Top Networking And Communications Companies On Board For COMNET Conference & Expo

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JANUARY 8, 2002 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, announced today that the industry's leading telecom, networking and security vendors will be showcasing new technologies at COMNET Conference & Expo, taking place at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., January 28 – 31, 2002.


Hundreds of companies will be on-hand at the show to demonstrate what's new for 2002 in networking and communications. As the first major event of the year for the networking industry, COMNET is the first opportunity to define the key issues for 2002. At COMNET, enterprise decision-makers and end users will be able to investigate their options for secure, reliable, cost-effective network solutions. Vendors will also have the chance to meet with potential customers face-to-face to evaluate their needs and ultimately provide more valuable services for today's enterprise.

"Participating in COMNET year-after-year helps Corning Cable Systems, wholly owned by Corning Incorporated, keep its finger on the pulse of networking technology," said Hank Dunnenberger, vice president of sales and marketing for Private Networks, Corning Cable Systems. "COMNET keeps us well-informed on how we can best partner with enterprises and government agencies worldwide to continue advancing fiber optic technology. We come away from COMNET not only with greater industry knowledge, but also with strong business opportunities because attendees are consistently well

qualified, ensuring the right audience for us at every show."

"COMNET gives Agilent an opportunity to meet with our customers while simultaneously highlighting products and services that provide efficient and cost effective network test solutions," said Bill Mortimer, vice president and general manager of the Communications Services Solutions division at Agilent Technologies. "This year for instance, Agilent chose COMNET as the launching pad for an innovative tool we're unveiling, one that is designed to help our customers troubleshoot their networks and avoid costly downtime. Agilent will also demo a second product, the FrameScope 350, a network performance analyzer designed to measure and rate vital network services as well as cabling situations. COMNET is the ideal venue for both of these efforts."

In addition to Corning and Agilent, other companies exhibiting at COMNET 2002 will include:




Cisco Systems

CommWorks Corporation

Fluke Networks, Inc.

Foundry Networks




COMNET will also offer valuable insight on the current state of the industry, presented by respected authorities. Keynotes and feature presentations will include:

Ivan Seidenberg, president and co-CEO of Verizon Communications; Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 9 a.m.

Wolfgang Kemna, CEO of SAP America, Inc.; Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 9 a.m.

Patrick H. Nettles, executive chairman of CIENA Corporation; Thursday, January 31, 2002 at 9 a.m.

Ian Foster, professor of computer science at the University of Chicago and head of the distributed systems lab in the Argonne National Labs; Thursday, January 31, 2002 at 11:30 a.m.

Network World's VPN Showdown, moderated by Network World President and Editorial Director John Gallant; Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 2:30 p.m.

Town meeting: "What's Ahead in Communications Policy and Regulation?", moderated by Richard Wiley, former chairman of the FCC and senior partner of Wiley, Rein & Fielding; Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 2:30 p.m.

COMNET Conference & Expo sponsors include RiverSoft (cornerstone sponsor); Cisco Systems and Micromuse (platinum sponsors); Avaya, fSONA and Internap (gold sponsors); and Visual Networks (silver sponsor).

For registration and exhibiting information, visit the COMNET Web site at

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 IT-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. 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, BioITWorld Conference & Expo and COMNET Conference & Expo, which features Enterprise Application Summit and ESPWorld. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

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