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December 2006, Volume 9/ Number 12

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The Place to Be, for IP

By Erik Linask


It wasn’t all that long ago that we were excited about the advent of mobile telephony — remember those large boxes you used to keep in your car? Since then, much has changed in the world of communications — many things have come and many others have gone, as the communications world has begun its transition to IP. The pace of change has been furious, and the rapid evolution of IP Communications has redefined communication, not only at the office, but at home and on the road as well, with concepts like unified communications. Indeed, businesses large and small are now investigating their options for integrating VoIP into their communications solutions.

The evolution of IP Communica-tions, as far as it has come, is hardly slowing; in fact, it continues to change at an equally impressive pace. Each day, developers, service providers, and software vendors are introducing new products and solutions to further enhance offerings already on the market. With each passing month, new solutions make others introduced just a year ago seem obsolete.

Now, the latest generations of products and services are integrating video into voice applications, combining fixed and mobile solutions through IMS infrastructures, and leveraging IP services to improve productivity, lower costs, and grow revenues. Security, hosting, open source, IPTV (News - Alert), FMC, disaster preparedness, conferencing & collaboration, peering, billing & OSS, and so many other areas are all being fused by IP.

To help identify and understand the trends and opportunities in IP Communications, IP Telephony Conference & Expo (ITEXPO) has, since 1999, been single-minded in its drive to bring together industry movers and shakers to help service providers, developers, enterprises, SMBs, government entities, resellers, and others make informed communications decisions.

Not that anyone really needs an excuse to visit South Florida in January, other than the climate itself, but there is another real reason to find yourself in Ft. Lauderdale this January 24-27. With so many vendors and providers touting their wares, this can be a confusing marketplace — ITEXPO East will help you understand what is important and what is not, now and in the future. In fact, if it’s important to IP Communications, you will find it at ITEXPO. The unique blend of speakers and exhibitors at ITEXPO is certain to support TMC’s guarantee that attendees will leave ITEXPO more knowledgeable and better able make informed communications decisions, a certainty that is driven by TMC’s experienced editorial team and its industry spanning publications — Internet Telephony, SIP Magazine, IMS Magazine, and Customer [email protected] Solutions, ensuring no stone is left unturned.

At ITEXPO, you will have the opportunity for a first-rate educational experience around IP Communications. Indeed, as the communications landscape evolves, it also becomes more complicated, but ITEXPO offers a learning environment to allow you to keep pace with the industry. Regardless of your background, and your company’s business notwithstanding, ITEXPO provides an unparalleled opportunity to understand how the changes in communications can help your firm.

ITEXPO brings to you more commercial-free conference tracks than any other event — with each track offering a variety of micro-topics presented by the industry’s most knowledgeable speakers for attendees representing all corners of the communications world. Each topic is specifically chosen by TMC for its current relevance, and each speaker is hand-picked based on their ability to communicate effectively while providing an unbiased education.

In addition to sessions covering the most important current topics, this year’s event will feature keynote addresses by some of the most influential — and knowledgeable — industry personalities who are looking forward to sharing their thoughts on the opportunity the burgeoning IP Communications space provides, including:

    • Chris Gravett, Sales and Marketing Director, Aculab (News - Alert)

    • James D. Foy, President, CEO and Director, Aspect Software, Inc.

    • Mark Zionts, Chief Executive Officer, Cantata Technology

    • Laurent Philonenko, VP and GM, Customer Contact Business Unit, Cisco Systems (News - Alert)

    • Jim Machi, VP, Product Management and Planning, Dialogic Corp.

    • Brett Shockley, Founder, CEO and Chairman, Spanlink (News - Alert) Communications

    • Todd Landry, Senior Vice President, Sphere Communications

    • Michael Tribolet, President, Vonage (News - Alert) America Inc.

Also, the well-known Service Provider Shootout panel discussion will feature some of the industry’s foremost experts as part of a moderated panel that will provide perspectives from leading service providers on next generation solutions, the latest developments, what to expect from the future, as well as real-life stories. Topics will range to include net neutrality, government regulations, competitive pressures, FMC and IMS, wireless alternatives, IPTV, Triple Play (News - Alert), and anything else that might come up.

Special seminars are also on the agenda that will focus on reseller solutions, SIP trunking, VoIP peering, and disaster preparedness. These full-day seminars will help resellers, enterprises, and service providers sort through the myriad of equipment and service alternatives facing them — whether they are looking for themselves, for clients, or for subscribers.

In addition to the unmatched educational tracks and keynotes, Internet Telephony Conference & Expo also rewards attendees with invaluable networking time and an opportunity to see product and service offerings from more than 200 exhibitors on a show floor that grows annually. In the exhibit hall, you will see the latest IP hardware, software solutions, services, and gadgets. The conference schedule leaves generous time to peruse the exhibit floor and meet with the vendors displaying their wares with the single-minded purpose of enabling you to run your business more effectively.

Ultimately, the vendor you choose for your deployment will become as much a partner as a supplier, whether you are deploying a solution or are a service provider preparing your VoIP network. It is your responsibility to ensure these projects run smoothly with minimal disruption, while meeting all your organizational objectives. ITEXPO is the opportune venue for forging these profitable relationships.

At ITEXPO, you will have the chance to meet and talk with other enterprises, service providers, developers, and resellers to share ideas, exchange business cards, and discuss the virtues of one solution over another. You will be able to see all the key players and your peers in one venue, ensuring you are appropriately equipped to make your communications decisions. As a decision maker in the communications space, you have everything to lose by not attending ITEXPO East 2007 — if it is important to the IP Communications space, you will find it in Ft. Lauderdale from January 24-27, and when it’s time to head back home, you will have the knowledge and information that will enable you to make the best decisions for your company’s future.

As an added bonus — if sunny Florida in mid-winter and the world’s biggest IP Communications event don’t offer enough incentive — this year’s attendees will have an opportunity to win either a new Harley Davidson or a Toyota FJ Cruiser. See you in Florida! IT

For more information or to register for Internet Telephony Conference & Expo East 2007, please visit If your company is interested in exhibiting at the show, please contact Dave Rodriguez: [email protected] or 203.852.6800 x146.


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