Updated June 2, 2009.


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Multi-Network Operation


Hosted by iPass
San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, June 24, 2009.

Chair: Peter Rysavy, Rysavy Research




Meeting Agenda

Meeting Location
Hotel and Travel Information
Information for Presenters




Users have an increasing number of communications networks available to them as devices support more networks. Many smartphones today are Wi-Fi enabled. New laptops will support Wi-Fi, 3G and WiMAX. Some applications are well suited for one connection type but not others. For example, downloading a 3 GByte movie may make more sense over Wi-Fi than 3G. How can users, operators and other service providers best manage these powerful yet complex networking environments?

The meeting will address the following types of questions:

  • What are the different emerging architectures for best managing multiplicity of network types?
  • What new interfaces and methods are becoming available in new operating systems such as Windows 7 for managing connectivity?
  • How can connectivity be kept simple to not alienate users?
  • How can network types be combined in single sessions for higher throughput?
  • What are policy management approaches to control what applications have access to what networks?
  • What are the emerging business models for supporting multi-network operation?
  • What are the most important standards to assist with multi-network operation? What is the status and relevance of IEEE standards IEEE 802.21 and IEEE 1900.4?
  • How will Generic Access Network (GAN) and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) address multi-network operation?

Note that meeting presenters, and many of the attendees, are world leading technologists on the subject material. We allocate sufficient time for discussion that attendees can ask questions of greatest interest. Moreover, the meetings allow informal networking during breaks where attendees can exchange important information.



Meeting. (Demonstrations Invited). Wednesday, June 24, 2009. 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Continental breakfast and lunch provided.
Meeting attendees obtain access to content presented at the meeting and detailed minutes.

The preliminary proposed agenda is as follows:


  • 8:00 to 8:30 Registration.
  • 8:30 to 8:45 Peter Rysavy, Executive Director, PCCA. Introductions. PCCA meeting schedule and association update.
  • 8:45 to 9:15 iPass. Host company introduction.
  • 9:15 to 10:00 Presentation. Richard Martin, Services Director, MobileAware.
    "Connection Management Architectures." Network availability detection, establishing network connections, priority-based network connection switching, concurrent network connections, re-establishing lost connections, virtual network connections, application filtering.
  • 10:00 to 10:15 Break
  • 10:15 to 11:15 Presentation. Vivek Gupta, Necati Canpolat, Intel. IEEE standard 1900.4 (architecture and information model for policy-based management of optimized radio resource usage in heterogeneous wireless networks); IEEE 802.21 (abstraction layer between access technologies and mobility management solutions); IEEE 802.11u (interworking with external networks).
  • 11:15 to 12:00 Presentation. Barbara Nelson, CTO, iPass. Challenges in aggregating diverse networks including credentials management, billing models etc.
  • 12:00 to 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 to 1:45 Presentation. Gary Greenbaum, Director Business Development, Microsoft. "Windows 7 Mobile Broadband Platform." State of mobile broadband today, Windows 7 value proposition, Windows 7 mobile broadband platform, architecture, features.
  • 1:45 to 2:30 Presentation. Joe Savarese, CTO and General Manager, NetMotion Wireless. "Policy Enforcement for Heterogeneous Network Environments."
  • 2:30 to 2:45 Break
  • 2:45 to 3:30 Presentation. Martin Kendrick. Brand Communications. Multicomm, allowing aggregation of multiple network types for higher throughput and redundancy. Market trends and roadmap.
  • 3:30 to 4:00 General Q&A, group discussion, conclusions.


Note: agenda is subject to change.




The meeting will be held at:

Hilton Garden Inn San Mateo
2000 Bridgepointe Circle, San Mateo, California, USA 94404
Tel: +1-650-522-9000  Fax: +1-650-522-9099  


We do not have a room block. Please book early.



See above.

For assistance with travel, the PCCA recommends Tom Smith Travel, 503-477-5341 or 877-604-3107.




The registration deadline is one week before the meeting.


Meetings are intended primarily for PCCA members. However, non-member organizations may attend for a fee of $375 per person. This fee can be applied towards future membership. Executive-level members may send five people, associate-level members may send two people and affiliate-level members may send one person to the meeting without incurring meeting charges.

There is no attendance charge for members of the press.

If you intend to come, please register soon.


Click here to register for the meeting using our secure Web page.

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The following information is for people presenting at this PCCA meeting: 


  • Presentations are typically 30 minutes to 45 minutes long unless arranged otherwise.
  • There is usually a 5 to 15 minute discussion following the presentation.
  • Presenters must provide their presentations (PDF or PPT) at least one week prior to the meeting to allow for copying to the members area of the PCCA Web site, as well as to allow detailed questions for discussion.
  • This is a technical audience (e.g., engineering and program managers), so please make the presentations technical. Emphasis should be on industry and technology at large, versus selling your product (limit of 3 slides). Consider items such as compatibility, technical alternatives, standardization, deployment considerations, interoperability, certification and adoption.
  • Generally, a dynamic and attentive audience of key industry stakeholders attend each meeting, representing a broad spectrum of the mobile computing industry, including operators, infrastructure vendors, device vendors, middleware providers and application developers.
  • We will provide an LCD projector. Presenters should plan on presenting from their own computers. Presenters should use their own presentation templates.
  • Since PCCA meetings are considered public meetings, please do not include any confidential or proprietary information. 


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