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April 2014

About the Journal

About the Journal

Welcome aboard Telexchange Journal.

As I write this mission statement at the launch of this Journal, I’m not quite clear on what course our editorial will ultimately take.  Yet I’m comfortable with that thought.  After all, the telecom industry has dealt me plenty of surprises in my 20 years of following it.  So full steam ahead!  We’ll correct our course as we go, but our plan is to visit many exotic ports of call. . .

Our goal is to explore the strategic issues, systems, and services that enable members of the greater telco ecosystem to make money together.  It’s learning how and why a motley crew of fiercely competitive digital service providers cooperate by trading and sharing things -- lots of things, actually: traffic, facilities, services, numbers, spectrum, content, messages, identity/location information. . . and a wide variety of other data.

And isn‘t it ironic?  Though every service provider is in business for itself, the communications business,  at its root, is really a sharing business since very few services are delivered by one party end-to-end.  In fact, the word telecommunication, derives from the Latin word communicare, meaning “to share”.

Some of the issues we intend to cover — like interconnect, traffic routing, and number porting -- are old subjects, but the pace of business change and competitive pressure has magnified their importance.  The transition from circuit to data networks is not just a technical challenge: it drags plenty of issues with it because IP enables fresh and disruptive business models.

So why have I launched a journal on this topic?  First, my background following telecom software gives me a good headstart on exploring it.  Second, while Capacity Magazine, Vanilla Plus, and Billing World cover many sides of the telexchange business, the subject deserves a dedicated Journal.  And last but not least, I’m fascinated to learn how pieces of the digital ecosystem will eventually fit together:

  • How will telecoms and Over The Top (OTT) players (banks, social networks, etc.) collaborate for a win/win?
  • What shape will real-time service delivery partnering take?  And how will operators settle the bill and calculate their profit margins?
  • The cloud is taking off like a rocket.  But which parties will gain the upper hand in the cloud: cloud providers, systems integrators, telcos?  And how will these parties work with each other to satisfy enterprise customers?
  • How will service providers sort out the tangle of relationships required to drive next generation wholesale services like IPX enabled HD voice?
  • Will WiFi take share from cellular, allowing MSOs to carve out a nice piece of mobile revenue?
  • How will service providers deal with the non-authorized handsets that are flooding the market in developing countries?  How will operators team up to maintain control and stop fraud?
  • A revolution is occuring in the way resources like numbers and spectrum are managed.  How will global operators and regulators sort through these issues in the years ahead?

I’m sure I’ve merely scratched the surface of key issues in the telexchange sphere.  But today our journey begins.  Let’s you and I learn together, shall we?  I look forward to my discussions with telexchange experts and will share the interesting things I learn on these pages.

And if you personally have something to contribute to the Journal — or you know a colleague I should contact -- please me directly about that.  I’d love to hear from you.

Bon voyage!

Dan Baker, Editor
Telexchange Journal

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Dan Baker

Dan Baker

Dan Baker is research director of Technology Research Institute (TRI) and editor of the on-line magazines Black Swan Telecom Journal, Top Operator Journal and Telexchange Journal.

Baker is author of the 2015 TRI report, Telecom Fraud Management Services, Software & Strategies, featuring commentary by 14 domain experts.   Contact Dan via

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