a1: Accessing the Last Mile to the Business
Doug Barney, Executive Editor, News
It used to be easy to choose
a solution for your last mile business problems. Just go to
your favorite carrier and order up some big old dedicated
lines. Easy yes, but this approach could also be costly and
inflexible. Today with new technologies and the beginnings
of deregulation, all that has changed and we now have a bewildering
array of choices. New technologies and new companies are making
the last mile cheaper to serve, and easier to exploit. But
which last mile technology is best for today and the future?
We'll focus on these key players:
- xDSL, the high speed access
technology that runs over today’s copper infrastructure.
Is it fast enough, secure, and reliable? Can you trust the
CLECs who seem to be leading the xDSL charge, and if xDSL
is the way to go, which of the dozen-plus flavors should
- LMDS, the exciting new fixed
wireless technology. Can LMDS replace your fixed wire infrastructure?
What kinds of services will we see and how will they stack
up? And finally, should you trust your critical business
data to a wireless approach?
- Satellite, the emerging technology
that startups are spending billions to build. Can companies
such as Teledesic deliver low-cost flexible two-way communications?
Can it integrate with or replace your current telecom services?
- Frame Relay, an effective,
proved data (and sometimes voice) service that can link
companies nearly worldwide. Will Frame Relay hit speed limitations
and quality of service problems that will lead customers
to alternatives such as ATM?
- ATM, a robust network technology
that offers strong quality of service. Is ATM still a hot
technology for the last mile, or are new IP-centric VPN
services the next wave?
- IP VPNs, the new kid on the
block. With this approach, customers can choose their provider,
choose their speed, choose their applications, and do it
all with Internet standards. But can IP VPNs offer the reliability
that your company needs to conduct its business? And finally
what will happen with traditional last mile technologies?
Can ISDN, dial-up, and dedicated lines stay attractive in
the face of these new offerings?
Who should attend:
The track is aimed
at a variety of constituencies, from the network professionals
driving the purchase of last mile technologies, to the vendors
and integrators who offer them. Targets include: 1. Service
provider technical staff, senior engineers, network engineers,
members of technical staff, network planners, network managers.
2. Network equipment suppliers, development engineers, product
manager engineers 3. IT managers focusing on networking.
June 28, 2000
The Great Voice
Despite the advent of e-mail
and the prevalence of Fax, there is nothing as direct and
effective as a phone call. But with new competitors driving
down prices, what’s a service provider to do? Well, choosing
a cost effective technically sound voice technology is a darn
good place to start.
- How does each technology stack
up in terms of quality?
- Which is the cheapest to deploy?
- How do I avoid a technical
- Which approach allows me to
add new, perhaps even unthought of voice services?
Director of Call Center
and Convergent Strategies
MCI Worldcom Communications
Vice President of Call Center and Convergence Strategies
Senior Manager - Marketing
Should IP be everywhere?
The Internet brought the Internet
Protocol to the forefront. Suddenly vendors, enterprises,
and even carriers were doing things with IP that were never
thought possible. Now the crusade is on to make IP do it all,
move voice video and data around the office and the world.
But can a protocol developed with Internet data in mind handle
all these new applications?
- How do you offer QoS?
- What is the role of other
- Can it handle voice effectively?
- How much can the public Internet
do and when do private IP services take over?
Director of Product Marketing
Director of Product Marketing
The Future of ATM:
Can it compete with Frame Relay or IP data services?
ATM lost a bit of luster when
Gigabit Ethernet hit the streets. But advocates say that there
is nothing like ATM when it comes to pure speed and service
quality. So where is the fine but sometimes-maligned technology
- Should enterprises develop
ATM access strategies to match carrier ATM backbones?
- Are ATM services inherently
better than their Frame Relay counterparts?
- Can ATM serve as the basis
of my future voice, video, Internet, VPN, and other data
- Can Frame Relay handle the
speed and quality of service that today's users require?
- Are pure IP services the absolute
wave of the future?
President & Chairman
of the Board, The ATM Forum
Director Technology &
Vice President, Marketing,
Frame Relay Forum
of Research and Development
The Internet of
Today’s Internet is a fine thing.
We can share e-mail, read a newspaper, even download some
semi-decent video. But it pales in comparison to the steadiness
of TV signal, the reliability of a dedicated data service,
and the crystal clear quality of a circuit-switched phone
call. But these deficiencies won't last forever. This session
will tell you how the Internet will be fixed, and what revolutions
it will create in the future.
- What will it take to make
the Internet an effective enterprise WAN backbone and what
does this mean for your access strategies?
- Will Internet-based services
such as VPNs kill off private lines?
- What exactly will the Internet
do tomorrow that is can't do today and what Last Mile services
and technologies (voice, TV, data) will these new functions
Senior Technical Consultant
Director of Advanced
VP of Strategy and Corporate Development