Light Reading's Cable Conference Packs Them In

Dec 03, 2010, 16:16 ET from Light Reading

NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM TechWeb's Light Reading (, the largest research-led media company serving the global communications marketplace, and Heavy Reading (, its prestigious market research division, hosted their fourth annual The Future of Cable Business Services event on December 2, 2010 in New York. The conference attracted more than 160 non-sponsored attendees, of whom nearly 50 percent were from cable operators, service providers, and programmers.

Moderated by Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Alan Breznick and Heavy Reading Cable Industry Insider Contributing Analyst Craig Leddy, The Future of Cable Business Services addressed the growth trends in the market as all three of the nation's largest MSOs approach the $1 billion mark for commercial services revenue. With the overall industry now generating an estimated $5 billion in commercial revenue, the event also addressed cable's latest commercial thrusts, including Ethernet solutions, wireless services, cellular backhaul, managed services, and such advanced voice services as SIP trunking and hosted VoIP.

"Our fourth annual cable business services event was definitely our biggest and best yet," Breznick said. "We had senior executives from the top five cable operators in the U.S. and the biggest MSO in Canada spelling out their commercial services strategies and new initiatives."  

Among the highlights of the conference, Kristine Faulkner, VP of product development and management for Cox Business, revealed in a keynote that the division expects to break the US$1 billion mark for 2010 sometime next week:

Time Warner Cable Business Class Services SVP Craig Collins announced that its business services will grow 20 percent this year:

In addition, Dave Pistacchio, President of Optimum Lightpath, advised MSOs in his keynote how they can win in the enterprise services market:

Additional highlights from The Future of Cable Business Services conference included keynote speakers from Time Warner Cable Business Class, Clearwire, Cox Business, and Cablevision Optimum Lightpath. Other featured speakers presenting on panels came from Rogers Business Solutions, CableLabs, Comcast Cable and Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.

Sponsors included Platinum Sponsor Clearwire; Gold Sponsors Alcatel-Lucent, Arris, Cedar Point Communications, Cisco, Convergys, Fujitsu, Metaswitch, Oracle, SMC Networks, Taqua, and Tellabs; Silver Sponsor MRV; and Association Sponsor SIP Forum.

The next event in Light Reading Cable's event series will be Cable Next-Gen Broadband Strategies: Docsis 3.0, Wireless, Fiber & Beyond in Denver, Colorado on February 24, 2011. Speaking and sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, please contact

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