Interviewing the TADS Sponsors: Telestax

TADS: What does Telestax do?
Telestax is in the business of making telecom innovation simpler. The company leverages the Open Source background of its core team at Apache, JBoss and Red Hat to disrupt the telecom technology market. Telestax is the primary sponsor of the Mobicents family of projects, which has been supported over the years by a number of telecoms such as Orange/France Telecom, Algar Telecom, Portugal Telecom, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Vodafone, Free France, Twilio, Cisco, Avaya and many others.

TADS: Why did you choose to sponsor TADS?
Because we felt like we need to do something more than wish for an event like this to happen. Telestax decided to step up and help with the initiative any way we can.

TADS: What excites you about TADS?
The opportunity to meet in one place and openly trade knowledge with the best telecom developers in the world.  This is the kind of drinking from the fire-hose meet-up that web developers have enjoyed for years. It’s well overdue for the telecom hackers.

TADS: What are the important topics you want to discuss about TADS?
We don’t want to hear any high level, strategic business, pie in the sky talks. We also don’t want to see vendor pitches of black box products that are sold to telco executives via red card treatment. We want to see true developers show to each other and to telecom decision makers how technology innovation works.

TADS: Why should Telecom Application Developers come to TADS?
Join the Collective Intelligence of the Mobicents community and benefit from the fastest growing real time communication platform that saves costs and enables differentiating Value Added Services.

TADS is putting a questionnaire together for both developer and telcos attending the conference to express their views to ensure we cover the issues that matter to them.  It’s a little unusual to be asking the people attending an event what they want, but it seems to be a good way to ensure the event delivers the most value.  Some of the questions Ivelin asked to be included in the questionnaire include:

  • What is your current percentage of revenue from direct sale of core services to subscribers (sms/mms, voice, data) vs value added services?
  • How do you anticipate this percentage will change over the next 3 years?
  • What is the percentage of budget allocated to upgrading the core network vs the budget for enabling and launching VAS?
  • How do you see these budgets changing in relation to one another over the next 3 years?

We’ll be interviewing all the TADS sponsors, so attendees can understand the rich diversity of desires driving TADS.  This is a unique grassroots initiative by people committed to creating a profitable and sustainable telecom application developer ecosystem.

2 thoughts on “Interviewing the TADS Sponsors: Telestax”

  1. Interesting the whole article is on emphasizing technology but all the questions are tailored towards money and business. I’m not sure the message is clear and a lot of developers are not privileged with this information unless the play some executive role within their team.

    1. Hi, That’s a great comment, thank you, and a challenge we’re struggling with in finding the right balance with TADS. You’ll see the agenda has what I hope you’ll agree is a solid developer stream. I agree the articles from the sponsors are more business focused, but sponsorship is a business decision. You’ll see in later weblogs much more relevant developer weblogs. And you’ll be able to filter out the business stuff. Thanks again for taking the time to provide great feedback, there will be much more developer-relevant material coming along.

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