Driven by convergence in networks, devices and media, telecom services are entering the next generation driven by greater network flexibility to rollout new services and provide an enriched user experience. A common business trend for the established telecom providers is to embark on a next-generation network (NGN) transformation with a completely new architecture to enable the delivery of enhanced applications and new services such as IPTV, interactivity and fixed-mobile convergence. The key driver of NGN rollouts is also to gain cost savings by moving to an IP-centric architecture and removal of various stove-pipe systems.
Asia Pacific which is home to the largest internet user base today is at an interesting stage with various countries at different states of maturity in terms of the broadband infrastructure. At one end are the mature markets like Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia and Singapore which have high broadband and mobile penetration where the focus is on enabling convergent and ubiquitous services. These markets have already embarked on a NGN transformation.
Then there are transition markets like Malaysia where the government is playing a leading role in creating a nationwide broadband network and even mobile operators are aggressively pushing wireless broadband. The emerging markets face challenges due to limited fixed line infrastructure and low average revenue per user (ARPUs) to justify a complete NGN rollout but lot of operators are already thinking in that direction especially in certain key cities.
Jayesh Easwaramony, Director, ICT Consulting, Frost & Sullivan says, "Although a NGN rollout for cost savings and service agility is the step in the right direction for all incumbent and integrated telcos, there are still multiple issues that telcos face like the business case for new services, the right architecture from a rollout perspective and the transition time for migration into a full-fledged NGN infrastructure.
"Thus there is no size fits all when it comes to transformation initiatives and each operator has to define his vision of his next generation and accordingly shape his business and network strategy," adds Mr. Easwaramony
Frost & Sullivan's exclusive Executive MindXchange summit on Next Generation Telecom will map the broadband landscape in the region and evaluate the best practices in the region and drill down to the key pain points and issues that operators face in this transformation. The two day summit will be held at the Raffles Convention Center from 28 – 29 August 2008.
Designed to be highly interactive, the summit will feature end-user case studies, panel discussions as well as opportunities for networking and sharing best practices. Speakers include key level executives from SK Telecom, Nokia Siemens Networks, BT, Cable & Wireless, Pacnet, TIME Broadband, BT Teleconsult, NTT, Soundbuzz, while attending delegates comprise CIOs and other IT heads from the government and private sectors.
Nokia Siemens Networks and BT are the sponsors for the summit and Telecom Asia, Wireless Asia, Business Today, China Tech News, Global Telecom Directory and ZDNet Asia are the official media partners.
For more information/registration details, please visit frost-ngt.com. Media passes are available to the press. To register for the summit, you may also send an email to Neethiya Sadagopal, Corporate Communications at neethiya.sadagopal[.]frost.com with your full name, media/company name, title, telephone number, fax number and email.
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