4th International FOKUS IMS Workshop 2008: Challenges and Opportunities in a Converged Services World

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4th International FOKUS IMS Workshop 2008

“Challenges and Opportunities in a Converged Services World -

an Update on IMS, IPTV, SDPs, SOA and Web X.0″

Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS, Berlin, Germany, November 6-7, 2008

About this Year’s Event

The many questions around IMS are no doubt primarily based on the inherent complexity of a converging network world, the emerging role of open service delivery platforms and the uncertainty about future business models and value chains.

Therefore we want to discuss at our upcoming IMS event the following questions:

• what has operators family driven to deploy IMS regardless the many uncertainties about the business case;

• how many standards and to which extend must an IMS system support, and how these are exploited for emerging Triple Play and IPTV service offers;

• how does an IMS integrate with service delivery platforms and how will such an environment be controlled and managed and most importantly how does IMS relate to SOA and Web 2.0 principles; and finally

• what are the future directions in IMS developments and what role will IMS as standard NGN and related open testbeds play in face of the future internet research activities?

Based on the many positive comments about the last events, we want to maintain the basic size and structure of this event to maintain the appreciated “open family atmosphere” and stimulate the discussions among the participants.

On Thursday morning two parallel tutorials about the IMS Basics and Standards as well the Open Source IMS Core System will enable newcomers to the topic and our family to get up to speed and prepared for the remaining workshop.

Thursday afternoon we have four parallel interactive workshops, which will feature stimulus presentations and then allow the participants to present their ideas and to start a vivid discussion about the specific subject matters.

Again we will prepare an interesting evening event which allows continuing the potentially hot debates of the afternoon in a more relaxed atmosphere.

The following conference day (Friday) will address the workshop topics from an industry perspective, where mainly operators are presenting their views in presentations, and vendors will add their views in corresponding session panels.

Alongside the workshops and the conference we will have again a vendor exhibition showing the state of the art of IMS technology and applications, as well as now service demonstrations from the FOKUS Playground, such as converged media applications as well as Telco-enriched Web 2.0 applications.

Link: www.fokus.fraunhofer.de/go/ims-event

Contact: ims-event@fokus.fraunhofer.de

Mobile Web Megatrends – detailed agenda

We have a detailed agenda for the Mobile Web Megatrends conference

Agenda HERE and a synopsis below

The Mobile Web Megatrends is a unique one day event that addresses the strategy and best practices relating to key current trends for the Mobile Web.

The simple idea behind Mobile Web Megatrends is to create a small, niche event focused on developments that are key to the Mobile Web currently (2008/2009)

This means that the event will be much more focused and granular.. For instance – we don’t want to talk about ‘Nokia’ but rather about Nokia S40 6th edition which has implications for the mass market. Similarly, Opera Mobile 9.5 is significant due to features such as implementation of Google Gears. Thus, the event will have a much more granular, interactive focus than other events.

Some of the topics we will cover

* The Mobile Web evolution and its impact for developers (views from Nokia, Opera, Skyfire and others)

* The Obamamobile : Media and mobile convergence opportunities from the development of Barrack Obama’s mobile strategy

* Cloud computing and its impact on the mobile ecosystem – Moblast

* The iPhone session : The iStore and the future of mobile applications and it’s impact on developers(Micheal Mace, William Volk)

* Emerging markets: Digital inclusion, mobility with an emphasis on the Brazilian market

* Operators, new Media, Security and convergence(experiences from ESPN,OMTP, Gemalto and others

* Open source and mobile (Mike Rowehl)

* Mobile advertising models including analytics(admob)

* Mobile opportunities for start-ups(venturebeat)

The discussion will focus on the strategy, implementation, competitive advantages and the pitfalls of these trends. This unique opportunity to get an unbiased viewpoint with the opportunity to discuss these developments. You can clarify your thinking from the experience of others and keep the conversation going through an ongoing attendees only discussion forum.

Dont forget to register for Mobile Web Megatrends

Dont forget to register for Mobile Web Megatrends. Shaping up to be a great event!

The Mobile Web Megatrends is a unique one day event that addresses the strategy and best practices relating to key current trends for the Mobile Web.

The simple idea behind Mobile Web Megatrends is to create a small, niche event focused on developments that are key to the Mobile Web currently (2008/2009)

This means that the event will be much more focused and granular.. For instance – we don’t want to talk about ‘Nokia’ but rather about Nokia S40 6th edition which has implications for the mass market. Similarly, Opera Mobile 9.5 is significant due to features such as implementation of Google Gears. Thus, the event will have a much more granular, interactive focus than other events.

Some of the topics we will cover (note this is a indicative list only at this stage)

• The evolution of the browser(Opera, Nokia)

• Location based services 2.0 – (Cell id databases)

• APIs – network(GSMA, OpenAjax, Bondi)

• Widgets

• Advertising models including analytics

• Mobile social networks

• iPhone (including iStore)

• Android

• Nokia S40 6th edition – the impact on mass market phones

• Flashlite

• Mobile Web demographics – the numbers, uptake figures, impact of flat rate etc

• Browser plugins

• Enterprise and Mobile Web

• Cloud computing

• Emerging markets

• QR codes and

• Offline Browsing

The discussion will focus on the strategy, implementation, competitive advantages and the pitfalls of these trends. This unique opportunitiy to get an unbiased viewpoint with the opportunity to discuss these developments. You can clarify your thinking from the experience of others and keep the conversation going through an ongoing attendees only discussion forum.

Watch this space for more updates…The date will be September 8th, the venue wil be the University of California, Berkeley and tickets are only $195

Mobile Web Megatrends is brought to you by Ajit Jaokar of futuretext and Larry Lockhart of NextVision Media

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UK Ofcom report – lots of interesting data ..

As usual, the ofcom report released this week has lots of great data. Thanks to Dean Bubley of Disruptive Wireless for pointing this to me

Some interesting insights as per Disruptive wireless:

* Quite a lot of discussion of the resilience of fixed-line comms in the face of the mobile onslaught. Rather than direct fixed-mobile substitution, it appears that the UK sees more mobile-initiated incremental use of voice. Fixed minutes have dropped about 17bn minutes in total over 6 years, but mobile call volumes have risen by 38bn minutes. The UK outbound call total is still around 60/40 fixed:mobile, and 88% of homes still have a fixed line.

* The proportion of mobile-only households has been pretty static for the past few years, currently at 11%. This is considerably lower than elsewhere in Europe (eg 37% in Italy), and is possibly reflecting the prevalence of ADSL. Most mobile-only users are from lower socioeconomic groups.

* 44% of UK adults use SMS daily, against 36% using the Internet

* More than 100k+ new mobile broadband connections per month in the UK in H1 2008, with the rate of sign-up accelerating. 75% of dongle users are now using their mobile connection at home.

* Nearly half of adults with home broadband use WiFi

* 11% of UK mobile phone owners use the device to connect to the Internet, and 7% use it to send email. (It looks like the survey Ofcom commissioned didn’t define “the Internet”, so this might include some closed WAP usage too – consumers probably don’t have a full view on what “the Internet” is at a technical level).

* VoIP usage appears to have fallen from 20% of consumers in late 2006, to 14% in early 2008. However, I suspect that this masks the fact that many instances of VoIP (eg BT’s broadband circuit-replacement service, or corporate IP-PBXs), don’t make it obvious to the user.

* Over two-thirds of mobile broadband users also have fixed-line broadband

* UK mobile subscribers send an average 67 SMS per month (or 82 / month per head, taking account of multiple subs-per-person). MMS use is only 0.37 messages per user per month.

* Slight increase in overall fixed-line subscriptions in 2007 – attributed to business lines.

* Overall UK non-SMS mobile data revenues were flat in 2007 vs 2006 at £1bn. I reckon that’s because the data pre-dates the big rise in mobile dongle sales, and also reflects price pressures on things like ringtones. Ofcom also attributes this to adoption of flatrate data plans vs. pay-per-MB.

* UK prepay mobile ARPU has been flat at £9 / month for the last 4 years. That’s a big issue for operators wanting to sell data services to prepay subs in my view.

* 17% of mobile subscriptions in the UK were on 3G at end-2007, although there’s not much detail on the actual usage of 3G for non-voice applications.

* Overall, UK households allocate 3.3% of total spending to telecom services. That’s been flat since 2003 – ie the slice of the pie isn’t getting any bigger relative to food/rent/entertainment/travel etc.

* 94% of new mobile subscriptions are bundled with handsets.

* 11% of UK adults have >1 SIM card. Among 16-24yo users, this rises to 16%. There’s an estimate that of the second devices in use in the UK, 1m are 3G dongles, 0.7m are BlackBerries or similar, and 8m are genuine “second handsets”. There’s also another 8m “barely active” devices that are used as backups, or legacy numbers that get occasional inbound calls or SMS

Changes to OpenGardens blog coming soon

Hello all

We are going to make a few changes to OpenGardens blog over the next few weeks – and this week we upgrade to the latest version of movable type. Apologies for any disruption this may cause. Also, we will make a lot more efforts to include the community features of the latest Movable type platform and also work with more detailed posts and cross link to them. This is a part of my larger effort to look at electronic publishing and make the OpenGardens blog more content rich.

I have already been testing and making changes over the last few weeks as you know.

Many thanks for all your support as usual

Attending the Social networking workshop in SIGCOMM 2008 at Seattle

I am attending SIGCOMM 2008 – specifically the social networking workshop at SIGCOMM 2008 in Seattle. This relates more to my research / PhD work and its fascinating to see all these cutting edge developments from a mathematical/research perspective. So, lots of Graphs, data, network analysis etc etc. If anyone is attending this, lets meet. Unfortunately I cannot be in Seattle for the whole of SIGCOMM but will be there at the social networking workshop all day. Please contact me at ajit.jaokar at futuretext.com if you can meet up

Changes to the publishing industry .. ebooks

I have been discussing the future of books and publishing for some time and we are launching a new venture in this space. In that context, interesting statistics which I agree with regarding changes to the publishing industry .. ebooks

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We estimate that the UK publishing market was worth £18.41bn in 2007, having grown by just 0.4% during the year. Three sectors are examined in this Market Review: newspapers, magazines and books.

Each of these three sectors is dominated by around a dozen companies. Hardly any companies are involved in more than one sector of the market, and only Pearson PLC has significant interests in all three sectors.

The book-publishing sector is experiencing greater change than any other sector of the publishing industry. Some of the large publishers are planning to digitise vast numbers of the books that they have published in the past (their so-called backlists).

They also planning to launch thousands of e-books in 2008 and 2009, and some publishers are starting to sell a proportion of their books online. The major academic publishers are increasingly investing in digitised content and are printing much less material.

For newspapers and magazines, the key concerns are maintaining their advertising revenues and winning new readers. This is especially crucial for newspapers. The main reason why newspapers have lost so much ground over the past 20 years is that the adults who grew up reading a daily newspaper with their cornflakes and toast in the 1930s and 1940s (and so made reading a newspaper a daily habit) are dying off, and they are not being replaced. The growth of radio and the Internet are other factors behind the decline in newspaper sales, as is the shortage of time for newspaper reading. To survive, newspapers will have to become as familiar online as they are in print.

Magazines appear to be in a stronger position, but they too will have to increase their multimedia activities. This has already begun, and the process will surely accelerate over the next few years. The magazine sector will also need to watch its prices. In 2006 or even 2007, cover prices could be increased without a significant loss of readers, but in 2009 publishers will need to think carefully before doing this. Our research indicates that the majority of consumers already believe that magazines are too expensive.

We forecast that the UK publishing market as a whole will grow by 5.1% between 2007 and 2012. Newspaper revenues are forecast to decline over the period, while book revenues will show the strongest growth.

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