Industry Pundits Share Vision of Next-Gen Convergence

A general session, The Global Vision and Promise of the Converged Next-Gen Network, organized by ATIS (Alliance for Telecommunication Industry Solutions), will feature the chief technology officers of several leading telecommunications companies in the United States.

The panel includes Mark Wegleitner, senior vice president, technology and chief technology officer, Verizon; Chris Rice, executive vice president, network planning and engineering, SBC; Bill Smith, chief technology officer, BellSouth; and Balan Nair, chief technology officer, Qwest. ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller will moderate the panel.

Global communications companies are rapidly reaching consensus on the myriad of technical and business issues surrounding wireless and wireline convergence and next-gen architecture, says Miller. The technology executives of the carriers are making business decisions that will affect industry direction for years to come.

Immediately following the session, the TELECOM 05 Exhibit Hall officially opens with the Exhibit Hall Preview Party, giving attendees an excellent opportunity to explore the technologies just discussed. The CTO panel features some of the telecom industrys most influential players. These executives are guiding the future for communications and anyone looking to sell to the telecom industry cant afford to miss this session, says USTelecom President and CEO Walter B. McCormick Jr.

The ATIS Technology Forum is an important programming component for the TELECOM shows and this years look at what it takes for a large-scale deployment of next-generation services is a great addition to TELECOM 05.

ATIS is a technical planning and standards development organization that develops and promotes technical and operational standards for the communication and related information technologies industry. Participants from more than 350 communication companies participate in ATIS 22 industry committees and its Incubator Solutions Program.

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