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Light Reading’s Big Communications Event Brings Telco Leaders Together in Austin

Executives from AT&T, Sprint, Spectrum, Reliance Jio, CenturyLink and more set to keynote at Light Reading’s fifth annual Big Communications Event in Austin.

NEW YORK, NY, April 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Light Reading’s ( Big Communications Event ( is returning to Austin, Texas for the fifth annual flagship event. 

The Big Communications Event (BCE), takes place in Austin, Texas, over three days (May 14-16), and provides a melting pot of expertise that will help shed light on some of the key challenges and opportunities in the industry, covering key topics such as process automation, SD-WAN, AI/machine learning, intent-based networking, advanced network security, distributed cloud/edge computing and cloud-native software.

The event has over 70 confirmed speakers from leading telco organizations. Featured speakers include: 

  •  Melissa Arnoldi, President, Technology & Operations, AT&T
  •  Tareq Amin, Senior Vice President of Technology Development and Automation, Reliance Jio
  •  Jan Geldmacher, President, Sprint Business
  •  Phil Meeks, EVP & President, Spectrum Enterprise
  •  James Feger, Vice President of Network Virtualization, CenturyLink
  •  Derek Peterson, CTO, Boingo               
  •  Bill Walker, Senior Director, Strategy & Advancement, CenturyLink
  •  Srinivasa Kalapala, Vice President - Global Technology and Supplier Strategy, Verizon
  •  Hugh Brooks, Director, Product Management, Verizon Enterprise Services
  •  Glenn Wellbrock, Director, Optical Transport Network - Architecture, Design & Planning, Verizon
  •  Mike Freiberger, Senior Manager of Network Service Abstraction, SDN Technology, Architecture, & Planning, Verizon
  •  Srilakshmi Valisammagari, Senior Technologist & Strategist - SDN/NFV Innovations, Verizon
  •  Sue Galvanek, Vice President of Enterprise Networking, AT&T
  •  Jeff Shafer, Assistant Vice President of Product Marketing Management, AT&T
  •  Satya Parimi, Group Vice President of Data Products, Spectrum Enterprise
  •  Jim Fagan, Director, Global Platforms, Telstra
  •  Csaba Kiss Kallo, Head of Connectivity, Mobility and Security Portfolio, Vodafone
  •  Mirko Voltolini, VP Technology and Architecture, Colt
  •  Phill Lawson-Shanks, Chief Innovation Officer, EdgeConneX
  •  Mike Frane, VP Product Management, Windstream
  •  Jamie Panagos, Senior Director, Video Operations, Charter
  •  Mattias Fridström, Chief Evangelist, Telia Carrier
  •  Ichiro Fukuda, Chief Architect, Infrastructure, NTT Innovation Institute
  •  Gina Nomellini, Chief Marketing Officer, GTT
  •  Ed Fox, Vice President of Network Services, MetTel
  •  Joseph Fasone, Founder & CEO, Pilot
  •  Jason Thibeault, Executive Director, Streaming Video Alliance
  •  David Amzallag, Strategic Advisor and Technology Creator
  •  Heather Kirksey, Director, OPNFV

On Monday, May 14, BCE is hosting a series of pre-event workshops with partners CORD, The Linux Foundation, Open Compute Project, and Women in Comms. All workshops are free to attend with your BCE event pass and can be added on at any time. Learn more here.

Other event highlights include the Leading Lights Awards Show on Monday, May 14 at Brazos Hall and the BCE networking party at the Container Bar on Tuesday, May 15. The events will be filled with drinks, music, and lots of opportunities to network. 

Sales opportunities are still available! Contact for more information. 

To view the full agenda and event costs visit here. Email for any registration questions and latest discount codes.

BCE is sponsored by diamond sponsor Intel; super platinum sponsor Pluribus Networks; platinum sponsors ADVA, Ericsson, and Huawei; gold sponsors Accedian, ADLINK, Calix, Canoga Perkins, Forinet, Intraway, Metaswitch, RAD, Sandvine, and Versa Networks; silver sponsors A10, CBNL, Clearfield, F5 Luxoft, Open Systems, Palo Alto Networks, Radcom, Radware, SevOne, and Tech Mahindra; demo sponsors Beamr, Global Knowledge, Lanner, Mettle Networks, netElastic, Omnitron, Parallel Wireless, Pure Storage, and Trend Micro. 

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