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Tony Graziano  Director Technical and Regulatory Policy “ Vision in Action - Accessibility to Next Generation Networks
About EICTA <ul><li>EICTA is the voice of the European digital technology industry </li></ul><ul><li>Our objectives </li><...
Our Members <ul><li>A wide range of multinational companies (57) and national trade associations (40)… </li></ul><ul><li>W...
Next generation networks – what are we talking about? Today’s network <ul><li>Separate networks for difference services </...
Benefits for the user <ul><li>Device independence   (network will become invisible for the customer); </li></ul><ul><li>Ac...
Challenges <ul><li>NGN interconnect regime sets investment and migration incentives: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Will new interc...
Impact on Telecommunication Services <ul><li>Greater flexibility, in terms of the technology and services on offer;  </li>...
Impact on Audio visual Services <ul><li>Much richer  and broad range of services; </li></ul><ul><li>Availability of more t...
Impact on IT Services <ul><li>greater personalisation and control; </li></ul><ul><li>Targeted applications (running from t...
Some observations <ul><li>There are no fixed answer in Inclusive design of ICT products. </li></ul><ul><li>Is it reasonabl...
EICTA’s aproach  <ul><li>EICTA approach has  centred on three main elements: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating a culture of i...
EICTA eInclusion activities <ul><li>Established 4 Groups focussing on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>i2010 eInclusionPolicy aspect...
EICTA eInclusion activities <ul><li>EICTA has been leading and articulating value chain approaches to the delivery of end ...
..and Deliverables <ul><li>EICTA has  published: </li></ul><ul><li>White paper on “eAccessibility” in October 2005; availa...
Concluding remarks <ul><li>It is in the best interest of both industry and society that everyone is able to take advantage...
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  1. 1. Tony Graziano  Director Technical and Regulatory Policy “ Vision in Action - Accessibility to Next Generation Networks
  2. 2. About EICTA <ul><li>EICTA is the voice of the European digital technology industry </li></ul><ul><li>Our objectives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engage European policy makers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foster economic growth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advocate the value of technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote competitiveness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribute to social policy </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Our Members <ul><li>A wide range of multinational companies (57) and national trade associations (40)… </li></ul><ul><li>Which represent more than 10,000 businesses and two million employees… </li></ul><ul><li>And generate revenues of over 1,000 billion euros … </li></ul><ul><li>900 experts in various working groups bring credibility and legitimacy to the organisation… </li></ul>
  4. 4. Next generation networks – what are we talking about? Today’s network <ul><li>Separate networks for difference services </li></ul><ul><li>Many numbers (Mobile, Fixed, different devices) </li></ul><ul><li>Equipment duplication, Service duplication </li></ul>Tomorrow’s network <ul><li>One network for converged services </li></ul><ul><li>One number, fewer devices (PC and Mobile) </li></ul><ul><li>Service creation and simplified use </li></ul>
  5. 5. Benefits for the user <ul><li>Device independence (network will become invisible for the customer); </li></ul><ul><li>Access independence (access applications anywhere on any device); </li></ul><ul><li>Service variety (Much richer and broad range of services) </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced usability (Mobility, customisation and control) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Challenges <ul><li>NGN interconnect regime sets investment and migration incentives: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Will new interconnect reward investment in networks? Or in services? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Preserve existing revenue – v – grow new business on NGN </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on “bottlenecks” traditionally on access network. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Will this change given the increasing focus on application providers? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interoperability with legacy services/network </li></ul><ul><li>A pan-European strategy will be critical to avoid different commercial and technical standards across Europe </li></ul>
  7. 7. Impact on Telecommunication Services <ul><li>Greater flexibility, in terms of the technology and services on offer; </li></ul><ul><li>Access to a range of new applications; </li></ul><ul><li>Targeted application, location–awareness; </li></ul><ul><li>Interoperability with assistive technologies requires attention. </li></ul><ul><li>EICTA main focus on Total conversation. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Impact on Audio visual Services <ul><li>Much richer and broad range of services; </li></ul><ul><li>Availability of more targeted services (subtitles, audio description etc...); </li></ul><ul><li>NGN is only enabler. Specific services need to be implemented by content providers; </li></ul><ul><li>Real time speech recognition and translation remains an unproven technology for the foreseeable future while for text to voice the technology is already available. </li></ul><ul><li>EICTA has been leading and articulating value chain approaches to the delivery of end to end accessibility on Digital TV </li></ul>
  9. 9. Impact on IT Services <ul><li>greater personalisation and control; </li></ul><ul><li>Targeted applications (running from terminals); </li></ul><ul><li>greater use of multimedia </li></ul><ul><li>Access to emergency service critical; </li></ul><ul><li>Web accessibility of particular importance to EICTA members. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Some observations <ul><li>There are no fixed answer in Inclusive design of ICT products. </li></ul><ul><li>Is it reasonable to ask that every new technological avenue be accessible from the out set? Effect on technological development. </li></ul><ul><li>In developing inclusive ICT products, a range of requirements will be encountered that could not reasonably be catered for within a single product. </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperation is needed to determine how to spread the necessary features within a product range, and in what combination in each single product, so as to address the market in a sensible fashion. </li></ul>
  11. 11. EICTA’s aproach <ul><li>EICTA approach has centred on three main elements: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating a culture of inclusion within the ICT industry; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating a forum where the principle stakeholders can openly discuss accessibility issues and aspirations. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aiding the application of the inclusion philosophy by developing user profiles of elderly and disabled people who are currently excluded; </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. EICTA eInclusion activities <ul><li>Established 4 Groups focussing on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>i2010 eInclusionPolicy aspects, chaired by Elena Bonfiglioli ( Microsoft); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessibility standardisation aspects and web/IT services (chaired by Dave Sawdon (IBM) ; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>accessibility of mobile terminals (real time text/total conversation issue), chaired by Pekka Heikkinen (Nokia); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acccessibility of Digital TV receivers, chaired by Renaud DiFrancesco (Sony); </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. EICTA eInclusion activities <ul><li>EICTA has been leading and articulating value chain approaches to the delivery of end to end accessibility on : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>accessing Internet content (web accessibility); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>total conversation (person to person communication); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TV accessibility. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In cooperation with the European Disability Forum and the Istituto Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy) have developed a roadmap for the development of a Design for All Master’s Programme(DfA). </li></ul><ul><li>Developed, in cooperation with AGE, an “Active Ageing Roadmap&quot; aimed at the inclusion of senior citizens in the information society. </li></ul>
  14. 14. ..and Deliverables <ul><li>EICTA has published: </li></ul><ul><li>White paper on “eAccessibility” in October 2005; available at: http://www.eicta.org/index.php?id=33&id_article=88 . </li></ul><ul><li>White paper on “Towards an Inclusive Information Society”, in December 2006. Available at: http://www.eicta.org/index.php?id=33&id_article=75 . </li></ul><ul><li>Booklet (June 2007) detailing some features of EICTA members’ products and services addressing the eInclusion issue. Available at: http://www.eicta.org/index.php?id=32&id_article=161 . </li></ul><ul><li>EICTA recommendations on a proposed way forward to address the Total Conversation issue (August 2007). Available at: http://www.eicta.org/index.php?id=33&id_article=172 . </li></ul><ul><li>A self commitment detailing Digital TV e-Accessibility requirements (November 2007). </li></ul><ul><li>EICTA position on “Active Ageing in the Information Society” (jointly developed with AGE). November 2007. (available at http://www.eicta.org/index.php?id=34&id_article=208 ) </li></ul><ul><li>EICTA position detailing the “Roadmap for the development of a Design for All Master's Programme” jointly developed with EDF. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Concluding remarks <ul><li>It is in the best interest of both industry and society that everyone is able to take advantage of the benefits offered by our products. </li></ul><ul><li>Although many changes have been made, we are not complacent. </li></ul><ul><li>We realize that technology is constantly changing and we recognise the need to work with other stakeholders in order to understand the problems and needs of all our customers. </li></ul><ul><li>Strong cooperation is essential if we are to realize the goal of building a fully inclusive Digital Europe. </li></ul>
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