NXTcomm 2007 will convene in Chicago from June 18-21 (consolidating the former TelecomNEXT and GlobalComm events). This year’s show theme is “The ICET (Information, Communication, Entertainment and Technology) Universe Expands.” As a NXTcomm 2007 exhibitor and sponsor, a few of the many Cisco activities will include: – John Chambers, Cisco Systems, Inc. Chairman and CEO, will deliver the keynote address on June 19, 2007. – More than 10 Cisco executives and technical experts will participate in various NXTcomm panels and conferences. – The Cisco booth (# 4851) will highlight”The Connected Life“-demonstrating profitable services for customers at home, at work, and on the move.The concept of”Universe Expansion” is particularly interesting (and appropriate) in the context of today’s service provider challenges and opportunities. The expanding expectations and needs of residential and business subscribers will require new levels of technical innovation and collaboration. Next-generation networks can serve as the platform to enable service providers to deliver unique blended voice, video and data experiences. These networks are also the foundation upon which new business relationships and offerings are being established between service providers and content/media companies, hardware/software vendors, retailers, and many others. Technology, and the network in particular, is clearly a key catalyst in the expansion of access to the information we need, entertainment we enjoy, and people with whom we want to connect.This is truly an exciting time of growth and innovation for our industry. I look forward to sharing my NXTcomm 2007 insights with you throughout the week and I encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas to this blog as well.