As communications networks evolve, interconnects tend to grow in numbers and complexity. Carriers and enterprises are converting core networks to IP, and are using IP to connect with peering entities. For the network core to deal with the emerging universe of applications, networks and devices, those elements must first be normalized at the edge.
As real-time communications services are increasingly moving to the cloud, one of the biggest impacts and potential for growth revenue is coming at the intersection of software innovation and dramatically changing consumer behaviors.
In the wake of the massive disruption of the traditional telecom industry as Internet-based Real-Time Communications (RTC) service have been taking "over-the-top" (OTT) by challengers, and growth of popular applications like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Facetime and dozens more shows no signs of slowing down, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is stepping up to lead an open discussion on global public policy.
Open Telecom initiatives continue to grow, as the benefits of belonging to NFV ecosystems are so compelling: working together, private cloud infrastructure, software and systems vendors are helping service providers "future proof" their networks and improve service agility, while avoiding vendor lock-in and continuing to build the basis for the development and launching of new and innovative services.
There is nothing as exciting as our annual customer and partner gathering each year, and this year, for the first time, we are bringing over 600 people together in my backyard, downtown Los Angeles. The energy in LA is unlike any other city, bringing a cool vibe to a hot town, with everything from music and entertainment to technology and a vibrant economy. As part of the real-time communications industry, we are in the networking business, and there will be no better networking happening than at this gathering which has grown each year over the past five years.
This is the fifth year we've brought together our customers, partners, industry analysts, and the media to share their perspectives - but the first year holding this exciting gathering in the City of Angels, Los Angeles!
We are officially less than a month away from GENBAND™ Perspectives17 annual customer and partner summit and the anticipation is building, not only among our team but also among our customers and partners. I’ve already heard from a number of customers with whom I’ve visited over the past few months on how they are looking forward to attending this year’s show.
It's my favorite time of year as GENBAND brings together hundreds of technology and telecom professionals at the top of their game to compare notes about the never dull worlds of networks and real-time communications applications, while sharing their experiences, and revealing visions into a future of hyper-connected digital conversations.