Jan/Feb 2009 | Volume 1/Number 1
Welcome to NGN Magazine!
By Richard "Zippy" Grigonis
Welcome to Next Generation Networks (News - Alert) (NGN) Magazine! NGN is the successor to IMS magazine. Don’t worry, many of the IMS columnists you know and love are still writing for us. What has happened is this: We recognize that although the IMS architecture is going to be a major part of the world’s wireless and wireline networks, certainly the future of communications networks is even more expansive than what IMS alone can describe. The canvas upon which network operators and providers “paint” their services grows larger every day. Indeed, their toolkit of “paints” has become more varied and colorful, too.
Thus, we once again find ourselves in a decisive moment in the history of telecommunications. In the coming months and years, each network operator and service provider will have to make profound technological and business model choices about how they will sustain themselves for the next decade or so. In most cases, the choices require a close, intense, and introspective look by operators as to what they want to do and what the economics of the situation dictate. What sort of world of communications are we fashioning? And can we make it economically viable?
“Orienteering” is a sport wherein participants called orienteers use a detailed, accurate map and compass to race across unfamiliar countryside and find specific points on a landscape. This particular element of route choice and the ability to navigate through the rough country are the essence of orienteering.
Present-day network operators, carriers, service providers, etc., are a bit like orienteers, racing to points called IMS, SOA, Web Services, and so forth. As in real orienteering, the route to and between these points is never specified, and is entirely up to the choice of the orienteer.
Here at NGN we cull through what’s happening out there in telecom and report back to you on how you can navigate the great wilderness of uncertainty that lies before many of us. Look upon us as a combination of a trusted advisor, map and reliable compass pointing the way.
With NGN, you’ll never get lost in the wilds of telecom.
Richard “Zippy” Grigonis is Executive Editor of TMC (News - Alert)’s IP Communications Group.