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Ethernet Expo Keynote Preview

4:35 PM -- Ethernet Expo is coming soon (October 15-17) to a New York City near you, so here's a sneak peek at what's to come, starting with the keynote speakers. Also, don't miss Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Stan Hubbard's preview of the three-day event: An Ethernet Expo Rundown.

Day 1
  • Rich Klapman, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s Director of Product marketing for Ethernet Services and INCS, is back by popular demand to give this year's opening service provider keynote on Day 1. Last year, Klapman stirred excitement among suppliers and operators alike when he shared his views on the phenomenal revenue growth opportunities for Ethernet, as masses of enterprises increasingly shift from legacy Frame Relay and ATM services toward next-generation Ethernet and IP/MPLS VPN services.

  • Steve Alexander, Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN)'s longtime CTO, will give the afternoon keynote address on Day 1. Has Ciena found the secret for marrying the two technologies -- Ethernet and optical -- that have delivered the greatest performance/price improvements in the wireline industry in the past decade? If not, perhaps Alexander will explain what else could be behind his company's revenue and profit growth in 2007. Who would have guessed that the stock performance of rising Ethernet star Ciena would have far outshone that of Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) on a year-to-date basis?

Day 2
  • Jeff Tinch, Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE: LVLT)'s Senior VP of Product Delivery for the Business Markets Group, will provide the morning keynote on Day 2. Jeff's company has assembled one of the most comprehensive Ethernet product portfolios in the market and has been at the forefront in leveraging Ethernet in its network infrastructure to drive down the cost of converged services transport.

  • Jarret Appleby, FLAG Telecom Ltd. 's Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, will tag-team with Keao Caindec, Yipes Enterprise Services Inc. 's Chief Marketing Officer, for the pre-lunch keynote on Day 2. These officials will share their vision for how the combined resources of Flag and Yipes will shake things up in the global Ethernet services market following the acquisition of Yipes by Flag's parent company, Reliance Communications Ltd. (RCom)

Day 3
  • Michael Marcellin, Verizon Enterprise Solutions 's VP of Global Product Marketing, will give the opening keynote on Day 3, which is entirely devoted to Ethernet enterprise services topics. Verizon has been among the leaders in driving industry cooperation around delivering enhanced Ethernet services to enterprise customers, and attendees will have the opportunity to hear first-hand about how Verizon is investing sales, marketing, and capital resources to take Ethernet to more locations in the U.S. and abroad.

— Raymond McConville, Reporter, Light Reading

Interested in learning more on this topic? Then come to Ethernet Expo 2007, a conference and exhibition that will explore major carrier Ethernet networking and service trends. To be staged in New York City, October 15-17, admission is free for attendees meeting our prequalification criteria. For more information, or to register, click here.

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