Thursday, Nov. 8
Special offers for traveling
are available to the Conference's participants.
Workshop Chair: M. Dikaiakos, Dept.
of Computer Science, University of Cyprus
INFRASTRUCTURE, CONTENT & USABILITY
"It is dangerous to put limits on wireless"
Head of Unit
Mobile, wireless, and satellite communications
DG-InfoSoc, European Commission
In the context of this presentation we will try
to present the most
"probable future" for wireless communications.
We will start by discussing
the lessons learned so far by presenting an overview
of today's wireless
communications market scene and the developments
expected to take place in
the near future from a technological as well
as a regulatory and standards
perspective. As the trend for wireless communications
networks is to move
from a voice oriented to a data centric network
model we will then present
the two crucial trade-off's that in our opinion
will shape future
developments, namely: mobility vs. bit rate and
coverage vs. bit rate.
The main part of the presentation is devoted in
presenting some initial ideas on
the future 4th Generation (4G) wireless communications
networks. The subject
of 4G will be presented from a service perspective.
In this context, we will
also provide a brief overview of the IST programme
activities in the area of
wireless communications. We will also highlight
crucial areas of R&D for the
future development of wireless communications
in the short-to-medium term
such as the convergence of mobile and broadcasting
networks as well as the
long term such as "Re-configurable Radio Systems
and Networks" concepts
(also known as S/W Radio). Finally, conclusions
will be drawn and
information for coming activities of the IST
programme will be provided.