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

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Leading ICT Names and exciting newcomers reflect industry’s good recovery

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Geneva, 22 November 2006 — 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.