Amit Bhayani, Co-Founder, Telestax is taking part in the Innovation Accelerator, showcasing developers of interesting start-ups before a panel of judges, taking place at the 9th annual LTE Asia conference on the 23rd-25th September 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Read on to find out more about Telestax and Bhayani vision of where WebRTC fits in to the telco eco-system and why cloud is the future.
Please give me a brief overview of Telestax and what makes it unique?
TeleStax provides open source communications software and services that facilitate the shift from legacy SS7 based IN networks to IP based LTE and IMS networks hosted on private (on-premise), hybrid or public clouds. TeleStax products include Restcomm, WebRTC services ,SMSC Gateway, USSD Gateway, JSLEE, SS7 Resource Adaptors, SIP Servlets, Rich Multimedia Services, Presence Services/RCS, Diameter/AAA Services, XMPP Services and others.
There are quite a few things that makes TeleStax’s Proposition Unique, couple of them worth mentioning are
- its knowledge and products ranging from legacy (SS7) to next generation network (RestComm) enabling Operators/MVNO to expose their network as API’s.
- All the products of TeleStax are Open Source. Being part of initial JBoss team and then RedHat, understanding Open Source Software and leveraging it to bring benefits to our customers is inherent nature of TeleStax.
Is WebRTC a ‘friend or foe’ of the mainstream RCS approach?
WebRTC is a HTML5 open standard being drafted by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The main goal of WebRTC is not interoperability with legacy systems, that’s up to the legacy systems to implement. It’s to open communications to new use cases and to web developers. The implication of having browsers capable of communication is IMS/RCS inter-operability! For RCS to become pervasive, it cannot remain trapped in phones that have implemented the IMS/RCSe client. WebRTC is definitely a friend of RCS, but honestly WebRTC is much bigger than RCS.
Are you confident operators can effectively monetise in a world that is increasingly data focused?
It’s very obvious that operators are facing ever increasing challenge from OTT players. It’s very important for operators to be relevant to end users by providing meaningful services and not just play on data consumption by becoming bandwidth providers. In TeleStax we are very confident that operators can catch-up the missed bus. We are helping operators achieve same via RestComm. RestComm is a next generation Cloud Communications Platform. It enables web developers to rapidly build voice, video, WebRTC, USSD, SMS, fax and rich messaging applications. Restcomm opens new revenue streams for service providers by exposing existing SS7 and IMS core network assets to application developers.
How important are cloud services to the modern operators?
In late 90s operators asked question, why do we need web sites? In the mid-2000s everyone understood importance of how websites enables companies to reach their audience and every operator today has a website. The same question is asked now—why we need Cloud?
IT is one of the key business enablers for operators/MVNOs. The increasing use of IT brought with it overheads in the implementation and maintenance of computing systems. The amount of time and finances invested in managing IT, which has become complex over a period, has increased exponentially. One of the key studies reveals that rapid rise of US organizations vs rest of the world was due to early adoption of cloud. Early adoption of the Cloud can provide operators with an opportunity to transform their business models and gain a competitive edge. While cost reduction is one of the benefits, several other benefits accrue to operators/MVNOs. Organizations would be able to concentrate on their core competencies, while leaving the task of running IT infrastructure to the Cloud service providers. Further, through the adoption of the Cloud, operators are expected to become more nimble. The Cloud would help them quickly provision resources for business opportunities, which could otherwise be lost.
Why are you taking part in the Innovation Accelerator and what are you hoping to gain?
To pitch the most innovative technology from TeleStax – RestComm and educate operators/MVOs on how they can still be relevant to their subscribers. I’m hoping to have house full of LTE experts/operators and gain direct feedback from the horse’s mouth.