BT Global Services & Vodafone to Keynote At Light Reading's OSS 2.0 Conference in London

TM Forum Also Joining Debate

Oct 13, 2009

Light Reading (, the leading online publication for the telecom industry, and Heavy Reading (, its prestigious market research division, will be hosting their first OSS event tomorrow in London.

OSS 2.0: Driving the Services Revolution, hosted by Heavy Reading Chief Analyst Graham Finnie and Analyst at Large Caroline Chappell, will provide thought leadership on new OSS approaches, systems, and architectures that can help service providers successfully capitalize on the wave of next-generation service delivery options open to them. More than 100 executives involved in OSS decision making from service providers and telecom equipment manufacturers are registered to attend.

"Telcos need to deploy, support, and monetize more and more services, and to work much more closely with third-party developers -- and to do that they will need a new strategy for both OSS and BSS," says Graham Finnie. "But there is plenty of controversy about how, and that's what we will be debating this week."

OSS 2.0: Driving the Services Revolution will feature two keynote speakers: Jacqueline Steed, VP Global Service Delivery for BT Global Services; and Michel Burger, Head of Architecture, Internet Services, for the Vodafone Group. Steed will be discussing BT's implementation of SOA, currently one of the largest in the world, in her keynote speech, "BT's SOA SDK: Extending SOA to Your Suppliers and Partners." She will also discuss the business drivers for implementing SOA and the achievements of BT's program to date, which is expected to deliver an 85% reduction in the company's systems estate, large cost savings, and a significant increase in service flexibility. Burger will talk about how service providers should consider their network assets and capabilities as services, and explains how this fits into the necessary transition from traditional telecommunications to the Web 2.0 world.

Along with the keynote speakers from BT and Vodafone, TeleManagement Forum President Martin J. Creaner will participate in a panel session entitled "Restructuring the OSS Sector: Is It Time for a Change?" Other speakers from sponsoring companies will address the conference. Platinum sponsors include Alcatel-Lucent and Amdocs; Gold sponsors include Arantech, ConceptWave, InfoVista, Kabira, and Openet.

Registration for press and analysts is free. To register for OSS 2.0: Driving the Services Revolution in London, please visit:

  Amy Averbook
  Director of Corporate Marketing
  Light Reading Inc.

  About Light Reading

Founded in 2000, Light Reading ( is the leading online media, research, and focused event company serving the $3 trillion worldwide communications market. 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 (, 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,,, and The Financial Technology Network; and the market leading, award-winning InformationWeek, TechNet Magazine, MSDN Magazine, 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 (

United Business Media Limited (UBM) is a global media and marketing services company that informs markets and brings the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print, and with the information they need to do business successfully. UBM serves professional and commercial communities, from IT professionals to doctors, from journalists to jewelry dealers, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. UBM employs more than 6,500 people in more than 30 countries. UBM's businesses operating in the US include CMPMedica, Commonwealth Business Media, Everything Channel, PR Newswire, RISI, TechInsights, TechWeb and Think Services. UBM is listed on the London Stock Exchange (UBM.L) and has a market capitalization of $2.5 billion.

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