Latin America Summit Added to VON Conference

Virgo Publishing, a leading B2B information services company, announced today that the 2009 VON Conference & Expo will include a Latin America Summit focusing on advanced IP communications services in the world’s fastest-growing telecommunications region.

Produced in conjunction with SmartMark Communications LLC, the VON L.A. Summit will be a unique event bringing North American service providers, enterprise users and vendors together with key decision makers from Latin American telecom operators, solutions vendors and systems integrators, as well as industry analysts covering the region.

Scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Miami Beach Convention Center in South Beach, Fla., the VON L.A. Summit will be presented as part of the VON Conference & Expo, which covers service provider transformation and the advanced IP communications industries. The VON L.A. Summit is open to all full conference attendees and exhibitors at VON.

Latin America comprises several of the world’s fastest growing countries in terms of advanced telecom services. According to the Latin America Telecommunication Industry Report, the region’s broadband market grew at a rate of 54 percent over the last five years. Driven by the off-shoring of call centers from Spain as well as a push to use video-conferencing systems rather than travel for corporate meetings, the telecom markets in Latin American countries, particularly Brazil, Mexico and Peru, are expected to continue to show healthy growth in 2009, despite the world economic downturn.

“I’m very excited to include the dynamic Latin American community in VON,” said Mike Saxby, group publisher for telecommunications at Virgo Publishing. “There’s no other trade show that affords the opportunity to network with key executives from this increasingly critical region.”

Panel sessions and a keynote address at the Summit will enable North America-based attendees to:

  • Hear Latin American operators explain key trends in the region
  • Understand the types of investments currently being made in IP-based infrastructure, both short and long term
  • Gather key insights from the leading industry analysts who cover the region
  • Network with key decision makers from Latin American operators
  • Learn about the IP network strategies of leading service providers in the region
  • Benefit from first-hand knowledge of the telecom challenges faced by multinationals operating in the region

In addition, attendees will be able to take advantage of VON’s exclusive One-on-One Networking Meetings service, which arranges and coordinates individual face-to-face meetings based on attendees’ specific business needs.

“At a time when telecom spending in North America and Europe is essentially flat, the Latin American market continues to surge,” said Richard Martin, editor-in-chief of VON. “The VON L.A. Summit will provide our attendees with a unique window into the opportunities, and the challenges, of that market. Our Miami location is the perfect venue for building bridges between North American vendors and operators and their Latin American counterparts.”

The VON Conference & Expo is also colocated with the Channel Partners Conference & Expo, the industry’s premier event exclusively for the channel, which will be held Sept. 23-25 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The two complementary events will share a keynote address by Christopher Dean, chief strategy officer for Skype, on “Service Provider Transformation.”

To register for the VON Conference & Expo, go to for a full agenda and travel information.

About The VON Conference & Expo

Focused on service provider transformation and the future of IP communications, the VON Conference & Expo showcases the best of the global IP communications world for service providers and large enterprises. Roundtables, keynotes, panels and Q&A sessions go beyond the pitch to examine the financial, operational, marketing and technological strategies, best practices and solutions for introducing innovative applications and products that resonate with users. Meanwhile, the exhibit floor features industry leaders and exciting startups with plenty of opportunities to interact with key decision-makers and industry luminaries. VON is the only IP-focused event of its kind. For more information, visit

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