That's worth pointing out, because Light Reading's second annual Optical Expo, which kicks off October 2 in Dallas, is where representatives from AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE: LVLT), and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) will be gathering to discuss service provider needs and wants from the optical equipment market.
Some of the items they'll be talking about include:
While it's clear that service providers are taking advantage of new optical technologies available to them, they are taking many different approaches to building out their networks.
BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), for instance, is moving to an all-IP infrastructure through its 21CN project while most other carriers are building overlay networks to support legacy infrastructure while migrating to IP. Verizon is taking fiber to the premises, while AT&T is going to the node. And while some carriers are beginning to deploy 40-Gbit/s equipment in their networks, others are looking ahead to deploying 100-Gbit/s gear by the end of the decade.
That's why there will be panels on packet optical transport, building dynamic optical networks, next-generation access developments, and the drive towards 100-Gig. There will also be keynotes by representatives of AT&T and Level 3, among others, and a panel where service providers and end users discuss their perspectives on the optical network.
See you in Dallas!
— Ryan Lawler, Reporter, Light Reading
Come to Optical Expo 2007, a conference and exhibition that will explore critical issues facing the optical networking industry. To be staged in Dallas, October 2 & 3, admission is free for attendees meeting our prequalification criteria. For more information, or to register, click here.