A day long voyage of discovery, into key Changes affecting the Communications Industry; as well as the Opportunities that they present.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

There has been a lot of promise and confusion over the past several months, as several announcements around muni-WiFi have circulated involving new as well as traditional telecom players.

Lost in all of this discussion, has been the wider trend that these networks represent. Specifically, the rise of, what we at Voice 2.0 have referred to simply as, Alternative Networks. These networks include; municipal networks (usually wifi based), such as the ones announced in Toronto, Paris, San Fransisco, and elsewhere over the past several months. But it also includes what some people have referred to as User Managed and owned networks. These are often based on advanced optical access technologies, and amount to users owning the expensive, and all important "last mile" of the network. Bill St-Arnaud of CANARIE networks in Canada, has claimed that, owning the last mile is;
[an] Increasingly popular strategy at universities, schools, hospitals, businesses,
and that the
ROI is typically 2-3 years versus purchasing managed service

Bill is an expert on high-speed optical network technology, as well as User Managed networks. He will be joined at Voice 2.0 by Martin Geddes, a UK consultant to Service Providers, along with other experts in the field to discuss this trend and the opportunities that it presents to small and large businesses.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I want to make sure that everyone knows who is behind this conference. Besides the good people at OCRI who are taking care of much of the conference management, and the terrific people at High Road Communications, who are supporting this conference, and who have been a pleasure to work with, there are those who have been instrumental in getting this whole thing underway. The idea for the conference started out as part of a conversation that I had with Alec Saunders at a barcamp in Ottawa, that he had initiated. We felt that it would be great to bring together a mix of people from the new communication companies (many coming from an IP heritage) and the traditional Telecom vendors, to explore opportunities being presented by the dramatic changes that are happening in communications technology/businesses today.

Within days of casually discussing the idea with colleagues and friends, we had attracted a cast of true leaders in their fields. Each believing that the idea was well worth their time. I am greatful for all the support of these people in developing this first iteration of Voice 2.0. There is much yet to do, but I wanted to acknowledge these folks:
  • Alec Saunders (Iotum)
  • Greg Pelton (CISCO)
  • Peter Carbone (Nortel)
  • Surj Patel (ETel co-chair)
  • Martin Geddes (UK based consultant)
  • Gitte Lindgaard (Carleton U)
  • John Callahan (Carleton U)

As each week goes by, we are being joined by new people that are offering their help to make this conference a reality. Thanks to all it is going to be a great event.

Well, it is that time of year again ... the summer is coming to an end, and it is time to plan your fall activities. Do yourself a really big favour; pull out your calendar, and circle October 16th. This is the day that many sages and practitioners from the Telecom industry, will be in Ottawa, sharing visions, ideas and practices, for the future of the industry.

Those of us behind organizing the conference are really excited about the prospect for a unique conference involving a diverse group of people, from large companies as well as entrepreneurs, and some researchers. It will cover the gambit from implications and opportunities of Open Source in Telecom, to what the next generation of user interfaces and experiences will be like. Voice 2.0 promises a day packed full of interesting conversations.

The event will also be unique in that we have adopted a hybrid structure - a mixture of traditional conference and so-called unconference. It will enable those planning on attending to contribute to defining, and creating the day's activities. We have established a wiki to capture your input, and we can be reached by email as well.

One reason we felt the need to create this conference, was to develop a forum for conversations among practitioners and entrepreneurs, about future directions and opportunities in the communications industry as if goes through some exciting changes. With your input we plan on supporting mechanisms to enable the conversation to continue well after this first conference.

For two very eloquent introductions to our conference , please see the blog entries from a couple of other people behind Voice 2.0 - Alec Saunders and Martin Geddes.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Voice 2.0 conference to be formally announced this week! Stay tuned for regular conference updates