Leaders of Carrier Ethernet industry to gather at Ethernet Expo Europe in London

Date: Fri, 05/08/2009 - 10:57

Key speakers from telecom leaders BT, Colt, and Tata will join with top Enterprise CIOs and key vendors such as Alcatel-Lucent and Cisco in Europe’s major event focused on the red-hot Carrier Ethernet market

Hundreds of telecom service provider executives and enterprise information technology managers are expected to attend Ethernet Expo: Europe 2009, May 13-14 at the ExCel Conference Centre in London, to hear leading carriers and enterprise CIOs explain how they are optimizing the red-hot Carrier Ethernet technology, which is a crucial driver of growth in an otherwise tepid global communications marketplace.
Ethernet Expo features a number of firsts, including the industry’s first live Global Interconnect demonstration, in which multiple carriers and the leading equipment vendors that serve them demonstrate how a multi-vendor Carrier Ethernet service can be ordered and managed around the world. In addition, Ethernet Expo will have a stong voice from the customers of these services, including enterprise CIOs such as Dr. Bhaskar Dasgupta, from HSBC Holdings, and senior managers from Reuters, IPSOS, and local government who will describe how they are using and buying these services.
Finally, key speakers from the regulatory environment and industry organizations focused on Ethernet-related standards development – Ofcom (Office of Communications), MEF (MetroEthernet Forum), and MSF (MultiService Forum) – will authoritatively describe the latest developments and trends. The Conference is chaired by Stan Hubbard, Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading, and recognized to be a leading authority on the Carrier Ethernet market.
”This is the one place in Europe where the entire Ethernet ecosystem of service providers, vendors, and enterprise execs are getting together to advance the Carrier Ethernet industry,” says Joseph Braue, Group Director/Senior Vice President, Light Reading. ”At the same time, providers can find out in detail what their customers and prospects are thinking, learn from best-practice experience of other carriers, and gain real insight into some of the difficult issues being tackled right now by the regulators. Ethernet Expo Europe is right at the forefront of the Carrier Ethernet revolution.”
The world’s first Global Interconnect demo will be demonstrating how MEF-certified services perform under realistic conditions from London to USA to Asia and back again in a single interconnected broadband network. The demonstration, led by Bob Mandeville and his team at Iometrix, the leading telecom testing company, will allow attendees to see worldwide carrier Ethernet in real-time on the big screen, then have them stroll over to the Vendor Showcase to get the detailed business case, how the services are delivered to the organization, and how the customer will benefit. The participating service providers include: COLT, ntl:Telewest, and Tata Communications. Equipment manufacturers participating in the interconnect vendor showcase include Alcatel-Lucent, Anda, Cisco, Creanord, Matisse, Omnitron, and Spirent.
Keynotes from leading telecom carriers include: Dr. Alireza Mahmoodshahi, CTO of Colt; Matthew Finnie, CTO of Interoute; and Dr. Kamran Sistanizadeh, CTO of Reliance Globalcomm. Key executives from BT, Verizon, Telefónica, XO Communications, and ntl:Telewest will also be speaking.
Among enterprise IT speakers, Dr. Bhaskar Dasgupta, Global Head, Programme Management Office for Global Finance, HSBC Holdings, is on Wednesday’s enterprise panel, together with John Jackson, Assistant Director, Corporate ICT, Camden Borough Council; John Lyons, Global Head of Network Architecture and Design, Sales & Trading, Thomson Reuters; and Dimitri Koveos from IPSOS. Also on Wednesday, the Enterprise Workshop provides an introduction to Carrier Ethernet services and the importance of MEF certification for enterprise professionals.
Thursday’s Ethernet Standards workshop features Craig Easley, Marketing Committee Co-Chair, MEF;  and Roger Ward, President, MultiService Forum; with Chinyelu Onwurah, Head of Telecoms Technology, Ofcom also featuring in the day’s program that includes debates, success sories, and ”Think Tank” presentations. All presentations are open to questions from the audience and a valuable opportunity to tap the experience and creativity of the industry’s best brains.
Ethernet Expo: Europe 2009 is one conference you cannot afford to miss! The full program and demonstration details can be found on Light Reading’s Ethernet Expo: Europe 2009 Website: www.ethernetexpoeurope.com.

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