Business News – New Technologies Reign, CompTel Attendance Pours Past Previous High

Posted: 04/2000

Business News

New Technologies Reign,
CompTel Attendance Pours Past Previous High

The normally sunny skies of California turned stormy, making for a wet entrance and exit to the Long Beach Convention Center, which housed more than 200 exhibitors at the CompTel Conference and Exhibition.

The continuous downpour couldn’t dampen spirits, however, as a record 4,400 people attended the biannual trade show.

Another record was broken during the convention’s opening day, when nearly 130 people braved cold, wet weather to participate in the PointOne Telecommunications Inc.
( golf tournament. The winners in the two-player, best ball net tournament were Ron Tallant and Ron Harden, of
PointOne. They shot a 55, one stroke better than the team of Bob Ruble and Tom Williams of Phoenix Contracting Inc.

The convention’s keynote speaker Vinton
Cerf, Internet pioneer and senior vice president of Internet architecture and technology at MCI WorldCom Inc.
(, outlined a vision for the Internet’s future.

Cerf told attendees that because the Internet’s language is flexible and has the ability to run over all communication substrates, huge potential exists within the telecommunications industry.

On the convention floor, exhibitors already seemed well aware of Cerf’s message. Numerous companies used the convention to launch and demonstrate new products.

Among them were VoiceLog’s
( Every Language on Earth third-party verification sales support system, which features automated scripts and live-operator review in any spoken language.

GTS Carrier Services
( announced the scheduled landfall of its FA-1 high-capacity undersea cable should be by January 2001. unveiled its web-based Electronic Bill Presentment Analysis and Payment solution.

In addition to the standard giveaways, exhibitors drew people to their booths with interactive entertainment. Attendees could take their champagne wishes and caviar dreams to the Sprint
( booth, where they could have their photo taken with Robin Leach.

The golfers in the crowd were invited to have their swings analyzed at the Fujitsu
( booth. Other attendees could test their driving skills in a racecar equipped with a Sega racing game at the Aptis
( booth.

CompTel attendees also were treated to top-notch entertainment after the exhibition hall closed each night. Williams Communications
sponsored Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts Band, who rocked the house with their own style of blues. The following night, GTS Carrier Services
( presented stand-up comedian Larry Miller, who has appeared in Pretty Woman, The Nutty Professor, and has been seen on Late Night with David
Lett erman

CompTel Elects 2000 Board

It wasn’t all fun, games and selling, however.

Voting members of CompTel
( elected a new 18-member board. From the winners, the 18 then elected a new executive committee, including Chairman Anthony
Cassara, president, Global Carrier Services, Global Crossing Ltd. (;
Vice Chairman Drew Walker, Chief Executive Officer of ITC^Deltacom (;
Vice Chairman/Treasurer Gary Mann, vice president, Regulatory Affairs for Thrifty Call Inc.

The newly-elected Board also named the following company representatives to serve on its Executive Committee: Rachel
Rothstein, senior vice president, Regulatory & Government Affairs, Cable & Wireless USA, Inc.
(; James Smith, vice president, Law & Public Policy, Excel Communications
(; Richard Burk, president and CEO, Network
Iintelligence, Inc (; and David J. Malfara, Sr., president, Z-Tel Network Services

Voting was done in three categories: Small carriers (less than $25 million in revenue), medium-sized carriers ($25 million to $250 million) and large carriers ($250 million to $5 billion). Winning a position on the 2000 board were:

Large Carriers: Chairman
Cassara; Gordon C. Martin, president-carrier services, Williams Communi-cations; Smith;
Rothstein; Eric G. Lipoff, senior vice president and general counsel, WorldxChange Communications
(; Richard L.
Fruchterman, III, director and senior legislative counsel, MCI WorldCom.

Medium Carriers: Gerry
Salemme, senior vice president-regulatory and external affairs, Nextlink Communica-tions Inc.
(; Riley Murphy, executive vice president-legal and regulatory affairs, e.spire Communi-cations
(; Mike Newkirk, president and COO, BTI
(; Walker; Mark Scully, CFO, New Global Telecom; Cindy
Schonhaut, executive vice president, ICG Communications Inc. (

Small Carriers: Douglas H. Hanson, chairman and CEO, RMI.NET Inc.
(; Burk; Mann; Malfara; Randall B. Lowe, Esq., executive vice president and chief legal officer, Prism Communication Services, Inc.; Sarah Montgomery, director of government relations, Westel Communications Inc.

Survey Says

CompTel also used the backdrop of the convention to release the results of a survey eBusiness and the Telecommunications Enterprise: Benchmarking Competi-tive Carriers, which shows that nine of every 10 communications carriers agree that eBusiness is an important competitive tool for success.

Working with CompTel on the research was American Management Systems Inc.
(AMS), (

According to a CompTel spokeswoman, the survey is one in a series the organization plans to conduct.


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