The directories will serve as powerful tools that will help prospective customers shortlist services and products meeting their requirements, and then compare them, using tables listing key characteristics.
The first two directories cover Ethernet services and IP services software, and they already have a huge amount of data in them.
The Ethernet Services Directory currently lists 395 services from 222 providers, in countries all over the world. Entries can be filtered according to service type, geographic coverage, and access media, and the resultant tables provide further information, including the technology used to provide the service and operators' principal equipment suppliers.
The IP Services Software Directory currently lists 177 products from 108 companies. The products furnish the types of advanced IP services that network operators and enterprise users are beginning to deploy over converged IP infrastructure, and are categorized as follows:
- Enhanced Voice Applications such as calling cards, VXML services, and so on
- Messaging and Presence Applications
- Multimedia Conferencing
- Security Services
- Voice/Multimedia VPN Services
- Hosted PBX/Centrex Services
- Contact Center Services
- Media Content and Distribution Services
- Financial and Customer Care Services
Other directories in the pipeline include voice-over-IP services and security appliances.
Light Reading is aiming to make the directories one-stop destinations for information on these markets. It’s encouraging use to snowball among suppliers and customers in the following ways:
- Access is free of charge as long as it’s for personal use. Users must be registered and opt into an agreement not to breach Light Reading’s copyright.
- Companies can provide entries and updates to their entries, free of charge. At present, they can do this by completing an Excel-based questionnaire. Light Reading will check and copyedit the entry before it’s posted in the appropriate directory.
- Links to entries in the directories will be embedded in Light Reading articles. For example, a news analysis story that refers to an Ethernet service by name will include a direct link to the relevant directory entry. By clicking on the link, readers will be able to get further details of the service, or generate a table to compare it with competing services.
The directories are also accessible from Light Reading's homepage, beneath the reports section.
If you would like to get your company listed in the directories, click on the following links to download the forms and then follow the instructions for completion and submission:
Questions and comments about the directories should be sent to: [email protected].
— Nicole Willing, Reporter, Light Reading