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The Wild Side of Telecom: Fun Times at BTE

If there's one thing Light Reading knows how to do right, it's how to have fun. Following the thrilling first day of the Big Telecom Event, we went all out.


Check out all the news and views from the 2015 Big Telecom Event at Light Reading's dedicated BTE show news channel.

On Tuesday night, bands from several companies at BTE, including Finisar, Coriant and Light Reading (don't even get us started on Wartoad's troubled past), took the main stage and rocked our socks off at Battle of the Bands. There were drones, fireworks and of course, deep dish pizza (this is Chicago, after all). The following day, the game was on. The game of ping pong, that is, which is a surprisingly fast-paced and aggressive sport! Light Reading's Editor-in-Chief, Ray Le Maistre, was an especially worthy opponent. (See Fame, Glory & Ping Pong Await You at BTE.)

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We've already got these postcards framed in the Light Reading offices. Trust us, by next year's event they'll be collectors' items.
We've already got these postcards framed in the Light Reading offices. Trust us, by next year's event they'll be collectors' items.

Click through the following slideshow to see highlights from the wildest moments of BTE 2015. Make sure to share your favorite memories from this spectacular event in the comments section below, and join us next May in Austin for more crazy antics at the renamed Big Communications Event!

— Eryn Leavens, Copy Desk Editor, Light Reading

Susan Fourtané 6/20/2015 | 5:48:10 AM
Re: Ray's ping pong paddles How funny. It seems he takes it very seriously, indeed. -Susan
Susan Fourtané 6/20/2015 | 5:43:34 AM
Re: Caramel popcorn? A whole stand?! :D That's dedication in perfecting the art of being the best telecom event in the world. I can't wait to see next year's pictures. -Susan
ErynLeavens 6/19/2015 | 2:30:35 PM
Re: Ray's ping pong paddles Don't give him any ideas... He already does a victory lap waving the paddles in the air.
ErynLeavens 6/19/2015 | 2:29:27 PM
Re: Caramel popcorn? Susan - Yep, it's caramel popcorn! It made for some very giddy editors. There was a whole stand for it!
Susan Fourtané 6/19/2015 | 12:02:17 PM
Caramel popcorn? Eryn, is that caramel popcorn next to the cards? :) -Susan
Susan Fourtané 6/19/2015 | 12:00:06 PM
Ray's ping pong paddles Does Ray give those ping pong paddles with his picture on them to his opponents as a souvenir after winning the game? :D -Susan
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