TELECOM 05 Sessions Feature Industry Experts

Todays round of conference sessions offers a potpourri of educational topics, from cutting-edge wireless technologies to investment issues. The perspective varies widely across the agenda, but a common theme is leveraging the converged network for service, financial and customer retention opportunities.

We have invited people from across the industry to bring their experience to this event and showcase all the dynamism on all sides of the industry, says John Abel, senior vice president of membership, marketing and business development at USTelecom. Attendees will get a full picture of their opportunities, present and future.

The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) continues its conference today and tomorrow.

The sessions will focus on WiMAX, metro Ethernet and reinventing DSL, among other network options. ATIS is a U.S.-based organization that develops and promotes technical and operations standards for communications and IT.

Continuing the theme of future networks and the opportunities they represent, todays sessions on Next-Gen Wireless Usage and Content feature wireless-wireline integration, mobile content delivery,Wi-Fi content support and mobile broadcast channels.

A track on maximizing integrated communications will delve into taking advantage of whats next, including a panel dubbed Beyond the Quadruple Play. Faculty will focus on how communications companies can use converged networks to deliver compelling portfolios of value-added services, such as video directory assistance.

If you give lots of broadband to a large number of people, you have significant opportunities open up, says Abel.

Meanwhile, a track on electronic bill presentment and payment and CRM will give actual customer perspectives on their experiences with telecom companies and what they look for when provisioned over broadband.

Today, the Legg Mason investment firm provides Wall Streets view on each industry segment, including the ILECs, cablecos, wireless companies and content providers. The upgrading of RBOC infrastructure and what it means for the investment community will be a key topic.

The Telecom Security Conference scheduled tomorrow and Thursday will bring together the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA and companies such as BellSouth Corp. to discuss Hurricane Katrina and what the industry can learn from the disaster.

Weve taken pains to provide a full experience for attendees, says Abel. Its a great time to be in the telecom field, because theres so much happening. Well continue to talk about whats next, and whats next after that, going forward.

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