Behind Closed Doors

8:00 AM -- GENEVA -- ITU Telecom World 2009 -- While speakers take to the podium here in Geneva to talk in public about technology developments and requirements, Light Reading has learned that a group of influential CXOs (mainly CTOs) is meeting in private on Tuesday to provide the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) with some input on its standardization programs, which are still of importance to the global sector, especially in optical transport and fiber access.

It's an impressive mix of equipment vendors, device manufacturers, and carriers, including BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), Orange (NYSE: FTE), Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , KDDI Corp. , KT Corp. , Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), Nokia Networks , NTT Group (NYSE: NTT), Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF), ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763), and more.

EuroBlog got even more interested when it was suggested that R.E.M. was to be represented. Would Michael Stipe have something to say on next-gen PON or MPLS-TP developments perhaps?

Turns out it's BlackBerry . That makes more sense.

We're hoping to find out what, if anything, happened behind closed doors, and whether anyone sang "Man On The Moon."

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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