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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:35 pm    Post subject: Americas Com 2008 (formerly GSM 3G) Announced Reply with quote


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Formerly known as GSM 3G, The Com World Series are holding their Americas Com 2008 annual telecoms conference and exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil over the two days of the 9th and 10th of September. PocketGPSWorld.com are proud to have been chosen as media partners for the event.

This event attracts a very high level of participation from leading network operators and vendors from across the region with 29% board/director level attendance in 2007. This year it is bringing together the whole communications value chain: mobile and fixed-line operators, Internet service providers, regulators, investors, telecoms solution vendors, content providers and more.

The agenda is a mixture of presentations, case studies, interactive panel sessions and Q&A slots. There is also a 30 stand exhibition showcasing leading international vendors and their newest solutions and technologies. The organisers expect the attendance of 650 telecommunications professionals from the Americas and internationally.

Americas Com 2008
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:29 am    Post subject: Americas Com Press Release Reply with quote

As mobile markets mature in Latin America, operators look to address rural areas cost-effectively

In recent years, mobile operators across Latin America have enjoyed addressing markets hungry for their services. Mobile penetration in the Americas (not including the USA and Canada) stood at 69.35% as of March 2008, according to World Cellular Information Service, a product of Informa Telecoms & Media. Growth has been strong. The penetration rate stood at 56.86% a year earlier, and at just 45.81% a year before that.

However, for most operators, much of this growth will have come from addressing urban areas with the highest levels of solvent demand. There are now a number of reasons why the region's mobile carriers need to turn their attention to potential subscribers in the rural areas that have been harder to address up to now.

One such driver is the imposition of Mobile Number Portability across a number of the region's markets. Operators can expect to see high levels of churn resulting from this development and, if the experience of service providers in other world regions is replicated here, an expensively waged battle to identify and keep the most profitable subscribers here may ensue. This battle could be at its fiercest in the most mature metropolitan markets where savvy consumers could look for the best deal on offer.

However, working harder to offer services to under-served areas and population segments may not be entirely a matter of choice for operators. In Brazil, Latin America's most competitive wireless market, regulators auctioned 3G spectrum in the 1900MHz band in December. All of the country's existing operators, except iDEN company NII Holdings, won spectrum at what analysts considered fair prices, but they are required to roll out extensive networks to address the disparity in telecoms coverage between urban and rural areas.

While much of the value of the overall telecoms sector in this region has been in mobile networks and services for some time, mobile operators should perhaps also not take it for granted that they will come first in the race to offer connectivity to Latin America's rural areas.

In April 2008, Informa Telecoms & Media went on a mission to make contact with some of the fixed-line operators that have traditionally been less exposed to the analysis firm's telecoms industry conferences and exhibitions, especially those away from the Conosur countries that are usually well-represented at Informa's annual Americas Com event (formerly named GSM Americas).

Joe Willcox, Head of Region, Middle East, Eurasia and Americas for Informa TM's Com World Series team, met state and co-op owned telcos in Paraguay, Bolivian and Venezuela and was struck by how keen these companies are to address the needs of people beyond the major population centres.

Hugo Sosa Ortiz, Commercial Director of Paraguay's state-owned telco COPACO told Willcox about his company's relatively unusual approach to offering basic services in small communities. COPACO has acquired licences which allow it to use GSM equipment to offer fixed-wireless telephony in less densely populated regions of the country. In Bolivia, Willcox visit telecoms co-ops in Santa Cruz and Cochabamba and learned out these organisations' services for subscribers away from those two cities.

These visits were carried out with a view towards widening the scope of the former GSM Americas event, now re-branded Americas Com and reaching out to every kind of fixed, mobile and integrated carrier in Latin America. This year's event takes place once again in Rio de Janeiro, this time in September.

To register your interest in Americas Com please visit: Americas.comworldseries.com
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Americas Com
9-10 September 2008
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

GSM>Americas has evolved for 2008 to Americas Com. Meet, learn and do business with the whole communications value chain.

Latin America: Competition, Convergence and Co-operation.

A 2 day, 2 streamed conference agenda will help you to gain commercially valuable insights on:
Operator Growth and Profitability in Mature Market Conditions
Broadband Wireless/Mobile Access Deployment Strategies
Fixed-Mobile Convergence and Substitution Strategies
Growing the Broadband Services Market
IPTV for New Revenues and Effective Differentiation
Identifying and keeping highest value customers

All conference sessions are translated into Spanish, English and Portuguese. Co-located to the conference is a 30 stand networking exhibition showcasing the latest technologies and solutions.

Attendance is free to operators and regulators and early booking discounts apply for all other companies. You can find out more and register at www.comworldseries.com/americas
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 12:34 pm    Post subject: Press Release: Latin America: High Time for Fixed, Mobile... Reply with quote

Press Release: Latin America: High Time for Fixed, Mobile Integrated to Converge on Rio de Janeiro

Now dubbed 'Americas Com', (http://americas.comworldseries.com) Informa Telecoms & Media ran the conference successfully as 'GSM Americas' for 12 years, working to gather delegates from all over South and Central America for two days of networking and the opportunity to benchmark strategies and technology choices with colleagues from comparable markets. These delegates were drawn from mainly mobile operators, as well as their suppliers and partners.

While much of the value of the region's telecoms sector continues to be in mobile, cellular markets in Latin America are maturing fast towards the point of saturation. Mobile operators may soon find it tougher to grow their businesses by acquiring wholly new customers, even in some of the region's less affluent countries. It remains to be seen whether there will be a good level of solvent demand for ARPU-boosting value-added services.

Given the scale of recent investments in 3G networks and HSPA in markers such as Argentina, Brazil and Chile, operators will be hoping that lower levels of fixed-line teledensity and PC penetration will enable them to position 3G devices as the most pervasive means of accessing the Internet and participating fully in the information society. However, in this context of mobile market maturity and relatively under-developed PSTN and fixed-broadband sectors across the region, it has become desirable to look to the wire line segment as a source of interesting future developments, conference topics and operator CAPEX.

Happily, a logical and topical conference agenda is possible under these circumstance. All over the world, via participation at our wider suite of emerging markets telecoms sector events, we see the blurring of the once very sharp distinction between the mobile and fixed line worlds. We see telecoms operators with both fixed and mobile networks/business units seeing opportunities not only to make cost savings but also to achieve effective differentiation by blending their wired and wireless offerings. We see 'mobile only' players looking for partners in the wired world in order to compete in this new FMC space. We see 'fixed only' service providers wondering if they can survive long-term with no mobility proposition. All of this is made possible by the development of convergence-friendly IP core networks and the coming together of wireless access technology standards.

It has therefore been quite straightforward to gather speaker panels and groups of delegates which reflect these convergence trends at our Com World Series events. Americas Com 2008 is no exception. We will be welcoming the usual great speaker line-up from major mobile operators such as TIM Brasil, Ancel, Movistar Chile, Iusacell and Claro Brasil. What's new for 2008 is the presence of a really diverse spread of other kinds of telco: state or cooperative-owned telcos from Andean markets such as Bolivia's COTEL and COTECO, cablers such as Mexico's Cablecom, competitive broadband/voice carriers such as Mexican Alestra.

Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires have been among the better locations for this annual conference, but one effect of hosting the event either in Brazil or a Conosur location has been making it challenging to draw participants from Andean countries and Central America. So it has been really gratifying to confirm the participation of companies from both these important regions.

So with about 4 weeks to go before Americas Com 2008, we are excited by the diversity of the audience we have assembled - and to see that numbers are tracking ahead of the delegate booking pattern for 2007.

For more information about the event please visit:
http://americas.comworldseries.com
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