Innovation on mobile phones and other wireless has lagged the pace set by computers and the Internet. In this panel discussion, six wireless experts share their opinions on the future, potential, and obstacles facing innovators in the wireless space. The speakers represent a variety of organizations, from carriers, startups, and community leaders.
Some of the topics they discuss are - what will drive wireless innovation, how will open networks affect innovation, what will the development environment for handsets look like five years from now, how do you get people to install and use wireless applications, and what can carriers do to dramatically increase usage.
The different backgrounds and affiliation of the panelists give a good representation of where there's consensus, where there's disagreement, and where there's more room for more creativity.
Martin Geddes is author of the popular telecom strategy blog Telepocalypse, as well as chief analyst at STL and co-instigator of the Telco 2.0 initiative (www.telco2.net) -- helping network operators and vendors make money in an all-IP world.
Dr. Stanley Chia is Senior Director, Vodafone Group R&D. He has been with the mobile communications industry for over 25 years and has held leadership positions in operation, technology, and strategy. Prior to joining Vodafone and AirTouch Communications, he worked for BT-Mobile, BT-International, British Telecom Laboratories, and SmarTone Mobile Communications (Hong Kong). He is an internal senior technology consultant to the company with extensive international experience and is responsible for long range technology and strategic planning. He is Senior Member of Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (US) and Fellow of Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK).
Sumit Agarwal is a Product Manager in the mobile group at Google. Sumit is responsible for the execution of specific aspects of Google's mobile strategy, with a special focus on partnerships in the mobile space. He represents Google at industry events including Webmaster World and Procter & Gamble's Innovation Conference. Prior to joining Google, Sumit worked at Atlas Venture in the Internet and enterprise software sectors. He also founded Quova, a leading geolocation services company. He began his career at Trilogy Development Group in Austin, TX. Sumit holds a degree in chemical engineering from MIT and is a Major (select) in the Air Force Reserves.
Jonathan Christensen has more than 15 years of experience shaping strategy for the growth of IP communications in start-ups and world class organizations such as Skype, Microsoft, and Time Warner. In 2005, Jonathan co-founded Camino Networks where he was CEO. He is currently a senior member of the Skype team leading core technology development for audio and video, as well as initiatives for voice quality, network interconnect, and business adoption.
Benoit Schillings is the chief technology officer at Trolltech, where he is oversees product development. Prior to Trolltech, he served as CTO for the client product group at Openwave Systems. In 2003, he was named Distinguished Engineer for his influential work in the conception of top to bottom integrated software for mass market phones. Before Openwave, Schillings was a principal contributor to the launch of Be Incorporated, where he designed, developed and implemented the technically acclaimed BeOS. Prior to the 8 years he spent designing and composing sub-systems at Be Inc., he was a software developer at Apple.
This free podcast is from our Emerging Communications series.