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TIA Releases Network of the Future Conference Videos of AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, CenturyLink, Kaiser Permanente and Others Discussing SDN, Big Data, 5G, Internet of Things & More

TIA Announces 2015 Conference Dates – June 2-4 in Dallas

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 16, 2014) —The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today announced the availability of an extensive line-up of videos from its recently concluded Network of the Future Conference.  The videos include keynote presentations and in-depth interviews with top ICT executives who discuss the critical network topics that were at the center of TIA’s three-day conference in Dallas, TX.

As the industry’s premier conference focused on the future of communications networks, TIA’s annual flagship event brought together industry executives and TIA members to address the challenges and opportunities within Big Data, software defined networks, 5G and wireless networks, cybersecurity, Internet of Things, ICT policy and more. The Conference was held in conjunction with AT&T’s Supplier Conference focused on its User-Defined Network Cloud strategy.  AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, Sprint, rural operators, Ericsson, Panasonic, Bell Labs and other leading ICT businesses participated in the keynote lineup.

TIA’s online video network, TIA NOW, has made video interviews and keynotes available at:

A number of these videos capture the intense debate that took place around critical issues affecting the future of the network, including:

Big Data:  Jonathan King, VP of Cloud Strategy & Development for CenturyLink, speaks about whether Big Data ethics and government regulations can address the growing privacy issues around data analytics. View the video here.

Ecosystem EnablementFranklin Flint, Global Telecom Strategist & Marketing Director for Dell OEM Solutions, Sandra Rivera, Director of Market Development, Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group for Intel and Darrell Jordan-Smith, Head of Communications & Media Vertical for Red Hat discuss open platforms, sourcing and standards. View the video here.

Global Trends:  Dr. Tassu Shervani, Marilyn & Leo Professor of the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, speaks about the dramatic global trends that are impacting economies, companies and networks. View the video here.

A PDF of Dr. Shervani’s keynote presentation can be found here.

Internet of Things:  Todd Rytting, CTO for Panasonic, speaks about both the big and small things that are taking place with the Internet of Things. View the video here.

Network Intelligence:  Prayson Pate, CTO and SVP of R&D for Overture Networks, and Rob Marson, Strategic Marketing Manager for JDSU, discuss the importance of network intelligence in meeting the challenge of delivering massive increases in network capacity and coverage. View the video here.

SDN:  Dr. Vish Nandlall, CTO for Ericsson North America, speaks about managing economies of scale for Telcos as more developers use the network as a marketplace. View the video here.

SDN and 5G:  Ed Chan, SVP of Network Infrastructure Planning for Verizon, speaks about 5G, SDN liabilities and information sharing. View the video here.

Start-ups:  TIA held a Disruptors’ Competition in which Texas-based start-ups went head-to-head to compete for significant awards. TIA NOW interviewed the winners: Netsocket, i2i and Vatex.  View the video here.

“TIA’s Network of the Future conference fulfills the industry’s need to prepare for the rapid transformation taking place in global communications as a result of the demands of mobility, video and the cloud,” said TIA President Grant Seiffert. “Coming out of the event, participants clearly have a better grasp on where we’re headed with Big Data, software-defined networking, 5G networks, the Internet of Things and much more.  Next year in Dallas, we’ll continue looking forward – convening visionaries to share their perspectives on the next five to ten years of disruption and market forces affecting our industry.”

TIA has announced the dates of its Network of the Future Conference, June 2-4, 2015 in Dallas.

Learn more about TIA’s Network of the Future conference at

TIA has also announced that, on October 9, 2014, it will hold its Wall Street & the Network Conference, together with Oppenheimer Co., Inc., in New York, NY.  The event, which offers a unique opportunity for senior financial professionals to meet with ICT industry executives, will look at trends in the ICT industry, providing the market outlook, the technological advances, and the policy perspectives and challenges that must be taken into consideration in any investment review. 

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The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit for more details.

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