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  1. Convergence:The Role of the Issue Manager Andy Jeffries28 February 2005Reference TECH04/MEM/AWJ/010Issue 1.3

  2. Convergence • Convergence concerns cooperation between networks that are currently separate and distinct in both services, access networks and spectrum • Mobile cellular networks • Broadcast networks • Fixed Wireless Access • Fixed / wireline networks • Licensed / unlicensed spectrum • Convergence will enable more efficient spectrum utilisation, improved flexibility to create new services and lower cost of deployment • Consistent with the aim of facilitating a globally harmonised wireless communication environment

  3. Role of the Convergence Issue Manager • The convergence issue has the aim of promoting harmonised standards for cooperation between wireless networks, of influencing decision makers’ views of the wireless world and enabling powerful R&D collaborations • The role of the convergence issue manager is to • Coordinate contacts with relevant forums, standards bodies, regulatory authorities and research groups active in this field • Identify and coordinate opportunities for members of the WWRF to attend / contribute to meetings of these groups • Extend invitations to members of these groups to attend / contribute to WWRF meetings • Promote convergence-related activities within/through WWRF

  4. Proposed Approach • Compile list of relevant organisations and contacts across all regions • Start up web page • Web links • Contacts (any from SB members?) • Meeting information • Key documents • Initiate contacts • Target DVB Forum first? • Arrange exploratory meeting • Target WWRF SB representation at a future meeting • Promote Joint Concept Workshop(s) • Presentations from various forums • Wide range of invited speakers • Educational • User & technical requirements • Invited contributions - ONLY on convergence topics Review and agree relevance in Vision Committee Could this be WWRF’s 3rd meeting in 2006?

  5. Potential List of Organisations • Research consortia • Mobile VCE – http://www.mobilevce.com/ • Software defined radio forum – http://www.sdrforum.org/ • Digital video broadcasting – http://www.dvb.org/ • IPDC Forum? • EBU (European Broadcast Union) • Framework 6 Networks of Excellence – http://www.fp6.org.uk/noe.html • IT Industry…. • Consumer electronics… • Media (content providers) • + + + + to be further developed • Standards bodies • ETSI – http://www.etsi.org/ • ITU – http://www.itu.int/home/ • IEEE – http://www.ieee.org/ • IETF • OMA • OSGI • Key conferences • Globecom – http://www.ieee-globecom.org/ • IBC – http://www.ibc.org/ • IWCT • MobiCom?, InfoCom?,