The telecom industry boasts a remarkable track record: for 150 years we have successfully responded to constant and demands for ever-increasing levels of performance and reliability of voice and data communications.
How did we do it? Through a system of disciplined innovation… a striated, or clearly ordered system for taking new communications technology innovations, and turning them in a timely fashion into usable solutions that can be implemented by a variety of competing vendors, while still being interoperable, and reliable, and making money.
And the first principle of this system are industry standards, which enable certification, which enable interoperability, which enable competition, which in turn drives the wheel of innovation forwards into the next technology cycle. (Probably the best current example of these principles in action are the G standards that define high speed mobile technology).
Which begs an important question:
WWhy, when it came time four years ago to develop virtualization, or telco cloud, which is arguably the most innovative and disruptive new telecom technology since packet technology gave birth to the Internet, did we, as an industry simply abandon our principles in favor of just punting the responsibility over the fence to Open Source groups and industry consortia?
Because the result of that decision, or more accurately, indecision, four years later is total chaos. Spending by service providers is way down. Layoffs are up. Uncertainty is rife. And virtualization, which was supposed to be the next big money saver and revenue generator, has instead, just turned into a morass of over-engineered, incompatible software, with no standard way for companies to develop new services and applications and get them to run on virtualized infrastructure from other vendors.
The NIA believes that in order to fix what is wrong in our industry we must move away from the chaotic, organic approach to creating comms technology taken by the Open Source community. Instead we demand STRICT adherence to the first principles of the telecom industry: standardization and certification, creating interoperability and competition.
Join the NIA and make virtualization a global reality today! For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.