The Evolution of Data Networks

Thursday, 2 December 2004 • 10:30 – 12:00

Jeff Young, Alcatel
Abstract: The Evolution of Data Networks
The world steadily marches towards a converged IP based network. This session will overview the current situation with respect to IP network deployment. Pressures impacting the IP evolution will be discussed including changing subscriber needs, regulatory situation and technical developments.   Finally, alternative solutions will be explored with a view to develop potential evolutionary scenarios.

Bio: Mr. Young joined Alcatel with over 15 years of direct experience in the Internet and Telecommunications sector. His experience spans both the end-user/enterprise and the service provider industry. Throughout his career, Mr. Young has worked for large providers, enterprises and entrepreneurial firms. Mr. Young was most recently CTO of Spectrum Access, Inc., a provider of wireless communications infrastructure to government and industry in the Washington, DC area.   He served as the Vice President of Technology Development at Conxion Corporation where he brought up a national IP backbone network and helped the company introduce various network based products into the Conxion portfolio. Prior to joining Conxion, Mr. Young was the Vice President of Engineering for Cable & Wireless. As the lead engineering executive for C&W, Mr. Young successfully led the effort to create facility-based networks in North America, and to integrate and build facility-based networks in the UK, Europe and Japan. Mr. Young was the lead engineering executive to come to C&W from MCI during the acquisition of MCI's Internet assets in September 1998.   He spent four years with MCI and joined prior to the privatization of the Internet infrastructure in 1994 by MCI and others. Mr. Young is a graduate of Marquette University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He has participated in advanced education programs at Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the IEEE and has been active since 1990 with the IETF [Internet Engineering Task Force].