Carriers reveal all at TC3

Author: Linda Hull, Director, Telecom Council

There is no place like TC3 for frank discussion, open conversation, tell it as it is … whichever way you say it, this is what brings people back to TC3, year after year.  There is no substitute to hearing from the telcos themselves what it takes to succeed as a startup in the ecosystem.  2017 was no different, aside from the fact that we gathered more Innovation Roadmaps from more carriers than ever before.  Delegates heard short, highly focussed presentations, outlining the tech and the challenges that resonate, from the following:

  • AT&T
  • Bouygues Telecom
  • BT
  • Cablelabs
  • China Mobile
  • China Unicom
  • Comcast Ventures
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • NTT Docomo Ventures
  • Orange/Orange Fab
  • PLDT/Smart
  • Reliance Jio
  • Rogers Communications
  • Sprint
  • Swisscom
  • TATA Communications
  • Telefonica
  • Telstra Pty Ltd
  • T-Mobile US
  • US Cellular
  • Verizon
  • Verizon Ventures

It’s a list of who’s who of telco scouts, covering most of the alphabet and all 4 corners of the world!  But the carriers at TC3 are not content just to deliver their innovation wishlist on stage.  They all go further and whether it’s from the ad hoc networking that TC3 encourages, or through the pre-arranged MatchMaker meetings, startups get to hear first hand from these tech scouts on a personal, one to one, level.  This interaction is invaluable to a fledgling company, as they prepare for the world beyond the nest, and for those who engage throughout the year via one of our Forums, they get to check in regularly with the same scouts.

All of these roadmaps, along with the presentations from the complete TC3 agenda, are available to members in our Member Library.  Look for bonus slides from HPE, Juniper Venture Investments and Nokia, giving you insight to what enterprises are looking for in 2018.

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