IDC’s European Telecoms Forum – Changing Strategies To Meet Bandwidth Demands; Fast Internet, UMTS, Fiber and Fixed Wireless High on Agenda at Fourth Annual European Telecoms Forum

LONDON – MARCH 13, 2002 – IDC's fourth annual European Telecoms forum, which takes place on April 15-16, 2002 at the Hotel Melia Roma Aurelia Antica in Rome, will look at the changing face of the European Telecommunications industry, and will focus specifically on fast Internet, UMTS, fiber and fixed wireless.


The European telecommunications industry has undergone a major transition over the past 12 months. Service providers have been striving to offer value-added services on top of traditional connectivity in order to increase revenue from users. Market conditions have increased pressure on service providers to reduce risk and debt levels.

Consequently, a significant amount of restructuring and repositioning has taken place within the service provider community, leading to service provider consolidation and the expansion and retrenchment of portfolios.

Each segment of the market has its own characteristics. "Mobile operators are faced with opportunities in the form of mobile ebusiness and mcommerce set against market saturation, high debt, and the roll-out of GPRS and 3G services," said Eric Owen, VP of IDC's European Telecoms research. "Fixed line operators face opportunities with broadband in the local loop and IP-based services, set against reducing voice revenue and excess capacity in backbones."

In addition, companies providing solutions to the service providers must focus on changing market demands. These include migration to packet-based infrastructure, the need to build efficient and effective data centers, requirements for innovative back-office systems to support evolving service provider portfolios, and the need to offer users attractive and effective applications.

Speaker List

Professor Nicholas Negroponte, Founder and Director, MIT's Media Lab

Stephan Scholz, President, Wireline Networks Carrier Convergence, Siemens

Bill Pearon, Global Marketing Director, Alcatel

Hari Haran, Chief Technology and Marketing Officer, Lucent Technologies

Jose A. Collazo, Chairman, President and CEO, Infonet Services Corporation

Charles Zaiontz, President, Genuity Europe

Arjen Maarleveld, Head of Products, Equant

Professor Peter Cochrane, ConceptLabs Co-Founder and Former Chief, Technologist of British Telecom

Gianfranco Giannella, EMEA Telecom Consulting Principal, IBM Global Services

Dirk Lust, Vice President Telcos EMEA, Getronics

Satjiv S. Chahil, Chief Marketing Officer, Palm

Barbara Dalibard, Vice President of Enterprise Markets, Orange

Mark De Simone, VP Technology Solutions & Corporate Marketing, Cisco Systems, EMEA

Sean Kerins, EMEA Vice President Telco & Media, EMC2

Marco Limena, General Manager, HP Solution Organization, Network & Service Providers, Hewlett-Packard Company

Brian Boruff, General Manager, Network Service Providers Group, Microsoft EMEA

Bill Robinson, Chief Marketing Strategist, Relentless Marketing

Guy Willner, CEO, IXEurope

Michel Boussard, CEO, Interxion

Silvio Scaglia, Managing Director, eBiscom

Roberto Pellegrini, Executive Vice President, Business Division, TIM

Mark Winther, Group Vice President, Telecommunications, IDC

Eric Owen, VP Telecommunications, IDC EMEA

Pim Bilderbeek, VP, eBusiness and Networking Research, IDC EMEA

Jill Finger, Research Manager, European Telecommunications, IDC EMEA

Lars Vestergaard, Research Manager, Wireless & Mobile Communications, IDC EMEA

James Eibisch, Research Director IP Services, IDC EMEA

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