Highlights of the 2013 Future Network and Mobile Summit – 22 years-old and going strong.

The 2013 Future Network and Mobile Summit (FuNeMS) saw the European research community on future networks technologies once again reunite with industry and policy-makers to discuss future trends, research results as well as funding opportunities under the present FP7 and upcoming Horizon 2020 programmes.

Held on 3-5 July in Lisbon, this year’s conference stood out thanks to the high-quality scientific papers selected by IEEE and published in this standardisation body’s Xplore digital library. Some 300 participants, 27 demonstration booths, three panel sessions and six themed workshops contributed to the success of the event.

Communications at the 22nd edition received a boost thanks to the involvement of the Net!Works Technology Platform, which organised a series of video blogs covering the contributions from keynote speakers, industry figures and researchers during the three-day event.

The overall organisation succeeded in striking the right balance between the policy and industry plenary sessions.  Industry representatives did not shy away from pointing out the telecom sector challenges – network scarcity, data growth and, particularly, the need to address users’ changing habits.

Portugal Telecom CEO Zeinal Bava stressed, for example, that evolving network infrastructure and services have to meet the demands of Portuguese users, whom he described as “some of the most technically savvy users in the world and early adopters of new technology”.

FuNeMS 2013 was also a chance for policy-makers to highlight the ‘Public-Private Partnership on developing 5G’ (5GPPP), generally seen as a positive initiative encouraging pre-competitive collaborative research in the upcoming Horizon 2020 programme.

The exhibition saw the project iCore take home the prize for Best Demo, while Future Cities came in second. As the Internet of Things theme reigned over other topics exhibiting in Lisbon, the Best Paper award went to researchers working in the wireless networks field and involved in projects Flavia and CREW.

FuNeMs is a series of annual conferences supported by the European Commission and Net!Works. European researchers, industry and decision-makers gather for what is widely considered the most important European event in the area of next-generation networks research. FuNeMS encourages policy-makers and industry to address strategic issues in panel sessions, while researchers share results and present scientific tracks as part of workshop sessions. The Summit covers all the main future networks topics, such as radio access and spectrum, optical networks, satellite communications, Internet of Things and Future Internet. 
Bologna will host the 2014 edition, the first under Horizon 2020.

More info

FuNeMs website – http://www.futurenetworksummit.eu/2013/