Top Network Executives Convene to Discuss Strategy in an Unpredictable Market At Vortex 2001

SAN MATEO, CA – MARCH 26, 2001 — IDG Executive Forums announced today that the VORTEX 2001 conference will convene the leading minds in the network business to explore new business and customer opportunities in a time of economic uncertainty and market upheaval. VORTEX, an elite invitation-only gathering for senior executives in the Internet, telephone and television industries, will spotlight the most profitable opportunities in key market segments, including optical networking, new networked-applications, wireless and more.


"At VORTEX 2001, we will take a hard look at the business models and revenue streams for the network," said John Gallant, VORTEX's new Executive Producer. "This conference is not about speeds and feeds and truck rolls. It is not a cheerleading session for the latest hot buzzwords and companies. VORTEX 2001 is about reality."

Gallant, along with VORTEX Founding Producer Bob Metcalfe, father of the Ethernet, will facilitate a comprehensive program of presentations, roundtables and special events. The industry's top decision-makers will be on hand to offer insight on new business opportunities in key market segments. Thought leaders will speak to the areas of applications, enterprise, wireless, optical, core-networking, edge-networking and beyond.

Market segments covered at VORTEX 2001 include:

— Applications: What will key providers need?

— The Core of the Network: Find the sweet spots for equipment sales.

— Enterprise Networks: Emerging opportunities plus some predictions on

industry frontrunners.

— The Edge of the Network: Last-mile broadband, voice & data and more.

— Local Carriers: Next generation of services and providers.

— Optical: Winners and losers on the glass highway.

— Pushers: Content, entertainment, and software visions.

— Regulators: New issues, new players, new ballgame.

— Telecom: Revenue opportunities & black holes.

— Unplugged: Wireless, Mobile Commerce, and more.

Confirmed speakers for VORTEX 2001 include:

— Patrick Gelsinger, VP/CTO, Intel Architecture Group

— Reed Hundt, McKinsey & Co.

— Larry Jacobson, President, Real Media

— Bill Kennard, former FCC chair

— Mitchell Kertzman, CEO, Liberate

— Joe Nacchio, CEO, Qwest

— Dave Nagel, CTO, President AT&T Labs

— William Raduchel, CTO, AOL

— Jonathan Seelig, CTO, Akamai

— Pradeep Sindhu, Vice Chairman & CEO, Juniper Networks

— John Sidgmore, Vice Chairman, Worldcom

Dan Yost, President, Allegiance Telecom


Two of IDG Executive Forums' leading conferences come together, as VORTEX joins forces with DEMO producers, Chris Shipley and Jim Forbes, to showcase the hottest new technologies in the Internet, telephone and television networking markets. Following the same rigorous screening process used for DEMO, Chris and Jim carefully evaluate and select each product to be showcased at VORTEX 2001.

VORTEX Newcomers

Well-funded network newcomers, who do not have demonstrable technologies or services (high-speed wireless, edge gear, metro services, etc.) are given five minutes in the spotlight at VORTEX. Attendees will get a sneak peek at this elite group of compelling companies soon to impact the network scene.

VORTEX 2001 is an exclusive, invitation-only event for senior executives that brings together all the key elements — leadership, thought, funding, and regulatory expertise — to shape the future of the network business and the technologies that drive it. VORTEX 2001 will be held May 22-24, 2001 at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel resort in Dana Point, California. Attendance at VORTEX is by invitation only; to request an invitation, visit .

VORTEX 2001 Underwriters

Underwriters of VORTEX 2001 are AT&T, Battery Ventures, Credit Suisse First Boston and Sprint.

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