'Future of Cable Business Services' Event Breaks Records, Becoming Light Reading and Heavy Reading's Largest Cable Conference to Date

Dec 8, 2009

The Future of Cable Business Services, hosted by TechWeb's Light Reading (www.lightreading.com) and Heavy Reading (www.heavyreading.com), Light Reading's prestigious market research division, broke all records late last week as Light Reading's largest one-day cable conference yet.

Some 165 non-sponsored attendees attended the Dec. 3 show in New York, with cable operators and other service providers accounting for 53 percent of the total. Plus, more than 270 industry executives registered for the conference, greatly exceeding last year's total of 197 registrants.

In addition to the record number of attendees and registrants, The Future of Cable Business Services attracted a stellar speaker lineup of 11 cable operators and trade group executives, as well as seven technology equipment suppliers. Keynote speakers included: Phil Meeks, Vice President of Cox Business; and Denisse Goldbarg, Vice President of Marketing & Training for Time Warner Cable Business Class. Other featured speakers came from Bresnan Communications, CableLabs, Cable Management Associates, Charter Communications, Cox Business, NewWave Communications, Cablevision Systems' Optimum Lightpath, Rogers Communications, and Time Warner Cable Business Class.

The Future of Cable Business Services explored the promising opportunities for cable operators and tech equipment manufacturers in the ever-expanding, $130 billion-plus U.S. business telecom services market. It also addressed the latest growth trends in the enterprise market, the rising number of new, emerging business services, the wide variety of market strategies for cable operators and tech vendors, and the sizable technical and competitive challenges that MSOs face in pursuing this market. The conference featured lively panel sessions, debates, and keynotes, as well as a World Wide Keynote and Roundtable Webcast live from the Future of Cable Business Services show floor.

"Clearly, there's more interest in cable business services than ever before," Conference Chair Alan Breznick of Heavy Reading says. "That interest should just grow further next year as cable operators start pursuing larger companies and the economy begins its long-awaited recovery from the recession."

The Future of Cable Business Services Sponsors included: Platinum Sponsor Ciena; Gold Sponsors Alcatel-Lucent, Cedar Point Communications, Cisco Systems, Empirix, Juniper Networks, and Metaswitch Networks; and Silver Sponsor Level 3 Communications.

For more information on The Future of Cable Business Services and to see exclusive interviews from the conference, click here:

Heavy Reading's view on how cable will expand biz services: http://www.lightreading.com/video.asp?doc_id=185476

Optimum Lightpath's Glenn Calafati - Disruptive Data Services: http://www.lightreading.com/video.asp?doc_id=185415

Cox's Phil Meeks - On the Road to $1B: http://www.lightreading.com/video.asp?doc_id=185410

To view the World Wide Broadcast Keynote & Roundtable from the Future of Cable Business Services click here: http://www.lightreading.com/webinar.asp?webinar_id=29274

  Amy Averbook
  Director of Corporate Marketing
  Light Reading

  About Light Reading

Founded in 2000, Light Reading (www.lightreading.com) is the leading online media, research, and focused event company serving the $3 trillion worldwide communications market. Lightreading.com is the ultimate source for technology and financial analysis of the communications industry, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content, and reputation. Light Reading's research arms, Heavy Reading and Pyramid Research, provide the most comprehensive communications research, market data, and technology analysis in close to 100 markets around the world. Light Reading produces nearly 20 targeted communications events including TelcoTV, Ethernet Expo New York and Ethernet Expo London, The Tower Summit @ CTIA, and Optical Expo, as well as focused one-day events tailored for cable, mobile, and wireline executives. Light Reading was acquired by United Business Media in August 2005 and operates as a unit of TechWeb.

About TechWeb

TechWeb (http://techweb.com/aboutus), the global leader in business technology media, is an innovative business focused on serving the needs of technology decision-makers and marketers worldwide. TechWeb produces the most respected and consumed media brands in the business technology market. Today, more than 13.3 million* business technology professionals actively engage in our communities created around our global face-to-face events, Interop, Web 2.0, Black Hat, and VoiceCon; online resources such as the TechWeb Network, Light Reading, Intelligent Enterprise, InformationWeek.com, bMighty.com, and The Financial Technology Network; and the market-leading, award-winning InformationWeek, TechNet, MSDN, and Wall Street & Technology magazines. TechWeb also provides end-to-end services including next-generation performance marketing, integrated media, research, and analyst services. TechWeb is a division of United Business Media, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion.

*13.3 million business decision-makers: based on number of monthly connections

About United Business Media Limited

UBM (UBM.L) focuses on two principal activities: worldwide information distribution, targeting, and monitoring; and, the development and monetization of B2B communities and markets. UBM's businesses inform markets and serve professional commercial communities - from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists - with integrated events, online, print and business information products. Our 6,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, bringing buyers and sellers together, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to http://www.unitedbusinessmedia.com/.

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