COMNET Conference & Expo To Offer A Fresh Look At Communication Networking For 2002

FRAMINGHAM, MA – OCTOBER 2, 2001 – IDG World Expo today announced the keynote lineup for the upcoming COMNET Conference & Expo, scheduled for January 28-31, 2002 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The event, which will be the first major communications and networking event of 2002, will feature keynotes and presentations that address issues of concern for today's enterprise networking professionals, including security, optical networking, regulatory issues and wireless infrastructure.


Network World, educational partner of COMNET, collaborated with IDG World Expo to draw industry leaders and top executives to speak at the event. COMNET will also feature Enterprise Application Summit and ESPWorld for the first time in 2002, offering insight and solutions to enterprise end users who are assessing new applications or considering service providers.

"We're proud to gather top experts on the latest trends and technologies under one roof at COMNET," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "Enterprise networking professionals are facing new challenges in 2002, and COMNET offers education and valuable insight for end users and service providers looking for cost-effective solutions."

The keynote lineup for the event includes:

Ivan Seidenberg, president and co-CEO of Verizon Communications. Seidenberg will address the audience to argue that a much-needed jump start in the telecom industry could come from accelerated investment in broadband deployment and a national public policy for broadband adoption, permitting full participation by the industry's best network operators. The opening keynote will take place Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 9 a.m.

Wolfgang Kemna, CEO of SAP America, Inc. Kemna will use concrete examples to demonstrate how integrated applications and a comprehensive e-business platform will enable companies to collaborate and succeed, domestically and globally – regardless of industry or network environment. Kemna's keynote address is scheduled for Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 9 a.m.

Patrick H. Nettles, executive chairman of CIENA Corporation. Nettles will deliver a keynote on the migration of legacy voice-oriented infrastructure to next-generation optical intelligence. Nettles will explain these trends, as well as how optical technologies hold great promise for both enterprises and service providers by driving down the cost of building and operating networks. Nettles will address the audience at COMNET on Thursday, January 21, 2002 at 9 a.m.

Dr. Ian Foster, professor of computer science at the University of Chicago and head of the distributed systems lab in the Argonne National Labs, will deliver a keynote on The Grid, an innovative project to aggregate and share computing power around the world. Foster will explain how service providers can channel the resources of The Grid project to offer customers a supercomputing experience. This keynote address will take place Thursday, January 31, 2002 at 11:30 a.m.

Show highlights will also include Network World's VPN Showdown, moderated by Network World President and Editorial Director John Gallant. The showdown will bring together leading VPN providers in a presidential-style debate format to answer tough questions about IP-VPN pricing, security, equipment, reliability and service levels. Attendees will learn the basics on choosing a VPN and find ways to improve existing VPN's. The showdown will take place Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 2:30 p.m.

COMNET will also feature a town meeting, "RBOC Entry into Long Distance: Are the Floodgates Open?" The town meeting will include a panel of experts examining the entry of RBOCs into the long distance service market, the possibility of integrated services competition between RBOCs and IXCs, and the future of the telecommunications industry. Moderated by Richard Wiley, former chairman of the FCC and senior partner of Wiley, Rein & Fielding, this town meeting will take place Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 2:30 p.m.

About COMNET Conference & Expo 2002

COMNET Conference & Expo, produced by IDG World Expo, is the premier event for companies focusing their IT initiatives on building or growing a "smarter network." COMNET attracts top executive decision-makers, buyers and users of networking and communications infrastructure within organizations and government agencies. ESPWorld and Enterprise Application Summit, featured at COMNET Conference & Expo 2002, will provide additional insight and solutions for a range of issues faced by network and business leaders, such as handling in-house enterprise issues, assessing new applications and working with service providers. For more information, please visit

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( produces world-class tradeshows, conferences, and events for emerging IT markets. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of IT-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo and BioITWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo and COMNET Wireless Conference & Expo – both of which feature Enterprise Application Summit and ESPWorld. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

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