Category Archives: Conferences

Interesting Times in Telecoms

Its interesting times to review quarterly financial performance of a number of telecom companies. Firstly, examining the large established ones focused on telco: Ericsson revenue fell 6% year over year during the third quarter to $5.9 billion Nokia fell 9% year-on-year to around $5.7B in Q3, and said conditions will continue to be difficult into […]

The Rainbow of Programmable Telecoms

Its been a busy summer across preparations for TADHack Global, TADSummit and the day job of helping people around the world build new businesses and services in programmable telecoms. Plus here in the US with the long summer holidays a succession of camps and baby sitters to keep the kids occupied and not watching TV or […]

Restconn 2017

I attended Restconn 2017, this weblog provides quick review and some context on what it means to the industry. I’ve known Ivelin, Jean and Amit since 2004/5; they are the core team behind Mobicents (the open source project now called Restcomm) and they founded Telestax which leads Restcomm. Back in 2004/5 there were lots of open […]

Building an A2P Ecosystem, Line Bot Awards

On Saturday, March 18, the winners of the “LINE BOT AWARDS” were announced. 815 entries were whittled down to just 24 teams who completed for the Grand Prix prize of 10 million yen, about $90,000 USD. At TADHack Global we get about 200 entries over one weekend, its comparing apples and oranges a little as […]

What’s going to happen at MWC 2017?

I’ve not attended MWC (Mobile World Congress) for quite a few years, and I’ll not be at MWC 2017. I reviewed back in 2015 some of the reasons in this weblog, MWC is Broken. For this year, you’ll likely see most of the usual faces, but for many of the vendors there will be fewer demos […]

WebRTC Global Summit 2016

After TADHack London we all headed to the WebRTC Summit. On the Monday afternoon the available TADHack winners presented to the conference. The big change for me at the conference is the number of real-world case studies being discussed. Not by RTC geeks, vendors or industry insiders; but regular web/IT people. I highlight Philipe Vaysacc […]

The Joy of Telecom Democratization

Amara’s Law states, “We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.” Another way of looking at this law is the cognitive biases of attention-bias, confirmation-bias and herd-instinct; which tend to make new ideas overly popular with fanciful claims believed on when benefits can be […]

Comptel’s Nexterday

I was lucky enough to be invited to Nexterday North to present on telecom app development. Nexterday North is a TED-like event principally sponsored by CompTel, with an impressive line up of speakers, including Ted Matsumoto’s presentation “SoftBank’s Mobile Internet Strategy and Advice to Challengers.” This was the highlight for me, they have one of […]

Review of IIT RTC Conference and TADHack Chicago

This week the center of the RTC (Real Time Communications) World was the IIT (Illinois Institute of Technology) in Chicago as people from around the world gathered at IIT RTC to discuss: IPTComm (devoted to academic and industrial research in IP-enabled communications and services); Mobile Networks, Platforms and Applications; WebRTC and Cloud Communications; Next Generation […]

Business As Usual Kills Most Innovation

In my travels I meet many Telco CEOs who have a common question, “How can I transform my organization to be more innovative?” My response is always the same, “You can not.” They look a little perplexed as most people tell them they can if they buy their snake-oil. Usually packaged up as digital-tripe like […]