IPTV Focus Hits London As World Forum Event Breaks All Records

Operators across Europe and US to showcase latest IPTV offerings at Olympia

The IPTV World Forum in London next month is set to become the largest event of its type in the world, as network operators and equipment suppliers gather together to see the latest developments and technology arriving into this exploding new marketplace.

Just a few weeks after new research* predicted Western Europe would lead the worldwide IPTV market to the end of the decade, with nearly 13m households becoming customers by 2010, the IPTV World Forum (www.iptv -forum.com) will feature ten major operators in a special showcase area, additional operators involved in the conference sessions and nearly 80 exhibition stands - more than double the previous year.

"We are only a few weeks into the year and yet already it seems that 2006 is lift -off year for IPTV," said organiser Ian Johnson.

"We are expecting several significant announcements to be made during the Forum and there is a constant demand - from all over the world - to either take part our just to visit Olympia to be a part of the action."

Operators represented consist of T -Online, Belgacom, Bell Canada, Fastweb, France Telecom, HomeChoice, Iceland Telecom, KPN, Magnet Networks, Microsoft TV, Telekom Austria, and Telus. Leading vendors will be exhibiting. Speakers include Andrew Burke, CEO, BT Entertainment Division; Emanuele Angelidis, Chief Executive, Bulldog Communications; Stuart Baxter, SVP European Distribution, Sony Pictures Television International; Christopher B. Coles, President, CEO, Siemens Home Entertainment and Myrio; Christine Heckart, General Manager of Marketing, Microsoft TV and Antonio Schuh, Head of Special Projects, Telefónica Internacional.

The applications showcase will feature state -of -the -art demonstrations from IPTV providers around the world. Visitors to the show will be able to see, first -hand, the full capabilities and the provision of live and on -demand video over Internet Protocol. There will be a demo lounge dedicated to showcasing live and simulated services from commercially available IPTV packages.

"We see 2006 as the year IPTV deployments start to take off," said Elena Branet, senior marketing manager for the Microsoft TV Division in EMEA. "At Microsoft, we're encouraging the industry to 'think big, start small and move fast,' to make IPTV a success. We look forward to sharing our experiences with this exciting new technology with delegates at IPTV World Forum."

A further attraction of the event will be the prestigious industry party, organised by Fashion TV, one of the four most distributed channels worldwide.

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