A big gathering of telcos in down south

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telcos20130909From September 3 to 6, the 9th Asian Carriers Conference happened at the Shangri-la Hotel, which brought together telecom carriers not only from the Asian region but also from other parts of the world.

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There were over 1,300 delegates from 167 companies representing 40 countries—all of them gathered in one place to discuss and share the latest technologies and breakthroughs in telecommunications and information technology.

For the ninth time, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company or better known to everyone as PLDT hosted the four-day event together with its mobile subsidiaries Smart Communications and Sun Cellular, bringing together what the dominant local telco described as “the best and biggest telecom carrier firms around the world.”

Several telecommunication and technology companies were among the participants of this year’s conference, which included China’s ZTE and Huawei, as well as US corporate giants Verizon, AT&T, and Microsoft.

“Since the launch of ACC in 2005, the event has become the much-awaited telecoms conference in Asia,” said Ernesto R. Alberto, PLDT executive vice president and head of enterprise and international & carrier business in an earlier statement. “ . . . because of its highly productive plenary and efficient workshop and meeting sessions where delegates gain new knowledge and insights, as well as enjoy its fun and socially-relevant side activities.”

Attendees of the Mactan/Cebu telecom event were delegates from wholesale fixed and mobile carriers, network and infrastructure providers, applications and service developers, handset and equipment manufacturers, and entertainment and content distributors around the world.

“This is proof of the increasing value of the ACC as an important international forum for interaction among carriers, vendors and various service providers,” said Napoleon L. Nazareno, PLDT president and chief executive in response to this year’s overwhelming attendees and participating companies while giving the keynote at the plenary.

“The telecommunications industry—along with many other industries—is going through a profound and painful transformation because of the disruptive impact of digital technologies,” Nazareno said is his keynote address at the plenary.

“The Internet and social media are radically altering the way people communicate, and, are undermining traditional telco services such as voice and SMS,” he added.

“Last year, global mobile data traffic grew 70 percent—nearly 12 times the size of the entire global Internet in 2000,” he said, as Nazareno based his data from networking giant Cisco’s annual Visual Networking Index report for 2012.

“From keypads and keyboards, people are shifting to touch screens of different sizes. This transition is gathering momentum and compelling operators to look deep into themselves and ask: what do we want to be in the future?” The PLDT chief asked.

“We are here at the ACC to work together to resolve issues, reach agreements and move forward as we adapt to developments in the industry and adopt new technologies that will ultimately result in better services for our respective clients. We must act now, as quickly as we can, if we are to avoid learning the hard way,” as he finished his speech.

Other event partners in this year’s ACC include Orange of France, PCCW Global of Hong Kong, Huawei, ZTE and ShenliTel of China, DVL Group, Synectiv, Deutsche Telecom of Germany, IDT Asia, BICS of Belgium, Banglatrac of Bangladesh, TATA Communications of India and Canada, AT&T, Verizon Global Wholesale, Airtel of India, and Telekom Malaysia.

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