The infraNET Project presents ...
Distinquished Speaker Seminar Series
Speed, Agility and
Fulfilling the Promise of Webtone
Wednesday, September 30,
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo
The World Wide Web offers virtually
unlimited potential as a major force for shaping human interaction in
the 21st century. Its key valuesuser-driven innovation,
accessibility to rich multimedia content, and rapid service evolutionare
embodied in a concept called Webtone.
Webtone is about multimedia,
multi-points of connectivity, about being able to not only communicate,
but also to access, manage, and alter information in ways never before
possible. The change from dial tone to Webtone will transform the way
businesses operate, governments define and respond to public interest, and
how individuals gather knowledge and information, access social
services, and entertain themselves.
This fundamental and pervasive change is
occurring in webtime, engendering a host of new types of
companies and service providers. In addition, the most important
criteria for quality and value are increasingly being defined in the
Meeting the challenges of Webtone will
entail meeting a host of challenges. The communications industry must
learn to adapt quickly to this environment of rapid and organic growth.
We are just at the beginning of this undertaking, with only our
imaginations to tell us what the world will be like a few years from
now. But we are taking the first steps toward creating exciting new
possibilities for enriching society and bringing about profound,
productive change in a global context.
David Mann has served more than thirty
years in the telecommunications industry. He has worked in many
countries including UK, Spain, Zambia, Belgium, Sweden and now Canada.
Currently, VP, Technology, Broadband Networks, he is a member of Nortels
Technology Council. He has served as Nortels Chief Engineer, VP,
Multimedia Development, and VP and General Manager, Broadband
Switching. In 1989, he received, on behalf of STC, the Queens
Award for technical innovation.
Nortel (Northern Telecom)
NORTEL, a leading global provider of
communications network solutions, commercialized digital technology to
the telecommunications industry in 1976. It provides network solutions
and telecommunications equipment and related services worldwide.
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