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11th Hour Sessions

Last year’s attendees told us the main reason they came to Broadband Year was to keep pace with the ever-changing world of high-bandwidth networking technologies. That’s why we’ve decided to hold off on finalizing 25% of our conference sessions until just weeks before the event. We’ve polled past attendees to find out exactly what broadband professionals like you want to hear. That way, everyone who comes to Broadband Year 2000 is guaranteed to learn about the hottest topics in the industry.

Friday, June 30
Infrastructure Conference Tracks

8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Maximizing Network Security and Security Management for E-commerce

Network Security and Security Management have become hot topics whenever broadband technology is discussed. This session provides in-depth detail that will show you how to limit vulnerability and best practices for network protection. This in-depth, "how-to" session will detail how to prevent denial of service attacks through the use of the latest tools and techniques, including firewall and data encryption standards.

8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Case Studies and Migration to Packet Voice

This session describes implementation experiences and business issues related to the deployment of packet voice networks. It covers building packet voice networks in greenfield situations plus the evolution of voice networks from existing circuit swiched networks to packet switched networks. Questions and issues addressed include:

  • How are investment decisions in packet voice technology timed?
  • How does packet technology replace Class 5, Class 4 and tandem switches?
  • How is voice traffic integrated with other traffic on a packet network?


Lew Bobbitt
Salix Technologies

Russ Sharer

Eric Larson

Access Conference Tracks

8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Challenges and Issues Associated with Metropolitan Networks

The key to success in today's business market is communication and connectivity and the use of MANs are just one way to accomplish. There are many challenges associated with metropolitan area networks but the benefits far outweigh the challenges. This session compares different MAN technologies and how to decide which provides the best solutions for different environments . In this session you will also learn how to overcome the challenges including:

  • Speed and bandwidth
  • Consistency
  • Interoperability and compatibility with other networks
  • Network security


Kamran Sistanizadeh
VP of Network Architecture
Yipes Communications

8:00 - 9:15
Unbundling the Local Loop

A level playing field is what unbundling in the local loop is all about. There are specific issues regarding competition, access to customers and providing unlimited bandwidth at a fixed cost. Providers will be challenged with providing the same services, at the same level of quality to all customers. Attend this session where the future of the local loop lies and where issues, challenges and solutions will be addressed.


Dan Palmer
President & CEO
Tiara Networks

Larry Kraft
Vice President, Marketing
Advanced Switching Communications, Inc.

8:00 - 9:15
Telecommunication Integration and Bandwidth Management


Venkates Swaminathan
Founder, Executive Vice President, and Chief Strategist
NightFire Software, Inc.

Tony Gale
Senior Manager, Product Strategy
Lucent Technologies, Inc.

Infrastructure Conference Tracks

9:30 - 10:45
Marketing Corporate Security for Successful E-commerce

In recent months there has been a great deal of consumer fall-out based on the attacks of major websites. Consumers are skeptical and the company that reassures consumer safety through e-commerce security will emerge the winner. This session details how corporations can best market the safety and viability of their websites.

9:30 - 10:45
Performance Management and Capacity Planning

For the service provider, the call for broadband access is beginning to outpace the ability to manage this explosive demand and insure a profit. What happens when a provider runs out of capacity? Where is the server power that supports the demand for broadband when demand is at it's peak? How will providers track usage or switch servers on the fly if one goes down? This presentation will address these challenges and review emerging infrastructure solutions that guarantee customers get what they contract for and that they are always up and running. The presentation will address how:

  • Instant provisioning of resources from anywhere around the world is a reality today;
  • To provide secure, private servers to customers at a very low cost
  • A virtual private network can be created that provides applications to multiple customer locations from multiple service providers
  • Providers can scale their environment without the need for more real estate
  • The costs of administration can be drastically reduced.


S. Keshav
Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer

Access Conference Tracks

9:30 - 10:45
Wireless IP Broadband Access with QoS

Analysts predict that consumer demand for wireless data services will soon outweigh voice, posing a major problem for carriers: How do you prepare and manage a bandwidth-intensive converged wireless network while keeping costs down and improving QoS? Attend this session to learn how to maximize what is already in place, increase voice paths per cell site without degrading service quality, and capture best optimization practices and guide capital budgeting.


Eric Jensen
CEO & Co-founder
ScoreBoard, Inc.

Reza Ahy
President and CEO
Aperto Networks

9:30 - 10:45
Setting the Specs for Optical Networks

Keeping up with the constant demand for higher speeds and greater bandwidth is a challenge for every carrier. With the recent explosion of data services, the network infrastructure is terribly burdened forcing carriers to evaluate their networks and add considerable bandwidth. This session is a must attend if you need to know the latest information on gaining network capacity through the use of optical networks.


Shyam Jaha
Vice President Marketing
Corvis Corporation

9:30 - 10:45
The Future of Combining Optical Switches and Routers to Create Broadband Networks

Don't miss this session where the future of network capacity and bandwidth as it relates to optical switches and routers will be revealed. The cost of laying fiber and expanding network capacity is very expensive. Learn how to couple optical switches and routers to create higher bandwidth and network capacity.


Keith Fredricks
Director of Technology
Gotham Broadband

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