We live in an era whose defining characteristic is connectivity. Every dimension of our lives is being transformed by global commerce, mobile devices and apps, social media, and smart, digital, connected things. However, while legacy network service providers have been the ones making enormous capital investments to create the infrastructure that enables us to live in this new world, it is other industry segments that have grown massively in terms of users, usage, revenue, profits, market capitalization, and founder wealth.

Like a fault line just before an earthquake, the strains on the industry may soon lead to massive disruption. In the past, it was enough to offer the pipes that connect people, businesses, and things via subsea, satellite, terrestrial, and wireless networks and their myriad interconnections. But according to the World Economic Forum, since 2010, the service provider share of industry profits has dropped from 58% to 45%, even as every other segment has increased its share.

The strategic mandate is clear: service providers must evolve from mere pipes to a new set of interconnected global platforms that are richer, more flexible, more intelligent, more programmable, and inherently more powerful. These platforms—composed of cutting-edge software, hardware, and networking technologies, new services, and new partner ecosystems—are the cornerstone of virtually all modern digital applications, architectures, services, and business models.

How will the networking and IT industries survive and thrive by creating new value, new revenue models, and new products, services, and solutions? How will 5G, the Internet of Things, edge computing, low-latency global and local networks, and “digital business” affect the rest of the telecom value chain?

Attend PTC’19 to learn from the leaders how to return to growth in an industry evolving from pipes to platforms.


The biggest news in mobility is 5G—the next (r)evolution in connectivity between and among people and things. 5G will enable the next wave of cutting-edge applications, such as augmented, virtual, and mixed reality, autonomous vehicles, and the like.

5G is projected to reduce the cost of data transmission by a factor of 100. This is terrific for unleashing next-generation applications, but a potential disaster for incumbents, because it signals a massive revenue decline. Price declines will be partially offset by demand growth, but are also likely to cannibalize fixed network traffic, according to Mobility Experts. PTC’19 will address the technical and architectural implications of 5G, the impact on backhaul networks, computing, data, and applications, and its implications for revenue, market share, and profits.

More people and more things are connecting to an increasingly complex service infrastructure including private clouds, public clouds, hybrid clouds, multiclouds, fog, and edge. All of this is driving robust growth in not only cloud and fog, but also the data center, colocation, and interconnection infrastructure helping to tie it together. In fact, by 2021, 95% of all data center traffic will be to, from, or between clouds, according to Cisco. Not only are needs becoming more complex, but also cyberattacks are becoming more sophisticated, traffic flows are reversing, and users are becoming more demanding.

How will new technologies and services, such as network virtualization, mobile data and digital media, new online users and devices, and the growth of cloud services and interconnection disrupt architectures, business models, and revenue streams?

The satellite industry is experiencing an unprecedented wave of change, driven by lower prices, accelerated production cycles, reduced latency to support IoT and 5G, and enhanced flexibility. Operators are rethinking strategies, investing more, taking new risks, forging new alliances, exploiting new suppliers such as private launch companies, and pursuing new approaches such as low earth orbit satellites, in large part to attempt to overcome slowing growth: global satellite revenue growth slowed from 18% in 2012 to 2% in 2016, according to Bryce. Going forward, growth will shift to High Throughput Satellites and new LEO constellations, according to Northern Sky Research, with 5.8 million satellite IoT connections in use by 2023, out of 20 billion total IoT connections.

Rather than a stand-alone industry, satellite is increasingly playing an integral role in mobile and fiber communications as well as broadband provision and broadcasting. So, where is the industry going? Will new low earth orbit satellite constellations disrupt or complement long dominant geo-stationary approaches? What are the real latency requirements of the new 5G systems? Will lower High Throughput Satellite pricing open the door to broader telecom integration?

The submarine cable construction and upgrade industry are benefitting from ever-improving technology, the ever-expanding global digital economy, and the world’s insatiable demand for more data. However, network service providers are being massively impacted by the strategic moves of tier-one app providers, who now use their own private networks to carry about two-thirds of the undersea traffic across the Atlantic, Pacific, and on intra-Asian routes, according to TeleGeography.

Content providers’ demand for new connectivity is changing the face of submarine cable development, funding, and ownership models. As thin routes become thicker and OTTs invest in cables covering even more of the globe, what role will carriers play in the undersea business? And as our world’s central nervous system depends even on these cables laying on the ocean floor, what is changing to make building them easier and operating them more securely possible?

Because telecommunications and network-centric applications and services are so broad and diverse, there are many additional special topics that don’t fit cleanly into the above categories, such as Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning / Deep Learning; Cybersecurity; Big Data and Analytics; Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality; SDN / NFV / SD-WAN, etc. However, they will be given due consideration by the Program Committee if they are of interest to conference attendees and if they are relevant to the vision and mission of the Pacific Telecommunications Council, which is to promote the advancement and commercial use of information and communication technologies, services, policies, and knowledge to improve the quality of life and benefit the people of the Pacific Hemisphere and PTC’s global members.


For: Sales personnel
Likely Format:

What do sales partners at PTC want to know about products their customers buy? What concerns do buyers have, and how do your sales professionals answer those questions? What do sales managers want their sales teams to learn about at PTC, in terms of new products, services, technologies, and capabilities?

What “buyer requirements” and “seller capabilities” are top of mind for the PTC community?

Help us create the latest new learning opportunity at PTC: sessions designed by and for sales personnel at PTC who are very busy but would spend some time at sessions optimized specifically for buyers and sellers of capacity, data center, and other products at PTC.

For: Single speaker
Likely Format:
Very short presentation followed by discussion with a group of like-minded participants

Topic Table proposals are for individuals interested in discussing a topic with like-minded participants. Participants take turns presenting their short presentation (i.e., two minutes, no slides) followed by discussion with those sitting at the table. Proposals must include a full abstract that clearly reflects new knowledge and analytical views of the topic.

For: Single speaker or managed session
Likely Format: Roundtable discussion with audience participation

Experts Forum (EF) proposals are for executive-level speakers (e.g., C-suites, senior-level academics, policy makers, analysts, etc.). Proposals can either be a single person submission or as an interactive managed session.

Managed EF submissions must include the session organizer, a full description of the topic to be covered, a list of specific session invitees and their brief bios. Session organizer must secure advanced agreement in principle from proposed participants before submission of their names for panel.

For: Single speaker or managed session
Likely Format: Panel discussion, individual presentation with Q&A

Topical Session proposals must include a full abstract that clearly reflects new knowledge and analytical views with main points identified and conclusions provided. Only ONE speaker is allowed for each accepted proposal (unless it is for a managed session).

Managed Topical Session submissions must include the session organizer, a full description of the topic to be covered, a list of specific session invitees and their brief bios. Session organizer must secure advanced agreement in principle from proposed participants before submission of their names for panel.

Vague proposals or proposals that do not go beyond an introduction to a topic are often rejected.

For: Single speaker or managed session
Likely Format: Panel/roundtable discussion, individual presentation with Q&A

Workshop/Roundtable proposals should include specific descriptions of the organization and session leader(s), session content, and specific invitees and their brief bios. Session organizer must secure advanced agreement in principle from proposed participants before submission of their names for panel.

For: Current or graduating students

Likely Format: Individual presentation with Q&A

Student Paper option applies to all current or graduating students (2019 or later graduation date) interested in submitting an original research paper pertaining to one of the topics listed in this year’s Call for Participation.

Paper should be a single student author or co-authored with fellow student(s). Paper with faculty member(s) as co-author(s) is not eligible.* Verification of student status–including co-author(s)–is required.

*A paper with faculty member(s) as co-author(s) should be submitted as a regular proposal. Full paper is not required at time of submission.

Likely Format: Include suggested format in submission form

Other: Suggestions for audience-engaging formats at PTC’19 are welcome. Possibilities include debates and other ways to enable more audience participation such as audience surveys, group topic discussions, etc.


Meheroo Jussawalla Research Prize Award

The Meheroo Jussawalla Research Prize Award–named in honor of the late international telecommunications scholar Meheroo Jussawalla–is open to all conference participants and given to the best participant research paper at PTC’s annual conference.

Yale M. Braunstein Student Prize Award

The Yale M. Braunstein Student Prize Award is awarded to the best student research paper at PTC’s annual conference. The prize includes a USD 1,000 cash award, conference registration, and up to USD 1,500 for travel and accommodations to present at the conference.



Proposal Submission:

20 July 2018

Proposal Status Notification:

Starting 15 August 2018

Final Paper & Presentation Slides:

3 December 2018

“Research” is no longer offered as a proposal type. Instead, academics and researchers are highly encouraged to:

  • Submit proposals relevant to the six topics of the CFP
  • Submit proposals specifically on Spectrum Management and ICT4D

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