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Service Provider Innovation Forum

The SPIF, the Service Provider Innovation Forum, is a group of representatives from wireless & wireline carriers' venture capital and R&D divisions who meet monthly to review new technologies, products, and companies.


The SPIF exists so that colleagues with similar goals and duties can informally share ideas, contacts, opportunities, and knowledge. SPIF members have telecom operations across the globe, but usually have a presence in the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue investment, technology, and partnership opportunities. At each meeting, we review a few interesting young companies who are seeking funding, strategic investment and/or have a product or service that would be useful to the carriers in attendance.


Presenting Companies:
Companies who are chosen to present can expect the following. The Forum is normally held on the last Friday of the month, drawing at least 10 carriers. As members take turns hosting the forum, the location changes each month. Each forum generally consists of four start-up presentations, and one analyst presentation. Each presenter is allotted 30 minutes to use as they wish, including Q&A. There will be a short break after each presentation for follow-up networking. To apply, please fill out our online application.


SPIF Members:
Members represent business developement, venture capital and/or R&D groups of telecommunications service providers seeking investments, partnership opportunities, and/or new products and technologies. Members include:


Aircel
AirTouch
AT&T
Avea
Axtel
Bell Mobility
Bouygues Telecom
British Telecom
CableLabs
Cell C
China Mobile
China Telecom Americas
China Unicom
Cricket Communications
Comcast
Craig Wireless
Deutsche Telekom
DOCOMO
Etisalat
Frontier Communications
GlobeTel
JT Group Ltd
KDDI
Korea Telecom
Level 3
Liberty Global Inc
MegaPath
Metro PCS
NextGen Networks
NTT
Ooredoo
Orange/France Telecom Labs
Reliance Communications
Rogers
Saudi Telecom
Shaw
Singtel
SK Telecom
Smart Communications
Softbank
So-net
Sprint
SureWest
Swisscom
TalkTalk
Tata Communications
Telecom Italia
Telecom NZ
Telefónica
Telenor
Telephone & Data Systems
Telia Sonera
Telmex
Telstra
Telus
Time Warner Cable
T-Mobile
T-Venture of America Inc
US Cellular
Verizon
VNPT
Vodafone
XO

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