The IP Possibilities Conference and Expo in Denver April 14-16 is NTCA Rural Broadband Association's IP technology educational event for its 900-member rural telco community. It brings together the operations, engineering and CTOs from rural telcos so they can learn from each other and discover the latest and greatest technology.
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If you want to meet the people driving fiber broadband deployments, TDM-IP transition and delivering myriad applications in rural America, this is the place. It’s a great show for New IP as the technology discussed needs to be practical -- after all these are rural telcos serving small addressable markets. It's not the place for bleeding-edge experimentation. While the NTCA says "rural is cool," any technology solutions need to have a very clear business model behind them.
For example, much of the agenda covered business, technical and collaboration topics. Yours truly spoke on the Data Center and UC 2.0 panel, covering many of the New IP topics. However, interestingly, when I asked the 100-plus audience members if any of them were being pitched an NFV solution by their vendors, not a hand went up. Is NFV the domain of only the largest service providers? Is this a missed opportunity or a sign of the times for rural telcos? What do you think?
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A Full House!
Nearly 500 attendees from across the rural telco system packed the house for the opening sessions.
— Kevin Mitchell, Vice President, Marketing and Product, Alianza, special to The New IP