In September 2016, the 55th annual FITCE Congress took place at the amphitheater of the Ministry of Transport in Athens, Greece. Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece, with population exceeding the 5 million people, and one of the oldest cities in the world. Therefore, the participants, in addition to the rich theme of topics and well organized event, had a chance to visit the nice ancient monument places like Acropolis, Parthenon and Lycabettus hill and learn about their significant history.
The Congress, which was attended by more than 400 people, was comprised of three days. On the first day, there were five sessions and a workshop. On the second day, there were four sessions with a workshop. At the third day, there was a conclusion of the workshop that was followed by the General Assembly. At the beginning of the Congress, key-note talks were given by the Presidents of FITCE Europe and Greece and also from Executive Directors of different companies, who provided an insight to where the ICT industry is moving and what is expected in the near future.
The topics covered at the Congress encompassed the Internet of Things (IoT), the advanced copper technologies and antennas design, the security of 5G & IoT, the fixed line broadband, the monitoring of the QoE and QoS to the end user, the importance of SDN in the backhaul technology, the economics brought by IP technology, the integration of satellite in 5G technologies, and finally the benefits of beamforming and smart steering by antennas. The technical programme consisted of a balanced group of presentations focused on the current trend of technologies in the ICT field, and key-note presentations on leading- edge technologies, including 5G architectures and services.