IEC's Broadband World Forum Asia Presents Cutting-Edge IPTV Developments at First-Ever IPTV Global ComForum
Contact: Lisa Reyes
CHICAGO – December 14, 2005 – The International Engineering Consortium's (IEC) Broadband World Forum Asia 2006 will bring information technology professionals from around the world to Hong Kong and premiere its co-located IPTV Global ComForum this 15-18 May 2006 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong, China, with PCCW as the official host sponsor.
As Asia leads the world in broadband penetration and innovative services, telecommunications professionals will have the opportunity to learn from top-level executives at the forefront of quadruple-play profitability and real-world deployment. They will address issues such as content licensing, market realities, managing broadband services over IP/MPLS core, security environments, digital rights management, personalization and interactivity for the end user, and more.
Chairperson of an IPTV workshop Mr. Jeffrey Soong, Chief Executive Officer, BNS Ltd., commented, "With content universally accepted as being the most important differentiator for an IPTV service, understanding the licensing and copyright environment is paramount for telecommunications operators' success. However, the content business is also a largely new territory for telcos. This workshop brings together a lineup of content industry specialists to give telco IPTV operators a fundamental understanding of the basic components of content licensing, negotiations, and copyright management, which are crucial to the success of an IPTV service."
The Broadband World Forum Asia's first-ever IPTV Global ComForum focuses on communications service providers who must shift from a voice-centric revenue model to a broadband/IP-centric model. The IPTV Global ComForum will also allow attendees to forge business relationships with key deal makers in the rapidly expanding Asian broadband market. Additionally, the IPTV Global ComForum will provide a unique experience to examine in detail access networks to services control, delivery to QoS and customer experience, content, and multimedia applications.
Mr. Vince Pizzica, Chief Technology Officer, Alcatel Asia Pacific, further commented on another IPTV workshop: "The future of a more participatory, rewarding TV experience lies in how we creatively combine communication with entertainment. Triple play will "socialize" and at the same time "personalize" the TV experience. The key question, then, for telecom operators, is how to realize the power of merging triple-play components, as this represents unprecedented opportunity to differentiate themselves by creating a user-centric, interactive TV experience for viewers. The session will focus on exploring the market potential of interactive, personalized video services, and how different players in the ecosystem can exploit this new business opportunity."
Key Speakers at both the Broadband World Forum Asia and its co-located IPTV Global ComForum include the following: Keynote speakers Alex Arena, Executive Director and Group Chief Financial Officer, PCCW, and Tadanbu Okada, Senior Vice President, Executive Director, Information Sharing Labs Group, NTT. Additional speakers include the following: Eric Li, Regional Sales Director, Asia Pacific, Microsoft TV; Paul Berriman, Head of Strategic Market Development, PCCW; Thorsten Heins, Member of the Group Board and Chief Technology Officer, Siemens Communications; Paolo Pastorino, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Business Officer, Home Gateway Initiative; Michelle Guthrie, Chief Executive Officer, STAR; and Jonathan Spink, Chief Executive Officer, HBO Asia.
Broadband World Forum Asia 2006 will also feature a Wireless Broadband track, a Broadband Networking Technologies and Architectures track, and a Broadband Convergence track.
Mr. Soong further commented, "The Broadband World Forum is a well-organized event which maintains a high-quality standard in terms of speakers and presentations. This ensures a well-attended and fruitful discussion platform for networking and learning about latest industry issues."
Last year's Broadband World Forum Asia in Yokohama, Japan, drew more than 3,000 people to register, included more than 150 presentations, and presented more than 120 industry experts as speakers. A two-day technology exhibition accompanied the show, featuring the latest broadband services, solutions, and products by more than 40 of the world's leading manufacturers and producers. NTT served as the official host sponsor in the show's second year. This year's Broadband World Forum Asia 2006, hosted by PCCW, expects to grow on the exhibition floor as well as in attendee registration.
Registration for the event is now open at www.iec.org/events/2006/bbwf_asia/register/. For more information, please visit www.iec.org/events/2006/bbwf_asia/ or contact Lisa Reyes at +1-312-559-3325 or email@example.com.
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