Supercomm Demo Mania

Eight forums and alliances will stage demos at Supercomm. Will carriers see it as proof that stuff works together?

May 20, 2003

6 Min Read
Supercomm Demo Mania

Supercomm 2003 is just around the corner, and the gearmakers have been hard at work setting up demonstrations to show off their gear. This year, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the United States Telecom Association (USTA), organizers of the event, have set aside a special area where eight groups of vendors will set up public demonstrations. Some will highlight interoperability between vendors, while others will simply be demonstrating new technologies.

The demos will be targeted at carriers like BellSouth Corp. (NYSE: BLS), which is headquartered in Atlanta and is sending 200 to 300 of its engineers. Carriers' customers are interested in different areas of technology, but when it comes to demonstrations, interoperability is key.

“Networking vendor demos are usually pretty boring,” Bob Smith, senior director of product management for BellSouth and director of the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), tells Light Reading. “Everyone knows they’re very controlled. But when you show interoperability with another vendors’ gear, you can’t control the outcome.”

While he admits that purchasing decisions are never made based on these displays, he says they are important in forming opinions.

“The fact that vendors are showing that they are working together is an important statement that resonates with service providers,” he says. “That’s one thing we really care about. We don’t want to be backed into any single-vendor solutions.”

So how is this year’s demo schedule shaping up? Ethernet and access technologies are among the hottest topics to be demonstrated, as is the interoperability of Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) applications and interworking between optical and voice signaling.

Here’s a summary of what all these groups will be up to:

Subscribe and receive the latest news from the industry.
Join 62,000+ members. Yes it's completely free.

You May Also Like