As carriers face ever-increasing demands for speed, reliability, and expanded services, virtualization and cloud computing play an intensifying role in the multibillion-dollar telecom equipment market.
Some say the software telco market represents the biggest disruption and opportunity in carrier spending this decade. An industry push to establish network standards virtualization may shake up the telecommunications market even more than the move to IP communications.
An upcoming conference will explore the implications of this shift from the physical world and help guide carriers in the move toward software-driven networks. The inaugural Software Telco Congress, to be held November 20-21 in Santa Clara, Calif., will help carriers discover opportunities in network functions virtualization (NFV) and figure out the best courses of action for their organizations.
Carriers expect to save money and benefit greatly from the flexibility of hosting their networks in private and virtual private clouds. The move to replace network hardware with software potentially can open the market to new players that may not have had the deep pockets needed to develop proprietary hardware, as well as new carriers that now may be able to quickly scale and compete.
The Software Telco Congress will feature keynotes from industry leaders such as Adtran, Alcatel-Lucent, Lemko, and Metaswitch Networks. Sessions will cover issues including:
- How to begin designing a telco in a cloud environment
- Whether SDN is necessary to achieve benefits of NFV
- Security in the cloud
- Monetizing NFV
The event is designed to help carriers navigate the confusing transition from hardware to software, helping them achieve lower costs on commoditized hardware, decreased time to market for new services, and the possibility of running production, test, and reference facilities at the same infrastructure speeds.
Learn more about the Software Telco Congress and register today.