On Tuesday I'm flying to Mexico City for some customer calls and to speak at VON Mexico. I'm in the session entitled Architecting Networks for Entertainment Services on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 from 12:30 to 2:00pm. The session description is
The impact of convergence on the media, data communications and telecommunications industries is obvious. Triple play scenarios envision a simultaneous mix of multimedia content and communication, but the traffic patterns of the different media can be costly to the other. How do network operators support a world of broadcast, gaming and communication and where are the critical elements that have to be considered in the delivery of new services in the future? Is QoS the answer to the problem? How can a carrier be involved and still enable end to end solutions?
For this session, I have some specific comments on IMS as a possibly useful architecture, while the walled garden lasts. But long term trends are against everything this session is about and I plan to point this out. Among trends of relevance:
- Internet access speeds increasing ~50% / year
- User-created content
- Increasing access to other “long tail” content
- All content at consumer’s convenience, i.e. not live
which suggests VoIP and P2P TV over open Internet access will subsume telephony & IPTV, eventually. The only question is how long the current situation will last. That said, there is the issue of how operators maximize their near term returns while, hopefully, thinking about their long term strategy. IMS is part of that story.
If you are in Mexico City and/or attending the show, I'll be there all day Wednesday and most of Thursday. Send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you'd like to meet.