Sprint Nextel to Keynote at Light Reading's Backhaul Conference for Mobile Operators, Plus Featured Speakers From Verizon & FiberTower

Light Reading and Heavy Reading's Backhaul Strategies for Mobile Operators will feature Sprint Nextel Director of Data Network Development Mo Kashefipour, as well as other industry executives from Verizon, FiberTower, and leading equipment vendors

Sep 21, 2009

Light Reading (www.lightreading.com), the leading online publication for the telecom industry, and Heavy Reading (www.heavyreading.com), its prestigious market research division, will be hosting their ninth Backhaul Strategies for Mobile Operators conference tomorrow, September 22, 2009, in New York City. Backhaul Strategies for Mobile Operators, hosted by Heavy Reading Senior Analysts Patrick Donegan and Gabriel Brown, will discuss the progress that America's carrier and vendor communities are making in relieving the so-called "backhaul bottleneck" in mobile networks. Backhaul Strategies for Mobile Operators 2008 in New York was one of the industry's most successful backhaul events in 2008 with more than 215 registrants, of which 75 percent were carriers. Expected attendance for 2009 is 120 attendees.

Backhaul Strategies for Mobile Operators will feature keynote speaker, Mo Kashefipour, Director, Data Network Development for Sprint Nextel, who will discuss the high-level network architecture and strategies that Sprint Nextel is putting in place to address alternative backhaul solutions.

"Wireless operators continue to face challenges in scaling their packet backhaul networks to better align revenue and costs for mobile broadband services," said Patrick Donegan. "This event provides a unique forum for carriers and equipment vendors to hear multiple perspectives from both technology and business-minded industry leaders that are grappling with these issues."

Featured speakers include Larry O'Neill, Manager of Ethernet Services at Verizon Partner Solutions; Tarun Gupta, VP Strategic Development at FiberTower; and Rami Yaron, MBH Ambassador of the Americas, MEF. Speakers from sponsoring companies will also be presenting. Sponsors include Platinum Sponsors Cisco and Ericsson, and Gold Sponsors: ADVA Optical Networking, Ciena, Harris Stratex, Juniper Networks, Nokia Siemens Networks, RAD Data Communications, Tellabs, and Transmode.

Registration for press and analysts is free. To register for Backhaul Strategies for Mobile Operators in New York, please visit: www.lightreading.com/backhaulny.

  Amy Averbook
  Director of Corporate Marketing
  Light Reading Inc.

  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 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 (www.unitedbusinessmedia.com)

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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