DSL, 56K, satellites, VPNs, http acceleration, faxing, integrated messaging and service metering. A roundtable of ISP CEOs identified ISP business opportunities and discussed the future of the Internet's bandwidth.

The Electronic Commerce conference covered online shopping technologies, payment systems and alternative ways of collecting money online and developing information markets. A panel of key industry leaders discussed customer service and fulfillment, taxation, regulation and politics.

The Internet Finance Symposium allowed companies to pitch their business plans to the audience and a panel of

big-name investors. The symposium covered the Internet stock market and provided a NASDAQ "Going Public" workshop for Internet entrepreneurs. During the symposium, institutional investors heard presentations from some of the exhibitors' CEOs and scouted out new companies for investment purposes at an invitation-only Internet Investment Conference.

The Net Telephony conference covered the state-of-the-art and state-of-the-market for Internet telephony, including enterprise fax channels, regulatory pressures, telephony gateways and the convergence of CTI and the Internet.

PRACTICING WHAT THEY PREACH

Everyone at the show, vendors and attendees alike, stayed in touch using the show's e-mail center. They could enjoy a cup of coffee and surf the Web at the Internet World Cafe. In vendor booths, companies used the Internet to display their latest products and services.

But in order to do this, a high-speed network had to be built for the show. The network -- built, managed and maintained by IBM -- was designed to provide high-speed Internet access using state-of-the-art Internet standards and technologies. All Internet traffic at the show was carried over the IBM Global Network -- a high-speed data, voice and video network.

Part of the challenge of Internet World's infrastructure was to provide an unlimited number of unique IP addresses. The system was set up so that regardless of the number of connections within an exhibitor's booth, the network could supply a sufficient number of addresses to support customer networking demands. Two network Help Desk centers managed the network.

Internet World Spring is slated for March 30-April 2, 1998 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Kimberly Maxwell is the author of "The Modem Coach." She lives in Tucson, Ariz. *

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