The 3GSM World Congress Asia looks set to be the most important congregation of industry leaders in the telecommunications industry. The congress will showcase the latest wireless developments from Singapore and around the world, while latest updates to the programme reveal the participation of even more industry movers and shakers.
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) will be leading six companies, ANTlabs, Bedd, Bluengine, Clearhub, PacNet, and Radixs to showcase their leading-edge technology and applications to an expected 1,000 international delegates.
Leading the Singapore Pavilion, one of the largest at the event, IDA will also showcase a Public WLAN interworking reference architecture developed and validated in collaboration with Intel, five major operators and nine leading vendors. This collaboration is significant because it is the first to involve operators and vendors from the Asia-Pacific region. The Wireless Interworking Initiative aims to bring about seamless connectivity and one-bill roaming, and create new business opportunities for a variety of operators to benefit from the hotspot revenue space. To demonstrate the latest developments, there will be a hotspot roaming demonstration at the exhibition.
“Since the IDA-Intel Wireless Interworking Initiative was launched in March 2003, we have been working closely with a number of regional cellular, WLAN and broadband operators and key network equipment vendors to develop the interworking reference architecture and validate at multiple test beds located at IDA,” said Dr Tan Geok Leng, Chief Technology Officer (covering), Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. “Furthermore, the reference architecture will be progressively deployed in public libraries and McDonalds’ outlets in Singapore. This initiative has also helped prepare participating operators to embark on pilot and commercial rollouts with confidence.”
New mobile communities software by company BEDD will be showcased for the first time in Singapore at the 3GSM World Congress Asia. BEDD searches automatically to connect people for friendship and dating, buying and selling, and alerting when friends and family are close by. The BEDD application was commercially launched in May 2004 in Singapore.
A leading Mobile Data Exchange Hub specialising in mobile messaging, Clearhub will be launching its new 12Wap and MMS InterCarrier service at the event. 12Wap is an innovative Global Mobile Wap service that enables communities of mobile operators, enterprises and consumers to conveniently share, communicate and interact via mobile numbers or nicknames.
As Asia’s largest telco-independent Internet Communications Service Provider by geographic reach, PacNet will be at the event to invite international GRX operators to peer with Peering Singapore – Asia’s first neutral peering point for GPRS roaming.
Other developments on show will be Radixs exhibiting their mobile data communication operating systems, MXI, ANTlabs showcasing their ezXcess gateway that provides zero-configuration for broadband connectivity, and Bluengine promoting their latest wireless broadband network solutions.
Fireside chat & latest programme highlights
Among the latest additions to the 3GSM Asia World Congress are two ‘Fireside Chats’ – frank and open discussions involving industry leaders hosted by GSM Association Chairman Craig Ehrlich. In Tuesday (28th September) Fireside Chat, Dato Jamaludin Ibrahim, CEO, Maxis Mobile (Malaysia), Napoleon Nazareno, President & CEO, Smart Communications (Philippines), and Sunil Mittal, Chairman & Group Managing Director, Bharti Enterprises, (India) will discuss “Drivers for the next Billion GSM users”.
On Wednesday 29th September, Mauro Sentinelli, Managing Director of TIM, the Italian group which also has a major presence in Latin America, Mohan Gyani, senior advisor to CEO of AT&T Wireless (USA) and Arve Johansen, CEO of Telenor Mobile, the Norwegian-based group which also has significant interests in Asia, will share their “Experience from Around the World”.
In addition to the many industry CEOs scheduled to speak at the 3GSM World Congress Asia, organisers have also confirmed the participation of even more industry leaders discussing pertinent issues.
The GSM Association will be holding a press conference on Tuesday 28 September at 1pm, Room 310, level 3, Suntec International Conference & Exhibition Centre.
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The GSM Association (GSMA) is the global trade association that exists to promote, protect and enhance the interests of GSM mobile operators throughout the world. At the end of August 2004, it consisted of 660 second and third generation mobile operators and more than 140 manufacturers and suppliers. The Association’s members provide mobile services to approaching 1.1 billion customers across more than 200 countries and territories around the world. The GSMA aims to accelerate the implementation of collectively identified, commercially prioritised operator requirements and to take leadership in representing the global GSM mobile operator community with one voice on a wide variety of issues nationally, regionally and globally. For more information, visit the website at www.gsmworld.com.