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Ethernet's Winning Ways

Ray Le Maistre

1:30 PM -- The relationship between Eastern Europe and Carrier Ethernet is way beyond flirtatious -- we're looking at a long-term love-in here, with the guarantee of (services) offspring.

That's my "Dr. Love" verdict following The Future of Carrier Ethernet: Eastern Europe 2007, this week's one-day event in Warsaw, where more than 130 carrier and enterprise executives turned up to get a technology overview and hear about existing market developments. (See Ethernet Hits Warsaw and PBT Cost Claims Questioned.)

But I'm not basing my verdict on the simple fact that some folk bothered to relocate their bodies and brains for one day.

The point is that these men and women -- who came from operators such as Telekomunikacja Polska SA (TP), Dialog Telecom SA , Exatel, Netia Holdings SA , and UPC Broadband -- were engaged with the day's presentations, swarmed around the vendor-hosted table-top information points, and contributed some pretty searching questions for the event's speakers.

It was clear that the people who attended were genuinely hungry to know a lot more about carrier Ethernet and how it fits into the shift towards next-generation networks and multimedia services.

In addition, it looks as if the MEF , which was involved in the Warsaw presentations, may well get some new carrier members from the region as a result of the day's endeavors, with Ethernet service certification the chief driver behind the interest from carriers hungry for a competitive edge.

I was already of the view that Central and Eastern Europe is a market with a lot to offer the telecom sector in terms of new service development and new vendor business. This week's event in Poland simply reinforced that opinion. (See Eastern Promise.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International Editor and Chief Fruit-Flavored Vodka Taster, Light Reading

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