Interconnect October 2015

Interconnect October 2015

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October 2015

Table of Contents

Call for Papers for 2016 ITS Biennial Conference – Taipei, Taiwan

Message from the Chair

2nd India Regional ITS Conference and 9th ITS Ph.D. Seminar

Call for Papers for the 10th ITS Ph.D. Seminar – Taipei, Taiwan

1st Africa Regional ITS Conference – Accra, Ghana

Invitation to Academic/Non-Profit Scientific Societies Focusing on ICT Research

Benefits of Global Corporate Membership in ITS

Conference Calendar

Moving – Stay in Touch

ITS Corporate members

ITS Board of Directors

ITS Executive Committee

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Calgary, Canada

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Call for Papers for 2016 ITS Biennial Conference – Taipei, Taiwan

The theme of the 2016 ITS Biennial Conference, to be held at the Regent Taipei Hotel, June 26-29, 2016, is Interconnecting Everything: Harnessing Business, Policy and Smart Societies. The Conference will be hosted by four leading universities and institutes: Yuan Ze University, National Chengchi University, Shih Hsin University and the Taiwan Communications Society.

Abstract submissions are invited on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

The Future of Broadband

  • Interoperability of broadband networks
  • 4G and beyond broadband applications
  • Mobile broadband for OTT services
  • Efficient use of licensed and unlicensed spectrum

ICT Development

  • Digital transformation: the big picture behind big data
  • Cloud computing architectures and cloud solution design
  • Domain-specific data and knowledge cloud applications
  • The future of quantified-self devices and platforms
  • Privacy in cloud computing and big data

Innovative Business and Applications

  • From big data to small data: building person-centric business models
  • Business models for connected consumers
  • Developing apps in an increasingly connected world
  • The changing role of design in the era of device connectivity

Policy and Regulation

  • Internet policy and Internet governance
  • Hands-on or hands-off: network neutrality and network management
  • Beyond the carrier model of regulation: the rise of OTT
  • Spectrum policy on the emerging mobile broadband

Smart Society

  • Digital transformation, social movements and e-Democracy
  • Building a networked society: social media and its impact
  • Innovation and social challenges in smart cities
  • Digital inclusion and sustainability

Content Issues

  • Content delivery in converged networks: walled garden and OTT platforms
  • Digital media and marketing strategies
  • Adaptive content for mobile users
  • Content management strategies for creators, publishers and intermediaries
  • Collaborative creation and copyright protection

Individuals interested in presenting a paper at the 2016 ITS Biennial Conference are reminded that the last day for submitting abstracts is January 10, 2016. 

Detailed guidelines for abstract submission are available on the main Conference web site at

Outstanding papers will be considered for publication in an edited book or special issue of Telecommunications Policy.

The Conference will be held at the Regent Taipei, located in the heart of the city’s most vital financial, shopping, entertainment and cultural districts. The Hotel is 45 minutes from Taoyuan International Airport, 15 minutes from Taipei Song Shan Airport, and just a five-minute walk from Chung Shan MRT station. The Hotel is also well served by buses and taxis which provide easy (and very inexpensive) access to all of Taipei’s hot spots and tourist attractions including world-class museums and art galleries; bustling night markets; other must-see cultural and historical sites; a dizzying array of shopping destinations; and a range of dining establishments from the most traditional to the ultra-modern serving outstanding dishes to meet every taste and budget.

The local organizer will provide pre- and post-conference tours to a number of special tourist attractions. Lunches and dinners will also be provided at attractive hotels. 

For full details on the Call for Papers, registration fees (including early bird registration fee discounts) and accommodations, please visit the Conference web site at

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Call for Papers for the 10th ITS Ph.D. Seminar – Taipei, Taiwan

The 10th ITS Ph.D. Seminar will be held on June 29, 2016 immediately following the close of the 21st ITS Biennial Conference in Taipei. Access to the Biennial Conference will be free of charge for Ph.D. Seminar participants.

As with all prior ITS Ph.D. seminars, the objective of the 2016 event is to share the valuable expertise in the information, communications, and technology sectors represented by leading academics, industry experts and renowned researchers with a selected group of graduate students in a highly focused learning environment. In this spirit, the focus will be on the discussion of ideas presented by the student participants, rather than simply on the presentation of papers.

Up to 10 students will be invited from the responses to this call. A number of distinguished international scholars from within the ITS community will participate as discussants.

The Call for Papers for the Ph.D. Seminar invites submissions on the same topics of research and study as those listed in the Call for Papers for the 2016 ITS Biennial Conference being held in Taipei immediately prior to the Ph.D. Seminar.

Other topics in the field of telecommunications are also welcome. Please note that in order to be most effective, the discussion will be based on full (draft) papers. Only in exceptional cases will extended abstracts (min. 8 pages) be accepted for submission. Papers presented at the Seminar will be considered for refereed submission in Telecommunications Policy.

The Ph.D. Seminar is being organized locally with the assistance of ITS. Participation is free of charge. Successful participants will receive a certificate from the International Telecommunications Society. Ph.D. students whose paper has been selected for presentation will receive a subsidy of 500€ to cover accommodation and travel expenses.

Further details about the Ph.D. Seminar, including full particulars on the Call for Papers, are available on the main Taiwan Conference web site at

Please send your full paper together with a CV to Erik Bohlin at and to Yu-Li Liu at by the deadline given below.

Important dates

Deadline for the submission of papers:  1 February 2016
Notification of acceptance:  1 March 2016

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Invitation to Academic/Non-Profit Scientific Societies Focusing on ICT Research

In the spirit of extending the scope of scientific inquiry, research and collaboration in the field of ICT studies and related policy development, ITS wishes to invite scientific organizations and non-profit societies with an ICT focus to consider partnering with ITS in promoting each other’s conferences, seminars, workshops and related events. For many years, ITS has actively participated in joint marketing initiatives with organizations similar to itself pursuant to which each partner has engaged in the dissemination of information about the other organization's Calls for Papers and conference/seminar/workshop announcements on reciprocal terms via their respective electronic and ‘bricks and mortars’ distribution channels. In the case of ITS, this has meant allowing partner organizations access to the ITS-L Listserv distribution list; publishing partner conference announcements in Interconnect, the ITS membership newsletter, under the heading, Calendar of Events – Other Conferences of Potential Interest to ITS Members; and in welcoming the placement of partner organization brochures in the registration area of ITS conferences.

Given the mutual benefits of such arrangements, ITS is interested in expanding the number of organizations with which it has similar agreements in place.

If you are a member of, or are otherwise affiliated with, another academic society or non-profit scientific organization the primary mandate of which is the research and study of ICT-related social, economic and/or policy issues and wish to explore a joint marketing arrangement with ITS, please contact the ITS Secretariat at or Dr. Yu-li Liu, Chair – ITS Marketing and Promotions Committee, at We’d be delighted to hear from you.

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Calendar of Events

ITS Conferences 



ITS Regional Conference
Connectivity for All: Future Technologies, Markets and Regulation
New Delhi, IndiaDecember 13-15, 2015

9th ITS Ph.D. Seminar
New Delhi, IndiaDecember 13, 2015



1st Africa Regional ITS Conference
ICT Infrastructures, Applications and Policies
Accra, GhanaMarch 10-11, 2016


26th ITS Biennial Conference
Interconnecting Everything: Harnessing Business, Policy and Smart Societies
Taipei, TaiwanJune 26-29, 2016

10th ITS Ph.D. Seminar
Taipei, TaiwanJune 29, 2016

Other Conferences of Potential Interest
to ITS Members



DigiWorld Summit 2015
Digital-First: ICT players vs. the new disrupters?
Montpellier, FranceNovember 17-19, 2015


Agence Nationale des Fréquences (ANFR)
Spectrum & Innovation: Which Radiofrequencies for Tomorrow’s Networks?
Paris, FranceDecember 8, 2015



Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) Conference
PTC’16—Reimagining Telecoms
Honolulu, HI, U.S.A.January 17-20, 2016


31st European Policy Research Conference
Content Creation and Distribution in the Digital Single Market
Brussels, BelgiumMarch 14-15, 2016


International Institute of Forecasters (IIF)
36th International Symposium on Forecasting – ISF 2016
Santander, SpainJune 19-22, 2016

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Message from the Chair

Erik Bohlin

Dear ITS Colleagues:

I’m very happy to report that the second Regional ITS Conference of 2015 (following the 26th European Regional ITS Conference held in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain this past June) was held in Los Angeles, California during the final week of October. The last time ITS organized a conference on the U.S. west coast was 13 years ago in San Francisco. Based on the success of the Los Angeles Conference, I’m confident in predicting that it will not take us another 13 years before we return to the west coast for similar events. Given that the current (October 2015) issue of Interconnect was being finalized just as the Conference was getting underway, I’ll reserve my summary of the highlights of this event for my 2015 year-end Message which will appear in the December 2015 issue of Interconnect, our membership newsletter.

The ITS Executive Committee met for a full day in Los Angeles just prior to the Conference. Among the matters we reviewed and discussed were the results of our most recent membership survey. It was distributed electronically in late August 2015 to just over 170 of our most active members (based on the length of time they have been members and their history of participating in ITS Conferences). The objective of the survey was to obtain feedback on the value of benefits that attend ITS membership. I’m delighted to report that just shy of 50% of all individuals receiving the survey replied to it — a remarkably high response rate, by any measure. The results of this survey, and any policy changes to membership fees and associated benefits that may be forthcoming based on our analysis of survey responses, will be communicated to members in a subsequent issue of Interconnect.

I’m also very happy to advise that preparations are being finalized for our last Conference and Ph.D. Seminar of 2015 – the 2nd India Regional ITS Conference and 9th Ph.D. Seminar to be held in New Delhi, starting with the Ph.D. Seminar on December 13 and followed immediately afterwards by the Conference, December 13-15. Further information about these two events can be found elsewhere in the current (October 2015) issue of Interconnect

Looking ahead to the first half of 2016, ITS will hold the 1st Africa Regional ITS Conference March 10-11 in Accra, Ghana, while the 21st ITS Biennial Conference will take place June 26-29 in Taipei, Taiwan. The 10th ITS Ph.D. Seminar will take place immediately after the close of the Taipei Biennial on June 29. Please note that the deadline for submitting abstracts and/or papers for these events in Taiwan is January 10, 2016 for the Biennial Conference and February 1, 2016 for the Ph.D. Seminar. Further information about the Calls for Papers for these events, as well as more details about the 2016 Africa Regional ITS Conference to be held in Ghana in March 2016 can be found elsewhere in the current issue of Interconnect.  

Finally, as noted in my previous (August 2015) Message to ITS members, I expect to be able to announce the details of several more upcoming ITS Conferences through to our next Biennial in 2018 by the end of this year or early 2016. So please stay tuned.

As always, I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at one or more of our upcoming Conferences and to engaging you in discussions on the issues and subjects of greatest interest and concern to the telecommunications and broader ICT industry.


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Erik Bohlin
ITS Chair

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2nd India Regional ITS Conference and 9th ITS Ph.D. Seminar


The 2nd India Regional Conference of the International Telecommunications Society will be held in New Delhi, India, December 13-15, 2015. The theme of the New Delhi Conference is Connectivity for All: Future Technologies, Markets and Regulation. The Conference is being hosted by IIM Ahmedabad IDEA Telecom Centre of Excellence (IITCOE).

The objectives of the Conference are to:

  • Provide a special forum to present and discuss research and development in telecommunications policy, regulation and management, especially related to emerging economies
  • Facilitate sharing research-based knowledge amongst academics and industry practitioners in several areas of ICT study and practice
  • Promote promising scholars in the field of telecommunications.

The preliminary programme envisions the following broad subject areas for discussion and scientific inquiry:

  • Internet and mobile broadband
  • Broadband strategies – infrastructure for national adoption
  • Spectrum and technology
  • Wireless technologies and rural access
  • Regulation
  • ICT and the digital divide
  • Healthcare delivery at the bottom of the pyramid – effective ICT frameworks
  • ICT regulations driving financial inclusion
  • Comparative analysis

Individuals considering attending this Conference are reminded that the weather in New Delhi is typically very pleasant during December. First-time travellers to India are also encouraged to leave time to visit some of India's best-known attractions including the Taj Mahal, Agra, Jaipur and other similar special destinations during their trip to New Delhi and environs.

For further details on this Conference, including information about registration, accommodations and tourist attractions, please visit the Conference web site at

9th Ph.D. Seminar

ITS will convene its 9th Ph.D. Seminar on December 13, 2015 immediately prior to the start of the 2nd India Regional ITS Conference in New Delhi. This one-day event will be held at the same venue as the main Conference.

The Ph.D. Seminar is being organized by the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad – Idea Telecom Centre of Excellence, India (IITCOE) and the International Telecommunications Society.

Successful participants will receive a joint certificate from IITCOE and ITS. An award will also be presented for the best student paper.

Further details about the Ph.D. Seminar are available on the main New Delhi Conference web site at

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1st Africa Regional ITS Conference – Accra, Ghana

The first-ever Africa Regional ITS Conference will be held March 10-11, 2016 in Accra, Ghana.

The principal organizer of this Conference is ITS Board member, Professor Anders Henten (Center for Communication, Media and Information technologies (CMI), Aalborg University, Denmark). The Conference will be hosted by Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) in cooperation with CMI.

The theme of the 1st Africa Regional ITS Conference is ICT Infrastructures, Applications and Policies.

Africa has witnessed an impressive development of mobile communications during the past decade. Some African countries have a mobile penetration of more than 100% – illustrating the widespread take-up, as well as the fact that many subscribers have dual or triple subscriptions. Even in countries with a high take-up rate, however, there are large segments of the population and regions where coverage and take-up is low. The Conference will focus on mobile developments in Africa including mobile Internet.

Another trend attracting much attention is the development of mobile applications – especially mobile money. This development casts a light on many areas of social interaction where mobile communications could contribute to better service provision, e.g., learning, health, governance, etc. The Conference will pay special attention to such developments and their potential. The Conference will also focus on the use of private applications via social networks and of user-generated content in general. In the policy area, the focus will be on the broader information society and on digital governance policies, as well as more specific regulatory developments whether in telecommunications or broadcasting.

Accra, the host city for the Conference, is both the capital of and most populous city in Ghana. A melting pot of cultures, Accra stretches alongside the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean less than 400 miles from the equator. This cosmopolitan and visitor-friendly city features no less than 20 beaches, a charming mix of modern and colonial architecture (ranging from 17th century castles to modern high-rises), numerous shopping districts including traditional markets, a number of excellent – and very inexpensive – restaurants, and entertainment ranging from museums and art galleries to casinos, bars and nightclubs to meet every taste.

For more information about the 1st Africa Regional ITS Conference, please visit the Conference web site at:

All Conference-related inquiries should be directed to ITS Board member, Anders Henten, at

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Benefits of Global Corporate Membership in ITS

ITS currently has 17 corporate members, 10 of which are Global Corporate members. Included in the latter group are Arnold & Porter LLP (UK), AT&T (USA), Deutsche Telekom (Germany), KDDI Research Institute, Inc., (Japan), Orange (France), Telecom Italia, NERA (USA), the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (Thailand), TELUS (Canada) and TIM Brasil.

There are a number of attractive benefits that attend ITS corporate membership at the Global Corporate level (the fee for which is US $6,000 annually). These include: (1) a seat on the ITS Board; (2) three complimentary individual memberships in ITS, including three annual subscriptions to Telecommunications Policy; (3) three complimentary registrations for any three individuals of the corporate member’s choice at every conference, seminar and workshop that ITS organizes; (4) access to the ITS-L Listserv; (5) the ability to direct attention and resources towards new areas of theoretical and applied economic research either by way of participation on the ITS Conference Committee or on the Program Committee for any ITS conference;  (6) enhanced opportunities to present research and/or strategic policy papers at conferences, workshops or seminars hosted by ITS; (7) opportunities to provide one or more featured executives as guest speakers at key international conferences; (8) opportunities to host and contribute to the design of programs for ITS workshops, seminars or conferences; (9) opportunities to meet and interact with public policy decision-makers and corporate executives at numerous ITS-sponsored events around the globe; (10) extensive professional networking opportunities; and (11) marketing and brand-building opportunities (given the prominent placement afforded to ITS corporate members on the ITS web site, the ITS newsletter and brochure, and in conference announcements and other materials that ITS publishes. See, for example, the corporate members page on the ITS website at which includes links to each member’s corporate web site).

There is no better time than the present for any corporation heavily engaged in the ICT field to become a Global Corporate member of ITS. Individual and corporate memberships in ITS have grown significantly over the past decade. At the moment, ITS has nearly 450 fully-paid individual members from 35 different countries, including Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico, the Caribbean, South Africa, Egypt, eight Asian nations and eighteen countries in Europe. ITS also interacts with over 1300 ICT professionals on a weekly, if not more frequent basis, through regular communications over the ITS-L Listserv. More detailed information is exchanged regularly with this diverse, technically skilled and highly educated audience through the online publication of Interconnect, as well as through the ITS web site at Should your organization wish to inquire further about Global Corporate membership in ITS, please do not hesitate to contact ITS Chair, Erik Bohlin, at,  ITS Membership and Nominations Committee Chair, Anders Henten at or the ITS Secretariat, Don Romaniuk, at

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