2nd FOKUS Future Seamless Communication Forum 2011, Berlin, Germany
By Prof. Dr. Thomas Magedanz, General Chair, TU Berlin/Fraunhofer FOKUS, IEEE Senior Member, Germany
The 2nd international FOKUS Future Seamless Communication (FUSECO) Forum themed “From FMC toward Total Convergence: New Applications and Platforms for Converging Mobile and Fixed Next Generation Networks and the Emerging Future Internet” has been held in the Fraunhofer Forum in the center of Berlin, Germany on November 17-18, 2011. The event was attended by around 200 industry and academic experts from more than 30 nations, which represents an increase of the number of attendees of 25% compared to the last year’s event. The FUSECO Forum is a unique annual event, providing a networking and technical discussion platform for international network operators, standardization development organizations, and leading academic organizations dealing with the evolution of service control platforms for fixed and mobile next generation networks.
A lively panel discussion with the topic “Extend IMS or Rebuild a New Universal IP Control Platform” was held at the end of the first day. Participants discussed with the audience their perspective on network and platform requirements for several application areas from the preceding presentations. A definite outcome of the discussion was that IMS will not be the platform to provide an anchor point for any networking service. Rather several architectures will co-exist in parallel enabled by a common access-oriented QoS control framework, such as EPC.