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Just as the wireline side of telecom transforms itself from regulated voice-only providers to IP-based multiservice providers, so too does the tradeshow that highlights the industry.
With the SUPERCOMM show's demise now almost a two-year distant memory, the TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association)--one of two collaborators that developed the anchor telecom tradeshow in the 1980s--is moving into a new era with "Inside the Network," taking place this week from Tuesday, May 17 to Thursday, May 19 at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas.
Stopping short of calling Inside the Network the next SUPERCOMM, Grant Seiffert, President of TIA, said that in developing the education program, his team tried to focus on key issues the organizers thought were core to the transition wireline carriers have to make.
"When we developed our education track, we focused on issues we thought would be relevant and timely to the industry, including: converged networks, the mobile backhaul issue; and we're very interested in how this convergence of the utility and telco markets come together under the smart grid," Seiffert said in an interview with FierceTelecom. "I also see a lot of promise in the M2M or smart devices (space) so those are going to be the hot topics along with some of the other issues we are looking at from a policy perspective."
The event will be complemented by the TIA's Spring Policy Summit, and its Engineering Committee will hold open meetings to address smart grid, M2M/smart devices, and voice and data applications.
For insight into the trends we expect to be on display at the show, check out FierceTelecom's full TIA 2011 Inside the Network special report:
- Carrier Ethernet SLAs
- Cloud services ramp up
- OTT video on the rise
- Tier 2-3 telco backhaul opportunities
- Utilities and telcos work in harmony
I will be on a one-man band trek during the show covering the keynotes, conducting meetings in the media room and on the show floor. In addition to covering the news of the show, FierceTelecom will also feature a number of interviews with key telecom executives about their views about industry trends affecting their wireline business plans.
Of course, I'd love to hear your perspective on these trends. Also, feel free reach out to me if you'd like to meet me during the show or have any news or thoughts you'd like to share as I make the journey out to Texas.--Sean