HR Launches Global Ethernet Executive Council

10:00 AM -- I am pleased to announce that Heavy Reading today is launching the global Ethernet Executive Council, an exciting new initiative establishing a value-rich community of service and technology experts shaping the Carrier Ethernet and cloud services markets. A key goal of the program is to strengthen information sharing and networking opportunities among service-provider experts and to provide analytical insights that can help accelerate Ethernet-related market growth. The Council program is being supported by network solutions providers, including Platinum sponsor Overture Networks Inc. , Gold sponsor Telco Systems (BATM) and others.

Heavy Reading has created the Ethernet Executive Council to honor individuals who have demonstrated industry leadership and a personal commitment to advancing the use of high-performance Ethernet services and technologies for the benefit of retail, wholesale and consumer customers. Among other things, the program will provide Council members with exclusive networking, speaking and LRTV interview opportunities at Light Reading's Ethernet-related events, the chance to participate in Heavy Reading Q&A interview columns published on Light Reading sites, and access to valuable state-of-the-industry and enterprise end-user survey-based reports.

Thus far, nearly 90 executives and other senior professionals from 56 service providers worldwide have accepted invitations to join the Ethernet Executive Council. Council members have a wealth of expertise related to Ethernet-based business/cloud, wholesale, mobile and residential services, and/or the converged Ethernet/MPLS/packet optical network infrastructure used to deliver these services. In many ways, these individuals represent the service provider core of the Ethernet community.

Ninety percent of Council members hold positions at the director level or above. Sixty-four percent are involved in corporate management, marketing or product management, while 36 percent are network technology experts.

The following companies are currently represented on the Ethernet Executive Council: AboveNet Inc. (NYSE: ABVT), AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Mumbai: BHARTIARTL), BICS (Belgacom International), Bright House Networks , BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL), CENX Inc. , Colt Technology Services Group Ltd , Columbus Networks , Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), Deutsche Telekom ICSS, euNetworks Group Ltd. , Expereo, Exponential-e Ltd. , FiberLight LLC , FiberTower Corp. , First Communications LLC , Frontier Communications Corp. (NYSE: FTR), Global Crossing (Nasdaq: GLBC), GTS Central Europe , Integra Telecom Inc. , Intellifiber Networks Inc. , Interoute Communications Ltd. , KDDI Corp. , Knology Inc. (Nasdaq: KNOL), KPN International, Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE: LVLT), Lightower Fiber Networks , Masergy Communications Inc. , MegaPath Inc. , NTT America Inc. , NTT Europe , One Source Networks , Optimum Lightpath , Openreach , Global Cloud Xchange , Rogers Communications Inc. (Toronto: RCI), Shaw Communications Inc. , Sidera Networks Inc. , Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S), SSE Telecoms , Tata Communications Ltd. , Tata Teleservices Ltd. , Telx Group Inc. , TeraGate AG , Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), Tinet , Türk Telekomunikasyon A.S. , tw telecom inc. (Nasdaq: TWTC), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), Virgin Media Business Ltd. , XO Communications Inc. and Zayo Group Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO)

Many Council members will be directly participating in service- and technology-related roundtables, keynotes and sessions at Ethernet Expo Americas 2011 that will be held during Nov. 8 and 9 in New York City. We expect the Expo to provide unprecedented opportunities meet and exchange ideas with the key movers and shakers in the industry.

Senior service provider experts interested in becoming involved in the Council should contact me at [email protected]

— Stan "EtherMan" Hubbard, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading, and Chairman, Ethernet Europe 2011

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