Light Reading's 2nd Annual Big Telecom Event 2015 Creates Unparalleled Experience for the Telecom Industry

Industry Thought Leaders From AT&T, BT, Brocade, Cisco, Deutsche Telekom AG, Google, Level 3 Communications & Telefonica to Keynote EventTriples in Size & Scope; Adds Educational Workshops; Enhances Education Opportunities

NEW YORK, March 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second year in a row, Light Reading's (, Big Telecom Event (BTE) ( will bring industry insights and real-world, cutting-edge technology demonstrations to telecom executives, June 8-10, 2015 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Click here to register.

BTE combines an unparalleled mix of interactive panels and presentations created and hosted by Heavy Reading's industry analysts (, with show floor demonstrations of networking technologies and applications as well as structured, targeted networking opportunities. BTE will cover virtualization (SDN, NFV), the New IP, OTT service delivery, advanced telecom analytics, telco data center, next-gen OSS and BSS, telecom application development, service provider IT, gigabit cities, 4G advanced, future wireless networks, next-generation video, utility communications, IoT/M2M and automotive.

The event will bring together industry thought leaders to discuss the complete telecom ecosystem. Keynote and featured speakers, confirmed to date, include:

  • Andre Fuetsch, SVP, Architecture & Design, AT&T Inc.
  • Mobeen Khan, Executive Director, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions
  • Jared Wray, CTO, CenturyLink Cloud
  • Kelly Ahuja, SVP, Service Provider Business, Products & Solutions, Cisco
  • Axel Clauberg, VP, Aggregation, Transport, IP & Fixed Access, Deutsche Telekom AG
  • Jim Poole, VP, Global Service Providers, Equinix
  • Jack Waters, CTO, Level 3 Communications
  • Bikash Koley, Principal Architect & Manager, Network Architecture, Google
  • Dr. Diego R. Lopez, Head, Technology Exploration, Telefónica
  • Chris Ancell, CEO, XO Communications
  • Elad Nafshi, VP, Video, Comcast
  • Christine Heckart, CMO, Brocade
  • Fawaz Rasheed, Managing Director, Global Security Solutions Engineering, Verizon Enterprise Solutions
  • Christos Kolias, Senior Research Scientist, Orange Silicon Valley
  • Rubina Ohanian, Data Scientist, AT&T
  • John Scarborough, SVP, Cloud Services, MegaPath
  • Neela Jacques, Executive Director, Open Daylight Foundation
  • Matt Apps, Sr. Manager, Internet Product Management & Development, TDS Telecommunications Corp.
  • Stephen Bayless, Sr. Director, Telecom, Intelligent Transportation Society of America
  • Susan Miller, President & CEO, ATIS
  • Dan Pitt, Executive Director, Open Networking Foundation
  • Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO, Telus

"This is a historic time for the telecoms industry. Service producer executives and operators are tasked with defining the industry, which is no simple task. Service providers are investing in their networks at levels not seen since the turn of the century and are expected to create holistic networking strategies that balance network requirements, service proficiencies and financial metrics. We're bringing the leading minds in the industry together to help guide them in their decision making," said Stephen Saunders, Founder and CEO of Light Reading. "Our inaugural event was tremendously successful. More than 1,500 attendees from across the world, 60% of which were service providers, attended. Building on our success, this year's event is going to be extraordinary. We're tripling the size of our demo hall and education program and adding more of the fun activities we're famous for."

The Big Telecom Event will offer a plethora of education opportunities, including pre-event workshops hosted by the Open Networking Foundation, SDN Essentials and ATIS starting on Monday, June 8.

BTE will offer a two-day, four-track conference covering key topics in the industry, including the Internet of Things, network security, next-gen data networking and virtualization.

Additionally, the event will offer two dedicated tracks – the Video Summit and the Data Center Interconnect Summit.  

  • The Video Summit ( will take an in-depth look at the compelling issues in the world of video content delivery, where massive change is underway. In a series of panel discussions, Light Reading's Cable/Video Practice Leader Alan Breznick and leaders from the cable and satellite TV industries, the OTT world and elsewhere in the video realm will offer a lively discussion of the critical factors influencing the future of the video content market. The Summit will take place on Tuesday, June 9 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
  • The combination of cloud computing, content distribution, virtualization and the explosion in video traffic are making data center interconnection critical to network strategy. The Data Center Interconnect Summit ( brings together Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin and Roz Roseboro, and Light Reading's Tim Downs and Carol Wilson as well as leaders from the packet-optical transport, interconnect and cloud communities to discuss the critical issues affecting network operators. The Summit will take place Wednesday, June 10 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

To view the complete agenda, click here. To register to attend, click here.

Cisco is the diamond sponsor; Brocade and Intel are the super platinum sponsors; Cyan, Symantec and VeEX are platinum sponsors; 6WIND, Accedian Networks, ADVA Optical Networking, Allied Telesis, Allot Communications, Arista, Coriant, ECI Telecom, Ekinops, Fujitsu, Genband, Infinera, JDSU, MRV, Nakina Systems, NetNumber, Overture, Packet Design, Procera Networks, RAD, Radware, Spirent, Transition Networks, UBlqube, and Wind River are gold sponsors; Fortinet, Taqua and Telco Systems are demo sponsors.

Speaking, sponsorship, workshop and partner opportunities are available. For more information, contact 

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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 400,000 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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