While the big event is Internet Telephony Expo, there are two other conferences and a startup pitch fest going on in Austin this week. I'm leaving in the early morning and will be speaking twice tomorrow afternoon and then pitching netBlazr on Wednesday afternoon.
Tomorrow at 2:30pm I'm appearing on a panel at 4G Wireless Evolution. The panel is entitled "Wireless Fixes Access with Redundancy." The other panelists are from Sprint and Wave2Wave. Sprint is using point-to-point wireless for backhaul from their cell sites since they can't get competitive access to the fiber backhaul that AT&T and Verizon have. Wave2Wave is wireless Internet Service Procider. As netBlazr's approach is rather different, in both our business model and our use of fixed wireless technology, this should be an interesting panel.
Then at 3:30pm I'm the sole speaker for a session in the Super WiFi Summit just down the hall. The description is:
White Spaces: The Radio Evolution
Tuesday - 09/13/11 • 3:30-4:15pmBrough Turner , Founder , netBlazr.comSmart antennas and smart radios, Cognitive Radio and Beam Forming are on the verge of being incorporated into product. As we head toward these technologies, the opportunities exist for new models of service sharing and interconnection to deliver broadband solutions.
My talk will be a mix of what's possible today, what will become possible with next generation silicon and how netBlazr is using today's and tomorrow's technology to do an end run around the existing broadband market. Of particular interest is where additional white spaces would be useful - hint it's not just in the TV bands.
Finally, there's Startup Camp on Wednesday afternoon and early evening. netBlazr is one of five new companies choosen to present and I'll be doing the honors. Bob Metcalfe is the keynote speaker and there will be a panel of judges to provide critiques on the startups' pitches.