Many telecom equipment vendors have had a rough go of it lately. Some of them are still struggling with their own consolidation moves, while others struggle under the market pressures posed to them by consolidation among their carrier customers. But, the challenges of 2007 may give way to some optimism in 2008 as consolidation tapers off and potential new customers for telecom gear emerge via the 700 Mhz auction in January.
Grant Seiffert, president of the Telecommunications Industry Association, which represents these equipment vendors, recently assessed the changing industry and the TIA's role in it, and outlined significant issues the agency will follow and address in 2008. To read our interview with Seiffert, click here.
Also, be sure to check out our 2007 Review and 2008 Forecast next week. I still need "Best of..." lists from some of you, so be sure to e-mail them to me today.