Future Network Technologies Workshop

Nearly 150 people registered for this first very interactive workshop organized by ETSI in Sophia Antipolis on the topic of Future Network Technologies.

The first phase of EC-funded FP7 research projects on Future Networks was in March 2010 at a stage where real results are being produced. It was therefore time to consider pre-standardization or standardization of some of the results, especially on infrastructure or network technology issues. 
The Future Internet Assembly has produced a set of scenarios and a position paper in the field of Management and Service-Aware Network Architectures (MANA).  The MANA Position Paper includes a list of Grand Challenges and Capabilities.

In parallel, ETSI Technical Committee TISPAN's current work programme on the NGN is well advanced, and the committee is considering requirements for future standardization activities. Network operators are considering what future trends may drive the development of their networks.  They need to take into account recent developments such as machine to machine communications, the growth of user-generated content, the importance of video, the increasing use of mobile internet access, social networking, increased device capabilities etc. But they must also consider issues such as managing the complexity of their networks, explosions in the numbers of connected devices with M2M and the Internet of Things, requirements on openness to new applications, external service providers and business models, the network as a critical infrastructure, demands for ubiquitous connectivity to support ambient intelligence systems, and of course cost reduction.

Therefore many of the topics currently being researched under the label of Future Internet will be relevant for the evolution path of current fixed and mobile telecoms networks.

The key goal of this workshop was to identify potential needs for standardization or pre-standardization of Future Network Technologies at ETSI.

The agenda included seven sessions, with presentations given by experts representing organizations such as the European Commission, ETSI, various Industry players and also many European Projects, Universties and Research centers. 

WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS [all presentations download area, event agenda, speakers' biographies]


  • Welcome address
    Walter Weigel, ETSI Director General 
  • Workshop objectives
    Ultan Mulligan, ETSI, Director Strategy and New Initiatives 
  • The EU and the Internet of the Future: The Road Ahead
    Bernard Barani, Director's Assistant. DG INFSO, Directorate 'Converged Networks and Services'
  • Future Network Research and Development Activity in Japan
    Mizuhiko Hosokawa, NICT


  • Next Generation of Multimedia Services in Context of Future Networks
    Eugen Mikoczy, Slovak Telecom
  • OMEGA FP7 project: technologies convergence in Gbps Home Networks
    Andreas Foglar, Lantiq 
  • Resource-Aware Network of Networks
    Corrado Moiso, Telecom Italia Strategy and Innovation


  • Network Virtualisation - the 4WARD perspective
    Jorge Carapinha, PT Inova
  • Flexible Networks : Adaptive Network Design & Implementation
    Mick Wilson, Fujitsu / Klaus Moessner,CCSR
  • An Intelligent Service Oriented Infrastructure supporting Real-time Applications
    Karsten Oberle, Alcatel-Lucent


  • Adaptive Caching Architecture for Multimedia Content Delivery
    Deepak Kataria, HCL Technologies 
  • Standardizing a Semantic Context-Aware Network Architecture
    Xavier Sanchez Loro, U. Catalonia 
  • Networking of Information – An information-centric approach to the network of the future
    Vinicio Vercellone, Telecom Italia / Bengt Ahlgren, Swedish Institute of Computer Science


  • More Value in Future Networks for Users, Enterprises and Operators with Identities
    Joao Girao, NEC
  • Standardizing ontologies for the IP traffic measurement
    Angel Ferreiro, Telefonica I&D
  • AFI : Standardization plans
    Maurice Israel, Thales 


  • Architecture of co-designed network management in 4WARD
    Georgio Nunzi, NEC Europe Ltd
  • Cognitive augmented routing system and its standardisation path
    Bernard Sales, Alcatel-Lucent 
  • How FIT is your Network? - Towards a Future Internet Tournament
    Tanja Zseby, Fraunhofer Fokus


  • Generalized Architecture For Dynamic Infrastructure Services (GEYSERS)
    Nicola Ciulli, Nextworks 
  • Open flow
    Marcus Brunner, NEC Europe Ltd