network society where people can access and exchange information freely, at any time, from anywhere, and from any appliance.


This could be through personal broadband and mobile access, as well as more recent developments of intelligent home appliances and RFID tags to access networks.


This section aims to provide a number of background resources on "Tomorrow' s Networks".

Workshop Country Case Studies

"Bridging the Gap: Taking Tomorrow’s Network into Today: The Case of Italy"
"Ubiquitous Network Societies: The Case of the Italian Republic"


Tomorrow's Networks Today Workshop Resources

Workshop Presentations
Background Papers and Contributions


Background Resources

Ubiquitous Network Societies
Next Generation Networks
IP Related Activities
Mobile Networks

ITU Related Activities



Tomorrow's Networks Today Workshop

 An international workshop was held in Saint-Vincent (Aosta) in Italy from 7 to 8 October 2005 to  further encourage the development of Tomorrow's Networks.

"Tomorrow's Networks Today" Workshop was co-organized by the Italian Ministry of Communications, the Ugo Bordoni Foundation, the Aosta Valley and the Strategy and Policy Unit and discussed specific measures to overcome potential challenges, investigating how  such a new paradigm could be realized and, at the same time, evaluating future actions.


A significant outcome of the workshop was an agreement to future collaboration between the Strategy and Policy Unit and the Ugo Bordoni Foundation on the development of the Shaping Tomorrow's Networks Programme. More information can be found here

For more information about the workshop and related activities, please contact Ms. Cristina Bueti or Mr. Marco Obiso at

Tomorrow's Networks Today Summary Report  
Invitation Letter
Meeting Agenda (PDF version )
Speaker Biographies
List of Participants

Link to Meeting WebCast

Practical Information for Meeting Participants
Shaping Tomorrow's Networks Programme


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