Although some VCs and entrepreneurs would rather go to market over or around the telcos, operators are still at the center of the telecom ecosystem. Because operators build the network, deploy the devices, collect subscriptions and bring scale to any communications service, they are optimal partners or channels for many communications services and tools. Luckily for innovators at large, and entrepreneurs in particular, the age of telcos building all of their own innovations and refusing to look outside their walls is over.
Telcos are now making serious efforts to scout, support and integrate outside innovation into their networks. In Silicon Valley, for example, you don’t have to look far to find development centers, trial networks, venture funds and incubation labs set up by carriers from 3 continents to prove this point. That’s one of the reasons that TC3 is held every year in Silicon Valley.
The Telecom Council Carrier Connections Summit, or TC3, is the seminal venue for carriers around the world to draw attention to their innovative sides – to market their innovation activities throughout the ecosystem, to attract entrepreneurs and developers and to promote innovation inside and outside their labs. This is a one-day conference with a very senior audience from across the ecosystem – from fixed and wireless to content, apps and infrastructure – where the speakers are responsible for the innovation strategies and activities of their respective carriers.
If you are involved in telecom innovation, whether from the financial, market or engineering side, you will want to join this year’s TC3 speakers from Verizon, Comcast, Sprint, Docomo, Swisscom, Orange/France Telecom and others to get an inside look how at they are planning and executing their innovation efforts and how they seek to partner with new, young companies. Some carriers will also be presenting case studies of startups who have been through these channels and who have many experiences to share. Limited registration, demo tables and some marketing opportunities are still available for TC3.