La Manga del Mar Menor, Cartagena, SPAIN
June 27-30, 2005

Keynote 2

ICT Evolution in Europe: Innovation for a Better Quality of Life

Peter Stollenmayer




Large parts of the world are moving fast towards an information society. Europe is one of the most important centres of attention. The European Union has recently been expanded to 25 States; a new Constitution has been agreed and already been challenged in some countries. An ambitious objective was set for Europe in Lisbon: to become the "most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy by 2010". The EU Council of Ministers agreed on a common goal to increase the R&D investment up to 3 % of GNP by 2010.

Are we moving in that direction? Do we have a proper long-term strategy? What are the current telecommunication mega-trends? How do the European citizens feel about the information society, and are ICTs really increasing people's quality of life and social capital? Can collaborative R&D programmes help to achieve a "better" Europe?

Five years after the original Lisbon objectives have been set, several activities rethink those objectives, and look at what has been achieved so far. The involved stakeholders focus more and more on the customers, who after all will decide whether an ICT service becomes a commercial success or not.

In this context the keynote will address some of the major issues relevant to the European telecoms sector and will particularly focus on the following issues:
The presentation will not deal with technical details, but rather present simple and effective messages, which can be easily received by a diversified audience.

Short Bio

Peter Stollenmayer has worked in telecommunications for more than 25 years. After he got his masters degree in electrical engineering from the University of Stuttgart he worked with Deutsche Telekom (at that time it was "Deutsche Bundespost") in the areas of PABXs. He was involved in standardising ISDN-PABXs from the very early days. From 1989 to 1996 he was seconded to the NATO research centre "Shape Technical Centre" for developing the architecture and standards of the overall NATO telecommunication infrastructure. After returning to Deutsche Telekom he was member of the ETSI Board and of the ETNO strategic group on standardisation issues. Several years ago he changed to Eurescom, where he has led many projects in the area of telecommunication users and markets. Currently he is coordinator of the FP6 Integrated Project NM2 (New Media for a New Millennium), and involved in the FP6 project SOCQUIT, which is focusing on quality of life, social capital and ICTs.

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