IDC Launches Web Talk 2000: Event Explores Opportunities in a Market That Will Reach $19 Billion by 2004

FRAMINGHAM, MASS., FEBRUARY 29, 2000 — Web talk, which represents the convergence of telephony, messaging, conferencing, and voice, is creating a lot of noise. Not only will it change the way people use the Internet, it will create red-hot opportunities for all kinds of IT vendors as well as for those who voice-enable their Web sites. To help understand the impact of this technology and the tremendous opportunities it will trigger, IDC is hosting a conference titled Web Talk 2000, to be held April 12, 2000 in Denver, Colorado.

This year, PC users will place 1 billion minutes of free voice phone calls over the Internet. And although the service is free, the market will reach $19 billion by 2004, according to IDC.

"Web talk creates incredible opportunities for network service providers, technology companies, and Web developers to voice-enable the Internet and to leverage the strengths of the global voice PSTN," said Mark Winther, group vice president, Worldwide Telecommunications at IDC. "This event will leverage IDC's and our sponsors' IP telephony expertise to makes sense of the explosive opportunities in this space."

Sponsors of the conference include Onebox.com, visitalk.com(TM), and ITXC Corp. Top executives from each of these companies will share their insights during conference sessions and in the Networking and Sponsor reception.

Web Talk 2000 will explore opportunities for directory services, linking voice chat to instant messaging, integrating "click to talk" buttons on ecommerce Web sites, PC-to-PC and PC-to-phone calling services, and Internet-based voice messaging services. Topics covered include communications portals, quality of service, communications ASP, the black telephone, audio ISP, and market forecasts.

Other event sessions will address:

— What is the role of traditional telecommunications in Internet telephony?

— How can voice quality be optimized?

— How can free business models generate revenues?

— How can the rapid market cycles that make technology licensing cumbersome be overcome?

— Can ASPs help companies voice-enable their Web site?

— How can ASPs help carriers to remain competitive in today’s marketplace?

— How can ASPs help carriers to rapidly deploy their own wireless voice portals?

— What is the potential size of the market in terms of number of subscribers and minutes of use?

For more information about Web Talk 2000 or to register, visit www.idc.com/events/webtalk00/ or call 1-800-343-4952 ext. 4317.

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