TELUS EVP Eros Spadotto headlines first Broadband World Forum Americas
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TELUS executive to speak about the latest technology developments simplifying consumers' lives and creating powerful business tools at the International Engineering Consortium Broadband World Forum Americas in Vancouver September 11-14
CHICAGO – August 17, 2006 – Eros Spadotto, TELUS executive vice president of Technology Strategy, joins a who's who cast of information and communications technology (ICT) specialists at the International Engineering Consortium's (IEC) inaugural Broadband World Forum Americas in Vancouver, British Columbia, from September 11-14.
"Eros and his colleagues at TELUS have an exciting vision of the future. They look at technology in terms of what it can do for their customers - how it can make their lives better and their businesses stronger," said IEC President John Janowiak. "Eros' refreshing customer-centric approach means he talks about technology in real terms, painting a picture of tomorrow that is compelling in its simplicity and electrifying in its promise. We are pleased to bring our broadband show to the Americas, especially after such an overwhelmingly popular response from our broadband shows in Europe and Asia."
TELUS has participated in the previous Broadband World Forums held in Europe and Asia and found them valuable, Spadotto said.
"This conference is an absolute requirement for anyone who wants to know what the leading thinkers and creators in our industry are working on," Spadotto said. "If you want insight into tomorrow's technology, this conference is for you."
Ibrahim Gedeon, chief technology officer of TELUS, will welcome attendees at the Broadband World Forum Americas on Monday, September 11 at 1 p.m. Following Gedeon's address, Spadotto will speak about the vast potential of the broadband world, discussing how technology will dramatically change lives forever, enabling businesses to operate more effectively and consumers to enjoy more freedom, more power, and more choices.
"This is the most exciting time ever to be in this business," he said. "We are on the cusp of a new era in communications. The future that is emerging is one that is being shaped by the needs, desires, and demands of our customers, and broadband technology is making it all possible."
As a member of the TELUS technology team, Spadotto leads the creation and execution of TELUS' integrated wireline and wireless technology strategy and evolution. In this role, he is responsible for determining TELUS' overall technology direction. Spadotto identifies opportunities, establishes the long-term direction of TELUS networks, and implements new technologies and services such as TELUS TV and CDMA wireless broadband services. He also leads a team responsible for designing the converged network for TELUS.
Prior to taking on his current position late last year, Spadotto was the executive vice president and chief technology officer of TELUS Mobility, where he successfully integrated TELUS Mobility's network operations after the acquisition of Clearnet Communications in 2000. Spadotto has previously held the executive positions of chief technology officer and chief information officer at Clearnet, where he led the team that built both national iDEN and PCS networks. Before joining Clearnet in 1995, he held senior management positions in engineering and marketing at Bell Mobility.
Other keynoters at the Broadband World Forum Americas are Mark Wegleitner, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Verizon Communications, and Peter Barrett, chief technology officer and general manager of Microsoft Corporation.
Other featured speakers include Christian Unterberger, president of Fixed Networks at Siemens Communications, Stephen Vogelsang, vice president of Marketing and Product Management at ECI Telecom, Berndt Baumgartl, president and CEO at Siemens Communications USA, and Stephen Ackroyd, President of Yummy Interactive, Inc.
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For complete information, visit www.iec.org/events/2006/bbwf_americas or contact Lisa Reyes at +1-312-559-3325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Broadband World Forum Americas
The first-ever Broadband World Forum Americas debuts September 11-14, 2006 at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. With TELUS as the official sponsor, the event completes the Broadband Series, which includes Broadband World Forum Europe (the 2005 Madrid event drew nearly 6,000 industry professionals to register) and Broadband World Forum Asia. For more information, please visit http://www.iec.org/events/2006/bbwf_americas/.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $8.4 billion of annual revenue and 10.4 million customer connections, consisting of 4.7 million wireless subscribers, 4.6 million wireline network access lines and 1.05 million Internet subscribers. The company's strategic intent is to unleash the power of the Internet to deliver the best solutions to Canadians at home, in the workplace, and on the move. TELUS provides customers with a wide range of wireline and wireless communications products and services, including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, and entertainment and video services. For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.