Industry's Who's Who prepares for ITU TELECOM WORLD 2006

Published November 24th, 2006 - 06:26 GMT

With a number of new growth areas and next-generation
products and services set to revolutionize the way we communicate on a global scale,
the information and communication technology (ICT) industry is showing very positive
signs of good health. Nowhere is this good health more in evidence than at ITU
TELECOM WORLD 2006, taking place in Hong Kong, China from 4-8 December, where top
ICT players from around the world will flock to make the right connections, explore
the latest ICT innovations and enjoy the industry's renewed vigour.

Along with the biggest industry names, exhibiting companies and organizations will
also encompass new technology segments and growth regions from around the world. As
well as extensive geographical reach, exhibiting companies at ITU TELECOM WORLD 2006
will represent the full diversity of the industry from next-generation networks to
mobile, wireless, broadband, digital content and much more. Exhibiting companies
will represent countries as diverse as Canada, the US, UK, Japan, the Netherlands,
Slovenia, China, India and Nigeria amongst others, underscoring the event's truly
global nature.

"We are very pleased to welcome such an impressive mix of exhibiting companies to
Hong Kong, China and to our WORLD event. This broad-based participation, both in
geographically and in terms of the range of technologies represented, shows that the
ICT industry is truly back in fighting fit form," said Yoshio Utsumi, ITU
Secretary-General. "It is my belief that this WORLD event will be a critical
milestone for the industry, in terms of new technologies unveiled, connections that
will be forged as well as positive progress which will be made in extending the
reach of ICTs."

Major industry names will be in evidence throughout a packed venue, from the Show
Floor, to the TELECOM VILLAGE, the Forum and elsewhere. Top players include China
Mobile, China Telecommunications, Hitachi, HP, Huawei, LG, Microsoft, Motorola, NEC,
OKI, QUALCOMM, SK Telecom, Sun Microsystems and ZTE. Click here for a full list of
Exhibiting companies.

"ITU TELECOM WORLD is widely recognized as the premier telecommunications industry
event, bringing together leading operators, software and hardware providers,
integrators, government officials and others in one venue," said Michael O'Hara,
general manager for the Communications Sector, Microsoft.  "It's a very exciting
time for our industry, and we at Microsoft are focused on helping to shape the
future through innovation, technology and partnership with the world's
telecommunications organizations."

"Motorola believes the next wave of innovation is upon us - everything is getting
digitized, everything digital is going mobile and broadband is becoming as pervasive
and as essential as air," said Dr. Simon Leung, LL.D., president, Motorola Asia
Pacific. "ITU TELECOM WORLD provides a unique networking platform to connect, inform
and enlighten the great minds and companies within the global wireless
telecommunications industry."

"ITU TELECOM WORLD is one of the world's leading ICT events," said Bill Davidson,
vice president, Global Marketing and Investor Relations for QUALCOMM.  "QUALCOMM is
committed to supporting our partners throughout the wireless value chain, and the
ITU event provides a good venue for us to connect with both existing and new
partners."

"ITU TELECOM WORLD has consistently proven to be the ultimate event for networking
with all of the major players in the worldwide telecommunications industry," said
Darrell Jordan-Smith, vice president of communications at Sun Microsystems. "With
2006 seeing major growth in the telecommunications industry, Sun Microsystems is
committed to finding new and innovative ways to connect the global community through
open standards-based technologies to acellerate growth in the telecommunications
industry. We believe that open standards and participation create great ideas and
when great ideas are shared, anything is possible."

As well as major established corporations, a number of new exhibitors are also
taking part in the event, representing dynamic growth sectors and cutting-edge
technologies from around the world. First time exhibitors at a WORLD event include
Agilent Technologies, Business Logic Systems, China Mobile, China Netcom,
PacketVision, Trolltech, ICANN, and avex/ChengTian.

According to Charlie Horrell, CEO, PacketVision, "As a young company addressing the
global IPTV market, Packet Vision needs to make every dollar count. ITU TELECOM
WORLD 2006 promises to be an excellent springboard to launch us into a number of key
territories.  Logistics have been painless and the show looks like being a very
effective way both to reinforce existing relationships and to meet potential new
partners and customers."

Meanwhile, David Walker, CEO of leading mobile customer prepaid loyalty player,
Business Logic Systems, added, "As the company grows from strength to strength, the
time is now right for us to attend this 'Olympics' of the telecoms industry
calendar. With a large proportion of our current tier one mobile operator business
located in the Asia-Pacific Region, as well as several recently opened regional
offices, ITU TELECOM WORLD's Hong Kong location is all the more relevant for us. We
have a great deal to offer mobile operators in the region who are looking to
maximize revenues from their prepaid subscriber bases. We look forward to an
extremely successful event."

"ITU brings together industry thought leaders in the global telecom arena and is a
must for companies aiming to spearhead mobile innovation," says Haavard Nord, co-CEO
of Trolltech. "Over 4 million phones built with Trolltech's Qtopia platform for
Linux-based mobiles have already shipped, and our presence will put the spotlight on
Linux as a serious and fast-growing player in the mobile phone space."

The event will also recognize ICT achievements from around the world. National and
Regional pavilions will highlight the ICT sectors of Belgium, Canada, Egypt, the
Netherlands, Finland, France, Hong Kong (China), Israel, Japan, the Republic of
Korea, Macau (China), Russia, Spain, the UK and the US. Industry Pavilions will look
at the explosive impact of the Internet, GPON and WiMAX around the world.

Also new to the show floor will be the Digital Life Theatre, a dynamic, futuristic
presentation venue where visitors can watch showcase presentations on the future of
the Digital World.

Hosted by the government of the People's Republic of China, and organized by ITU,
ITU TELECOM WORLD 2006 stands out as the most international ICT tradeshow and
networking event of the year.

Accredit now to be sure to be part of this crucial event.
www.itu.int/WORLD2006/registration/index.html.

 


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