Conference Sessions Highlight Convergence

Convergence has gone from whats next to whats now, as reflected by todays education sessions at TELECOM 05. A particular focus will be the coming impact of broadband television, but industry dynamics from taxes to revenue shares also will be considered.

We want to offer attendees a little taste of whats next, says John Abel, senior vice president of membership, marketing and business development at USTelecom. New opportunities are here, or will be here in short order. Were giving them a look at the business realities of the future.

An IP Video conference, Sunday through Wednesday, will cover everything from how a consumer can prepare content for distribution in the form of video blogs to content differentiation techniques, including a debate on IPTV versus linear networks. Meanwhile, todays Broadcaster-Telco Conference looks at what broadcasters want from phone companies offering carriage, seeking to answer the question: How is the relationship between content and access providers different when telcos are the ones delivering programming to the home? (See Page 4 for the full agenda of todays education sessions.)

The iHollywood Forum conference today focuses on the triple play as a whole. Highlights include a set-top box shoot-out, aimed at service providers making decisions on which option best fits their needs, content acquisition, implementation, a comparison of DSL and cable in a broadband showdown, and in-home networking options from Wi-Fi to CATV.

Convergence means broadband, and TV-level broadband often means fiber. So, to round out the convergence theme, the conference continues today and tomorrow with special attention to business cases for smaller communications companies wanting to deploy fiber efficiently and effectively.

Access to technology and content is changing our world, says Abel. There is an integration of entertainment and communications that will continue to be the focus of attention.

Todays agenda is not all about disruptive technology: The law firm of Wiley, Rein & Fielding will host a two-day set of sessions today and tomorrow to cover FCC news, including pending decisions and actions. Finally, Deloittes Mergers and Acquisitions Conference today will focus on regulatory requirements, valuation and duediligence; accounting, finance and tax issues; legal concerns; people management; and corporate governance.

Our goal is to bring everything together under one tent, Abel notes.

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