Welcome to the Revolution
The communications industry is used to the occasional technology metamorphoses - think circuit to packet, or fixed to mobile - but that isn't what's happening now. Today, we see an earthshaking reshaping of the competitive dynamic, which has helped spawn a tsunami of technology innovation. Both are ripping through the communications landscape.
Virtualization, open source, New IP, IoT, 5G, telco cloud - these trends combined create an innovation wave that, by the end of this decade, will pivot the entire communications industry on its axis, producing an unprecedented shift in the fortunes of companies, for good and ill.
Even more complex than the technologies involved, however, is the shift in competitive dynamic, which pits incumbent network operators against a wider range of competitors from the massive Webscale players to the nimble applications and software developers. Each of these potential disruptors is prepared to reap the real value of ubiquitous broadband connectivity, for both the business and consumer markets, in the fixed and mobile network realms. Their success puts the future of incumbent players at significant risk.
Against this backdrop of dramatic change, the Big Communications Event brings together the industry's top competitive operators with its most dynamic technologists to discuss and debate the issues both driving and challenging the ultimate move to an NFV-enabled cloud running profitable applications and services over an underlying New IP network.
Many of these hottest topics relate to the technologies themselves and the ways in which winning players will best master the disciplines of technology development, innovation, creativity and business acumen. But there are other factors at play here, as well, namely trust and culture, and a reshaping of industry-wide collaboration, and they will be part of the BCE conversation.
A market as topsy-turvy, high stakes and gosh-darned confusing as this one requires a show that does it justice. And that’s where Light Reading’s BCE 2016 event comes in. We’ve changed the name of the show from BIG Telecom Event, to BIG Communications Event to better reflect the market we serve. BCE is the one event where every member of the next-gen communications ecosystem can find the information they need to come out on the winning side of this singular period in the history of the comms industry.
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