IP convergence at the core

September 2011 Infrastructure

Miro’s IP Convergence Conference was a great success.

Miro Distribution hosted the first ever IP Conference (IP-CON) at the Vodacom World Conference Centre in Midrand in August 2011.

IP-CON was a one-day event focused exclusively in the IP platform in communications, networking and security. The aim was to inform delegates about the financial opportunities and creative solutions made possible by the convergence of technologies such as audio, video and the Internet.

Miro decided to host this conference as it felt there is no dedicated platform to inform the industry and share information on the opportunities for wireless networks and the convergence of VoIP and IP video technologies. “We want to inspire the industry to take a fresh look at the opportunities and features made possible by the convergence of these technologies,” says Bertus van Jaarsveld, CEO of Miro distribution.

The conference was divided into three sections: wireless, VoIP (Voice over IP) and IP video.

Each section included speakers talking about the technology and its impact on the market, as well as a case study of each technology in action in a real-world scenario.

Speakers included, amongst others, Sumaiyah Makda from Ellipsis Regulatory Solutions, Andrid Geldenhuys from Network Embedded Technologies, Karel Mattee from CSIR, Gregory Massel from Switch Telecom, Mohammad Patel from O Tel Telecom, Christo Bester from Keystone and the editor of Hi-Tech Security Solutions.


IP-CON also featured an exhibition area with stands by local as well as international manufacturers and service providers. Most of the exhibits were interactive, allowing visitors to touch the products, as well as see how the products work.

Nancy Bang, an exhibitor from Engenius in Singapore said: “IP-CON has been a great event and I am impressed by Miro’s teamwork and efficiency in setting up this event and make it a successful one. I made a promise to Bertus that Engenius will work with Miro again next year.”

The result was a professional conference highlighting the tremendous strides that service providers have made using the IP protocol. Even though this was the first conference of its type, the attendance and quality of the presentations bodes well for future events as well as the potential of solutions in an increasingly IP world.

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