4th Infocom Albania Forum
100 years of Albanian Independence
From Infrastructure Evolution to Digital Revolution
The 4th InfoCom Albanian Telecom Forum (www.infocomalbania.com) will take place onTuesday, November 20th, 2012 at Sheraton Tirana Hotel, Albania and is once more expected to become the main attraction for the Telecom & Information Technology industry.
The conference is organized by media company Smart Press S.A., one of the leading companies in this field, owner of numerous technology websites, printed magazines publisher and renowned conference organizer.
The 4th InfoCom Albanian Telecom Forum is the next in line of the very successful events, organized by Smart Press SA during the last 15 years of Conference organizing, in Greece and Cyprus.
This year’s conference is all about creating. Creating the infrastructure that will lead to the so much yearned digital revolution which will -in turn- lead to enhanced productivity and fast paced development, in a country that has proven many times before in it’s 100 years of Independence that, it can make very good use of new opportunities. The ICT sector, one of the leading in the market, is the answer to the global recession and Albania is at its best to prove that the only way to go forward, is digital. This applies to various sections of the local economy, starting from the citizens’ relation to the centralized government (e-government) to the way people entertain themselves (digital TV) or communicate (telephony – internet- cloud).
The 4th InfoCom Albanian Telecom Forum aims to identify the optimum practices and foresee the future of ICT in Albania. The sessions of the conference are as follows:
1st Session: It’s all about broadband!
It is generally recognized that broadband may contribute to the increase of the GNP in any country, but it is also obvious the major significance that costs for physical infrastructure deployment play… Operators and vendors are obliged to take into consideration the Return of Investment and profitability model that allows a constant viability.
Yet, since the broadband infrastructure at the end of the day will be a national capital, how and whom may determine the contribution of the State? What is the role of the investment legal framework? And what broadband model will prevail? Mobile, fixed, copper or fiber? Finally, how long will it take to the 4G era?
The key-points for the panel discussion are:
- Funding mechanisms for promoting the deployment of broadband infrastructure – the case for state subsidization, especially for rural areas, following the successful EU paradigm about Rural BB
- Fostering private investment in broadband through incentive regulation
- Stimulating innovation and development of applications and services
- Expanding digital literacy for the coming generation
2nd Session: e-Albania: Let the data flow…
As time goes by, voice services are quickly leaving the scene and data usage is stepping on the cloud. Broadband enables the provision of e-apps and especially m-apps (m-agriculture, m-banking, m-health, m-education, etc) and the good thing is that all these features may be accessible by the whole population in urban or rural areas, rich or poor.
The positive effect to the economy is visible almost at once: e-commerce, micro payments, custom location based services and information, enhanced control and monitoring data, augmented reality to the handset could boost economy, by providing Value Added Products and Services.
On the e-Gov front, some implementations have already been alive and more are on the way. The private sector has also been active and we have witnessed some very successful implementations and synergies on e-Services, for example on e-Health, e-Education (e-Security and parental control included) and other fields with serious social impact.
However, more will soon “populate” Albania’s daily life, as Cloud Computing –which is widely regarded as the next generation of Service Delivery- will surely bring new life in many different sectors offering cost savings, increased scalability and more efficient use of resources.
The key points for the panel discussion are:
- Implementation models (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS)
- Providers strategy
- Deployment models
- SLA promises and KPI’s achievement
3rd Session: CEO Summit – Searching for the right balance
The major stakeholders in the Albanian ICT market will meet on the stage of InfoCom Albania Forum and express their views on the most important issues the country faces nowadays in this sector.
There goes without saying that the right balance should be found as soon as possible concerning investments and profits, liberalization and regulation of the market, employee benefits and unemployment, convergence and separatism.
If their efforts prove successful, the outcome may propel the development of the country – if not, stagnation would be inevitable. The time is ripe and opportunities are in waiting. In 2015 Albania switches from analog to digital TV. What are the next steps that have to be taken by the hardware and software companies, the Media sector and the public in order to better position themselves before the D-day? What are the lessons learned from the recent Greek equivalent, where many problems were solved by the establishment of a common platform, DIGEA?
InfoCom Albania Awards
Last but not least, the Conference closes with the InfoCom Albania Awards which reward and honor innovative companies, services, products and market executives.
The purpose of the awards is to publicly recognize the efforts and the effectiveness of all those who have contributed their creativity and passion to market growth and technology advancements in Albania.