I'm in Hawaii for the Pacific Telecommunications Council, also known as PTC '08. This is the 2nd time I've attended this conference. It is set at the very picturesque Hilton Hawaiian Village on Waikiki Beach in Oahu.
I'll be speaking on January 14 in the afternoon on the topic of "Media and ISUP Signaling Translation for IMS and other Next Gen Networks". I have found that the nuts and bolts of translating media and signaling are an important part of what is needed to effectively deploy Voice over IP. I wrote a paper on this topic for the conference and will present it in slide form as part of a Next Generation Platforms session tomorrow. If you are at the conference, please join us.
I had a fascinating discussion on where Telecom is going tonight with a woman professor in Telecommunications from Syracuse University. We were in general agreement that the innovation in Telecom is tending to come from upstarts that change the rules and force the bigger carriers to accelerate the move to new technologies. As an example, when Vonage started to prove that VoIP was viable, this caused the US cable companies to move from talk to execution in their VoIP strategies. In a like manner, Apple is proving that an innovative handset can create lots of excitement in a part of the business that many companies view as a commodity item. As is the case with much innovation, Apple moved into a vacuum and changed the UI experience for phones in a way that is likely to have a far reaching ripple effect. Too bad that they've tied it to an exclusive with AT&T in the US and not let consumers choose their own wireless phone vendor. I'm still waiting for more aggressive deployment by carriers of phones that can support both Wifi and 2G/3G; for internet access, the higher bandwidth available via Wifi is a game changer that customers should be allowed to take advantage of.
As I write, the wind is howling. We've had pretty good weather the last 2 days, as it has been mostly sunny despite predictions of rain. There was a downpour overnight last night, but it was followed by morning sun with a mix of clouds.