Why SPIT Beats Ash

8:15 AM -- With the volcanic ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajoekull volcano wreaking havoc with the timetables of airlines, business folk, holidaymakers, and event organizers, there's at least one industry tradeshow that remains unhampered and on schedule.

And that's because it's a virtual event -– you don't have to leave your desk/chair/lounger/yacht (delete as appropriate, final option for hedge fund managers only) to attend.

And what's more, it's free to attend.

Three OSS Imperatives: Customer, Cost & Cloud, which takes place on Tuesday April 20, is an eight-hour conference and virtual tradeshow that will examine some of the key Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) issues facing carriers today.

In addition to visiting virtual booths (an interesting experience if you haven't done that before), delegates will be able to attend keynote presentations from Pat Smith, Director of Telecom Regional Operations at Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), Ravinder Jain, CIO at Indian mobile operator Aircel Ltd. , Mikko Heitanen, Head of Global Sales for Operations Support Solutions at Nokia Networks , and Martin Creaner, President of the TM Forum .

You can also get the Heavy Reading view of the OSS sector from senior analyst and all-around telecom software specialist Caroline Chappell, and check out panel debates involving executives from NSN, Comptel Corp. (Nasdaq, Helsinki: CTL1V), Global Crossing (Nasdaq: GLBC), Tekelec , and SureWest Communications (Nasdaq: SURW).

So, Eyjafjallajoekull (pronounced eyefullinyourskull at Light Reading's European HQ), belch all the ash you want -- the show goes on!

— Ray Le Maistre, Meteorological Editor, Light Reading

Interested in learning more on this topic? Then come to Three OSS Imperatives: Customer, Cost & Cloud, a Light Reading Virtual Event for service providers that need to understand how to adapt and transform their operational support systems to put customers first, drive out cost, and support new cloud-based services. To take place on Tuesday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time, access is free. For more information, or to register, click here.

digits 12/5/2012 | 4:39:19 PM
re: Why SPIT Beats Ash

Unfortunately the interesting-looking Telecoms Cloud Services Summit, due to be held in London at the end of this week, has been cancelled because of the, er, volcanic ash cloud. A genuine shame, even if it does score highly on the irony scale.

Amazingly, the IMS World Forum in Barcelona (next week) is still on!! Good luck to 'em...

And despite having a number of international speakers in its programme, the Next Generation Networks & Basestations 2010 conference in Bath, U.K., started on schedule today. Light Reading Mobile's European editor Michelle Donegan (who travelled there by train, FYI) will be reporting from that event.  

Michelle Donegan 12/5/2012 | 4:39:12 PM
re: Why SPIT Beats Ash Yep, thank goodness for the train. It was a good day in Bath, despite the volcanic ash. Some delegates made their way back to the UK from Europe by car, boat, and train...
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