Major Thought Leaders in Telecom to Share Their Visions at Light Reading's Big Telecom Event

NEW YORK, May 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Major thought leaders from every segment of the communications industry will converge in Chicago June 9-10 for Light Reading's Big Telecom Event (BTE), sharing their visions for the massive network and IT transformation currently taking place.

The convergence of network and IT, the rise of virtualization and the cloud, and the need for new business models and revenue streams are all very much on the minds of the thousands of communications professionals who will be on hand to hear the latest insights from those leading the charge at both traditional telecom service providers and newer convergence players.

Technology gurus including Andre Fuetsch of AT&T, Axel Clauberg of Deutsche Telekom, Randy Nicklas of Windstream and Jack Waters of Level 3 Communications will be sharing the stage with cloud pioneers such as Jared Wray of CenturyLink Cloud, and Web 2.0 tech leaders including Bikash Koley of Google. The open source community will be well-represented by Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation, and Neela Jacques, executive director of Open Daylight.

And top technologists from Silicon Valley will also be sharing their expertise, led by Kelly Ahuja of Cisco, Sandra Rivera of Intel, Christine Heckart of Brocade and Prodip Sen of HP.

Wireless network operators including T-Mobile and cable operators such as Comcast and Cox Communications will be representing those industries as ubiquitous mobility and the rapidly changing video distribution market come under close scrutiny.

BTE's powerful speaker line-up reads like a who's who of network gurus and industry luminaries. It includes:

  • Andre Fuetsch, senior vice president, Architecture & Design. AT&T
  • Jack Waters, CTO, Level 3 Communications
  • Bikash Koley, Principal Architect & Manager, Network Architecture, Google
  • Randy Nicklas, CTO, Windstream
  • Jared Wray, CTO, CenturyLink Cloud
  • Axel Clauberg, vice president, Aggregation, Transport, IP & Fixed Access, Deutsche Telekom AG
  • Blair Levin, senior fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
  • Rusty Lhamon, director, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Business, T-Mobile USA
  • Colin Bannon, CTO, BT Wholesale
  • Jeremy Bye, vice president, Carrier & Wholesale, Cox Business
  • James Feger, vice president, network strategy and development, CenturyLink
  • Nicolas Fischbach, director of strategy, Architecture and Innovation, Colt
  • Fawaz Rasheed, managing director, Global Security Solutions Engineering, Verizon Enterprise Solutions
  • Elad Nafshi, vice president of Video Product Management, Comcast
  • Jim Poole, vice president, Global Service Providers, Equinix

In addition, speakers from Comlink, Integra, TDS Telecom and other service providers will be participating, as will speakers from multiple industry organizations including: ATIS, Integra, the Open Platform for NFV, the Internet Society, 4G Americas, the Competitive Carriers Association and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.

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

Cisco is the diamond sponsor; Brocade, HP and Intel are the super platinum sponsors; Cyan, Fujitsu, NEC/Netcracker, Symantec, VeEX and Wind River are platinum sponsors; 6WIND, Accedian Networks, Accenture, ADVA Optical Networking, Advantech, Affirmed, Allied Telesis, Allot Communications, Amdocs, Arista, Artesyn, Brite:Bill, BTI, Canoga Perkins, Compass Networks, Coriant, Covata, ECI Telecom, Ekinops, Fortinet, Genband, Harmonic, Hitachi, Imagine Communications, Infinera, JDSU, Mellanox, MRV, Nakina Systems, NetNumber, Nominum, Oracle, Overture, Packet Design, Palo Alto Networks, Procera Networks, RAD, Radware, Redhat, Sandvine, Spirent, Transition Networks and UBlqube are gold sponsors; Adlink, Alianza, Benu Networks, DSI Systems, ENET, EXFO, INOC, iisy AG, Omnitron Systems, Radisys, SevOne, Stratus Technologies, Taqua, Telco Systems, Tianyi, Titan Photonics, Web NMS and XDK are demo sponsors.

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