Heavy Reading Links Up
Both statements will get tested this week as an elite group of 200 industry execs convene at Links 2005, Heavy Reading's annual executive summit, this year being held at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa in Dana Point, Calif.
There, Heavy Reading analysts will present the results of a new carrier survey -- research available only to Links attendees.
The event begins tomorrow, Nov. 9, with an afternoon golf tournament at the Monarch Beach Golf Links. In addition to enjoying the ocean view, attendees might get to witness that rarest of specatcles: a Light Reading competition that isn't won by Light Reading employees. (See Links 2004 in Pictures (& Words) and LR Rules Supercomm Lanes.)
That evening, Links gets down to business with a gala dinner banquet featuring a talk by Dr. Behzad Nadji, chief architect at (NYSE: T).
Thursday, Nov. 10, brings a day-long conference on "Tracking Network Transformation," with presentations and panels featuring Heavy Reading analysts.
A top-notch crew of guest speakers will be on hand, including afternoon keynoter Scott Beaudoin, chief technologist for . One of the panel sessions will feature Ralph Ballart, VP of broadband infrastructure for (NYSE: SBC), discussing the use of carrier-class Ethernet in Project Lightspeed. (See SBC Exec Talks Lightspeed.)
Attendees will also get an exclusive look at Heavy Reading's survey results on carriers' future deployment plans, covering technologies such as fixed/mobile convergence, optical networking, MPLS, and carrier Ethernet.
That survey did produce some surprising results, including a defensive tone among the 140 worldwide respondents. When asked to pinpoint the primary focus of their network convergence plans, the carriers' top answer was customer retention -- bundling voice and data to prevent customer churn. Many carriers also saw convergence as a means for creating new revenue-generating Ethernet and IP services.
"Service expansion, not opex savings, is now front and center as the compelling new reason to bring in new technologies," says Dennis Mendyk, Heavy Reading's managing director.
The survey also revealed some surprises in optical networking, where only two business drivers seem to be propelling most carrier plans for metro optical buildouts.
Want to know what they are? If so, we'll see you at Links 2005.
— Craig Matsumoto, Senior Editor, Light Reading