IEEE GLOBECOM 2013, the premier international conference devoted to driving innovations and technological breakthroughs in nearly every telecommunications field, will hold its 56th annual event from December 9 – 13, 2013 at the Atlanta Hilton and Towers in Atlanta, Georgia.

It is always a pleasure to meet with thousands of colleagues annually at IEEE GLOBECOM to discuss and share our views on the most pertinent topics facing the communications industry, worldwide governments and the billions of individuals, who benefit daily from the latest technologies and the many more whose lives are continually advancing through the newest breakthroughs and their dissemination into their rural areas.

Over the past year, I have had the pleasure of serving as the Chair of the events track dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT). This effort has included working with numerous team members to produce an unsurpassed roster of leading international authorities discussing the latest innovations in Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications and smart (mobile) devices. As a result, the conference attendees will have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of topics such as “Architectures for the IoT,” “Cloud Computing & IoT Internetworking” and “Future Technologies Bridging that are Bridging the Physical & Virtual Worlds,” while learning how the newest pervasive interactions between smart things are effectively integrating information with the digital world on a global scale. 

In addition, I am also honored to be directly involved with several senior-level sessions exploring IPv6 trends and issues. This includes moderating leading wireless industry executives in a panel on IPv6 goes Mobile on Wednesday, December 11 as well as offering my own insights on the topics of Emerging Standards in Autonomic Management, Software Defined Networking (SDN) & NFV, and Unified Management of Converged Network and the Impact on Enterprise Networking when Deploying SDN based on IPv6 on Thursday, December 12.

During our discussion on IPv6 goes Mobile, I will be joined by Benjamin Parker, Executive Director of Verizon Wireless; Alain Fiocco, Sr. Director, IPv6 High Impact Project, Cisco Systems; Jorge Pereira of the European Commission; Cameron Byrne, Principal Architect of T-Mobile; Fredrik Garneij, Senior System Manager, IPv6 at Ericsson; and Yanick Pouffary, IPv6 Forum Fellow as we attempt to restore sanity and gain new insights into IPv6. This is an extremely timely topic since very few mobile operators -- Verizon and T-Mobile in the US and none in Europe and Asia -- have deployed IPv6 even though the world is virtually dry of IPv4 addresses. Through this engagement, it is my hope that all attendees will learn more about the Verizon & T-Mobile IPv6 deployment models and the anticipated benefits to both international end-users as well as service operators.

On Thursday, Ranganai Chaparadza, ETSI AFI Chair & IPv6 Forum Research Fellow, will then lead a lively exchange on the shaping of Future Network Standards between me and the senior executives representing several global leading operators and corporations such as France Telecom/Orange, Deutsche Telekom, Dell, NEC and AT&T Services. The focus is designed to emphasize that no single standardization group can address all the complex topics faced by Future Carrier Networks including emerging architectural principles, self-management (autonomic networking) capabilities, virtualization, programmability, manageability, elastic and dynamically self-adaptable and cost-effective networks and services.

Following this session, I will join representatives of ENSIE, SnT, the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and Cisco Systems in a lively discussion highlighting the deployment of new emerging large scale technologies such as SDN especially using IPv6 on the enterprise. This includes exploring scenarios where there is always a danger, where SDN proponents overpromise and technologies under-deliver.

I hope you will have the opportunity to join in our many discussions at IEEE GLOBECOM 2013. We firmly believe you will benefit greatly from the conference’s interactive culture and the numerous networking events bringing together professionals from nearly every field of communications and more than 50 countries worldwide.

Additional conference details, including the event’s five-day comprehensive agenda  detailing the entire roster of technical symposia, panels, keynotes, workshops, tutorial and Industry Forums and Exhibitions (IF&E) can be found at All website visitors are also invited to network with colleagues and peers, share their professional experiences, or address GLOBECOM 2012 issues through the conference’s Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages.