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The Access Conference
Track a1: Accessing the Last Mile to the Business

Track Leader:
Doug Barney, Executive Editor, News
Network World

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 you choose?
  • 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.

Wednesday, June 28, 2000

8:00 – 9:15 AM
The Great Voice Debate

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 dead-end?
  • Which approach allows me to add new, perhaps even unthought of voice services?


Frank Nigro
Director of Call Center and Convergent Strategies
MCI Worldcom Communications

Chuck Harris
Vice President of Call Center and Convergence Strategies
Tachion Networks

David Lively
Senior Manager - Marketing
Cisco Systems

9:30 – 10:45 AM
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 protocols?
  • Can it handle voice effectively?
  • How much can the public Internet do and when do private IP services take over?


Ralph Monfort
Director of Product Marketing

Rob Redford
Director of Product Marketing
Cisco Systems

George Dobrowski

1:45 – 3:00 PM
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 heading?

  • 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 service needs?
  • 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?


Denise Pappalardo
Senior Editor


Marlis Humphrey
President & Chairman of the Board, The ATM Forum
Director Technology & Standards Planning
Harris Corporation

Melanie Hanssen
Vice President, Marketing, Frame Relay Forum
Executive Manager
MCI WorldCom

Ted Hardie
Director of Research and Development
Equinix, Inc

3:15 – 4:30 PM
The Internet of the Future

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 kill?


Denise Pappalardo
Senior Editor


Scott Bradner
Senior Technical Consultant
Harvard University

Rick Wilder
Director of Advanced Internet Engineering
MCI WorldCom

Jonathan Seeling
VP of Strategy and Corporate Development

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