7th Infocom Albanian Telecom Forum 2016
The 1st day of the 7th InfoCom Albania was completed with great success. The first day was dedicated to fixed and wireless network technologies that help Communication and Information Services to reach more people and wide areas of Technology.
It ‘s time for Albania to be part of the “Digital Agenda 2020” and the “Digital Single Market”, which are in progress. But all services and ICT policies are based upon the network infrastructure which is the backbone of ICT and its growth and extensibility directly influences the efficient growth of economy, because it speeds up the adaption of new technologies in businesses and homes. It also provides new job opportunities in sectors and areas which weren’t accessible in the past.
A great share of the opening session was about the Regulation policy that must find and keep a balance between the incumbent ownship of the bigger part of a county infrastructure and the avoidance of a monopoly. That means that the regulator has the crucial role to protect the competition, without supress the incumbent investments.
Mr. Antonis Tzorzakakis, member of the Board of European Competitive Telecommunication Association (ECTA), suggests that Alternative Operators could work together with the local incumbents to co-invest and share New Generation Networks Infrastructures.
One of the main topics of the day was also about Cloud Computing. Cloud computing has already proven in practice and also in economic terms, that it’s more than a simple tool for “cutting down costs”. It is seen also as a global platform to incite the business sectors in new innovative approaches. All speakers of the session spotted that everything -from hosting to IT Security can be offered as a Service, according models “pay as you go (and grow)”.
In the last, but most progressive session, speakers were emphasise at Internet of Things implementations. From Machine 2 Machine solutions, to complete Smart Ecosystems, the main core of all presentations, was that the more connected our systems are, the more interoperability can be developed and new services can be deployed. Services such power consumption control, intelligent traffic management, health applications, building and infrastructure operation.
Furthermore, part of this year event was the 2nd Regional Telecom Regulators Summit, under AKEP’s Auspice, with participants from all Balkan Telecom Regulators.
The 2nd day of the 7th InfoCom Albania was more focused on startups and young entrepreneurs. It started with some keynote speeches of the organizing team and was followed by the awarding of the innovative institutions of the year and of those who have contributed the most in building the startup community in Albania.
The first session started with successful companies from the Albanian and Greek market operating in the e-commerce field. They gave some short speeches about their latest products and services and the plans for the near future. Then the session proceeded with a round table where successful entrepreneurs shared their experiences and challenges they are facing in their everyday business.
The second session titled “Social Media: Perception or Reality” was dedicated to companies operating in digital marketing business. As in the 1st session, it started with some short speeches and then the round table raised different topics affecting these businesses making the session very interactive and open to discussions, also with the audience.
The event ended up with a networking coffee, in order for the participants to network and follow-up with questions and meet partners from the other side of the border.
The event was held under the Auspices of the Minister of Innovation & Public Administration, AKEP, Protik and AIF, in the frame of Innovation Week 2016.