Convergence Panel

Bruno Giussani, Moderator

First Tuesday
17 minutes, 7.8mb, recorded 2005-10-04
Kevin Findlay, Peter Fischer, Stefan Herrlich, Paul Hitchman, Mikko Jo Kukkonen

The Digital Revolution is on the march. Fixed and wireless broadband will soon be everywhere, ushering in a new definition of mobility and presence that will mean always-on truly universal access any time, anywhere. Carriers worldwide are upgrading and modernizing their networks to be IP-enabled to integrate voice, data, and video seamlessly on one network. Vendors and equipment makers are racing to offer new devices and services that combine lifestyle trends with business demands. This integration of communications, data, video and media will change the way enterprises interact both internally and externally. In this new converged universe everything changes and with these changes come a whole host of new challenges.

This panel discussion highlights some of the points raised during the thought leadership forum 'The road to convergence' from First Tuesday held in Zurich, Switzerland on the first Tuesday of October 2005. The panel discusses VoIP regulation, different forms of convergence and scenarios for the future of communications, network and other technologies.

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Kevin Findlay is the Director of the Menlo Park Europe Technology Team of PricewaterhouseCoopers, UK. he is responsible for telecommunication electronics and advanced technologies. Kevin has over 14 years experience in the Semiconductor, IT and Software industries and advises technology companies and venture capitalists on strategy and technology trends. Kevin has performed numerous technology due diligences in advanced materials, semiconductor and embedded software sectors. Kevin holds a PhD in Low Cost Stereo CMOS Machine Vision Architectures, an MSC in Computer Science and a BSc (Hons.) in Electronics all from the University of Edinburgh. After his PhD Kevin held a Guest Scientist position with Siemens/Infineon Microelectronics Electronics and Telecommunications Centre in Munich. There he designed high speed Silicon Germanium fiber-optic circuits.

Other freelance positions included IT technical architecture and project management positions with the Royal Bank of Scotland, BP Exploration and NCR Financial Services ATM section. During his PhD Kevin also worked with VLSI Vision Ltd. (now part of ST Microelectronics) developing software and hardware for CMOS camera sensors. From his time in Munich Kevin speaks fluent German and has a number of publications.

Peter Fischer is the Deputy General Director for the Federal Office for Communications (BAKOM). He began his career working at the administrative court in Geneva, the district court Bienne, and in a law firm in Bern. He passed the bar exam in 1986 and between 1987-1992 he was at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Communications and Energy, focusing mainly on Post and Telecommunications policy, surveillance of Swiss PTT, telecommunication law as well as being responsible of negotiations concerning audiovisual and telecommunications services within WTO and European Economical Area.

He became Vice-Director of the Federal Office of Communications and Head of the Telecom division in 1992. Since 1995 he is the Deputy General Director of the Federal Office for Communications and Head of the Telecom Services division. He is therefore responsible for all kind of regulatory matters, such as interconnection, price regulation, universal service, licensing, numbering and addressing, surveillance. He is also coordinator of the implementation of the Swiss strategy for an information society. Peter Fischer lives in Bern.

Stefan Herrlich is the President, Enterprise Sales for Siemens Communications. In his position, he has worldwide responsibility for the end-to-end cultivation and penetration of the enterprise customer market – across all channels. This covers all portfolio elements (products and services) provided by the Com E Divisions, as well as management of Com- and Siemens-wide cross-selling activities for our enterprise customers. Stefan Herrlich has held this position since October 2001, and he is based in Munich, Germany.

Stefan Herrlich joined Siemens in 1988 as a Manager Sales Support for Private Communication Systems in Cologne, Germany. Since then he has held various management positions in different Siemens sales & marketing organizations in Germany, USA, Hong Kong and the UK. He has developed deep insight into all the different aspects of the telecommunications industry, covering the Enterprise business, the consumer business while serving as General Manager Communication Devices responsible for the Asia-Pacific region and the Carrier business while serving as Vice President Corporate Accounts.

Stefan Herrlich holds a masters degree in communications engineering (Diplom Ingenieur) from the University of Applied Sciences for Telecommunications & Information Technology in Cologne, Germany.

Paul Hitchman is the Founder and Managing Director of PlayLouder MSP. A Cambridge Economics graduate, Paul worked in the music industry for 10 years (including stints at BMG and Warner Music) before founding PlayLouder in 2000.

PlayLouder is an award-winning digital music & media company that operates the UK's most popular and influential "alternative" music website. PlayLouder has consistently been at the forefront of innovation in online music services including the first legal downloads in the UK, the UK's first internet-only digital singles, and the world's first virtual music festival. PlayLouder also provides online marketing services to a wide range of music industry clients and produces broadband music content for clients such as BBCi, AOL, Wanadoo.

In 2004 Paul co-founded PlayLouder MSP, a next-generation ISP that offers broadband internet access combined with unlimited legal music downloading for one monthly subscription fee. PlayLouder MSP is the first ISP in the world to license the right for its subscribers to legally share music and in return to pay royalties to music rights owners. PlayLouder MSP was awarded the Popkomm IMEA award for innovation in 2004.

Paul co-founded and is a director of Consolidated Independent (CI), Europe’s leading provider of internet technology services to record companies, with clients including Beggars Group, Sanctuary, Ministry of Sound, PIAS/Vital, Mute, Echo and Epitaph.

Mikko Jo Kukkonen is the Senior Manager, Enterprise Solutions with Nokia. He has wide experience within the telecommunications and IT industries from both user and vendor point of view. In the recent years, he has worked in business development and product marketing roles in Nokia in the areas of both mobile data and voice solutions.

Prior to this, Mikko held financial director positions in several organizations in Nokia as well as at Kone Elevators where he also was responsible for logistics and IT management functions in both Finland and abroad. He also has experience in product development and service sales.

He holds both M.Sc.(Eng.) and M.Sc.(Econ.) from Helsinki University of Technology and Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration. He lives with his wife and two children in Helsinki, Finland.

Bruno Giussani is a Swiss writer and a 2004 Knight Fellow at the Department of Communication of Stanford University, California. He is a contributor to numerous publications in Europe and the United States and the author of "Roam: Making Sense Of The Wireless Internet" (Random House, 2002).

He is a former European Internet Columnist for the New York Times and a former Head of Online Strategy at the World Economic Forum.

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