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General Chair
Lothar Pauly
Siemens Communications, Germany
Executive Chair
Werner Mohr
Siemens Communications, Germany
TPC Chair
K.C. Chua
National Univ. of Singapore, Republic of Singapore
TPC Vice-Chair (Phy/MAC)
Sumit Roy
Univ. of Washington, USA
TPC Vice-Chair (Networks)
Victor Leung
Univ. of British Columbia, Canada
TPC Vice-Chair (Services & Applications)
Abbas Jamalipour
Univ. of Sydney, Australia
TPC Vice-Chair (Tutorials)
T.J. Lim
Univ. of Toronto, Canada
TPC Vice-Chair (Technology / Business Applications Panels)
Vijay Varma
Telcordia Technologies, USA
Publications Chair
Charles Knutson
Brigham Young Univ., USA
Associate TPC Vice Chair (Phy/MAC)
Uday Desai
IIT - Bombay, India
Project Manager
Debora Kingston
IEEE Communications Society, USA
Bruce Worthman
IEEE Communications Society, USA
WCNC Steering Committee Chair
J. Roberto B. de Marca
PUC/Rio, Brazil

Conference Program
WCNC 2005 Technology and Business Applications Panels

Tuesday 15 March 2005
14:00 - 15 :30 Room 208 - 210

P3: Convergence of Services and its Impact on Wireless Operator Business Models and Infrastructure

Chair: PK Prasanna, Practice Lead, InCode, USA

Abstract: There has been much talk about convergence in the past and there is a renewed interest in this topic once again Unlike past visions of convergence, which were predominantly transport-based, a new services-based view of convergence has emerged. Such a services-based view offers radically new business opportunities and creates new technical challenges. In the final analysis, a cross-section of subscribers must be attracted to a new generation of cross-network services - a different way of thinking, indeed. This panel discusses a number of the infrastructure elements that will be impacted, and the approaches taken by service providers and infrastructure vendors in working across a heterogeneous set of networks. In particular, the panel will address three aspects of convergence from a business and technical perspective: seamless service mobility, premium messaging and mCommerce services, and Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs).

Rob Prudhomme, Practice Lead, InCode, USA
Daniel Wong, Assistant Professor, Malaysia University of Science and Technology, Malaysia
Richard Lau, Chief Scientist and Fellow, Telcordia Technologies, USA
Sanjay Jhawar, Executive Vice-President, Bridgeport Networks, USA
Steve Shivers, SVP, Qpass, USA

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