OTT: That’s just over the top!

A 3-hour, executive format meeting where up to 100 telecom experts discuss how Over The Top, OTT, content and services are changing the ecosystem and creating opportunities.

The rise of OTT content and services has been a bittersweet affair for network operators. On the one hand, OTT content is what has driven the demand for mobile data subscriptions which have provided the only growing data source in an era of dropping voice revenues. OTOH, OTT content soaks up most of the networks capacity, and increases CapEx and OpEx for carriers.

Making matters worse, network operators are being cut out of “owning” the customer relationship, being the provider of new services, and building churn-reducing loyalty. Resistance is mostly futile, so entrenched players need to select, partner, and compete. Companies are looking for areas they can be a top player, and compete to win a portion of the OTT business. Partnerships are key to this strategy, so in today’s meeting, we will examine strategies such as that of Telefónica Digital, look at a variety of potential operator partners like Cloudscaling, and look at carrier-consortium efforts such as Joyn. We’re going to examine this from both a mobile and fixed perspective.

We will be there, will you?

Heightening high tech’s profile – interview with Trent Johnsen

As co-founder of Calgary tech start-up Hookflash, Trent Johnsen can’t emphasize enough the power of a little publicity.

The maker of Open Peer, information communication software was named a winner of the 2013 TechRev Innovators of the Year, and the recognition has meant more than just accolades.

“What it did was help validate the work we were doing,” he says. “It brought us credibility.”  And with that came investment. The company has been able to attract more than $1 million in financing — with millions more pending – to build up its fledgling business. Hookflash is now working with two large U.S. cable providers, developing pilot software that could revolutionize the way video, messaging and voice data are shared over the Internet.

Johnsen equates winning the award last October to what the Emmys does for the TV industry or the Oscars for the film industry.
Founded in 2009, TechRev is an initiative of Innovate Calgary — a partnership between the Government of Alberta and University of Calgary.

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