Cisco Delivers Next-Gen, Optical Education Track

As part of its platinum sponsorship of the CompTel/ASCENT Convention & Expo, Cisco Systems Inc. is facilitating educational programming on next-generation and optical networks to carrier executives attending the Orlando event today.

The track includes three sessions beginning this morning at 8:30 and continuing until noon. Topics cover understanding the SMB market, optical networking and managed voice services. The gear maker will not be a presenter at the sessions, but has organized the panel discussions.

Ciscos role here is to bring leading providers together and facilitate a discussion of related business and technology issues, says Ciscos Vic Northrup, vice president, U.S. Service Providers, who will be leading the track as each sessions moderator. The underlying objective of three sessions is to address the key issues our customers are seeing in their businesses today: customer acquisition, revenue generation, service delivery and network infrastructure evolution. Within the sessions, we are looking to strike a balance between sales/marketing and operations/engineering perspectives, reflecting the diversified interests of COMPTEL attendees.

The Cisco-sponsored track features senior industry executives from Cbeyond, Covad Communications, Qwest Communications International Inc., Time Warner Telecom, WilTel Communications, TelCove, KMC Telecom, PAETEC Communications Inc., Syniverse, Broadwing Communications and Vonage Holdings Corp. in an interactive discussion.

The sessions are a unique opportunity to hear first-hand how service providers are successfully deploying market-leading networking technology solutions today, says Northrup. Cisco Systems is proud to be a sponsor of this COMPTEL education event, and were looking forward to a terrific COMPTEL conference.

In the session, What the SMB Really Wants, attendees will hear from service providers who have a solid track record of growth based on their ability to meet the needs of the SMB. They will share not only what services they offer, but how they succeeded in reaching the SMB with their message. The panel, Optical Networking From ATM to Active Ethernet, offers insight on the latest trends and making the move from SONET to Ethernet while improving economies and reliability in the process. Finally, the discussion, Next-Generation Managed Voice Services, will help service providers understand the business case for expanding their voice services revenue to the next level by offering managed voice to those customers who want to outsource their telephony.

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