In addition to the Technical Symposia, Globecom 2004 will feature the 2nd Annual Design & Developers Forum and the Telecom Business Forum. The Forums are designed to meet the needs of the industry and to provide attendees a broad interest programming focused on telecommunication industry participation and attendance. Both Forums are included with Globecom 2004 registration.
This new forum will address important business, management and market trends and issues in the current and future global telecom business.

User Centric Communications

Tuesday, 30 November 2004 • 10:30 – 12:00
Session Organizer & Chair:

Jack Jachner, Alcatel, USA

Tim Ozugur, Alcatel, USA
Presentation: Towards a User-Centric World
Henry Sinnreich, MCI, USA
Presentation: SIP Beyond VoIP
Shadman Zafar, Senior VP, Verizon, USA
Presentation: Transforming the Communications Experience

Session Description:
Following the recent convergence of voice and data transport, the next convergence will be voice and data in applications focused on the user experience, rather than on the device or on the network. This session discusses the promise, the enabling technology, the business opportunities, and illustrative examples of these converged applications.

Global Market & Regulatory Trends

Tuesday, 30 November 2004 • 14:00 – 15:30
Session Organizer & Chair:

Peter Ewens, McKinsey & Company, USA

Chris Fine, Goldman Sachs & Company, USA
Presentation: The Telecommunications Act of 2005: Purpose, Proposals, and Practical Likelihood
Reed Hundt, McKinsey & Company, USA
Presentation: Financial Markets Perspective on Next Generation Network Investments
Chandru Krishnamurthy, McKinsey & Company, USA
Presentation: Carrier Economics Perspective on Next Generation Networks

Session Description:
This panel session will focus on the economics and market trends in the deployment of next-generation network infrastructure. Panelists will discuss the economics of network upgrades from a carrier perspective, and how these economics vary across major markets. In addition, the session will highlight the impact of national telecommunications regulatory policy on carrier deployment decisions.

Security Evolution for the Telecom Infrastructure

Tuesday, 30 November 2004 • 16:00 – 17:30
Session Organizer & Chair:

Francois Cosquer, Alcatel, Canada

Ross Callon, Juniper Networks, USA
Presentation: Securing the Router Infrastructure
Will Chorley, SBC Laboratories Inc., USA
Presentation: IP Network Security – a Telecommunication Service Provider’s Perspective
Peter Szor, Symantec Corporation, USA
Presentation: Abstract: Worm Attacks and Defenses

Session Description:
This session brings together technology officers and executives from leading telecom manufacturing companies who will share views on industry progress, challenges and concerns surrounding security of the telecom infrastructure and services. The session will highlight key technologies and best practices employed to protect critical services from the impact of denial of service attacks, worms and viruses.

Fiber Access PON Systems

Wednesday, 1 December 2004 • 8:30 – 10:00
Session Organizer & Chair:

Milton Johnson, Optical Solutions Inc., USA

Niket Jindal, Freescale, USA
Presentation: PON
Mark Klimek, Alcatel, USA
Presentation: BPON, GPON, EPON; A Comparative Overview
John Schultz, FTTH Communications, USA
Presentation: The Case for Triple Play Services

Session Description:
Passive Optical Networks (PON) systems are poised to provide low cost and reliable subscriber services. These systems generally rely on a passive outside optical plant to minimize the cost and improve the reliability of the path between the central office and the subscriber. PON systems today provide PSTN, Internet, and Video services to an increasing number of subscribers. This session will focus on PON system services, economics, and deployment scenarios, as well as management and business trends for PON installations.

Software Technology and Applications for RFID

Wednesday, 1 December 2004 • 10:30 – 12:00
Session Organizer & Chair:

George Brody, GlobeRanger Corporation, USA

Suresh Damodaran, RosettaNet, USA
Presentation: B2B Standards and RFID
Bryan Tracey, GlobeRanger Corporation, USA
Presentation: Introducing “The Real World” to Enterprise Systems – The Role of Edgeware Software in the RFID Infrastructure
Jeff Wells, Franwell Software Inc, USA
Presentation: RFID Applications Development and Deployment Challenges

Session Description:
The presentation will describe the concept of RFID and wireless sensor-based edge solutions that reside between the data-collection devices and back-end systems to manage the continual information flow, enabling alerts, decision support and real-time response. The panel will focus on the software technologies, applications and standards that can enable this inflection point to occur.

The Evolution of Wireless Technologies

Wednesday, 1 December 2004 • 14:00 – 15:30
Session Organizer & Chair:

Joe English, Intel, USA

Russell Priebe, Freescale, USA
Presentation: The Promise of WiMax Technology in Networking Applications
Avril Salter, Intel, USA
Presentation: Understanding the Technical Differences Between WiMAX and HSDPA
Mike Seymour, Alcatel, USA
Presentation: WiMAX: Application Evolution and its Network Impact

Session Description:
Wireless technologies are beginning to provide users with nearly ubiquitous access to the Internet, services and data. This session will focus on high-speed wireless data technologies, such as 802.11 (WiFi), 802.16 (WiMAX) and 802.20. Speakers will look at how these technologies will work together to provide an “always best connected” future.

Future of Video

Wednesday, 1 December 2004 • 16:00 – 17:30
Session Organizer & Chair:

Derek Kuhn, Alcatel, Canada

Steve Curran, View Now/Kasenna, USA
Presentation: Future of the Video Aggregator Partnership with the Service Provider
Amy Friedlander, Xanthum Partners, USA
Presentation: The Good News and the Challenges for Content Licensing
Tom Sauer, Skystream, USA
Presentation: The Impact of Head End Technology on Delivering IP-Based Television Services

Session Description:
This session will provide an overview of the Telco operator strategies being adopted in provisioning of Video services around the world. Topics to be covered include technology trends, market requirements, regulatory requirements and competitive considerations. Preliminary results from various video technology trials will be outlined along with an outlook for the future.

New xDSL Services

Thursday, 2 December 2004 • 8:30 – 10:30
Session Organizer & Chair:

Kumar Ramaswamy, Thomson, USA

Pierre Cost, SBC, USA
Presentation: Content Services on xDSL networks - a Service Provider's Perspective
Matt James, Alcatel, USA
Presentation: Access Network Implications of IP TV
Keith Wehmeyer, Thomson, USA
Presentation: Platforms and Home Distribution Issues for xDSL Services

Session Description:
As mass deployment of triple-play services are contemplated over DSL networks, several issues need resolution. Key issues include the availability of bandwidth with quality of service, secure redistribution of content in the home and availability of content. This session will focus on the following aspects of video-over-DSL services: network evolution; content distribution and protection; home network distribution; advanced compression as a technology enabler; and content availability.

The Evolution of Data Networks

Thursday, 2 December 2004 • 10:30 – 12:00
Session Organizer & Chair:

Jeff Young, Alcatel

James Brunetti, Masergy, USA
Presentation: What’s New in WAN’s for 2005
Ted Seely, Sprint, USA
Presentation: TBA
Ross Callon, Juniper Networks, USA
Presentation: Advances in Reliability Robustness and Security

Session Description:
The world steadily marches towards a converged IP-based network. This session will overview the current situation with respect to IP network deployment. Pressures impacting the IP evolution will be discussed including changing subscriber needs, regulatory situation and technical developments. Finally, alternative solutions will be explored with a view to developing potential evolutionary scenarios.

DNA of a Successful Entrepreneur and Start-Up

Thursday, 2 December 2004 • 14:00 – 13:30
Session Organizer & Chair:

Roman Kikta, Genesis Campus, USA

Peter Allen, PropheSi Technologies; USA
Arlan Harris, Siemens Subscriber Equipment, USA
Michael Buckland, Mobile Radius, UK
W. Dal Berry, Entrepreneur, IP Communications, USA

Session Description:
The true entrepreneur is driven by passion, not discretion, by flexibility, not doggedness, by quirkiness, not rationalism, and by a highly individualistic drive to succeed. Based on their successes and experiences with a variety of entrepreneurial ventures, the panelists will examine critical personal and strategic factors that can influence business success.

Global Access Project
A joint presentation with the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC)

Thursday, 2 December 2004 • 16:00 – 17:30
Session Organizer & Chair:

Robert Walp, GCI, USA

Martin Cary, GCI, USA
Ronald G. Choura, Michigan State Univ., USA
Anthony C. Gardiner, Kensar Telecommunications, Canada
Paul M. Hartman, Allband Communications Cooperative, USA
Heather E. Hudson, Univ. of San Francisco, USA

Session Description:
In this era of advanced telecommunications, many people have limited, if any, access to adequate services. Although the essential importance of communicating is universally acknowledged, global development has been skewed toward the affluent regions. This session will explore ways to develop service in less served areas, with emphasis on the concept of supporting sustainable services through financial contributions from existing telecommunications systems, as suggested 20 years ago in the “Maitland Report.” The panelists have extensive experience in implementing and upgrading telecommunications services in underdeveloped areas. The audience will have opportunities to participate in the discussion.