NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Apr 26, 2017) - Light Reading's ( Big Communications Event ( is returning to Austin, Texas, on May 15-17 with a powerhouse speaker lineup that features some of the biggest decision makers in the telecommunications industry.

During the keynote sessions on Tuesday, May 16, and Wednesday, May 17, tech titans from AT&T, BT, CenturyLink, Deutsche Telekom, Verizon, Vodafone and more will take the stage and offer their views on the telecom transformation. How are they coping with internal re-orgs and re-skilling? Who's embracing open source effectively? Is NFV deployment real or still just marketing hype? Can telecom giants become nimble users of Agile and dev-ops? And because it's a Light Reading event, we've told them not to mince words.

Plus, we're bringing 27 other major executives from operators of all kinds sharing their expertise on topics as diverse as millimeter wavelengths, the impact of SDN on optical networks, on-demand business services and more.

Our stellar keynote and featured speakers, confirmed to date, include:

  • John Donovan, Chief Strategy Officer & Group President, AT&T Technology and Operations
  • Aamir Hussain, CTO & Executive Vice President, CenturyLink
  • Ed Chan, Senior Vice President, Network Infrastructure Planning, Verizon
  • Matt Beal, Director, Technology Strategy & Architecture, Vodafone
  • Hans-Juergen Schmidtke, Director, Engineering, Facebook
  • Neil McRae, Managing Director & Chief Architect, BT
  • Andrew Dugan, CTO, Level 3 Communications
  • Axel Clauberg, Vice President, Aggregation, Transport, IP & Fixed Access, Deutsche Telekom AG
  • Mattias Fridström, Chief Evangelist, Telia Carrier
  • Derek Peterson, CTO, Boingo
  • Jack Waters, CTO, Zayo
  • Don MacNeil, CTO, EdgeConnex
  • Tim Naramore, CTO, Masergy
  • Chris Rice, Senior Vice President, AT&T Labs
  • Bill Walker, Director, IT Architecture, CenturyLink
  • Steve Sklar, Vice President, Content Strategy, CenturyLink
  • Chris Richter, Senior Vice President, Global Security Services, Level 3 Communications
  • Ron Marquardt, Vice President, Technology, Sprint
  • Victoria Lonker, Executive Director, Network & Virtual Solutions, Verizon
  • Ray Watson, Vice President, Global Technology, Masergy
  • Art Nichols, Vice President, Network Architecture & Technology, Windstream

Prior to the event, BCE is hosting a number of pre-event workshops, including Broadband Summit - Delivering on the Promise of Ultra-Broadband (hosted by Telecompetitor and sponsored by Calix); Open Compute Project Telco Engineering Workshop; OPNFV Workshop - Building the Next-Generation Open Networking Stack; and MEF Workshop: New Era of Orchestrated, On-Demand Services. For more information and registration, visit this link.

For the second year in a row, BCE includes a Women in Comms Workshop and Luncheon from 1PM to 5PM on Monday, May 15. This workshop is free to attend for all men and women in the telecom, STEM and IT fields.

Featured Women in Comms speakers include:

  • Dawn Callahan, Chief Marketing Officer, Boingo
  • Melissa Arnoldi, President, Technology Development, AT&T
  • Kate Kuehn, Head, Security Practice, BT Americas
  • Nelly Pitocco, Vice President, Enterprise, Sprint
  • Heidi Hemmer, Vice President, Technology Strategy & Planning, Verizon Communications
  • Liz Centoni, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Cisco Computing Systems Product Group
  • Honore Labourdette, Vice President, Global Market Development, Telco Business Group, VMWare
  • Cheri Beranek, CEO, Clearfield

Other event highlights include The Digital Network Playbook Breakfast sponsored by Accenture on Wednesday, May 17 at 7AM. The breakfast is free to attend for all event attendees and can be added onto existing BCE passes. For complete information and registration, click here. On Tuesday evening, BCE will host an event kickoff party at nearby venue The Container Bar with live music, cocktails, tacos and more! Learn more here.

To view the complete BCE agenda, visit this link. To register to attend, click here.

The Big Communications Event is sponsored by diamond sponsor Cisco; super platinum sponsors Accenture, EXFO and Intel; platinum sponsors ADVA Optical Networking, ARRIS, ARM, Huawei and NetScout; gold sponsors Accedian, ADTRAN, Arista, Calix, Canoga Perkins, Corero, Cyient, ECI, Fortinet, Fujitsu Network Communications, Intraway, Ixia, Metaswitch, MoSys, MRV Communications, Procera Networks, RAD, SevOne, Verimatrix, Versa Networks and Xilinx; silver sponsors CBNL, Infinera, Nominum and Radware; and demo sponsors 3-GIS, Atrinet, CircuitVision, IDA Ireland, Lanner, Omnitron, Optelian, Parallel Wireless and Telco Systems.

Speaking, sponsorship, workshop and partner opportunities are available. For more information, contact

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