IDC’s Second Annual Telecoms Forum to Analyze Competition, Convergence, and Globalization in European Market

LONDON, February 1, 2000 — The telecommunications industry in Europe is currently in a state of transition due to the introduction of competition into the markets and the impact of Internet Protocol (IP) on networks and services. The convergence of traditional fixed and wireless telephony networks and IP networks is, in turn, driving the convergence of voice, data, messaging, and video communications in the home and office. IDC experts will present current trends and data on the European telecommunications market at its European Telecoms Forum, scheduled for March 20 and 21 at the Hotel Excelsior Lido, Venice.

"Convergence creates massive opportunities for emerging service providers with bold integrated multiservice networking plans," said Roberto Masiero, President, IDC EMEA. "Traditional service providers who embrace the competitive challenges stand to profit considerably." Dozens of equipment companies have introduced products to commercialize convergence technologies for enterprises and service providers.

Which companies will be successful driving converged solutions and networks? How quickly will mobile operators embrace the Internet? When will there be sufficient bandwidth in backbone and local loop networks to facilitate converged services? What are the best strategies for implementing value-added competitive differentiation? Attendees will get answers to these questions and many more at this event.

WHAT: IDC's European Telecoms Forum 2000

WHEN: Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21, 2000

WHERE: Hotel Excelsior Lido, Venice

Tel : +39.0412716967

IDC's Forums are the best single source for information on the hottest information technology issues. Executives from IT suppliers, end-user organizations, and the financial community attend IDC's conferences and briefings because they value the strategic insight and networking opportunities these events offer.

For further information on this event including a list of speakers and a full agenda, please visit the conference Web site at: http://www.idcitalia.com/forum/etf2000/.

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