In the first keynote address, Tchuruk said Alcatel plans to spend £1.65bn in research and development this year, pursuing users in the midst of real-time application projects. "Instant reactivity is the name of the game today," he said.
Yet Tchuruk also acknowledged that no single vendor can offer that instant reactivity by itself. Vendors such as Alcatel, Cisco Systems and Nortel Networks will not be able to deliver high-speed converged voice/video/data networks if the carriers that supply wide-area network connectivity do not make similar upgrades to their own systems.
The slow economy has not inspired many to bravery.
"The [telecommunications] carriers are going to use every trick, every gimmick, to delay investment," Tchuruk said.