Interconnect January 2018



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January 2018

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Trento, Italy to Host 2018 European Regional ITS Conference

Abstract Submission Deadline for Seoul Biennial is Fast
Approaching

2nd African Regional ITS Conference set for March 15-16,
2018 in Lusaka, Zambia

Aswan, Egypt Selected as Host City for 2nd Europe – MENA
Regional ITS Conference – Feb. 18-21, 2019

ITS Board Member Profile: Yukiyasu Sakamoto

New Year’s Message from the ITS Chair

An Invitation to Join the International Telecommunications
Society

Calendar of Events – 2017-2019

Moving – Stay in Touch

ITS Corporate members

ITS Board of Directors

ITS Executive Committee

Previous Interconnect issues

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MOVING?
STAY IN TOUCH!

To ensure uninterrupted delivery of the ITS
membership journal, Telecommunications Policy, as well as e-mail
announcements of upcoming Calls for Papers, publications, conference
registration discounts and similar news of potential interest sent via the
ITS-L Listserv, ITS members are requested to please keep the Secretariat
updated by sending their new coordinates to:

Don Romaniuk, ITS Secretariat at secretariat@itsworld.org

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Editor: Don Romaniuk
secretariat@itsworld.org

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Design Artist:

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Trento,
Italy to Host 2018 European Regional ITS Conference

The ITS
Conference Committee is pleased to announce that the 29th European Regional
ITS Conference will be held in Trento, Italy, August 1-4, 2018. The
University of Trento will be hosting the Conference.

Trento 1

The theme of
the Trento Conference is Towards
a Digital Future: Turning Technology into Markets
.

The Call for
Papers invites abstract submissions and proposals for panel sessions on the
following subjects (although submissions on other topics are also
welcomed): 

Track 1. High
capacity networks

  • Investment strategies for very high capacity networks
  • Public-private interplay for high capacity networks
  • Interoperability and standards of broadband networks
  • Fixed broadband access networks for rural areas
  • Role of content providers in broadband access
    networks
  • The role of key user groups in encouraging the
    diffusion and adoption of high capacity networks

Track 2.
Disruptive technologies and IoT

  • Technological opportunities and limits of IoT
    technologies
  • IoT and spectrum; needs and challenges
  • The disruptive nature of IoT;
  • Business models and challenges across sectors
  • Security and privacy concerns with IoT
  • Smart everywhere: energy, agriculture, mobility, etc.
  • Regulatory challenges of smart applications
  • Stakeholder interactivity in smart ecosystems

Track 3.
Drivers of ICT ecosystem: content and applications

  • Consumer and developer perspectives of application
    platforms
  • Virtual/augmented reality content
  • Multi-channel networks and user-generated content
  • Content leverage in the ICT market
  • Mobile instant messaging and applications

Track 4.
Understanding the dynamic nature of ICT markets

  • Innovative business models and blockchain
    technologies
  • Platform competition in the mobile world
  • Development and evolution of business models in
    digital markets
  • M&A and strategic partnerships within or between
    ICT markets

Track 5.
Pro-active policies and regulation in digital markets

  • The opportunities and limits of spectrum licensing
  • Allocating spectrum efficiently to new entrant and
    incumbent companies
  • Net neutrality policies for network, platform, and
    content providers
  • Institutional aspects of the cloud market
  • Privacy regulation

Track 6. Towards
environmentally friendly sustainable ICT

  • Green ICT; manufacture and recycling of devices,
    energy consumption
  • Global co-operation and national initiatives
  • Global governance
  • The impact of ICT infrastructure sharing on the
    environment
  • ICT standardization initiatives

Complete
details on the Call for Papers, including specifications for — and how to
electronically submit – abstracts, are available on the Conference website at
http://www.itseurope.org/2018/call-for-papers/

Authors
are reminded that the deadline for submitting paper abstracts and proposals
for panel sessions is March 30, 2018.

Trento 2

A modern,
cosmopolitan city, Trento is not only a leading educational, scientific,
financial and political centre, it is among Italy’s highest ranked cities
measured by quality of life, standard of living, per capita income, and
business and job opportunities.

The history of human settlement of
the Trentino region dates back at least 8,000 years. Trento was originally a
Celtic village. It was then conquered by the Romans in the first century
B.C., and subsequently became part of various empires extending over many
centuries including the Western Roman Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, Austria
(under the Hapsburgs) and, finally, the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was not
until 1919 that the Trentino region became a part of Italy.

The city of
Trento itself is best known as the site of the Council of Trent, one of the
most important councils in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. It was
held in three sessions between 1545 and 1563, and marked Catholicism’s
doctrinal response to the Protestant Reformation.

The Trentino region is world
renowned for its many picturesque castles and fortresses.

Trento 3

The city of
Trento has many outstanding examples of medieval and Renaissance-era castles,
cathedrals and other architectural treasures including Castello del
Buonconsiglio, Trento Cathedral, Villa Margon, Palazzo Thun, The Church of
Santa Maria Maggiore, Piazza Duomo, the Tridentine Diocesan Museum and
Basilica, and Piazza Cesare Battisti.

Trento 4

These and
many other historical, cultural, and architectural attractions await
participants of ITS Trento 2018.

Trento 5

Local
Organizer:


Dr. Alberto Nucciarelli
University of Trento, Italy
alberto.nucciarelli@unitn.it 

Co-Organizer:
Dr. Bert Sadowski
Eindhoven University of Technology
The Netherlands
b.m.sadowski@tue.nl

ITS:
Dr. Brigitte PREISSL
German National Library of Economics, Hamburg, Germany
b.preissl@zbw.eu 

Prof. Jason
WHALLEY
Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK
jason.whalley@northumbria.ac.uk

All
Conference-related inquiries should be directed to ITS Vice Chair, Professor
Jason Whalley at jason.whalley@northumbria.ac.uk.

Trento 6

ITS members
wishing to attend this Conference are reminded that they will be eligible for
reduced registration fees.

We look
forward to seeing you in Trento this summer.

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2nd
African Regional ITS Conference set for March 15-16, 2018 in Lusaka, Zambia

Final
preparations are now underway for ITS Lusaka 2018.

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The theme of
this Conference is Communications
and Applications for All – The ICT Thrust Transforming Business, Competition,
Policy, and Regulation.
As such, the Conference will focus on the
interplay between developments in technology, markets, policy and regulation
in the ICT field in African countries.

Broad subject
areas to be covered at the Conference include:

  • Policy and Regulation in the African Telecom Sector
  • Mergers & Acquisition Activities in the African
    Telecom Sector
  • Digital Divide and Broadband
  • ICT for Development (ICT4D)
  • Telecom Business Models and Applications
  • Telecom Infrastructure and Investment
  • Smart Society
  • Content Issues

Please note
that outstanding papers will be considered for publication in an edited book
or special issue of Telecommunications
Policy
.
Online registration is now available at https://www.itsafrica.org.zm/registration.php

All prospective
Conference attendees are advised to inquire well in advance about visa
requirements for travel to Zambia from their home country.

The Lusaka
Conference website provides very helpful information on hotel accommodation
and tourism for first-time visitors to Zambia. Please see, http://www.itsafrica.org.zm/venue.php

The
Conference will begin with a welcome reception on the evening of March 14,
2018. Conference sessions will be spread over two days, starting in the
morning of March 15. Coffee and refreshments as well as lunches will be
provided to all registered attendees on both days of the Conference. Dinner
will also be provided to attendees on the evening of March 15.
All sessions and related activities will take place at the Intercontinental
Hotel in Lusaka. See, https://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/gb/en/lusaka/lunha/hoteldetail

The
Conference program includes a keynote address on Day 1 (March 15), six
parallel sessions spread over Days 1 and 2, as well as a plenary session on
Day 2 (March 16).

The social
program for ITS Lusaka 2018 includes an optional tour of Chaminuka Lodge and
Game Reserve featuring over 70 species of Zambian wildlife and birds, as well
as a tour of Chaminuka art gallery, both on March 17.

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Visitors
planning to stay for more than a day or two after the Conference may wish to
consider taking in some of the following additional sights and activities in
and around Lusaka:

  • Lusaka Sunday Craft Market.

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  • Namwane Art Gallery.

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  • Lusaka National Museum.
  • Kabwata Cultural Village.
  • Lilayi Elephant Nursery.

For those
visitors willing to travel a bit further, two must-see places in Zambia are
Victoria Falls and Lower Zambezi National Park.

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ITS Lusaka
2018 is being hosted by the International Telecommunications Society and
co-hosted by the University of Zambia. Anders Henten (Aalborg University,
Denmark) is Program Chair while Simon Tembo (University of Zambia) is Program
Vice-Chair.

All
Conference-related inquiries should be directed to secretariat@itslusaka2018.org

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ITS
Board Member Profile: Yukiyasu Sakamoto

Yukiyasu Sakamoto

Yukiyasu
(Yuki) SAKAMOTO


NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND
TELEPHONE CORPORATION

At nearly
three decades and counting, no corporation, government agency, or academic or
non-profit institution can claim to have been a Global corporate member of
ITS for longer than Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
(NTT).  As one of the benefits of Global Corporate membership in
ITS includes  a seat on the ITS Board,
this also means that no corporation or institutional/non-profit entity or
enterprise has been continuously represented on the ITS Board for a longer
period of time than NTT. 

Yukiyasu
Sakamoto is NTT’s most recent representative on the ITS Board, having been
elected to that position in early 2017.

Mr. Sakamoto is the General
Manager and Chief Corporate Representative of NTT at the Corporation’s
Washington DC Representative Office. As NTT’s highest-ranking officer in the
U.S. capital, he is responsible for managing and overseeing overall operations
including research, liaison activity, and management of relationships with US
telecommunications industry representatives in Washington, D.C.

Prior to his
current overseas assignment, Mr. Sakamoto served as Director, Global R&D
and Standardization Strategy, Research & Development Planning Department
in NTT’s Tokyo office.  His primary responsibility in that position
was to direct the development of global marketing strategies promoting NTT
Group products and services from an R&D perspective.  

Mr. Sakamoto
joined NTT in 1988 upon obtaining a Bachelor of Laws degree from Nagoya
University, Japan and has been continuously employed by the NTT Group of
companies ever since.  He subsequently obtained an MBA from
Imperial College, London, UK in 1994.

He is a Board
Member of the United States Telecom Association and the Japan Commerce
Association of Washington, D.C.

While his
business responsibilities focus primarily on ICT policy and regulatory
issues, he also maintains a very keen interest in policies aimed at fostering
economic growth and innovation.

Outside of
work, he enjoys spending time with his family, occasionally playing golf, or
watching a professional shogi (Japanese chess game).  He holds a
national soccer coaching license and was a volunteer soccer instructor of the
local youth team for many years in Japan.

Mr. Sakamoto
lives with his wife and three children in Bethesda, Maryland and commutes to
his office in downtown DC.  While being less than enamoured of the
frigid winter weather so characteristic of this part of the U.S. east coast,
he very much enjoys the lush foliage, natural beauty and serene landscapes of
the Maryland and Virginia countryside comprising his home away from home.

The ITS Board
is delighted to have Yuki Sakamoto as one of its members and looks forward to
many years of fruitful and energetic collaboration with him on matters of
mutual interest and benefit to ITS and NTT.

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Calendar
of Events

ITS Conferences 

2018

March

2nd African Regional ITS Conference
Communications and
Applications for All – The ICT Thrust Transforming Business, Competition,
Policy, and Regulation

Lusaka, Zambia • March
15-16, 2018

http://www.itsafrica.org.zm/index.php

June

22nd ITS Biennial Conference
Beyond the Boundaries:
Challenges for Business, Policy and Society

Seoul, Korea • June
24-27, 2018

https://itsseoul2018.org

14th ITS Ph.D. Seminar
Seoul, Korea • June 27,
2018

https://itsseoul2018.org

August

29th European Regional ITS Conference
Towards a Digital Future:
Turning Technology into Markets

Trento, Italy • August
1-4, 2018

http://www.itseurope.org/2018/

2019

February

2nd Middle East and North African (MENA)
Regional ITS Conference
Aswan, Egypt • February
18-21, 2019

www.itsworld.org

 

Other Conferences of Potential
Interest
to ITS Members

2018

March

Florence School of Regulation –
Communications and Media (FSR C&M) together with the Centre for Media
Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) and the Florence Competition Programme in
Law and Economics (FCP)

2018 Annual Scientific Seminar on the
Economics, Law and Policy of Communications and Media Markets
Competition, Regulation and
Pluralism in the Online World

Florence, Italy • March
22-23, 2018

http://fsr.eui.eu/event/competition-regulation-pluralism-online-world/

June

CPR LATAM
Communication Policy Research Conference
Varadero, Cuba • June
13-14, 2018

http://www.cprlatam.org

International Institute of Forecasters (IIF)
38th International Symposium on Forecasting – ISF 2018
Boulder, Colorado • June
17-20, 2018

https://forecasters.org

International Association for Media and
Communication Research IAMCR 2018 Conference
Reimagining Sustainability:
Communication and Media Research in a Changing World

Eugene, Oregon, USA •
June 20-24, 2018

http://oregon2018.iamcr.org/

September

2018 TPRC | 46th Research Conference on
Communications, Information and Internet Policy
Washington, D.C., USA •
September 21-22, 2018

http://www.tprcweb.com

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Abstract
Submission Deadline for Seoul Biennial is Fast Approaching

The 2018 ITS Biennial
Conference will take place in Seoul, Korea, June 24-27, 2018.

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The theme of
the 22nd ITS Biennial Conference is
Beyond the Boundaries: Challenges for Business, Policy and Society
.

The Call for
Papers (CFP) for the Seoul Biennial envisions six separate
plenary and parallel session tracks as follows:

  • Broadband and next generation networks
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Content and applications
  • Innovative ICT business models
  • Policy and regulation
  • ICT and global society

Within these
tracks, authors are invited to submit papers on a very broad range of
subjects including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Public/private investment in broadband infrastructure
  • Using unlicensed spectrum for greater internet access
  • IoT spectrum needs and challenges
  • IoT ecosystem and business models
  • Virtual/augmented reality content
  • Mobile instant messaging and applications
  • The future of Fintech industry and mobile payment
    systems
  • Platform competition in the mobile world
  • Changing business models in content and commerce
    markets
  • Spectrum and internet policies around the world
  • Neutrality issues in network, platform, and content
    dimensions
  • Security and privacy policies
  • Public and private regulation in ICT industries
  • Global ICT governance
  • Trade and investment in global ICT industries
  • Bridging the digital divide

Complete
details on the Call for Papers, including specifications for — and how to
electronically submit – abstracts, are available on the Conference website
at:
https://itsseoul2018.org/call-for-paper/.

Authors
are reminded that the deadline for abstract submission is January 26, 2018.

ITS last visited Seoul in
2002 for the 14th ITS Biennial Conference. Much has changed since then.
According to a 2015 report of the International Telecommunication Union
(ITU), South Korea is now the most connected country in the world. Home to
Samsung and LG, two of the world’s largest and most successful high-tech
companies, South Korea boasts the highest average internet connection speed
in the world and the 4th highest penetration rate for smartphones.

The
Conference will be hosted by three of Korea’s leading academic and scientific
institutions and associations: the School of Media & Communication, Korea
University; Korea University Research Institute for Information & Culture
(KU RIIC); and the Korean Association for Information Society (KAIS).

ITS Board
member, Professor Seongcheol Kim (Korea University), is Chair of the local
Conference Organizing Committee. Professor Youngsun Kwon (KAIST) is Program
Chair, while Professor Sangwoo Lee (Yonsei University) is Conference
Secretary General.

All
Conference sessions will be held at Korea University.

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The
Conference itself will begin with a welcome reception for all attendees on
the evening of June 24, 2018. Conference sessions will then run continuously
for the next two and a half days. They will include Keynote addresses on Day
1 and Day 2, two plenary sessions, seven sets of parallel sessions, and the
closing ceremony. Tea breaks, lunches and dinners will be provided on all
three days of the Conference, including the main Conference banquet at the
end of Day 1, and a special buffet dinner at the Season’s Table at the
landmark N Seoul Tower in Namsan, followed by a Han River Cruise on Day 2.
The dinner on Day 3 will be at the Sanneri Korean Restaurant on Seoul’s
renowned Insa-dong Street. (“Sanneri” means “a small village in a mountain”).
It will be followed by a tour of the Gangbuk area of Seoul.

The Conference
program also includes a Ph.D. Seminar that will commence immediately
following the Conference closing ceremony.

Online
registration for the Conference will begin in March 2018. For further
details, please see https://itsseoul2018.org/registration/

All
registration and program-related inquiries, including questions about visa
requirements for entry into the Republic of Korea and questions about the
Ph.D. Seminar, should be directed to Dr. So-Eun Lee (Korea University) at contact@itsseoul2018.org.

The
Conference website also provides detailed information on numerous hotels
within a 10 to 30-minute bus or subway ride of the main conference venue at
Korea University.

Individuals
interested in attending this Conference may wish to add a few extra days to
their Korea visit as there is much to see and do in Seoul and nearby areas.
Useful tourist information for attendees planning to spend additional time in
Korea may be found on the Conference website at https://itsseoul2018.org/information/

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With a
population (including metropolitan area) of some 25 million people, Seoul is
the financial, commercial, political and cultural capital of Korea. Although
more than 600 years old, Seoul has managed to preserve much of its
traditional architecture while simultaneously showcasing some of the newest
and most spectacular high-rise buildings in the world.

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Like other
metropolises, it is a city that never sleeps, as visitors to its many
fascinating night markets and other nocturnal haunts can well attest.

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It also
offers visitors and residents alike a clean, modern and efficient municipal
transportation system. For travellers wedded to their smartphones, tablets
and/or personal computers, please note that Seoul has committed to extending
free WiFi accessibility to all public spaces and modes of transportation by
the start of 2018.

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Average late
June temperatures in Seoul range from daytime highs in the low 80s °F (
27°C)
to evening lows in the high 60s °F (
20°C), ideal for
strolling about or leisurely dining in outdoor cafes and restaurants (where
you never know who you might meet).

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Please be
sure to add Seoul and the 22nd ITS Biennial Conference to your calendar for
the last week of June 2018.

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Aswan,
Egypt Selected as Host City for 2nd Europe – MENA Regional ITS Conference –
Feb. 18-21, 2019

The ITS
Conference Committee is pleased to announce that Aswan, Egypt has been
selected to host the 2nd Europe-Middle East and North African (MENA) Regional
ITS Conference. It will be held February 18-21, 2019. The National
Telecom Regulatory Authority of Egypt (NTRA) and the Arab Academy for
Science, Technology & Maritime Transport (AASTMT) will co-host the Conference.

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The
Conference theme is Leveraging
Technologies to Accelerate Growth.

Organizers
anticipate that the Call for Papers (CFP) will be issued towards the end of
May 2018. The CFP will be disseminated via the ITS-L Listserv distribution
list and will also be posted on the ITS website at www.itsworld.org.

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Two Best
Paper Awards will be granted: one for best paper submitted by a student – “Best Student Paper Award”,
and the other for best paper submitted by a post-graduate – “Best Paper Award”. Each
award will be valued at U.S. $1,000.

All
Conference sessions will take place at the premises of the AASTMT. Shuttle
buses will be provided to transport all Conference attendees to and from the
Conference venue each day.

The Egyptian
government will provide full security measures for participants at all
Conference sessions as well as at all social events organized for Conference
attendees.

While Aswan
is one of the hottest, sunniest and driest cities in the world, its average
temperature in February is a very mild 63.5 °F, with daytime highs just
reaching the mid to high 70s °F. Aswan experiences zero precipitation in
February.

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Aswan is an
ancient Egyptian city with a very storied history.
The stone quarries from which granite was mined to build the pyramids, temples,
obelisks, monuments and other magnificent structures of the golden age of the
Pharaohs were located at Aswan. Its location just below the first cataract of
the Nile, from which it was possible to easily sail north — without natural
barriers or obstructions — to the Nile delta over 1000 kms away ensured its
importance as a military garrison and a major trading outpost for thousands
of years.

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No trip to
Aswan would be complete without visiting at least some of the spectacular
historical sites surviving from ancient times including the Qubbet el-Hawa,
the Abu Simbel Temples, the Philae Temple, Agilkia Island, Elephantine
Island, the Tombs of the Nobles, the Temple of Khnum, Sehel Island, Trajan’s
Kiosk, and scores of other archeological treasures from ancient times, not to
mention several “newer” additions to the storehouse of architectural and
archeological wonders that constitute modern Egypt (including the Monastery
of Saint Simeon, the Mausoleum of Aga Khan, the El-Tabia Mosque, the Nubian
Museum, the Cathedral of the Archangel Michael and the Aswan Museum).

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Further
details on this Conference will be provided in the March 2018 issue of Interconnect. In the
meantime, please add February 18-21, 2019 to your Conference calendar.

ITS members
wishing to attend this Conference are reminded that they will be eligible for
reduced registration fees.

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New
Year’s Message from the ITS Chair

Stephen Schmidt
Stephen Schmidt

Dear ITS
Colleagues:

As I look
back over the events of 2017, I note that very successful Regional
Conferences were held this past summer in Kyoto, Japan and Passau, Germany.
We also convened a timely and innovative Symposium on Cybersecurity in
Bangkok, Thailand this past December.

The Bangkok
workshop was notable in that it was a focused, single topic event that was
organized dynamically in response to an emerging need. The Symposium had
strong local attendance (100+), was very well organized by Dr. Erik
Bohlin (with the assistance and energetic support of Veerayut Thirathanakul,
International Affairs Officer of the National Broadcasting and
Telecommunications Commission of Thailand) and benefitted from the
participation of ITS Board members including Profs. Hitoshi Mitomo and
Stanford Levin.

I very much
believe that ITS would benefit from more such
“spontaneous” events in the future as a complement to our more traditional
style of Conference proceedings.

The Kyoto and
Passau Conferences were likewise successful in all major respects
(organization, content, hospitality). Notable achievements include: strong
local and regional attendance as well as a large number of quality abstracts
at Kyoto. The Passau Conference had vibrant and interesting panels (including
excellent industry representation) and papers that pushed past the boundaries
of traditional telecommunications topics.

With respect
to the Kyoto Conference, special thanks to Prof. Masatsugu Tsuji, the many
members of the Kyoto Conference Organizing Committee, Kobe International
University, and the numerous sponsors and academic partners of ITS Kyoto 2017
are very much in order for their hard work, dedicated efforts, financial and
logistical support, and hospitality, all of which contributed immensely to
the success of this Conference. Likewise, on behalf of ITS, I wish to extend
to the following individuals our deepest gratitude for their efforts in
putting together such a wonderful learning and social experience for all who
attended the Passau Conference: Prof. Jan Krämer and the local Organizing
Committee, the University of Passau, and our two stalwart ITS organizers of
European Regional Conferences, Prof. Jason Whalley and Dr. Brigitte Preissl.

A key focus
this past year was on achieving better temporal and geographic coordination
of Conferences to minimize conflicts and optimize attendance. This included
adopting a policy (but not a fixed rule) of having not more than three
Conferences in a given year. Also, we are working to ensure better
coordination of dates for Asian and European Conferences.

Looking ahead
to our 2018-2019 Conference calendar, Regional Conferences are planned for
Lusaka, Zambia (March 2018), Trento, Italy (August 2018), and Aswan, Egypt
(February 2019). Our 22nd Biennial Conference, meanwhile, will be held in
Seoul, Korea in June of this year. Among our top priorities over the next 14
months are to ensure that these Conferences are well-promoted to attract high
calibre research papers and growing numbers of presenters and attendees,
always with a view to showcasing content relevant to all three primary ITS stakeholder
groups (government, industry, academia).

The ITS Board
experienced a handful of changes to its composition during 2017. The Board
welcomed two new members last year: Georg Serentschy (of Serentschy Advisory
Services GmbH) and Yukiyasu Sakamoto (NTT’s new representative on the ITS
Board). Sadly, our organization also lost long-time Board member Gary Madden
last summer. Professor Madden passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in July
at the age of 64. Dr. Lorenzo Pupillo, long-time representative of Telecom
Italia, also stepped down from the ITS Board in 2017.

Finally, I
wish to mention that further upgrades are being planned for our web site.

In
particular, we are planning to renew and re-launch our web site with
functionality and features that, in the medium term, will establish the site
as a destination for more than just conference information. These features
will be more interactive (over time) and will reflect more original content
(beyond conference information). It is hoped that this, in turn, will
contribute to better communication and a broadening of the value-proposition
of ITS. Over time, members, including especially Board members, will be
encouraged to contribute fresh content to the new web site via such means as
blog postings, reports, etc. A more content-rich web site will only deliver
added-value if the content is there and is updated in a timely manner.

And with
that, I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in the months and
years ahead and to engaging you in discussions on the issues and subjects of
greatest interest and concern to the telecommunications and broader ICT
industry. I also welcome your thoughts on how we can make ITS more relevant
and valuable to you and to the broader ICT community.

With warmest
wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year!

Stephen Schmidt signature

Stephen Schmidt
ITS Chair

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An Invitation to
Join the International Telecommunications Society

Who We
Are

The
International Telecommunications Society (ITS) is an association of
professionals in the evolving communications sector, including telephony,
computing, Internet, broadcasting, content (media) and related industries.
Our goal is to provide a forum where people can meet to identify developing
business and regulatory issues and share new findings, public policy ideas
and research methodologies.

We are an
independent, non-aligned and not-for-profit organization with a worldwide
network of several hundred members, from over 40 countries, from the
academic, private sector and government communities. Our diverse membership
base is a source of innovative ideas and solutions not likely to be developed
in one discipline, one profession or one country. Our work focuses on the
socioeconomic, technological, legal, regulatory, competitive, organizational,
and ethical dimensions of public policy issues.

We welcome
new members who want to participate in this important work.

Benefits
of ITS Membership

There are
many benefits of ITS membership including the opportunity to present, as well
as to obtain access to, economic research and strategic policy papers at
conferences, workshops or seminars hosted by ITS and to meet and interact
with public policy decision-makers, corporate executives, students, academics
and industry professionals at numerous ITS-sponsored events throughout the
year.

Membership
benefits also include an annual subscription to the ITS membership journal, Telecommunications Policy,
which is published 11 times a year, as well as access to the ITS-L Listserv,
which is used to notify members of upcoming ITS events and of publication of
each new issue of Interconnect, the official newsletter
of ITS.

Please note
that the registration fees for all ITS Biennial Conferences include a
two-year individual membership in ITS (including a two-year subscription to Telecommunications Policy). In addition, all ITS
members in good standing are entitled to reduced registration fees at all
ITS-organized Regional Conferences.

Other
individual membership benefits include online access to papers presented at
ITS Conferences, discounts as announced for ITS publications, and occasional
special discounts on ITS conference proceedings.

Conferences

ITS holds a
number of outstanding conferences each year, and the past few years have been
no exception.

Our largest
and most dynamic gatherings are our Biennial Conferences. The 21st and most
recent ITS Biennial Conference was held in Taipei, Taiwan in June 2016.
 The 2018 ITS Biennial Conference will be held in Seoul, Korea, June
24-27. See the Conference web site at
https://itsseoul2018.org

for the Call for Papers as well as other information about this Conference.
Other cities that have hosted ITS Biennial conferences include Rio de
Janeiro, Bangkok, Tokyo, Montreal, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Seoul, Berlin,
Sydney, Stockholm, Venice, Boston and Seville, among others.

ITS also organizes
one or more regional conferences each year in various parts of the world. In
the past two years, regional conferences have been held in Passau, Germany;
Kyoto, Japan; Cambridge, UK; Accra, Ghana; New Delhi, India: and Los Angeles,
USA.

Select conference
papers are frequently published in Telecommunications
Policy
.

Since 2010, ITS has also hosted twelve Ph.D. Seminars in conjunction
with Biennial and major regional conferences. The objective of these Seminars
is to allow leading academics, industry experts and researchers to share
their knowledge and expertise with a select group of younger researchers in a
highly focused learning environment. To date, over 80 Ph.D. students from
more than two-dozen countries have participated in these Seminars. Students
selected as having authored the most innovative and thoughtful papers at
these Seminars are encouraged to submit them for publication on a refereed
basis in Telecommunications Policy.
Periodically, scholarships are also awarded for the best student papers.

On the
immediate horizon, and as is described in more detail in this issue of Interconnect, ITS
conferences are planned for Lusaka, Zambia (March 15-16, 2018), Seoul, Korea
(June 24-27, 2018), Trento, Italy (August 1-4, 2018), and Aswan, Egypt
(February 18-21, 2019). Information on all upcoming ITS conferences is posted
on the ITS web site at www.itsworld.org.
In addition, periodic updates on future conferences, including announcements
of Calls for Papers, are regularly sent to ITS members via the ITS-L Listserv
distribution list.

Further
Information About ITS

For further
information about ITS please visit our website at www.itsworld.org.

Please feel
free to direct any questions to any member of the Board of Directors (see
website for contact information) or to the ITS Secretariat at secretariat@itsworld.org.

Please
Join Us Today

To
join ITS, simply go to www.itsworld.org
and click on “Membership”. The cost of an annual ITS membership is U.S. $125.
Credit card payments (VISA and MasterCard) are accepted.

Please
consider becoming an ITS member today.

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