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Top Ten Movers & Shakers in Telecom

Light Reading
5/11/2006

If cable overlay vs. IPTV is the telco industry's Coke/Pepsi debate, Chris Rice may have made the choice of a new generation.

In the last 12 months, Rice, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s executive VP of network planning and engineering, has become the designated chief defender of the company's decision to roll out a pure IP-based TV service as part of its next-generation access network makeover, Project Lightspeed.

The sheer size of AT&T's reach and the visibility it has created for Lightspeed put Rice in an influential position. And we note his star has been on the rise since the company formerly known as SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE: SBC) went on its buying spree. (See Source: Eslambolchi Out at 'New' AT&T.)

With all the pressure on AT&T to deliver skeptic-crushing numbers and knock-your-socks-off technology, Rice's technology cheers and jeers in the next few months could be the stuff of telco industry legend. He's not easy for vendors to please, and if he gives a thumbs-down to any service or vendor while Lightspeed is lighting up, millions of dollars worth of market cap and tech investment could be on the move.

We like that Rice is up for a good chat, too. Without mincing words, he frequently and fluently takes on issues such as how much bandwidth is enough for consumer homes, how big a problem P2P is traffic in telco networks, what's wrong with telco gear vendors, and why home networking is the wave of the future in residential service delivery. (See RBOCs Want Inside Your House, RBOCs Wait & See on P2P, and RBOCs to Vendors: More Nines, Please.)

Adding to Rice's rhetoric is AT&T's addition of satellite broadband, Internet-based VOD, and a fairly future-proof residential gateway to the company's access network bundle. (See AT&T to Offer Satellite Broadband, AT&T, TotalVid.com in VOD Deal, and AT&T Adds Akimbo VOD.) With more options for more people, this could tilt the table in Rice's favor and make the company's IPTV plans, no matter how humble at first, seem larger than life.

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digits
digits
12/5/2012 | 3:54:13 AM
re: Top Ten Movers & Shakers in Telecom
OK, so who do you think is missing? Should Pat Russo be there for getting Lucent out of a hole? IS there another Basil Alwan lurking out there that has transformed a vendor's market position?

Surely someone has something to say about Infinera...

Let's get it all out in the open...
Stevery
Stevery
12/5/2012 | 3:54:08 AM
re: Top Ten Movers & Shakers in Telecom
C'mon, did you make up the 'My CEO is hot' story?

First, does the idiot that wrote this still have a job?

Second, over 40 and hot? Gimme a break. The guy who wrote that is, what, 60? or 25 with a Oedipal complex?

Nice job David.
Stevery
Stevery
12/5/2012 | 3:54:06 AM
re: Top Ten Movers & Shakers in Telecom
Whoops. Looks like I did surpass him.

First, the "over 40 and hot? Gimme a break" comment was a too-hastily written observation on the total lack of class of the comment, which was only to be exceeded by me. Obviously, 40 is the new 30, as your examples already pointed out. Regardless, a different choice of words might well suit the decorum (and employability) of a marketing person when espousing virtues in such a nomination.


And second, I did not realize monkeys could live past 40. Sorry for the offense.

Offensively yours,
Stevery

(Did I just apologize to a bulletin-board monkey? I need a life.)
Larry, Monkey
Larry, Monkey
12/5/2012 | 3:54:06 AM
re: Top Ten Movers & Shakers in Telecom
"over 40 and hot? Gimme a break."

Gosh, Stevery, PR boy may have issues, but did you feel a need to surpass him?

I give you: Terry Hatcher, Diane Lane, Elle McPherson, Angela Bassett, Kim Basinger, Juliette Binoche, Judy Dench...

And this just in: Halle Berry will turn into a total pig in September. Nicole Kidman, thank God, still has a year of life left to her...

Defensively yours, Larry
Yoda88us
Yoda88us
12/5/2012 | 3:54:00 AM
re: Top Ten Movers & Shakers in Telecom
Did Matt give LR some stock to get on the list for a change?
straight shooter
straight shooter
12/5/2012 | 3:53:59 AM
re: Top Ten Movers & Shakers in Telecom
Gurgle, gurgle... It's just a big cesspool!

From the "has-been" bin in May '01 to the top dog in May '06: http://www.lightreading.com/do...

Go figure?!?
Scott Raynovich
Scott Raynovich
12/5/2012 | 3:53:54 AM
re: Top Ten Movers & Shakers in Telecom
nothing like falling off the mountain and climbing your way back up....

got any other tips?
issey
issey
12/5/2012 | 3:53:49 AM
re: Top Ten Movers & Shakers in Telecom
Bross ??

Joking right.. The guy gets all his knowledge and ideas from soliciting vendors.. what he is good at is getting ideas from all the innovator companies.. snd pass on that knowledge to his preferred suppliers.. Those prefered suppliers bend over backwards to him on pricing /support etc.. and they will implement ideas he knicked from those that failed the bid..

I think Softbank Mr Son.. is the mover and shaker.. and deserves to be at the top.. or any of the leading providers in Korea.. but of course since Lightreading is so European and American centric.. that they fail to notice the worlds most competitive Telecoms/Networking markets of Japan & Korea..

Let me give another example..
Although Fastweb can now claim to be the worlds biggest in terms of IPTV service.. back only less than a year ago.. PCCW of HK had already 400K IPTV subscribers.. they came out with the service ahead of Fastweb by quite a margin.. and were certainly the worlds largest subscriber base of IPTV subscribers.. but no-one saw that.. most people ignored it.. Most people. were saying Fastweb this.. fastweb that... blah.. blah..

Get my point..
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