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22.3.2018 : 1:08

A Sharing Economy Perspective on Future Wireless & Wired Networks

Session Organisers

undefinedLinda Doyle (Trinity College Dublin)
undefinedLuiz Da Silva (Trinity College Dublin)
undefinedDavid Payne (Trinity College Dublin)
undefinedMarco Ruffini (University of Dublin)

Session description

The recent sale of Zipcar to Avis was hailed as a landmark moment in which the so called sharing economy has been embedded in more main stream practices. In the telecoms world the same cannot be said. Sharing is a fundamental principle of the Internet yet the owners of the physical infrastructures on which it depends, especially in an era of mobile Internet and fibre connectivity, have often struggled with the principle of sharing resources beyond some well-defined and limited scope. A mindset prevails that excellent service is not possible without complete ownership of key resources and that investments cannot be recouped without keeping tight control of the infrastructure.

The purpose of this working session is to unpack these issues through exploring an end-to-end vision for wireless and optical networks of the future which is heavily predicated on the wider use of shared resources (infrastructure, spectrum/bandwidth, cloud resources, services, etc.) and collaborative mechanisms. The vision draws on the experience of the CTVR researchers as well as outcomes from EU projects. The presentation will set the context for the open discussion that will follow which will explore the technical, business and regulatory challenges that arise in a telecommunications world in which we increasingly embrace sharing of resources and collaborative modes of consumption. The discussion will be a moderated discussion and a mix of people from industry and regulatory backgrounds will be recruited to seed the discussion through offering different perspectives. Target Audience The target audience is a mix of industry, academic, business people and regulators.


  1. Brief Introduction
  2. Wireless & Optical Vision
  3. Open Discussion