June 17-18, 2014 | Chicago

Light Reading, in partnership with leading industry organizations including SDN pioneer the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), has devised the first industry event to bridge the gap in the telecom industry between technology know how and business acumen. The event comprises a best in class conference with show floor demonstrations of networking technologies and applications that deliver real insight and tangible value to attendees. Taking place in Chicago over two full days in June, the BIG Telecom Event (BTE) will be a single big-tent event that aggregates all the hottest areas across our industry – including SDN/NFV and the carrier cloud, Ethernet, telco data centers, service orchestration, packet-optical transport, mobile backhaul, mobile network security, 4G/small cells, service provider IT, content management, and business services.

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Featured Keynotes

Basil Alwan

President, IP Routing & Transport, Alcatel-Lucent

Stephen Bye

CTO, Sprint

Axel Clauberg

VP of Transport, Aggregation and IP & Fixed Access in the CTO Team at Deutsche Telekom; Board Member of the Open Networking Forum

John Considine

CTO, Verizon Terremark

Ibrahim Gedeon


Bikash Koley

Principal Architect and Manager of Network Architecture, Google

Diego Lopez

Senior Technology Expert, Telefónica

Brian Pawlus

Director, Product Marketing, Oracle

Dan Pitt

Executive Director, Open Networking Foundation

Michael A. Rouleau

Senior Vice President - Business Development, tw telecom

Featured Panelists

Jeff Betteker

Chief Strategy Officer, One Source Networks

John Bullock

SVP & CTO, Global Engineering & Operations, Inteliquent

Brett Burgett

Vice President, Network Engineering & Planning, Cbeyond, Inc.

John Considine

CTO of Verizon Terremark

Patrick Coughlin

SVP, Sales & Marketing, FirstLight

Ben Edmond

Chief Revenue Officer, Global Capacity

James Feger

VP of Network Strategy and Development, CenturyLink

Ibrahim Gedeon

CTO, Telus

Clint Heiden

Chief Commercial Officer, EdgeConnex

Doug Junkins

CTO, NTT America

Christos Kolias

Senior Research Scientist, Orange Silicon Valley

Randy Nicklas

EVP, Engineering & CTO, Windstream

Kevin McGinnis

Vice President of Development & Operations, Pinsight Media at Sprint

Mounir Merhi

VP, IT Architecture, Design and Delivery, Tata Communications

Ron Mudry

CEO, TowerCloud

Hunter Newby

Founder & CEO, Allied Fiber

Dr. Derek Peterson

Chief Technology Officer, Boingo

Adam Saenger

VP, Portfolio Management, tw Telecom


Glenn Wellbrock

Director of Optical Transport Networks, Verizon


Service Provider Participants

Much More Than Just a World's Fair for Telecom

BTE will bring together experts in all those areas and provide them with a central point where they can meet, tap the wisdom of the telecom crowd, and see live demos of the very latest solutions to their most pressing business challenges.

BTE dispenses with the expo format in favor of a living, breathing demo space hosted by Light Reading, combined with an elite conference hosted by Heavy Reading's research division.

Topics to be covered by Heavy Reading
Senior Analysts include:

Defining Transport SDN

Sterling Perrin will look at the most promising path forward for software-defined networking (SDN) in the transport segment of the telecom network, where virtualization will have a very different impact than in the datacenter environs where it started.

Threat Detection in Mobile Networks

Patrick Donegan will share his unique insights into how security is evolving in the complex mobile ecosystem and what network operators must be doing to ensure the safety of their networks and their customers' data.

Smarter Telecom/Service Provider IT

Ari Banerjee, Caroline Chappell, and Graham Finnie will explore the details of the transformation taking place in the back-office realm of telecom operators, where IT trends are supplanting legacy network management, virtualization is promising near-term complexity but long-term simplicity, and data analytics holds the key to smarter operations.

Virtualization for Mobile Operators

Both SDN and network functions virtualization (NFV) have compelling applications in the fastest-growing segment of telecom, the mobility sector, but as Gabriel Brown will detail, virtualization has specific requirements and challenges in the mobile core, the backhaul network, and the Radio Access Network (RAN).

Datacenter Transformation

Jim Hodges and Roz Roseboro will pinpoint how network operators are changing their network operations literally from the ground up to compete more effectively against the likes of Google and Amazon in the race to deliver effective and secure datacenter services.

A Living, Breathing Demo Space and Conference

Application & Service Zones

The largest demonstrations in the center of the show

Proof Points

Demonstrations taking place throughout BTE

Meeting & Relaxation Spaces

Designed for personal networking

Private Meeting Rooms

Available for proprietary or confidential confabs

Top Flight Sessions

Industry education panels, roundtables, workshops, and more


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