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TelecomFinance 2006 Inaugural Event To Focus On Spectacular Year In M&A

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London, October 27th, 2005 - TelecomFinance, the leading publication focused on finance in telecommunication and media markets, together with consultancy company BroadGroup, have today announced the launch of Telecom Finance 2006, an annual conference, networking event and awards ceremony.

The event is the first ever to bring together TMT professionals in investment banking, private equity, leading law practices and telecommunications service provider organisations in a unique gathering focused on the sector.

Timed to coincide with the end of the busiest year in telecoms M&A deals ever, Telecom Finance 2006 is positioned as the premier conference and networking event for senior executives leading financial strategies of telecommunications globally.

The programme includes an array of outstanding deal makers and financial decision makers in telecoms, particularly CEOs and CFOs of growing international telcos, private equity investors, investment bankers, legal advisers and other professional intermediaries. The latest deal opportunities will be revealed at the conference, with an emphaisis on European and emerging market M&A opportunities, and debt and equity financing strategies for growth minded businesses. An insight will also be provided into the very latest expansion strategies and opportunities for wireless, fixed line and alternative communication technologies.

Speakers confirmed so far include

Peter Gardner, Global Sector Head (Communications) 3i,

Tom Willett, co-Head of M&A investment banking, ABN AMRO;

John Owers, Investment Principle, Actis Private Equity;

Francesco Caio, CEO, Cable & Wireless plc;

Martin Pieters, CEO, Celtel;

Ken Goldsbrough, Managing Director Global Media and Communications, GE Commercial Finance;

Sean Carney, Global Head and Managing Director, Telecoms, HSBC;

Charles Harman, Managing Director, JP Morgan Cazenove:

Richard Alden, CEO, ONO;

Oisin Fanning, CEO, Smart Telecom;

Rainer Beaujean, CEO, T Online;

Peter Gutman, CFO, Video Networks;

Nicholas Topham, COO, Vistula Networks;

Andrew Wallace, London Stock Exchange

TelecomFinance 2006 will host a unique awards ceremony honouring the best deal and dealmakers of 2005.

“2005 is turning out to be a pivotal year for the telecommunications industry, with an upturn in investment in the sector reflecting a newfound confidence amongst investors and industry,” comented Dominic Lowndes, editor of TelecomFinance. “We are proud to host Telecom Finance 2006, together with our partners BroadGroup, to highlight these achievements and the new strategic challenges and opportunities facing our industry.”

"We are delighted to be co-producing this event with TelecomFinance" said Nicola Hayes, vice president of BroadGroup. "It will be a truly unique opportunity for the many businesses within this sector from finance, law and telecoms firms themselves to meet, network and provide industry recognition to the leaders who are making M&A happen".

Full programme and registration information is available at www.tmtfinance.com

For further information on sponsorship or speaking opportunities, contact Nicola Hayes at + 44 (0) 132 810 113 or Dominic Lowndes at +44 (0) 207 55 33 900 nicolahayes@broad-group.com / dominic.lowndes@telecomfinance.com

Editors:
For more than a decade Telecom Finance has been the leading authoritative source of information and analysis, read globally by thousands of senior executives across the telecommunications, financial services and law firm sectors. Sean Karney Global Head and Managing Director Telecoms at HSBC “Telecom Finance is a must read publication if you are in the sector. Everyone on our team picks it up as soon as it comes out."

BroadGroup is a telecommunications consultancy focused on strategic analysis, pricing, marketing and regulation across data centres, wireless broadband and carrier wholesale businesses internationally.