Death of the PSTN a Major ITEXPO Topic in Austin, TX

In 1997 when TMC announced the launch of Internet Telephony Magazine – the world’s first publication on IP communications I met with dozens of skeptics who told me emphatically that the technology was a hobbyist toy and not something you make a magazine out of. People at the COMDEX event I attended were sure it wasn’t the birth of a new industry. Fast forward about 15 years and now because of VoIP and wireless (which when 4G goes mainstream will also be VoIP-based) – not to mention social networking, there is serious talk about killing the traditional circuit-switched telephone network or PSTN by 2018!

This is huge news and the ramifications are massive – not only for investors but for companies in the telecom and datacom spaces looking to figure out how to navigate a changing telecom landscape.

This is a must-attend event – as is all of ITEXPO Sept. 13-15, 2011 in Austin, Texas. To date, confirmed panelists are some of the sharpest around – Richard Shockey of the SIP Forum – we are thrilled to have him as moderator, Daniel Berninger of Cipher Software and Mitch Simce of GENBAND. Expect more panelists to be added soon. Here are more details and a description below.

2018: The Death of the PSTN Keynote Luncheon Panel – 12:00 – 12:30 on Tuesday September 13, 2011

For the first time in history, the FCC has begun to entertain a definitive plan for eliminating the public telephone network by 2018 and replacing it with an interconnection of IP networks. The conversation is being driven by consumer and business migration to IP communications, carrier recognition of the cost benefits and service enhancements enabled by IP, and a recognition that much of the TDM infrastructure still in place is nearing end-of-life and is becoming nearly impossible to manage and maintain.  In many cases, component parts are becoming nearly impossible to acquire.

This is not the first major technology evolution the government has had to contend with.  However, unlike number portability and the transition to digital television, the market is better positioned for the move to all-IP, as the natural transition has already begun and most of the standards for supporting the transition are already in place.

Despite that, this change will impact billions of people globally and change the entire business model for smaller rural carriers, in particular, as the Universal Service Fund may soon become a thing of the past or, at best, be significantly reformed along with intercarrier compensation. 

Come join our expert panel, hosted by TMC CEO Rich Tehrani and moderated by SIP Forum Chairman Richard Shockey, to learn how to navigate this uncharted territory and prepare for business in a post-PSTN world.  Understand what needs to be done and how it will be managed, discover unforeseen challenges, and learn which companies will benefit and which will face challenges as a result of this transition.

Host: Rich Tehrani

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