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What To Expect For at WebRTC 2014 in Paris

ParisWebRTC conference 2014 in Paris is just about to begin, what should you expect to hear and see at the event.

From agenda perspective, we have a good split between technology topics, enterprise, service provider and non-telecom startup presentations.

As part of the conference agenda we will have 3 startup demo sessions. Additionally, the online WebRTC Hackathon wrap-up is co-located with the conference; we will see the presentations of the finalists as part of the WebRTC Paris meetup on Wednesday evening.

More about the conference content

In the training we will cover current state of the WebRTC market with a close look at WebRTC API platforms in a presentation by Tsahi Levent-Levi (which I will present on his behalf as Tsahi is ill and can’t travel). Following this we will have 2 presentations by Dan Burnett and Victor Pascual Avila covering both IETF and W3C WebRTC standards related topics.

The last 2 sessions of the training will give the audience good technical understanding of 2 important topics – ORTC and Data Channel.

The ORTC presentation by Philipp Hancke will provide an overview if what ORTC is and how it comes to play in WebRTC compared to what we have today.

After hearing what Svetlin Mladenov from Vblast has to say about the Data Channel audience will have a good understanding of the technical details of it and what can be done with it beyond telecom.

Following a keynote by Douglas Tait talking about new technology waves, among others, WebRTC and VoLTE; Dean Bubley will give us his view of the market by numbers.

To conclude the conference opening we will hold a panel with analysts and consultants dealing with WebRTC to discuss current status, trends and road ahead.

The rest of the conference will focus on the following topics:

  • WebRTC for service providers talking not only about IMS but also about challenges such as identity management and telecom OTT
  • WebRTC for enterprise covering use cases and how to help IT adopt and develop based on WebRTC
  • Starting with a presentation by Alan Quayle we will review use cases from hackathons and startups
  • As background to the panel about WebRTC infrastructure we will review a few WebRTC server side services
  • Technology challenges and solutions bringing WebRTC to mobile devices and ways to monetize mobile services
  • Before the Paris WebRTC meetup featuring online hackathon demos we will have a WebRTC round table by Stefano Gioia
  • The third day will have a bit more of a technical form with a presentation from W3C followed by innovative use cases by vendors and service providers
  • The last part of the conference will cover different technical topics such as ORTC (in continuation to the training) signaling and congestion control

We will end the conference with a panel discussing results of a server we will conduct during the conference and a great French lunch.

I’ll be at the conference so please come by to say hi.

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WebRTC Survey – Results Are Here

Many views are expressed about WebRTC; What is the killer app? What is it that stops its proliferation? Which should be the mandatory video codec?…

Lately, TheNewDialTone together with Upperside, we came out with a survey to learn more about the WebRTC market status. Now is the time to share the results.

I’ll start off with an apology, the survey was closed last week and this post was going live, then we discovered that someone has played with the results by inserting a large amount of responses in a way that made it clear that these are not authentic responses. Unfortunately Survey Monkey doesn’t have any basic security means like Captcha or identification of strange response behaviors. Maybe it was that Amazon Gift Card that was tempting this person or maybe just a strong desire to play with the survey results. Anyway, all fake results had to be manually removed, something that took a bit of time.

The complete and detailed results can be found in this presentation. In this post I would like to take a closer look at a few of them.

Making it easy to add voice & video communication to applications

If you dumb down WebRTC to the very basic thing that it brings, that is a great media engine. Anyone who had to go through the experience of building a voice & video client or service knows all the headaches it takes, and it is a never-ending story as you need to improve quality continuously. The first question of the survey was looking at what companies have used before WebRTC was available.

WebRTC Survey Results Q1

There were different approaches used to build voice and video communications into an application, self development was less common as it required to license some components, develop others and integrate them into one nicely working client. Hard work.

Putting aside the move to the Web and no download, compiling WebRTC into your application is a savior.

Where will WebRTC have the most significant impact?

The interesting thing is not so much what people voted for but rather what they didn’t vote for and that is service provider. I believe that the webification of communications will impact service providers in 2 ways:

  • It will move communication previously handled by the service provider to other places
  • Those that will jump on the WebRTC wagon will be able to create services and platforms that will enable them to build new asymmetric business models.

WebRTC Survey Results Q3

Microsoft & WebRTC

The survey came out just after Microsoft announced their plans to support WebRTC (ORTC, H.264) so it was interesting to hear people’s thought about this and the video codec.

Since then, Skype for Web was announced and things moved on in the IEFT toward a decision (or a decision not to decide to compromise).

People were really worried about the fragmentation in video codec and preferred both to be supported. Should they still be worried? That really depends on how this decision will be implemented in browsers and mobile devices. My guess, we haven’t seen the end of it yet.

WebRTC Survey Results Q4

WebRTC Survey Results Q5

There are more interesting results so make sure to take a look at this presentation with the complete information.

I do want to touch 2 more questions that will be reviewed by Tsahi and myself in December during the WebRTC conference in Paris.

WebRTC API Platforms

We had a Webinar about this topic and Tsahi will be moderating a panel about the topic during the conference.

The response to the question – In what cases would you choose to use a WebRTC API platform? – was not a big surprise. I was hoping to have more votes for the third option, specific services in the cloud. Now, after Twilio announcing their network traversal service it will be interesting to hear what people have to say about this option on the panel.

WebRTC Survey Results Q7

WebRTC for mobile

In the response to the question about the readiness of WebRTC for mobile devices there was a strong consensus that there is still some way to go until it will be easy to tackle this one, mainly for iOS. During the conference we will review the complexities and give examples of how companies have solved the mobile challenge.

WebRTC Survey Results Q8

For more information about these and other questions take a look at the detailed results presentation.

Last but not least. An email will be sent by Upperside to the 2 winners of the Amazon Gift Card.

Your thoughts about the survey results will be happily received at the comments section below.

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WebRTC Status Check

Things are moving fast with WebRTC. As we are getting ready for our yearly WebRTC Conference in Paris we are speaking to service providers and vendors dealing with WebRTC. Many have shown interest to know the industry’s perspective on a few important topics such as the Microsoft announcement about their plans to support WebRTC with ORTC H.264.

We collected a few questions about things we discussed with participating companies and speakers as well as a few poll questions from our latest Webinars and put together a survey.

Survey

All together there are 9 questions covering the following topics:

  • Status of WebRTC in the market and in vendors’ and service providers’ perspective
  • Where will WebRTC have most impact
  • WebRTC on mobile devices
  • Microsoft’s announcement

You can also choose to answer the last 10th item and enter your email. This will get you into the drawing of a 50$ AMAZON GIFT CARD (there are 2 of these).

So head over here to take this survey.

Results will be published on this blog.

Survey Link

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