Interconnect June 2015

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June 2015

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Abstract Submission Deadlines for 2015 Los Angeles and New
Delhi Regional ITS Conferences

Message from the Chair

Call for Papers for 9th ITS Ph.D. Seminar – New Delhi, India

2015 Los Angeles Regional ITS Conference and 8th ITS Ph.D.

New Dates Set for 1st Africa Regional ITS Conference

2nd India Regional ITS Conference

Update on 2016 ITS Biennial Conference in Taiwan

Key Benefit of ITS Membership – Discounted Registration Fees
at All Regional ITS Conferences

Conference Calendar

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ITS Board of Directors

ITS Executive Committee

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Submission Deadlines for 2015 Los Angeles and New Delhi Regional ITS

Readers are
reminded that the deadlines for submitting abstracts in response to the Calls
for Papers for the 2015 Regional ITS Conferences to be held in Los Angeles,
California and New Delhi, India are as follows:

for abstract submission for New Delhi Conference:

June 30, 2015

for abstract submission for Los Angeles Conference:

July 10, 2015

Further details on each of these
2015 Regional ITS Conferences are provided below.

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2015 Los Angeles
Regional ITS Conference and 8th ITS Ph.D. Seminar

The theme of
the Los Angeles Regional ITS Conference is The
Intelligent World: Realizing Hopes, Overcoming Challenges.
Conference will be hosted by the Data Sciences and Operations Department of
the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California and will
be held October 25-28, 2015.

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

  • Big data analytics
  • Mobile finance
  • Smart cities
  • Sustainable development
  • Business models
  • Broadband and regulation
  • Internet of Things and RFID
  • Location-based services
  • Net neutrality
  • Serious games
  • Internet security
  • Telematics
  • ICT for development
  • E-health
  • E-government
  • E-learning

interested in presenting a paper at this Conference are reminded that the
last day for submitting abstracts is July 10, 2015.

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 

Conference itself will be held at the Omni Hotel and Resort, Los Angeles.
Centrally located in downtown Los Angeles, the Hotel offers guests easy
access to cultural venues, shopping, sports and entertainment, and fine
dining. In addition, the Hotel is located within two miles of the University
of Southern California, where the Gala Dinner will be held. The Hotel
provides a shuttle service to and from Los Angeles International Airport
(LAX) for the convenience of its guests.

October temperatures in Los Angeles range from daytime highs of 75 degrees F
to evening lows in the mid-50s F, ideal for strolling about or leisurely
dining in outdoor cafes and restaurants.

about the Conference, including the Call for Papers, should be directed to
Francis Pereira (Conference Chair), at or
Elizabeth Fife (Conference Committee member) at 

The Los
Angeles Conference Organizing Committee is also pleased to announce that the
8th ITS Ph.D. Seminar will be held in conjunction with the main Conference.
Further details on the Ph.D. Seminar are available on the main Conference web
site at
Eligible graduate students are reminded that the deadline for submitting
abstracts is July 10, 2015.  

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2nd India Regional ITS Conference

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.
Conference is being hosted by IIM Ahmedabad IDEA Telecom Centre of Excellence

objectives of the Conference are to:

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

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

  • Internet and mobile broadband
  • Broadband strategies – infrastructure for national
  • 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

The full Call
for Papers and a detailed brochure listing the various programme tracks are
available on the Conference web site at 

The deadline
for abstract submissions is June 30, 2015.

guidelines for abstract submission are also available at the above-mentioned
web site link.

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.

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Key Benefit of ITS
Membership – Discounted Registration Fees at All Regional ITS Conferences

ITS members,
and non-members alike, are reminded that one of the most attractive, and
immediate, benefits of ITS membership is the significant discount on
registration fees available to ITS members at every Regional ITS Conference
anywhere in the world. (This includes, for example, the four Regional ITS
Conferences being held in Spain, the U.S., India and Ghana between June 2015
and March 2016, as described elsewhere in this issue of Interconnect).

At many, if
not most Regional ITS Conferences, the value of this registration fee
discount is greater than half the annual ($125) cost of an ITS membership.

that an ITS membership also includes a one-year subscription to the
internationally recognized journal, Telecommunications
11 issues of which are published and delivered to ITS
members each year, the value attending ITS membership is difficult to match.

A complete
description of the benefits of ITS membership can be found in the August 2014
issue of Interconnect

If your ITS membership has recently
expired, or you have never been a member but would like to join our
distinguished group of 450 current members, please visit the ITS web site at, click on the Membership tab, and become
an ITS member today.

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of Events

ITS Conferences 



ITS Regional Conference
The Intelligent World: Hopes
and Challenges

Los Angeles, USA
October 25-28, 2015


ITS Regional Conference
Connectivity for All: Future
Technologies, Markets and Regulation

New Delhi, India
December 13-15, 2015

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



26th ITS Biennial Conference
Interconnecting Everything:
Harnessing Business, Policy and Smart Societies

Taipei, Taiwan
June 26-29, 2015

Other Conferences of Potential
to ITS Members



International Association for Media and Communication
Research IAMCR 2015 Conference
Hegemony or Resistance? On
the Ambiguous Power of Communication

Montreal, Canada
July 12-16, 2015

CPR LATAM 2015 Communication Policy Research
Cancun, Mexico
July 13-14, 2015


The Changing Landscape of
ICT Governance and Practice – Convergence and Big Data

Taoyuan, Taiwan
August 26-28, 2015


Center for Communication, Media and
Information Technologies (CMI) Ph.D. Summer School on the Political Economy
of ICT
Future Internet Paradigm –
Market and Applications

Aalborg University
Copenhagen, Denmark

September 7-11, 2015

2015 TPRC | 43rd Research Conference on
Communication, Information and Internet Policy
Arlington, Virginia, USA
September 25-27, 2015


Columbia Institute for Tele-Information
State of Telecom 2015

New York, USA
October 19, 2015


DigiWorld Summit 2015
Digital-First: ICT players
vs. the new disrupters?

Montpellier, France
November 17-19, 2015



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

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from the Chair

Erik Bohlin

Dear ITS

I’m writing
this update on the eve of my flight from Sweden to Spain for the 2015 annual
meeting of the ITS Board of Directors. The following day (June 25) will mark the
start of the 26th European Regional ITS Conference being held at the
spectacular World Heritage Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, just outside
of Madrid. The Conference programme promises to be both academically robust
and intellectually stimulating. I will provide you with my thoughts on the
Conference as well as a summary of any significant developments arising from
the Board meeting in my next update, which will be included in the August
issue of Interconnect
and simultaneously posted on the ITS web site. The August issue of the ITS
newsletter will also include an article on the status and composition of our
membership which, at the risk of foreshadowing its content, I am delighted to
say has never been healthier.

The 2015
European Regional ITS Conference also marks the start of one of the busiest
periods I can recall in ITS history. Between the end of June 2015 and June
2016, a span of just 12 months, we will be holding Regional Conferences in
Spain, the U.S., India and Ghana, our 2016 Biennial Conference in Taipei,
Taiwan, and four ITS Ph.D. Seminars, one each in
Spain, the U.S., India and Taiwan. I can think of no better indicators of the
strength, dynamism, and truly global reach of our organization. Articles on
all of these Conferences and Seminars can be found in the current (June 2015)
issue of Interconnect.

I look
forward to seeing as many of you as possible at one or more of our upcoming
Conferences in 2015 and 2016 and to engaging you in discussions on the issues
and subjects of greatest interest and concern to the telecommunications and
broader ICT industry.


Erik Bohlin signature

Erik Bohlin
ITS Chair

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Call for
Papers for 9th ITS Ph.D. Seminar – New Delhi, India

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.

As with all
prior ITS Ph.D. Seminars, the objective of the 2015 event is to allow leading
academics, industry experts and researchers to share their knowledge and
expertise in the ICT field with a select group of graduate students in a
highly focused learning environment. In this spirit, the discussion will
centre and build upon ideas presented by the student participants, rather
than focus simply on the presentation of papers.

Up to 8
graduate students will be invited to participate based on responses received
to the Call for Papers. 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 any of the following
broad subject areas of research and study in the field of telecommunications
and ICT generally:

  • The Internet and Mobile Broadband
  • Broadband Strategies – Infrastructure for National
  • Spectrum and Technology
  • Wireless Technologies and Rural Access / ICT and the
    Digital Divide
  • Regulation
  • Regulation of Telecommunication Markets
  • Challenges of Convergence of Telecommunication
    Systems and Content Supply
  • Development of Telecommunication Markets
  • Telecommunications and Society
  • Social Media and the Internet

Students are
reminded that the deadline for the submission of papers is July 10, 2015.

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.

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

participants in the Ph.D. Seminar will also be eligible for a registration
fee discount at the main New Delhi Conference. 

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

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Dates Set for 1st Africa Regional ITS Conference


pleased to announce that it has rescheduled the dates for the first-ever
Africa Regional ITS Conference. The Conference will now be held in Accra,
Ghana, March 10-11, 2016.

planned for the spring of 2015, the Conference was subsequently postponed
because of the Ebola outbreak in three nearby countries of West Africa —
Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. However, as the health situation in those
countries has now vastly improved, ITS has revived
its plans to hold the Conference in 2016.

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.

Call for Papers 

In tandem
with its decision to re-schedule the Conference, ITS has
also re-issued the Conference Call for Papers.

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.

The Conference
also welcomes papers on convergence between IT, telecommunications, and the
media in African countries. This means that papers from the
telecommunications field as well as from Information Systems and media
researchers will be equally welcome.

For a
complete copy of the Conference Call for Papers, including an expansive list
of suggested topics, please see the Conference web site at 

interested in presenting a paper at the Conference are reminded that the
deadline for abstract submissions is October 15, 2015. All abstracts will be
subject to blind peer review by at least two reviewers.

participants should also note that awards will be presented for the best
paper and the best student paper.

Please direct all
Conference-related inquiries to ITS Board member, Anders Henten,

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on 2016 ITS Biennial Conference in Taiwan

Conference Organizing Committee for the 2016 ITS
Biennial to be held in Taipei, Taiwan has announced that the Conference Call
for Papers will be issued on June 26, 2015. The theme of the Conference, to
be held at the Regent Taipei Hotel, June 26-29, 2016, is Interconnecting Everything:
Harnessing Business, Policy and Smart Societies.

The 2016
Biennial Conference will be hosted by four leading universities and
institutes: Yuan Ze University, National Chengchi University, Shih Hsin
University and the Taiwan Communications Society. The Co-Chairs of the
Conference Organizing Committee are K. Robert Lai, Director of the Innovation
Center for Big Data & Digital Convergence, Yuan Ze
University; ITS Board member Yu-li Liu, Dean of Office of Research and
Development, National Chengchi University; and Ching-ho Chen, Vice President of Shih Hsin

Organizing Committee envisions six main tracks for the Conference programme
and more than two dozen sub-tracks including, but not limited to, 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


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

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

and Regulation

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


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


  • 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

The Call for
Papers for the 2016 Biennial will be distributed via the ITS-L Listserv upon
being issued. It will also be posted on the ITS web
site at
and the Conference web site at

ITS also
plans to hold a Ph.D. Seminar at the Conference venue immediately following
the conclusion of the 2016 Biennial. Further details on the Ph.D. Seminar
will be announced in July 2015.

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