Introduction to the Telecom Forum Course


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Introduction to the Telecom Forum Course

  1. 1. Introduction to Telecommunications Forum Henna Suomi Aalto University Department of Communications and Networking August 20, 2013
  2. 2. Telcommunications Forum • A studia generalia course since 1997 • Responsible professors – Raimo Kantola 1997-2002 – Heikki Hämmäinen 2003-2011 – Jukka Manner 2012- • The course handles hot topics regarding Internet and wireless information technology including – global and national trends – product, business and technology strategies – recent advances in research to the social, economic and legal impact of the latest technology • The guest speakers are leaders in their fields including – Scientists and innovators – business and technology officers in their companies
  3. 3. Objectives • Targeted for masters students in telecommunications technology but open to anyone • The purpose of the course is to – raise students’ awareness of the innovation opportunities open to them in the telecommunications – to encourage the discussion on the direction of technological change between the industry and the academia • After the course the students should – have practical understanding on developments in the telecommunications industry – be able to discuss the general strategy and policy issues of Internet and wireless information technology
  4. 4. Lectures • The key part of the course • Once per week in the late afternoon – Number of lectures varies from 8 to 10 – Presentation 45-60 min – Questions and answers ~30min • Lecturers are invited by the responsible professor – Professors use their contact network from the industry and public institutions • Typically a certain theme is selected for the seminar – 2010: Cloud computing – 2011: Evolution of the Internet
  5. 5. Course structure • Two versions to pass the course – 2 ECTS • Attend at least N-1 lectures • Return an accepted homework • Fill course feedback form – 5 ECTS • Attend at least N-1 lectures • Return an accepted homework • Fill course feedback form • Pass the exam • Course grading has been PASS or FAIL • In case of an exam failure, the student will still get 2 ECTS from lectures and homework
  6. 6. Homework • Part 1 – List three main messages from each speaker using bullet points – Give a grade for the speaker (1 to 5, 5 is the best) – You may also give additional comments to speakers or course staff • Part 2 – Select the best lectures from three perspectives 1. technical 2. business 3. most entertaining – 6-10 full sentences for each (i.e., no bullet points) – Same lecture cannot be selected twice
  7. 7. Exam • Based on the lectures and exam book – Five questions: one is based on lectures and four on the exam book – The focus of exam is rather cross-disciplinary than technical • Example books – The Internet Peering Playbook: Connecting to the Core of the Internet by William B. Norton – The Nature of Technology by William Brian Arthur – The New ICT Ecosystem: Implications for Policy and Regulation by Martin Fransman – Internet Policy and Economics Challenges and Perspectives by William Lehr, Lorenzo Pupillo (Eds.) – Mobile Service Innovation and Business Models by Harry Bouwman, Henny De Vos, Timber Haaker (Eds.)
  8. 8. Video recording • The lectures from the early days of Telecom Forum have been recorded – First by the students – Thereafter by a group settled up by the faculty – Since 2012 by COMNET staff • The permission to record and deliver videos online is asked from each lecturer
  9. 9. Questions? • Web pages – • Current staff – Professor Jukka Manner ( – Assistant Gautam Raj Moktan ( • Me –