VoIP Systems

Light Reading to Hit London

Light Reading is staging its first combined two-day conference and exhibition, called Future of Telecom – Europe 2005, at the Olympia Conference Centre in London this Wednesday and Thursday, September 7 and 8.

More than 700 people have already registered to attend the event. Admission to the conference is free to all prequalified attendees, and online registration for the event is still open. To register, click on this link.

Highlights of the show include four keynote presentations:

Mick Reeve, Group Technology Officer for BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), who’ll talk about the telecom industry's migration to an all-IP world, a topic close to BT's heart (see BT Unveils 21CN Suppliers);

Dr. James Dodd, Managing Director of Anthem Corporate Finance and Vice Chairman of data service provider ETT. Dodd was head of telecom research at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson between 1989 and 1999, and led a team through all the major European privatizations and alternative carrier financings. In his keynote, he'll focus on the financial dynamics of the U.K. telecom market and forecast an IBM-like reinvention of BT, the exit of alternative network operators, and the entry of integrators;

John Souter, Chief Executive Officer of one of the world’s largest Internet public peering points, The London Internet Exchange Ltd. (LINX), which is used by 190 service providers to exchange IP traffic. Souter will review trends and talk about the challenges LINX is addressing in dealing with very high volumes of traffic.

Sten Nordell, Vice President, Networks & Platforms Strategy, Telenor ASA. Telenor’s IP migration strategy differs markedly from BT’s; Nordell will explain how and why (see Telenor to Unveil All IP Plan ).

The conference sessions are in two tracks and cover the following topics:

Wednesday, September 7th
  • VOIP Services: Winning Strategies
  • IP Service Management: Taking Control of Convergence
  • Telco Video: Seeing and Believing
  • Ethernet Services: What's Next? Thursday, September 8th
  • IMS and the Applications Revolution
  • Optical Networking: Latest Developments
  • Service Delivery Platforms: The Next Big Thing
  • FMC: The Time is Now

    For the full conference program, please click on this link.

    Panelists include speakers from BT, France Telecom SA (NYSE: FTE), MCI Inc. (Nasdaq: MCIP), Global Crossing Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq: GLBC), FLAG Telecom Group Ltd. (OTC: FLHLQ) and Global Voice Networks AG.

    Show sponsors include Alcatel (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA), Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., AePona Ltd., Bridgewater Systems Corp., Cirpack, Ellacoya Networks Inc., EMC Smarts, Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERICY), Hatteras Networks Inc., Infinera Inc., Meriton Networks Inc., NetCentrex SA, NewStep Networks Inc., Redback Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: RBAK), Tazz Networks Inc. and Transmode Systems AB.

    Additional exhibitors include Actelis Networks Inc., Allot Communications, InfoVista SA (Nasdaq: IVTA), Kontron Communications Inc., Operax AB and TeraChip Inc.

    — The Staff, Light Reading

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