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What is eComm™?
Drastic change is facing the multi-trillion dollar a year telecom industry:
- Telecom is becoming software
- The cash cows of telephony and SMS will dry up long term
- “Phones” are turning into general purpose computers
- A march is underway to change how spectrum is allocated and utilized
- Applications innovation is being democratized
- The media industry is converging with personal communications
- Internet-style ecosystems are starting to pressurize the traditional value chain
- Search engines and computer manufactures are encroaching into the space
- The telecom kingdom is fragmenting daily.
It means unprecedented opportunity for those ahead-of-the-curve.
The debut 08 conference broke a lot of new ground and created a revitalized forum attracting 300 people and 80 speakers from 15 countries. 09 promises to build upon that foundation to create the only forum dedicated to defining and profiting from the post-telecom era.
Major topics of 09 (so far) will include:
- Voice and Video Evolution - from threaded video conversation to vcommerce (voice commerce)
- Open Spectrum - the fight for open spectrum will significantly determine the future of communications. What if anyone could access spectrum anywhere at anytime; a world with no spectrum scarcity? It’s often claimed that established interests are fighting to prevent widespread access to the public airwaves. We’ll explore the regulatory issues, technologies, and key players involved in this critical inside-the-beltway battle.
- Communications Enabling Business Processes, Especially B2C - how can we make money from organisations who wish to interact and transact with end users? What does Freephone 2.0 look like?
- New Forms of Contactability and Connectability
- Mobile Social Networking (MoSoSo) - demos of the emerging applications which promise to turn the phone into a social radar. Seek to answer whether the majority of text messages sent through cellular networks will eventually relate to online social network interaction; and whether all operators sooner or later will offer a Facebook plugin? The emergence of socially aware devices and networks
- Open Handsets & the Open Ecosystem - the latest iPhone Apps strut their stuff, Google Android Prize Winners demo. The impact of increasingly open handsets on the entire mobile value chain; and who is best positioning to monetize it?
- Social Computing and the Social Web - what is the trend and how is it already starting to displace telephony as the predominant means of communications?
- Convergence of Media with Personal Communications
- Open Communication Platforms - demos of applications which show the power of convergence of Web, Telco and mobile technologies
- Leveraging Cloud Computing - is the time ripe for a new wave of mobile applications that tap into near unlimited processing, storage in the cloud? Are telcos better positioned to offer that infrastructure?
- Towards 4G Wireless - will networks move quickly to LTE, or will we see continued development of HSPA and CDMA? Where do innovations like WiMAX and femtocells fit? And how will these new wireless technologies enable new services & applications?
- Emerging Markets
The Emerging Communications Conference:
- Attracts executives and top influencer’s from across the telecom, mobile and Internet space
- Launches real-world startups
- Explores business models and new partnership structures
- Gives stage time to cutting-edge academic projects
- Presents views from the incumbent telecom players
- Stirs required policy debates
- Promotes garage based hacks
- Brings out visionaries
- Provides a venue to meet and do business, as well as be inspired
- Showcases bleeding-edge technologies
- Provides a critical forum for all players across the full spectrum
Why Attend 09
The mammoth sized telecom industry - including cellular - is in the process of being re-written. You either stand on the side to be written into the past or instead join with the growing community to write the future.
Opportunities to profit from the radical restructuring and in accelerating the development of how humanity connects, communicates and collaborates have never been so great.
Opportunity Doesn't Always Knock. Sometimes It Calls.
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The Value of eComm
Ribbit ahead of demo at debut 08. After, British Telecom bought the company for $105 million.