Links 2004 in Pictures (& Words)
The answer (if you're a Light Reading editor): plenty of good photos -- and quotes. Light Reading's first annual Links 2004 Executive Summit, which took place earlier this week at the luxuriant Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay, near San Francisco, brought together some of the industry's best minds to mull over the challenges and opportunities in the regrouping telecom market.
At the conference, Heavy Reading analysts presented the findings of some extensive supply-chain research surveys, and drew conclusions about where the markets were going. The results in condensed form: Nearly all steps of the supply chain are being over-optimistic about revenue growth, but some important new services such as VOIP and Triple Play have found fundamental customer demand.
Heavy Reading chief analyst Scott Clavenna said the telecom industry's challenge is to put together packages of hot new services -- which are showing healthy demand, accompanied by pricing pressure.
"It's not just a challenge for service providers to create a bundle of products that works," said Clavenna. "They have to find discounts that are quite cheap."
During the event's kickoff dinner, Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders assaulted the crowds senses and sensibility with some Light Humor
Panelists, coming from service provider, equipment, investment, and components companies, fired their own salvos (see Executives Converge on Convergence and VOIP Fans Raise Regulatory Issues).
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— R. Scott Raynovich, US Editor, and Craig Matsumoto, Senior Editor, Light Reading