September 08, 2006 18:19 ET

BREAKFAST ON BROADWAY Summer Sessions Address Connectivity Providers & Network-Dependent Services

Non-Metro, National vs. Regional/Local Carriers, Global VNOs, Small-Medium Enterprise Markets and Secure Single Touch Services Discussed

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 8, 2006 -- The BREAKFAST ON BROADWAY seminars' summer sessions focused on network and broadband-related issues -- the value of the non-metro provider, national versus regional/local carriers and global virtual network operators. Connectivity dependent services and the emerging small to medium enterprise market as a profitable center also were addressed. PPL Telcom (June), XO Communications and Symagio (July) and Global Internetworking and Xceedium (August) comprised the co-host lineup.

PPL Telcom directed its presentation towards enterprise owners and the rewards from using regional carriers and competitive access providers (CAP) to solve bandwidth continuity, redundancy, diversity and growth needs. "A company should control its own destiny by controlling its access. Use CAPs for their local knowledge, extremely high levels of customer care and ability to avoid critical downtime," said director of marketing, Charles Boddy. "Carrier hotels have large provider menus, making many services a cross-connect away."

XO looked at the true advantages national carriers have over regionals and locals. XO stressed how the recent changes in the telecom environment have given national carriers a competitive edge. At the same time, "New IP-based services, like VoIP, with their competitive cost and productivity advantages, make the regional/local providers a force to monitor," said XO senior sales engineer, Catherine Velasquez. "If these regional and local providers can better serve the increasing IP-based and wireless needs of the SMB, we might see the national carriers lose some of their current advantage."

Symagio spoke to the general business opportunities and significant ROI possibilities, which the small to medium business market (SMB) presents to carriers, providers, manufacturers, integrators and ISP/ASPs. "The newness, the quick climb in data generation, the drop in storage costs and the migration of large enterprise tech to SMBs got providers to suddenly take notice," said co-founder Will Allen. "Services are no longer a luxury but a universal need at the SMB level," emphasized co-founder Matt Curtis.

Xceedium covered new methods of remote operations management and security. The talk highlighted secure remote IT operations' rising importance -- allowing core competencies' geographic distribution, assets' remote access and segmented access to discrete systems. "On-the-fly IT infrastructures, with built-in full remote control, offer no-risk deployment of IT expertise and operations segregation based on identity-based management. And commercial touch free operations for infrastructures and secure remote 'lights-out' operations are on the way," expressed founder/CTO, David Van.

Andrew Goldsmith, vice president, marketing and strategy at Global Internetworking, returned after a year to present market trends and changes that are new and notable in bandwidth. A comparison of "traditional services" pricing '05 to '06 showed the slowdown in falling prices, spotlighted last year, remains. This year's predictions were the growing demand for alternative connectivity will trend upward in the years ahead, and the move to globalization is here to stay. Sixteen North America to Europe and seven North America to the PacRim cable systems were the supporting facts given. Goldsmith did mention Global Internetworking's agreeing to be acquired by Mercator Partners Acquisition Corporation. Mercator also has agreed to acquire UK-based ETT, aiming to create a Virtual Network Operator with global presence.

The next BREAKFAST ON BROADWAY seminar is on September 20, Wednesday at 8:30 AM. The URL address is available for online registration. Topics include a look at how different the approaches to services, IP and broadband are in the U.K versus the U.S., what a company should know about 'going global' and key requirements to deal with broadband and services in the U.K. & the U.S. today and beyond. Featured presenters will be ETT (, an independent London-based technology and data service integrator providing bespoke enterprise network solutions to major corporate clients worldwide, and Juma Technology (, a privately owned, New York-based high level IT systems and telecommunications integrator.

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About PPL Telcom

PPL Telcom is an unregulated subsidiary of PPL Corporation, a Fortune 500 Global Energy Company, headquartered in Allentown, PA. They provide broadband connections to telecommunications companies, ISPs and large businesses and institutions, i.e. hospitals, schools and government needing high-speed data connections for multiple locations. PPL built a world-class highly redundant and diverse fiber-optic network. Strategically situated in the mid-Atlantic region, it services 15 markets in 6 states and the District of Columbia. The network's 4,000-plus route miles of fiber services northeast corridor customers from New York to Washington DC, also including Allentown, Bethlehem, Baltimore, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Newark, Northern VA, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reading, Scranton, Wilmington DE, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport and York. Their fiber is within half a mile of 100,000+ business locations, offering first and last mile fiber and the network in between. Products include Private Line (T1 to OC-192), Ethernet (10 Mbps to 1 Gbps), IP Services, and Wavelengths (1G, 2.5G and 10G speeds). For more information, visit

About XO Communications

XO Communications, a subsidiary of XO Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: XOHO), is a leading provider of national and local telecommunications services to businesses, large enterprises and communications service providers. XO offers a complete portfolio of services, including local and long distance voice, dedicated Internet access, private networking, data transport, and Web hosting services as well as bundled voice and Internet solutions. XO provides these services over an advanced, nationwide facilities-based IP network and serves 75 metropolitan markets across the United States. For more information, visit

About Symagio

Symagio is a New York-based, high-energy technology think tank devoted to data protection and security. They develop real-world strategies that protect clients from every disaster and enable them to respond to the continuous growth of worldwide data. Their flagship product is a high-end online data backup software package. It uses technology that transmits data at the bit level. Symagio is able to reduce bandwidth and time transfer requirements to protect databases previously protected only by unreliable tape, thereby bringing disk-to-disk protection to even the largest of servers. They have already achieved a global presence in the disaster recovery field by working with small to medium enterprise clients worldwide.

About Global Internetworking, Inc.

Founded in 1998, Global Internetworking is a knowledge-based, facilities-neutral network solutions provider for carriers, service providers, system integrators, government agencies, and enterprise customers. GII provides solutions built around its customers' requirements, not the constraints of any one telecommunications carrier's physical network or technology. Within the wholesale telecom market, GII helps customers obtain diverse, cost-effective off-net connectivity, from-anywhere to-anywhere in the United States and over 40 overseas markets. Within the enterprise and government sectors, GI specializes in providing diverse, high-capacity solutions for wide area network applications. GII offers all customers a turn-key, single-point-of-contact approach which allows them to find the most optimal end-to-end solution without having to find, manage and interconnect multiple local and long-haul telecom carriers. For more information, visit

About Xceedium

Xceedium helps IT operations manage their distributed infrastructure as if it were one integrated system -- quickly, efficiently, and securely. Xceedium's GateKeeper is a hardened appliance that provides a centralized management interface for easy and secure administrative access to computing and networking resources, from anywhere, at anytime. The solution is client-less, agent-less, and rapidly deployable, providing a highly secure and real-time operational framework for complete control across in-band, out-of-band, and power-on/off support needs.

Xceediums's patented technology maximizes operational agility, increases service delivery, and enables auditable processes that support SOX and other regulatory requirements. GateKeeper is Common Criteria Certified and FIPS 140 compliant, and has been successfully deployed in hundreds of data centers within large government agencies and Fortune 1000 companies. Xceedium is headquartered in Jersey City, N.J. Please visit to learn more.

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