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Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom

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11/18/2003
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AT&T Corp. (NYSE: T) CTO Hossein Eslambolchi – who's also president of AT&T Research Labs – was one of the first of the major incumbent carriers' engineers to publicly embrace the idea of a flexible, multiservice network edge capable of self-provisioned services.

He had hinted at the idea during his NGN keynote in October 2002 (see NGN Notes: On the Edge). And then in March 2003, Eslambolchi turned conference goers on to the "Concept of One," a kind of harmonic convergence where Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) will let AT&T meld all its networks into a peace-loving whole (see AT&T’s New Gods).

For the chief technical executive at a major incumbent to pledge a single, converged network for both voice and data was no small thing, and it caused some to wonder if he'd been huffing paint fumes. Or worse.

But Eslambolchi was deadly serious, and in 2003 it has become evident that the idea of IP/MPLS convergence has taken root in the industry (see Setting a Course For Convergence). While he didn't literally invent the concept – obviously, the converged network vision is not new – his evangelizing has underscored the notion of where the entire communications infrastrucuture is heading. And that's why we're making him No. 1.

AT&T, like many carriers, will have to collapse the number of layers, as well as the number of billing and support systems, in its gigantic network. And Eslambolchi is counting on MPLS to do the trick.

The Concept of One embodies a flexible network edge that harmonizes any service with the IP network. The good news for networking firms is that it's going to require some new gear – an edge system and a customer premises system that oddly resemble the God Boxes of yore. Getting even deeper, Eslambolchi wants to conjure the Concept of Zero, in which customers would define services on AT&T's network all by themselves (and perhaps become one with the Great Celestial Muffin).

If Eslambolchi succeeds, the new network could reduce costs and enable next-generation data services at the some time, remaking AT&T into an IP/MPLS pioneer. How important is this? Well, quite simply, it's a matter of survival. Let's hope Mr. #1 pulls it off, for the sake of both AT&T and of the industry at large.

 
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sir-wish-pro-wide-her
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sir-wish-pro-wide-her,
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12/4/2012 | 11:14:43 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
1. You guys are seem a bit harsh on those that seem to have fallen from grace
2. Is there a typo in Really Horrible Haiku"? Is it supposed to be Hagger The Horrible?
3. I think you missed one more deserving entry in the "Has Been Bin". I would have included the lightreading staff member that had picked the previous top 10 movers and shakers :-)
btierney
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btierney,
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12/4/2012 | 11:14:42 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
oops was refering to anderson and ferri
btierney
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btierney,
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12/4/2012 | 11:14:42 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
and these guys really thought they could walk on water....
DCITDave
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DCITDave,
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12/4/2012 | 11:14:41 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
You admit that Lucent isn't performing well and yet you suggest we put Pat on our list because she's a woman?

Or because Fortune called her a powerful woman?

That sounds like the wrong thing to do for all the wrong reasons.

ph

P.S. Fortune magazine called Enron "America's Most Innovative Company" for six consecutive years.
Tony Li
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Tony Li,
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12/4/2012 | 11:14:41 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom

Is it just me, or are all of the links pointing to their staging area?

Tony
Scott Raynovich
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Scott Raynovich,
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12/4/2012 | 11:14:41 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
no, it's not you... we screwed up.

we are fixing, but in the meantime the links on the left-hand side of the page in the black bar will get you where you need to go
indica1019
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indica1019,
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12/4/2012 | 11:14:41 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
It's shameful that Lightreading contributes to the sexism in the telecom industry by not including a single woman on the Top Ten list.

While Fortune has put Pat Russo on it's 10 Most Powerful Women in Business again this year, she apparently doesn't make LR's cut. Lucent might not be at the top of it's game, but it's a hell of lot better off after Pat's tough decisions that none of her predecessors had the balls to make.

LR editors - when are you going to wake up from your cozy British boy's club and realize that the rest of the world has moved on? Get with it, mates.
dodo
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dodo,
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12/4/2012 | 11:14:40 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
you may disagree but Pat's tough decisions were made(are being taken) to ensure that she together with her ilks can continue to fill their pockets whilst a lot of talent may be queuing in the food line once their severance and unemployment run out.

What innovative or groung-breaking decisions has she taken so far to sustain the business ?
Zilch !

Hence she has no place in the top ten JMHO
DCITDave
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DCITDave,
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12/4/2012 | 11:14:39 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
re: "Hey Phil -- aren't you from Texas?"

Yep.

re: "What's this 'cozy Brit boys club' that indica's talking about?"

Dunno. Maybe someone's been reading Orwell's "Burmese Days" and they think I'm Ellis.
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12/4/2012 | 11:14:39 PM
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I would have nominated Pat Russo for perhaps the worst CEO in telecom. She needs to cut horrible businesses and move along. Yet, she refuses to do so at the peril of Lucent. Its still a dog, its shrinking and no obvious path to growth.

Get rid of the dead wood.

Jim
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