Telecom Council of Silicon Valley
The Telecom Council of Silicon Valley, also known as The Telecom Council or (incorrectly) Silicon Valley Telecom Council, TCSV, or SVTC, is a Silicon Valley, California-based association of telecom companies. The group has no association with the former San Diego Telecom Council. The Telecom Council has members ranging across the telecommunications ecosystem, including fixed and wireless service providers, tier 1 vendors, early-stage or start-up companies and venture capitalists.
The Telecom Council began in 2000 as the Service Provider Innovation Forum (SPIF) and was open only to telecom companies. The SPIF has held 1/2 day monthly meetings since November 2000 and grew from 3 to 20 carriers by 2006. In August 2007, the Service Provider Innovation Forum added 4 additional fora and became The Telecom Council of Silicon Valley.
The association is a corporate membership-based organization that receives no public funding. It is led by its board. Each of its five fora has a steering committee. In 2012, The Telecom Council board members were Swisscom, British Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Huawei, Qualcomm, Marvell, Detecon and The Kerton Group. Each of the Council's Fora operates a separate meeting schedule such that the Telecom Council covers 40 different topics per year. Attendees are generally senior executives. Historical attendee lists are publicly available online.
TC3, which stands for Telecom Council Carrier Connections, is an annual 2-day conference in the Silicon Valley in September. Major telcos and operators use TC3 as a platform to communicate their innovation objectives and technical road maps to entrepreneurs, investors, inventors and startup companies and engage the external innovation community in their technology scouting programs. The next TC3 summit will take place in Mountain View, California on September 28-29, 2016.
- San Diego Telecom Council changed its name in October 2005 to CommNexus. http://www.commnexus.org/news/press-releases/news_20060328585.php