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Despite the current down-turn in the technology industry, Metro Ethernet has emerged as one of the brightest spots in the Networking and Telecoms sectors, according to industry analysts Gartner Group. The market for Metro Ethernet services will exceed $14 Billion by 2005 and Infonetics Research predict the market for Metro Ethernet equipment will reach $4 Billion during the same period. These findings and more will be discussed in the free ¡¥Hub¡¦ seminar theatre at Networks for Business 2003 on Tuesday 24 June, the Birmingham NEC, Birmingham, UK.

From these studies, it has been found that the main driver for this rapid growth is the Enterprises¡¦ desire for access to cost-effective plentiful bandwidth. Service Providers are meeting this need by introducing new generation Metro Ethernet services. Also, Metro Ethernet along with wireless technology deployments are two areas where Europe and Asia look set to lead the USA through to at least 2006.

Nan Chen, President of the Metro Ethernet Forum explains, ¡§It is particularly critical in these times for businesses to show a rapid return-on-investment (ROI), and new Metro Ethernet deployments are proving they can deliver this. Service Providers benefit by being able to quickly bring on-line new profitable revenue streams; Enterprises are able to easily implement new initiatives and applications that will bring about immediate cost savings within their organisations.¡¨

The seminar sessions will elaborate on these findings through the following programme:

12:35-12:55 Analysts View - Hot Technologies
Ian Keene, VP & Chief Analyst with Gartner Group highlights some of hottest sectors in the industry - from wireless and security to Metro Ethernet - and explains why corporate buyers should be paying attention to these latest developments.

13:00 - 13:20 Keynote Address & Interview - Metro Ethernet - Ensuring a rapid ROI for the Enterprise. Following his Keynote Address Nan Chen, President, Metro Ethernet Forum will be interviewed on stage by leading IT journalist and NetEvents presenter Manek Dubash

This session will cover a number of key issues, including:

Core drivers that will enable Metro Ethernet sector to "take-off" and achieve current market forecasts of in excess of $14 Billion in Ethernet service revenues and $4 Billion in Ethernet equipment sales by 2005

Compelling economic reasons for adoption of Metro Ethernet by carriers/SP's and major Enterprises to ensure a rapid ROI

Examples of new generation Ethernet services being successfully rolled-out throughout the world and the "Killer Applications" bringing most benefit to Enterprises

Update on latest technological advances and industry interoperability issues

Road-map outlining future developments in the Metro Ethernet sector


13:20 - 3:30 Debate Session Introduction
Brian Van Steen, Senior Analyst with PointEast Research will provide an introduction to this debate session, and will present current research covering the Metro Ethernet market in Europe plus new extracts from his forthcoming OpEx study before joining the panel.

13:30 - 14:00 Debate - When should Enterprises deploy Metro Ethernet services and solutions? Chaired by - Martyn Warwick, Editor-in-Chief, Telecom TV. The Panel will include: Paul Girvin, Sales & Marketing Director, 51 Degrees, Nick Critchell, Senior Director, Applications Marketing, Ciena Corporation, Brian Van Steen, Principal, PointEast Research, Ian Keene, Vice President & Chief Analyst, Gartner Group, Nan Chen, President, Metro Ethernet Forum.

The following topical areas will be discuss by the panel:

Is there a real and immediate need for Enterprises to deploy Metro Ethernet services and solutions NOW ?

What particular services, solutions and applications should Enterprises consider as first stage deployments to ensure immediate return on investment?

What areas should Enterprises consider for next stage deployments and what ROI could they realistically expect?

Are European carriers/SP's sufficiently advanced with their roll-outs of Metro Ethernet to adequately support major Enterprises with current requirements?

What's holding carriers/SP's back with new deployments?

Do the equipment vendors now have all the necessary technology actually available and is it suitably proven/reliable?

What are the barriers to large-scale deployment of Metro Ethernet in Europe?

Jane Murphy, Portfolio Director of Networks for Business commented, "We are delighted to be able to welcome Nan Chen, President of the Metro Ethernet Forum as one of our keynote speakers, and to be able to provide professionals with an opportunity to hear experts discuss one the most talked about and hottest sectors in the industry right now.

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Notes to Editors

About Networks for Business 2003, endorsed by The Times
Networks for Business 2003 will take place at the Birmingham NEC, UK from the 24-26 June 2003. Networks for Business 2002 (formerly networks telecom europe 2002) was held in Halls 17-20 at the Birmingham NEC, UK. It ran from 25th-27th June 2002. Over 190 exhibitors and 11,559 people (ABC Audited) attended the event. Further information and to register for free entry, please visit www.networksforbusiness.com

About CMP Information - IT & Games Division

CMPi's IT & Games Division has more than 20 years of experience in producing industry leading, business-to-business events and publications that reflect the rapidly changing and diverse high-tech markets. It remains at the forefront of the industry by continuously developing existing events and adding new products to its portfolio. CMPs current successful products include CCF magazine (Call Centre Focus); Networks for Business, GeoSolutions, GeoNorth, Technology For Marketing incorporating Technology For Sales and Technology For Customer Service, ECTS, GDCE, SCoRE, Call Centre Expo UK and Call Center Expo Europe events; The Call Centre DataFile, Call Centre Management Yearbook, CMP Intelligent Marketing, CMP Interactive events and the Call Center Media Portal.

About The Metro Ethernet Forum

Created to accelerate the adoption of Ethernet in metro networks worldwide, the Metro Ethernet Forum consists of over 70 member companies representing a range of leading Ethernet service providers, major incumbent local exchange carriers, top network equipment vendors and other prominent networking companies.

For more information about the Forum, visit the MEF web site at www.MetroEthernetForum.org. For a complete listing of all current MEF members, please visit the MEF website at www.metroethernetforum.org/members.htm.

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Networks for Business: Toni Cullen, Email: tcullen@cmpinformation.com
Tel: +44 (0)20 7921 8518
MEF PR: Mark Fox Email: mfox@ZonicGroup.com Tel: 07836 248110 or 01672 811554






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