Telecom Meets Innovation at the Ninth Annual 2016 Telecom Council Carrier Connections

Communications leaders to converge at the TC3 Summit, Telecom's premier innovation event

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Telecom Council of Silicon Valley, the leading organization for all things related to telecom innovation, today announced its ninth annual Telecom Council Carrier Connections (TC3) summit will be held September 28 - 29, 2016 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.

The annual TC3 Summit facilitates relationships between startups building new technologies and telecom companies seeking fresh innovations. A mix of telecom operators, vendors, venture capitalists, platform providers, startups and developers participate, all with the shared goal of getting more innovation to the market, faster. Of the almost 600 executives who participated in last year's TC3 Summit, 100 were network operators who represented 2.5 billion subscribers in 5 continents. Building off of the success of last year, TC3 2016 will feature more attendees, pre-arranged meetings, telco case studies, startup demos, technology sessions and introductions.

The Telecom Council of Silicon Valley is where telecom meets innovation. The Council connects the companies who are building communication networks with the people and ideas that are creating it – by putting those companies, research, ideas, capital, and human expertise from across the globe together in the same room. Last year, in total the Telecom Council connected over 2,000 executives from 800 telecom companies and 60 fixed and wireless carriers worldwide across 40 different industry topics.

Individuals and companies attending TC3 2016 can look forward to the following:

  • Innovation on stage:
    On the first day of TC3, the speakers on the main stage will be focused on innovation—from new startups and new products, to case studies on how services were brought to market. This includes success stories from later stage startups and case studies between telcos or vendors and early stage partners.
  • Carriers on stage:
    On day 2 of TC3, the speakers on the main stage will be carriers from across the globe who use the TC3 Summit to communicate their innovation priorities and programs to the startup ecosystem. This will include a Fireside Chat with senior carrier executives from R&D, strategy, and innovation divisions as well as case studies between telcos or vendors and startup partners.
  • Spotlight Stage:
    The Spotlight Stage offers a platform for participants and sponsors to talk about and discover new technologies. While the main stage is limited to telcos, telco case studies, and telco partnerships, the Spotlight Stage offers the rest of the ecosystem a way to engage a targeted subset of the TC3 participants who are interested in a specific sub segment of telecom innovation.
  • Startup Rapid Fire Pitches:
    TC3 showcases 12 early stage telecom startups on the Main Stage the morning of day 1. Six are focused on getting their solution into carriers and networks, and 6 are currently fundraising. All 12 must be new to the Telecom Council and ready to partner with telcos or their vendors. Startup applications will be accepted from May 25 through June 22.
  • SPIFFY Awards 2016:
    The SPIFFY Awards recognize outstanding communication startups. 2016 SPIFFY nominees will be chosen from the early-stage companies who presented to the Telecom Council over the past year. Those who stand out for their innovation, market opportunity or quantifiable interest among the Council's global Service Providers will be selected as winners. These Service Providers present their annual SPIFFY Awards to recognize the amazing innovations coming out of early-stage companies around the world.

"Working with startups is key for telcos and their vendors looking to push the boundaries of innovation and continue moving the industry forward," said Liz Kerton, president of the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley. "TC3 provides an opportunity for telcos, startups and the entire telecom ecosystem to make meaningful connections and discover viable industry solutions. Attending TC3 and joining the Telecom Council benefits not only telcos and startups, but all those in the telecom industry seeking to push and develop inventive new products and services."

Registration for TC3 is currently open. Connect with TC3 on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter. The preferred hashtag of the 2016 TC3 Summit is #TC3Summit. For media partnerships and media passes, contact TC3@engagepr.com. Sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are available.

For more information or to RSVP, please visit www.telecomcouncil.com.

About Telecom Council:
The Telecom Council of Silicon Valley is Where Telecom Meets Innovation. The Council connects the companies who are building communication networks with the people and ideas that are creating it – by putting those companies, research, ideas, capital, and human expertise from across the globe together in the same room. Last year, The Telecom Council connected over 2,000 executives from 800 telecom companies and 60 fixed and wireless carriers across 40 meeting topics. By joining, speaking, sponsoring, or simply participating in a meeting, there are many ways telecom companies of any size can use the Telecom Council network. For more information and to join our invitation list, visit www.telecomcouncil.com.

Media Contact:
Leslie Johnson
Engage PR
+1 510.748.8200
TC3@engagepr.com

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SOURCE Telecom Council of Silicon Valley

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