The press conference of Nokia Siemens Networks took place at the “Casa Llotja de Mar”, a very old and very historic building. Speakers were Simon Beresford-Wylie (the CEO of Nokia Siemens Networks), Rajeev Suri (Head of Service) who is also member of the board and two guests. Leonard Waverman is Professor at the London Business School and Manoj Kohli, the President and CEO of Bharti Airtel Limited in India. The press conference has been also broadcasted to the hospitality area in Hall 8.
In his speech, Simon Beresford-Wylie’s described the vision of the company. In 2015, five billion people will be connected, four billion over broadband. Furthermore, the increase of traffic will be 100-fold over the global networks. As a result, an innovation in the entire ecosystem is needed. Also he pointed out that mobile communication would be a motor for economical development, especially in developing countries. Also, there is a lot of potential to learn from this markets.
Leonard Waverman presented the connectivity scorecard which is a measure that ranks countries according to the usage of mobile communication and information interchange. Approximately 30 indicators were measured such as broadband, fixed-line, mobile and computing technologies and their influence on a country’s social and economic welfare. He conducted the study with the economic consultig firm LECG. The difference between this and other studies is the special consideration of skills such as literacy, the use of enterprise software, the accessability of women to information and communication technology.
Mr. Manoj Kohli, President and CEO of the Indian-based Bharti Airtel Limited pointed out that new business models may arise. For someone in India, mobile communication is not just a matter of convenience, it influences the lives of the people there. When visiting a village and talking to kids there, most of them told they want to become software engineers.
A panel discussion followed after the presentations. Some interesting statements were made such as that the device needed for the internet will be more and more less the PC but some mobile device. Also, since the demand on the networks will rise drastically, the architecture has to be reconsidered. South Korea plans to bring 100 MBit to every home by 2010, Singapore plans to provide 1 GBit by 2012 to every household.