Telecom Giants to Share Insights on Next-Gen Communications Networks at Light Reading's Big Telecom Event in June

NEW YORK, May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Light Reading (, the market-leading online community for the global communications sector, announced today that industry thought leaders will come together at the Big Telecom Event (BTE) ( to share insights on next-generation communications networks. BTE, to be held June 17-18 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, is a demo space and conference that brings real-world, cutting-edge technology demonstrations and business insights to communications service provider executives.

Speakers will include:

Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO, Telus: This longtime industry visionary will share insights on the operations challenges telecom service providers will face in moving to virtualization. Having led the Canadian operator Telus through a series of significant business and technology transformations, he offers a no-nonsense approach to the changes that will be required before SDN and NFV have the desired impact on networks and services.  

John Considine, CTO, Verizon Terremark: As the CTO of one of the largest carrier cloud providers globally, Considine will provide insight into how the cloud market is maturing and what enterprises are expecting from carrier cloud providers as they look to move more applications and services into the cloud. 

Mike Rouleau, SVP of Business Development and Public Policy, tw telecom: Rouleau heads one of the largest competitive service providers in the US and one of the most innovative, having pioneered flexible Ethernet services in support of cloud and data center connections. He will provide updates on tw telecom's latest innovations and offer his view of what telecom operators must do to compete going forward.

Marcus Weldon, CTO, Alcatel-Lucent and Head of Bell Labs: The new chief of the iconic US research organization will participate on a panel led by ATIS, the prime US organization for technology and standards development in the ICT realm.  He will share his insights into where research needs to be directed going forward.

James Feger, VP of Network Strategy and Development, CenturyLink: The man responsible for leading, not only CenturyLink's ongoing efforts to transform and streamline its back-office efforts, but also its incorporation of NFV and SDN into that transformation will share insights into the process and the innovation it requires.

Doug Junkins, CTO, NTT America: Junkins will share unique insights into NTT's pioneering early deployments of SDN in linking its global data centers, the benefits/challenges that process has created, and the innovation needed to make it happen.  

"The telecom industry needs an event like BTE. We're bringing together the hottest leaders in the industry to provide us with their thoughts on the industry's most pressing business challenges," said Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large at Light Reading. "Our speakers are going to cover all of the key topics, including software-defined networking, network functions virtualization, small-cell architectures, next-generation policy and charging, big-data analytics, and mobile network security."

BTE combines the educational power of interactive conference sessions, devised and hosted by Heavy Reading's experienced industry analysts, with multi-vendor interoperability and proof-of-concept networking and application showcases. BTE is geared toward helping attendees understand the business rationale for concepts such as SDN, NFV, small-cell architectures, next-generation policy and charging, big-data analytics, and mobile network security.

To register to attend BTE, click here. Media members interested in attending may email

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About Light Reading

Light Reading ( combines its research-led online communities and targeted events portfolio to help those in the global communications industry make informed decisions. is the ultimate source for telecom analysis for more than 350,000 subscribers each month, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content, and reputation. Light Reading produces targeted communications events and focused one-day conferences each year for cable, mobile, and wireline executives across five continents.

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