TC3: Telecom Council Carrier Connections 2016



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  • Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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    Networking

    8:30 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Breakfast, Meetings, Networking & Demos

    If you haven't booked any TC3 Matchmaker meetings at this time, you can start your day with breakfast and made-to-order coffee while you begin exploring the 40 new products in the Demo Pavilion. If you have an exciting new technology to show off please be sure to register for the Demo Pavilion Package.


     

    Main Stage

    9:00 AM  -  9:05 AM
    The Market for Telecom Innovation

    Before you jump into today's parade of innovation from startups and vendors, your matchmaker meetings, the Demo Pavilion and this evening's SPIFFY Awards Cocktail, we will set the stage so we all have a solid understanding of the current booming market for telecom innovation.

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    Spotlight Stage

    9:00 AM  -  9:15 AM
    This morning on the Spotlight Stage
    TC3 delegates who are interested in exploring specific innovations and technical progress will be participating in the fireside chats and audience-driven panel discussions taking place on the Spotlight Stage this morning.

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    Main Stage

    9:05 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Investor Forum Fast Pitches

    Telecom Council's Investor Forum meets quarterly and reviews 100+ early stage startups who need funding to take their product or service to the next level of being network-ready and carrier-grade. In today's Investor Forum session, our Investor Panel review 6 investment-ready companies each of whom has 5 minutes to convince these Corporate VCs they should followup. This panel will give you an inside look at what telecom investors are looking for and how they interact with young companies.

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    Spotlight Stage

    9:10 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Spotlight on Authentication
    Security and Authentication requirements are changing - from the EU's PSD2 directive and NIST's invalidation of SMS to multifactor authentication and IoT security. Miracl CEO, Brian Spector, will give us an update on this market and discuss the revenue opportunity for telecoms in vertically integrated security solutions.

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    9:35 AM  -  9:55 AM
    Spotlight on Digital Transformation
    The term Digital Transformation for telcos means adapting from a network company with one principal service (voice) into a diversified IP service provider who happens to also operate the network. Few carriers have been as aggressive or successful in this space as BT, who digitized their core assets as part of the 21st Century Network initiative from a decade ago. BT will update us on their digital transformation, and discuss what telcos strategies fit the next decade.
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    Networking

    10:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    TX/RX Networking Break

    Check your attendee list to put the TC3 Summit to work for you. Be sure to stop by the Demo Pavilion to get your hands on some of the hottest new ideas in telecom.

     

    Main Stage

    10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM
    Service Provider Forum Fast Pitches
    Telecom Council's Service Provider Forum (SPIF) meets every month, and annually reviews 100+ reviews 150+ network-ready startups who are ready for trial deployments. In today's SPIF session, our carriers will review 6 early-stage companies each of whom have 5 minutes to convince the carriers to followup. This panel will give you an inside look at what fixed and wireless telcos are looking for from their early-stage vendors.

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    Spotlight Stage

    10:35 AM  -  10:55 AM
    Spotlight on Government Regulation: Changes to the Rulebook

    Like it or not, much of the innovation created in Silicon Valley is bounded and guided by the regulatory environment. It’s very important for startups and larger vendors to be in tune with DC and the FCC in particular, because compliance is a lot cheaper than finding yourself in a courtroom. This session gives you an update on current FCC rulings, leanings, and NPRMs, and how they affect you.


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    11:00 AM  -  11:20 AM
    Spotlight on VR
    VR will provide the ultimate level of immersion, creating a sense of physical presence in real or imagined worlds. To accomplish this, VR places high emphasis on the 3 pillars of immersion—visual quality, sound quality, and intuitive interaction—to stimulate our human senses with realistic feedback. Making this happen seamlessly on a mobile wearable device is not easy. This session will explore how increased on-device processing and improved connectivity will make it possible.

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    11:25 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Spotlight on OTT vs. Telco
    OTT v Telco is an definitely an important battle for “customer ownership”, and is a critically important power play. Telcos must a) compete against OTT vendors with Telco apps and services, and b) also find a way to support and benefit from the demand that OTT stimulates. This session will explore how analytics can be used to do that part (b), and will explore how network operators can win the war, even if they lose some of the battles.
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    Main Stage

    11:30 AM  -  11:50 AM
    Innovation Quest: Telcos where to play?

    Arthur D. Little jointly with Match-Maker Ventures and the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley will present the results of a global study among telecom executives, startups as well as investors highlighting "where to play“ and "what it takes“ in the innovation quest. With the ever increasing dynamism in the telecommunications industry, there certainly is no short-falling of opportunities, but the challenge lies in identifying the "right“ domain and the "right" approach. In today’s interconnected world, this often refers to partnering that may be either with established companies and/ or with startups.

    The study provides a truly global view on these questions and highlights the innovation heat map from startup and corporate perspective, the "collaborate vs. disrupt grid" as well as learning from case studies leading to recommendations to stay relevant. The research is based on an online questionnaire, 1:1 interviews, detailed financial and case study analysis as well as the combined experience from the three authors.

    11:55 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Morning Review
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    Networking

    12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM
    Lunch & Demo Pavilion
    Use your lunch hour to message other attendees on our mobile app, use the TC3 Matchmaker tool to request meetings, review the afternoon's Spotlight Stage technology discussions, or explore the Demo Pavilion. Members and VIPs also have access to the Lounge and are welcome to request introductions at the reception desk in the lounge.
     

    Main Stage

    1:00 PM  -  1:20 PM
    Fireside Chat: Opportunities in IoT
    Immense value can be created by closing the gap between physical and digital worlds by connecting things to the Internet. The collective knowledge about the physical world, gained through IoT, becomes the input for more efficiency, new business models, lower pollution, and better health - just some of the opportunities we will chat about with Michael Crane from Amazon.

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    Spotlight Stage

    1:00 PM  -  1:05 PM
    This Afternoon on the Spotlight Stage
    TC3 delegates who are interested in exploring specific innovations and technical progress in various topics will be participating in the fireside chats and audience-driven panel discussions taking place on the Spotlight Stage this afternoon.

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    1:05 PM  -  1:25 PM
    Spotlight on Analytics for QoS
    How network operators can benefit from analytics tools to improve the network performance, and offer a better experience to customers.
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    Main Stage

    1:25 PM  -  1:40 PM
    Adapting the Network: Meeting Millennials’ Expectations
    In light of latest trends in consumer behavior, Uri Gurevitz will discuss how service providers are evolving in order to embrace the expectations of digital-native customers, who are driven by full time connectivity and social purchasing. This next generation of customer have a greater freedom of choice in a mesh and collaborative economy, raising the bar of high quality services around the clock. Learn how networks should adapt for different technologies including IoT, MFS, AI and deep learning to effectively serve millennials.

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    Spotlight Stage

    1:30 PM  -  1:50 PM
    Spotlight on Industrial Internet
    The IoT is the hottest topic in telecom this year. In this session, we look at the Vertical Industry opportunity to learn how the Industrial Internet can lower costs, increase productivity, reduce risk, and improve quality for non-telecom industries.
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    Main Stage

    1:45 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Startup Success Stories

    TC3 is all about partnerships between startups and big companies, in particular carrier connections. This panel will give us insight from growing companies that have graduated their startup phase. We’ll hear their partnering success stories, what made them successful, and challenges to avoid.


     

    Spotlight Stage

    1:55 PM  -  2:15 PM
    Spotlight on Hetnets
    Are Hetnets even a thing anymore? Yes, they are. If you don’t hear the term as often, that’s because it’s not controversial anymore. All 4.5G and 5G networks upgrades involve significant use of heterogeneous overlapping topologies to improve network capacity, QoS, and coverage for a IoT world with 50 Billion connected devices. “Cellular” is dead – long live HetNets.

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    Networking

    2:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    TX/RX Networking Break
    Stop by the coffee cart, grab a snack, check out some new technology demos and leverage this networking time.
     

    Main Stage

    3:05 PM  -  3:35 PM
    SDN/NFV powered open mobile network for new services and new revenue
    The power of SDN and NFV is not just a new network architecture, but to bring much needed new services and new revenue for our carrier customers. Since 2015 when Huawei launched the Open Mobile Foundry platform to expose network capabilities and promote innovation in NFV hardware, software and services, we are building a vibrant ecosystem on Gi-lan application, capability openness, IoT platform and 5G AR/VR solutions. Four of our great partner companies will share their solutions and stories with us today.

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    Spotlight Stage

    3:05 PM  -  3:25 PM
    Spotlight on LoRA
    The IoT will have many use cases, but many of these will call for long-range wireless hops, but avaricious power use. This need cannot currently be met by cellular standards, so new technologies are being over-laid to deliver the needed features. In this session, we look at LoRa, one of the options for Long-Range low-power wireless WAN.
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    3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Spotlight on Messaging
    With the explosive growth of consumer-to-business texting apps across the globe, and the mouthwatering topic of messaging payments, the opportunity in Conversational Commerce is huge. In this session, messaging veterans will discuss the hot trends in consumer-to-business texting, RCS powered messaging apps, and the predictions of who will win the market. Will it be an OTT closed platform or will it be the original open network—texting?

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    Main Stage

    3:40 PM  -  4:20 PM
    Panel: Inside Telecom Accelerators

    Incubators and accelerators are popping up across many industries, including communications. Our panel will share why their corporate accelerators and incubators were started, how they are judged, and what makes a successful external innovation program.



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    4:25 PM  -  5:05 PM
    Vendors as a Path to Market

    Vendors are often a better path to market than working with operators. Though that may be counter-intuitive to a startup who wants to strike a carrier deal, it is often the case that (when the technology interacts with their existing hardware) the operators require the startup to work with their equipment vendor anyways. A vendor partnership also has the potential to take the startup to multiple carriers, leveraging the large established sales force of the vendor. In this session, telecom vendors will give young companies some inside information on getting deals with the vendors as a path to their end market.


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    5:05 PM  -  5:10 PM
    Analyst Wrap Up
    No one can be in 3 places at once, so 3 of our TC3 analysts and moderators will review the day and brainstorm some of the impacts we may see on the communication industry.

     

    Spotlight Stage

    5:15 PM  -  6:00 PM
    The Telecom Council of Silicon Valley Presents the 9th Annual SPIFFY Awards
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    SPIFFY 20152016 SPIFFY Awards
    Of the 100+ early-stage companies who presented to the Telecom Council over the past year, our 2016 SPIFFY nominees stand out for their innovation, market opportunity or quantifiable interest among the Council's global Service Providers. These Service Providers present their annual SPIFFY Awards to recognize the amazing innovations coming out of early-stage companies around the world.

    List of SPIFFY Alumni Here

    • The Core Award for Best Fixed Telecom Opportunity
    • The Graham Bell Award for Best Communication Solutions
    • The Edison Award for Most Innovative Start-Up
    • The San Andreas Award for Most Disruptive Technology
    • The Zephyr Award for Best Mobile Opportunity
    • The Ground Breaker Award for Engineering Excellence
    • The Prodigy Award for the Most Successful SPIF Alumni
    • The Fred & Ginger Award for Most Supportive Carrier
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    Networking

    6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM
    Cocktail Reception

    Time to unwind. Join us for cocktails, relax…or, track down that interesting startup you heard from earlier in the day.

  • Thursday, September 29, 2016
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    Networking

    8:30 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Breakfast, Networking, Meetings and Demo Pavilion
    If you haven't booked matchmaker meetings at this time, you can start your day with breakfast and made-to-order coffee while you begin exploring the 40 new products in the Demo Pavilion.
     

    Main Stage

    9:00 AM  -  9:10 AM
    Setting the Stage: A Look Back

    Every year at TC3, fixed and wireless carriers from every corner of the world reach out to the community of entrepreneurs and innovators with lists of what they are looking for and what they hope that community will build. Before we get into their "innovation menus" today, our analyst will review what they asked for last year so we can quantify the progress the telecom industry is making.




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    Spotlight Stage

    9:05 AM  -  9:10 AM
    This Morning on the Spotlight Stage
    TC3 delegates who are interested in exploring specific innovations and technical progress of various topics VC Funding will be participating in the fireside chats and audience-driven panel discussions taking place on the Spotlight Stage this morning.

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    Main Stage

    9:10 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Saudi Telecom Overview

    Hear from Saudi Telecom about their external innovation focuses for the next year. They will present to market their innovation programs throughout the ecosystem, to attract entrepreneurs and developers, and to open the door to new products and services that will benefit their networks and subscribers.

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    Spotlight Stage

    9:10 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Spotlight on Opensource
    From a history of "Not Invented Here", carriers progressed to using equipment from a host of Tier 1 vendors. But the software was always locked-down and purpose-built to suit their network. Now, software too, is something where open innovation is necessary in order to keep up with best-of-breed solutions. Opensource software is increasingly being used by network operators, and it is moving into more and more core areas of the network. This session will look at risks and benefits of a shift towards Open Source, and explore new opportunities for carriers and vendors.

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    Main Stage

    9:35 AM  -  9:55 AM
    Cellular Drone Communication with 4G LTE – a case study with AT&T and Qualcomm
    Wide-scale deployments of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones, are expected to reshape countless industries, including agriculture, delivery, insurance, public safety, and real estate to name a few. Cellular networks can bring a new dimension of reliability, security, coverage and seamless mobility to commercial drone operation, enabling connectivity and control of drones Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS). This will be key to safe, wide-scale drone operation and the many new services enabled by them in the years to come.

    AT&T and Qualcomm are joining forces to trial drone operation on AT&T’s commercial 4G LTE networks — testing key performance indicators (KPI’s) such as coverage, signal strength, throughput, latency and mobility under various real-world scenarios.

    Findings from this research will not only help us optimize 4G LTE networks for safe and reliable drone operation, but also inform positive developments in drone regulations and 5G specifications as they relate to wide-scale deployment of numerous drone and other mission-critical use cases.


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    Spotlight Stage

    9:35 AM  -  9:55 AM
    Spotlight on Connected Car
    The car is one of the most important devices in the IoT. The reasons for its prominence are that: a) it requires wide-area cellular radios because of its mobile nature; b) it is potentially a very data-hungry device, meaning it represents significant potential business. That said, the business model is still very much in flux. What are the services, the telematics, the infotainment, the customer ownership, and the payment plans that we will see in connected cars? Come to this panel to learn more.


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    Main Stage

    10:00 AM  -  10:20 AM
    Case Study: NTT Facilities & Vigilent

    Hear from global carriers about their external innovation focuses for the next year - to market their innovation programs to the ecosystem, to attract entrepreneurs and developers, and to open the door to new products and services that will benefit their networks and subscribers.


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    Spotlight Stage

    10:00 AM  -  10:20 AM
    Spotlight on AI
    AI is a gripping technological topic, which is coming of age since the turn of the century. And AI has specific interest for telecom giants both inside and outside their operations. AI can help carriers parse Big Data, and develop actionable customer insights. It can shape real-time network resource allocation, spot nefarious intrusions, and help fix networks before they break. Outside the network, carriers can play a role with robotics by linking bots to the cloud with low-latency connections. 5G connections will blur the lines between on-board AI, and cloud-based AI for mobile bots.

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    Networking

    10:25 AM  -  10:55 AM
    TX/RX Networking Break
    Check your attendee list to put the TC3 Summit to work for you. Be sure to stop by the Demo Pavilion to get your hands on some of the hottest new ideas in telecom.
     

    Main Stage

    10:55 AM  -  11:15 AM
    Case Study: Swisscom & AXON VIBE

    Hear from global carriers about their external innovation focuses for the next year. Carriers present to market their innovation programs throughout the ecosystem, to attract entrepreneurs and developers, and to open the door to new products and services that will benefit their networks and subscribers.


     

    Spotlight Stage

    11:05 AM  -  11:25 AM
    Spotlight on IoT
    This is probably the hottest area in telecom today. IoT represents massive market opportunity for the tech and telecom sectors. But we don't know which areas will explode first…Industrial IoT, smarhome, connected car? And deeper questions exist about the business model and the technology used to connect. The future is very different depending on whether billions of devices get connected to 5G, or whether they eschew cellular and pick a WLAN radio instead. Our IoT session will dive into the discussion of likely future scenarios.

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    Main Stage

    11:20 AM  -  11:40 AM
    Fireside Chat with PLDT

    Hear from PLDT about their external innovation focuses for the next year. Carriers present to market their innovation programs throughout the ecosystem, to attract entrepreneurs and developers, and to open the door to new products and services that will benefit their networks and subscribers.


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    Spotlight Stage

    11:30 AM  -  11:50 AM
    Spotlight on SDWAN
    SDN is a big telecom trend that builds on the progress made in NFV. That is, essentially, leveraging virtualization constructs to improve the cost, performance, and reliabilit. But SD-WAN is a specific application of SDN that applies mostly to enterprise networks. It is a product that an enterprise can build, or buy from a network operator. SD-WAN provides a layer of abstraction that lets the enterprise build a reliable virtual network across branches (similar to MPLS), but to do so by using cheaper, lower quality wide-area links and commodity hardware. Control in an SD-WAN is shifted to the cloud, either aaS from a network operator, or managed by the IT department of the enterprise. This session will discuss what SD-WAN means for the long-standing partnership between carriers and their largest enterprise customers, and the technology gaps startups can fill.

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    Main Stage

    11:45 AM  -  12:05 PM
    Case Study: T-Mobile & Twilio

    Hear from global carriers about their external innovation focuses for the next year. Carriers present to market their innovation programs throughout the ecosystem, to attract entrepreneurs and developers, and to open the door to new products and services that will benefit their networks and subscribers.

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    Networking

    12:05 PM  -  1:05 PM
    Lunch & Demo Pavilion
    Use your lunch hour to message other attendees on our mobile app, use the TC3 Matchmaker tool to request meetings, review the afternoon's Spotlight Stage technology discussions, or explore the Demo Pavilion. Members and VIPs also have access to the Lounge and are welcome to request introductions at the reception desk in the lounge.
     

    Main Stage

    1:05 PM  -  1:25 PM
    Case Study: Deutsche Telekom and VeloCloud

    Hear from global carriers about their external innovation focuses for the next year. Carriers present to market their innovation programs throughout the ecosystem, to attract entrepreneurs and developers, and to open the door to new products and services that will benefit their networks and subscribers.


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    1:30 PM  -  1:50 PM
    Case Study: Jawwy from Saudi Telecom Company and ItsOn

    Hear from global carriers about their external innovation focuses for the next year. Carriers present to market their innovation programs throughout the ecosystem, to attract entrepreneurs and developers, and to open the door to new products and services that will benefit their networks and subscribers.


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    1:55 PM  -  2:50 PM
    Panel Discussion: Working with the Telcos

    The Telecom Council works with over 50 carriers each year as they reach into the entrepreneurial community to collaborate on bringing new products and services to the consumer. This panel brings together some of the carriers who haven't spoken yet today so they can tell you what innovations they are looking for from you, what tools they have to support innovators and developers, and how you should bring your idea to them when you are network-ready.


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    2:50 PM  -  3:00 PM
    TC3 Wrap Up
    No one can be in 3 places at once, so all of our TC3 analysts will review the Summit and brainstorm some of the impacts we may see in the industry over the next year or two.
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    Networking

    3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Last Chance Networking
    If you don't have pre-arranged TC3 Matchmaker meetings during this time, there is still plenty of networking going on - from our member lounge and the cafe downstairs to the many sitting areas throughout the Computer History Museum and the afternoon snack area.
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