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BT to Update on Ethernet Plans

Karl Penaluna, the director of IP and data platforms at BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), is to provide an update on the British carrier's Ethernet deployment plans as part of his keynote speech at the upcoming Ethernet Expo: Europe 2008 event in London.

Leading the carrier keynote presentations on Tuesday, April 15, Penaluna, who is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of all IP and data platforms at BT, is set to provide an update on the role of Ethernet services in the carrier's £10 billion (US$19.8 billion) 21CN next-generation network.

Penaluna is just one of a number of carrier executives scheduled to deliver keynote addresses during the Ethernet Expo. Colt Technology Services Group Ltd CTO Dr. Alireza Mahmoodshahi; AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s director of Global Concept Marketing, Martin Silman; and Interoute Communications Ltd. CTO Matthew Finnie are also set to make high-profile presentations.

In addition, senior executives from the following carriers will participate in the conference sessions during the three-day event (April 14-16), to be held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London:

Controversial topic
Penaluna's presentation, entitled "Going Faster and Staying in Control – Building the World's Biggest NGN," is set to attract much attention as BT's 21CN Ethernet developments revolve around the deployment of PBT (provider backbone transport), the new flavor of Ethernet that is one of the telecom industry's hottest current topics. (See our brand-new reports: A Guide to PBT/PBB-TE and PBT/PBB-TE Guide: Vendor Talk; also: Nokia Siemens Clings to Juniper, India's Tejas Joins PBT Club, Extreme Launches PBT, AlcaLu's Alwan: PBT Will Lose Its Shine , and PBT Key to Ciena Acquisition.)

Penaluna will explain the 21CN's underpinning technology and architecture, and then talk about 21CN services, with a focus on the new network's Ethernet products and rollout.

BT is the leading operator supporter of PBT, which, for the past two years, has been fueling arguments about its potential capabilities and its role in networks dominated by IP/MPLS. BT is already deploying pre-standardized PBT equipment and has struck at least one major deal where the connection-oriented technology will be deployed. (See BT Counters PBT Claims, PBT vs MPLS: Round VII, Vendors Clash Over PBT, BT Goes Live With PBT, BT Sells PBT-Based Backhaul Service, BT Pressures Vendors Over PBT, and Nortel, Siemens Win PBT Deals at BT.)

PBT, or PBB-TE (Provider Backbone Bridge – Traffic Engineering) as it's known in its standards process at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) , also has its own dedicated sessions at the Ethernet Expo, dominating most of the third day's conference program, and is set to be one of the key topics of debate throughout the event.

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

Interested in learning more on this topic? Then come to Ethernet Expo: Europe 2008, the premier event covering the hot topic of carrier Ethernet network technologies and services in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). To be staged in London, April 14-16, admission is free for attendees meeting our prequalification criteria. For more information, or to register, click here.

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