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ITS2012 Bangkok

ITS2012 Bangkok

International Telecommunications Society (ITS) is an association of professionals in the information, communications, and technology sectors. ITS is an independent, non-aligned and not-for-profit organization with a worldwide network of about 400 members. ITS provides a forum where academic, private sector, and government communities can meet to identify pressing new problems and issues, share research results, and form new relationships and approaches to address outstanding issues. ITS focuses on the evolving applications, services, technology, and infrastructure of the communications, computing, Internet, information content, and related industries. The goal of ITS is to research and analyze issues related to the emergence of a global information society. The organization places particular emphasis on the interrelationships among socioeconomic, technological, legal, regulatory, competitive, organizational, policy, and ethical dimensions of the issues it addresses

The ITS conference is a good academic event for the gathering of experts and their researches in telecom field. It was a good opportunity that I had a chance to give my presentation at the biennial conference which is held once over two years. Upon giving the presentation there, I got a chance to discuss and exchange ideas with researchers and representatives from business and public sector. That inspired me of the potential development of future research and complemented my current stage of thesis composition. I strongly  recommend attending conferences of the ITS, especially for those who attempt to produce quality research and bridge the gap between theory and practice as well as obtain global connection of academic network of experts with related specialty. — C. Keesookpun

On 18-23 November 2012,

We have had an opportunity to attend the ITS 19th Biennial Conference and the ITS 4th PhD Seminar. The conference track theme was focused on various issues in telecommunications field such as Opening Platforms and New Services, Competition and Regulation in Transition Economies, Innovative Solutions for the Business Sector. The students in our Digital Society and also Professor Mitomo took this chance to express our viewpoints on the issues and join the discussions that greatly sparked the debates. All the students felt they were able to widely broaden their perspectives on their studies and research by exchanging thoughts with individuals from various universities worldwide. Professor Mitomo was also interviewed by the Thai media on his opinions regarding the 3G service which has been a hotly debate issue in Thailand recently. Lastly, we were all deeply impressed by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission for the wonderful event that they have hosted in Thailand.

It was good opportunity for me to exchange views with various experts from all over the world. I have received precious comments to my presentation. I thanks the ITS Bangkok staff very much for all the efforts which brought us the great success. — Y. Hatakeyama

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Waseda-NBTC Training Course 2012

Waseda-NBTC Training Course 2012

This July, we have been delighted to welcomed honorable guests from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) in Thailand. They traveled overseas to Japan for the special training course with the main topic “ICT Development and Utilization: A Policy Perspective“. It has been the very first training course conducted through the cooperation between Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS), Waseda University and NBTC.

The 5 days intensive training course included lectures regarding ICT and its policy, and technical on-site visits to various corporations. We have all learned so much from the lecture and visits. We would like to express our gratitude to all the professors and guest speakers who have spared their precious time to share their wisdom with us. Also we would like to say thank you to all the organizations who have managed to guide us around and taught us about the ICT development from Japanese organizations’ perspectives. The knowledge and experiences we have gained during these 5 days have been very valuable for ICT development in Thailand.

We have concluded the training course with a group discussion and presentation, where active discussions and ideas sharing have been accomplished. Accordingly, the presentation given by each group have successfully summarized the content of the 5 days training course. Moreover, we were able to compare the differences between ICT development in Japan and Thailand, and raised questions for further implications for Thailand’s ICT development.

Of course, we have also experienced so much of shopping around Tokyo during these 5 days. Especially the Ginza area, which proved to be Thai people’s favorite shopping spot indeed. It seemed like we cannot survive a day without going to Ginza.

The Siam smiles that we have seen from the NBTC guests have been a wonderful evidence showing that they have had a great time in Tokyo and the training course. It was indeed a very
successful collaboration between the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies and NBTC.

Thank you again for joining the training course and we hope to see all of you again next year !

Field Trip to NTT Group Showroom “NOTE”

Field Trip to NTT Group Showroom “NOTE”

This week we have a chance to visit NTT Group Showroom called “NOTE”. NOTE is a NTT showroom which has an aim to demonstrate NTT’s cutting edge technologies and its future vision in ICT. The exhibition is divided into two main sections which are the potential utilizations of ICT in the near future and ICT utilizations that are already in today’s market.

Exhibition started with “Theme Stage” which stated NTT Group’s vision on the utilization of ICT in creating safe and secure BB service that will contribute in solving social, environmental and energy issues. With the available of NGN services, the usage can be applied and extended to many fields in the future. The potential utilizations are as follows:

  • Home ICT: Creating a more comfortable, safe and secure life with Earthquake Early Warning System and Home Appliances Support Services.
  • Telemedicine: Connecting homes with hospital to resolve the issues of doctor shortage.
  • Behavior assistance services: Allowing mobile phone to assist with your daily activity by collecting-based information and identify your preference.
  • Educational Services: Allowing distance education without restriction of time and location.


The second part of the exhibition is focusing on utilization of ICT that are currently available in today’s market. We are presented with IP video conference, IPTV and digital signage.

  • IP video conference: High resolution and low latency can be experienced through this IP video conferencing system. NTT offers a package of video conference system at a cost of 30 million yen per set. Regardless of its high price, 4,000 sets have been sold.
  • Hikari TV: It is an IP TV which offers 96 channels and digital terrestrial broadcasts.
  • Digital signage: This is a new type of interactive advertising. The sign can recognize no. viewers who are currently in front of the sign. Furthermore, they are now working on age and gender recognition in order to offer advertisements and promotions which are better fit to customers’ preference.

In my opinion, the exhibition is very well made with lots of examples to illustrate the utilization of ICT. The experiences today are eyes opening in what is going on in the world of ICT.

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