Piazzale Aldo Moro 7, 00185 Roma
Networks 2012 is the 15th in the series of the Networks symposia. Since the first conference in Paris (France) thirty years ago, the meetings are attracting world-class participants from all over the world, ranging from telecom operators and regulatory and standard bodies, through systems and software companies and research units from universities and industry, to systems integrators. The consecutive meetings have been held in Brighton, UK (1983), Innisbrook, USA (1986), Palma de Mallorca, Spain (1989), Kobe, Japan (1992), Sydney, Australia (1996), Sorrento, Italy (1998), Toronto, Canada (2000), Munich, Germany (2002), Vienna, Austria (2004), New Delhi, India (2006) and Budapest, Hungary (1994 and 2008) and the last one in Warsaw (2010).
The conference will focus on all the technologies, methods, strategies, normative and politics that are necessary to deliver the promise of the Network of the Future. Specific issues involve network design and planning methods, routing, traffic flows, convergence related to wireline and wireless infrastructures and to the platforms for video (SD, HD, 3D) services.
Networks 2012 will try to investigate all the challenges in building networks with appropriate performance for the e-Society, with the aim of showing that each step is cost-justified and helps drive profitable growth. The difficult issues of scalability, end-to-end network performance, network management-and service control, reliability, quality of service, security and interoperability, must be carefully analyzed, and solutions planned and implemented. Furthermore, following the current evolution of the information and telecommunication sectors, particularly relevant aspects will be addressed concerning the impact of Data Center locations and virtualization on network design and on the role of networks for the deployment of future Smart Cities. In addition, the crucial topic of energy saving will be also analyzed for its impact on the networks.
Networks 2012 occurs in a period characterized by a deep world financial crisis and therefore particular attention will be devoted to proposals regarding migration to Next Generation Networks that must take into account the supportability of investments for novel infrastructures and the best exploitation of current systems and transmission media whilst taking into account all the proposals to limit bandwidth bottlenecks. The overall aim will be to optimize resource dimensioning and pricing for success in supporting all new services.
Apart from technical sessions, Networks 2012 will also offer a number of plenary sessions and tutorials. The conference program will also include invited state-of-the art presentations and lectures from both academia and industry. Social events are planned, such as a welcome reception, a get-together party and gala dinner to provide additional opportunities for the exchanging of views.
It is a great honour and pleasure for me to cordially invite you to participate in Networks 2012, the 15th International Telecommunications Network Strategy and Planning Symposium in Rome, Italy.
NETWORKS 2012 General Chair
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