The mission of the new journal will be to report on strategies, systems, and trends around telecom exchange and partnering between service providers. It will tie together several industry issues, for example, wholeale/interconnect, roaming, number porting and routing, Over The Top partnering, and even regulatory issues such as number and spectrum management that impact how telecom does its business.
"Telexchange Journal will explore the strategic issues, systems, and services that enable members of the greater telco ecosystem to make money together," explains Dan Baker, Research Director of TRI,and editor of the new magazine.
"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," he adds.
The first issue of the magazine features an in-depth interview with Richard Jacowleff, CEO of iconectv, a leading provider of number portability and messaging solutions worldwide.
Baker admits that the Journal's ultimate editorial course is not quite clear, and that's by design. "The telecom industry has dealt me plenty of surprises in my 20 years of following it. So I'm comfortable letting the market and ever-evolving issues drive what we cover," says Baker. "We’ll correct our course as we go, but our plan is to visit many exotic ports of call."
"I'm fascinated how the many telexchange issues are going to get sorted out in the next few years. It's clear that a lot of action is going to happen here, particularly as the Googles, banks, and retailers drive new business models that require interfacing with telecoms," Baker adds.
Building on the knowledge gained from researching the telexchange market, TRI will also publish an analyst report in late 2014 that helps define the market and profiles the solution vendors who serve it.
Since 2012, TRI also publishes a sister magazine, Black Swan Telecom Journal http://bswan.org which interprets trends in telecom analytics, big data, and business assurance.