Ed Whitacre, CEO of SBC Communications Inc., will keynote the TELECOM 05 Annual Conference & Exhibition with a preview of whats next for the telecom industry.

SBC holds a 60 percent ownership interest in Cingular Wireless, which serves 50.4 million wireless customers, and is moving forward with a $4 billion investment to offer IP-based TV, super-fast Internet service and more to millions of consumers.

Trade show organizers say the RBOCs focus on the technologies of tomorrow well-position Whitacre for the kick-off spot on the agenda.

Ed Whitacre has positioned SBC as a world leader for communications by staying ahead of the competition and deploying innovative, must-have services to consumers, says Walter B. McCormick Jr., president and CEO of The United States Telecom Association, owner of the event. We are honored that Ed Whitacre will join us for TELECOM 05. He is a tremendous force in our industry and his keynote is just one more reason why industry leaders cant afford to miss TELECOM 05.

TELECOM 05 focuses on the evolution of the communications industry, service providers and vendors as lines between cable, wireline, wireless and satellite platforms continue to converge. It will be held Oct. 23-27, at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.

Whitacre also will speak at TelecomNEXT, a new industry show, next March in Las Vegas.

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