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Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom

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11/18/2003
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"We are not going to pursue this opportunity for Bill Smith at this time," wrote a Porter Novelli publicist representing BellSouth Corp. (NYSE: BLS). "Please keep us posted on upcoming opportunities."

Oh, we'll keep you posted alright...

Bill Smith's publicity machine may not want him to be part of our Top Ten list, but that won't keep him off. The thing is, Smith's a hard guy to ignore. These days you can't find a podium in the industry that doesn't have him behind it, giving a keynote speech. We've seen him speak at OFC, Supercomm, and NFOEC this year alone.

But being on a podium and saying stuff is one thing. Then there's doing stuff.

BellSouth is shaping up as one of the more aggressive incumbents in marketing next-generation data services such as metro Ethernet and broadband. In his role, Smith gets the credit (and takes the lumps) for the technology direction of BellSouth's core infrastructure. And he and his group caused quite a fracas this year when it gave Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) its first RBOC customer win for its optical network products (see BellSouth Chooses Cisco (and Lucent)). Again BellSouth's technology planners got a face full of spotlight when, along with Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), and SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE: SBC), the carrier went ahead with a large request for proposal for fiber-to-the-premises buildouts (see Vendors Await FTTP Shortlist).

And, while BellSouth is chasing FTTP, it is also adding lots of Alcatel SA (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA) gear to provide 100 percent DSL coverage in its central offices in several states (see BellSouth Picks Alcatel). The carrier is also bundling satellite TV service as a way to provide voice, video, and data services to its customers, even if they don't all come down one single connection (see BellSouth to Sell DirecTV and SBC Ratchets Up PON Politics).

When he's not on the lecture circuit, Smith's role is intricately linked with BellSouth's future – and, by extension, that of the RBOCs overall. If he doesn't seize the right technology opportunities at the right time, BellSouth won't make up, let alone gain, any ground in its access battle with the cable companies.

 
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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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