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3-5 May 2010, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Lecture Topics and Presentations


Ø      Welcome presentation from School Chair

o       Dr. Antonis M. Hadjiantonis, Kios Research Center for Intelligent Systems and Networks, University of Cyprus, Cyprus


Ø      Keynote Speech: Regulation of Communications Networks in Denmark

o       Dr. Finn Petersen, Deputy Director General,  National IT and Telecom Agency, Denmark


Ø      Adoption and Diffusion of Innovations

Ø      Diffusion of ICT Innovations in the Information Society - case broadband in Finland

o       Prof. Dr. Lauri Frank, Dept. of CS & IS, Faculty of IT, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

o       Introduction to the lectures. Participants will learn the basic concepts and theories related to the Innovation Diffusion Theory (IDT) and be able to relate these to the ICT field. Participants will also familiarise themselves with the basic concepts related to Information Society and be informed on the development of Information Society within the European Union. Participants will be informed on the case of broadband diffusion in Finland


Ø      Charging & accounting technologies for the Internet

o       Prof. Dr. Burkhard Stiller, Communication Systems Group CSG, Department of Informatics IFI, University of Zürich UZH, Switzerland

o       The charging of Internet services requires, depending on the layer and technology, a set of suitable technological and protocol hooks, which can deliver via technical accounting  approaches those type of data and information that are needed for the charging itself. Thus, on one hand, this lecture will outline major charging models for the Internet and will derive major technical accounting needs. On the other hand, the set of available tools and protocols for the technical accounting will be discussed to determine, which aspects of charging schemes cannot be supported as of today or which accounting needs still require technical developments to progress.


Ø      Foresight methods and business model planning

o       Prof. Dr. Erik Bohlin, Division of Technology & Society, Chalmers University, Sweden

o       This lecture will review foresight methodologies, such as trend analysis and scenario planning, and business modelling. The lecture will also provide concrete examples of how these methodologies have been used in policy advisory studies.


Ø      Value network design for Internet

o       Prof. Dr. Heikki Hämmäinen, Dept. of Communications and Networking (Comnet), Aalto University, Finland

o       The objective of this lecture is to improve understanding about theory and design processes of value networks in Internet. The basis of lecture is the STOF model but also other methods such as scenario planning and system dynamics will be introduced. Design examples include different domains such as application level services and Internet access services. The relationship between technical and industry architectures will also be elaborated.


Ø      International Roaming, Competition Policy In Telecom

o       Prof. Dr. Morten Falch, Center for Communication, Media and Information Technologies CMI, Aalborg University, Denmark

o       One of the most important issues in the debate on interconnect regulation has been use of forward looking costs for setting of interconnection charges. This debate has been ongoing within the EU as well as in US. This lecture discusses the European experiences and in particular the Danish experiences with use of cost based interconnection charges, and their impact on competition in the telecom market.


Ø      Autonomic Management of Mobile Networks

o       Dr. Antonis Hadjiantonis, Kios Research Center for Intelligent Systems and Networks, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

o       The concept of Autonomic Management is receiving intense interest from both academia and industry since it emerges as an appealing solution to the increasing complexity of managing IT and Telco systems. In this lecture we focus on the applicability and potential of AM to Mobile Networks. The policy-based management (PBM) paradigm is often linked to autonomic management and will be also examined. The specification of high level objectives and their automated deployment and lifecycle management within complex mobile networks make PBM approaches and technologies important candidates for Autonomic Management realisation.


Ø      Technoeconomic Modelling In Telecommunications

o       Dr. Dimitris Katsianis, Dept. of Informatics and Telecommunications, University of Athens, Greece

o       In this lecture, a techno-economic evaluation of the business prospects of selected large scale telecommunications networks is carried out.  The evaluation is based on a Techno-Economic (TE) tool which, taking into account network topology, area characteristics, service demand and price evolution forecasting as well as risk analysis, estimates key economic figure-of-merits.  In the first part the techno-economic methodology will be presented and analysed. In the second part selected business cases will be presented and discussed for European Market concerning technical, business and economic aspects.





Early Stage Researchers (ESR) Presentation and Discussion Sessions


Session 1 on Technical and Architectural Issues

Chair: Antonis Hadjiantonis



An Adaptive Live Media Streaming Architecture



Adaptable Network Management Systems based on GIS



FON model for wifi access sharing and its application to femto cells


Sperb Machado

SLA Support System for Cloud Computing



Answering Queries Using Cooperative Semantic Caching



Benefits and total cost of ownership of different technologies for last mile residential user access


Session 2 on Technology Diffusion and Forecasting Issues

Chair: Lauri Frank



Forecasting with limited data: Combining ARIMA and diffusion models



Population Distribution Effects in Backbone Network Cost



e-Business in a Peer-to-Peer Networked World



Evaluation of Diffusion, Adoption of Mobile Data Services: consumer behaviour analysis

Mohammad Tsani


Quasi-subscribers in the Swedish Mobile Phone Market: The phenomenon and Determinant Factors


Session 3 on Game theoretic and Business Issues

Chair: Antonis Hadjiantonis



On the irrelevance of input prices from regulatory point of view



Economics of technological games among telecommunications service providers



Resource allocation using auctions: a discussion of challenges and possible approaches



Analysis of Cooperation Strategies of QoS Platform Providers



Impact of competition on economic evaluation



Migrating to IPv6: A Game-Theoretic Perspective


Session 4 on Strategy and Regulatory Issues

Chair: Dimitris Katsianis



Developing a Cost Model to determine economic benefits of LTE in GSM bands’



Standards and Future Directions in Mobile Networks within the European Union



Assessing broadband policy: Towards a conceptual model



Evaluating the Swedish mobile communications market: switching costs and network effects



The Strategic Positioning of Telecommunication Firms in Value Networks

Joseph K.


A Case for Implementation of Citizen-centric National IDentity Management Systems



The Training School is organised by COST Action IS0605 Econ@Tel: “A Telecommunications Economics COST Network” (www.cost605.org).

School and Program Chair:

Dr. Antonis M. Hadjiantonis , KIOS Research Center, University of Cyprus

Program Committee: 

Prof. Erik Bohlin , Chalmers University, Sweden

Prof. Patrick Maillé,  Télécom Bretagne, France

Dr. Bruno Tuffin, INRIA-IRISA, France


Local Chair: Prof. Morten Falch  Alborg University (AAU) , Denmark


Hosted by the Center for Communication, Media and Information Technologies (CMI)[cmi.aau.dk] of Aalborg University Copenhagen, located at Ingeniørhøjskolen (IHK)


Participants Comments

Alexandru Smeureanu (Romania): The course was an excellent opportunity to get in touch with the telecommunication policies and understand the problems that regulators from European Union countries face in their endeavour to promote market competition. A unique chance to meet people that are involved in various interesting technical and economical projects and to listen to personal perspectives in the information diffusion theory. The course will be very useful in my PhD research program because it has revealed new directions to be followed.


Charisios Christodoulos (Greece): The training school was well organized. The lectures were variant of and greater interest in the greater area of techno-economics of mobile networks and the Internet. It was definitely a useful experience for every PhD student.


Felix Limbach (Germany) : The complementary lectures and presentations have been very inspiring for my further research activities and have been helpful to get an overview of the research fields in the telecommunication industry. The ECON@TEL Training School was a perfectly organized event and I would be very glad to keep contact and continue to exchange ideas.


Ellie Demetriou (Cyprus): The training school was well organized and gave me the opportunity to understand how the companies face the new technologies and what procedure is followed in order to decide if they will “adopt” or “reject” it. Scientists should have these issues in mind when they design/propose new protocols/network technologies etc. I also understand the telecommunication policies, something that I found really interesting.


Shafi Mohd Othman (Malaysia): I am from the national regulatory authority in Malaysia. I came on my own to Copenhagen as I felt that the values that I learned during the sessions were invaluable indeed. In my country, we have yet to fully embrace the multidisciplinary research approach. Yet this is the most important and relevant in today's ever changing business and societal landscapes.


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