IEC Helps Chart Course for Broadband Success in Latin America with Broadband World Forum Americas

CHICAGO - 11 December 2007 - The International Engineering Consortium's Broadband World Forum Americas gathered more than 150 speakers and leading equipment vendors from around the world to share the latest broadband developments with Latin America.

CHICAGO - 11 December 2007 - The International Engineering Consortium's (IEC) Broadband World Forum Americas 2007 gathered more than 150 speakers and leading equipment vendors from around the world to share the latest broadband developments with Latin America last week in Sao Paulo at the ITM Expo with Telefónica as the official host sponsor.


Twenty -five countries were represented at the event from Europe, the Middle East and Asia to North and South America.

"The IEC is grateful to those who came from abroad to share their first -hand experiences with this region," commented IEC President John Janowiak. "Knowing the results of technologies that have succeeded and failed in other parts of the world proves invaluable when industry professionals begin to navigate through new, emerging markets."

Major sponsors of the event include key industry players such as Telefónica; Nokia Siemens Networks; Alcatel -Lucent; Motorola; NEC; Juniper Networks; Texas Instruments; ADVA Optical Networking and KEYMILE.

Industry professionals listen intently to product experts on the Broadband World Forum Americas 2007 exhibition floor detailing the capabilities of recent broadband innovations

Speaker Ken Davison, vice president of marketing and business development of Meriton Networks commented, 'Insightful, educational events like the IEC's Broadband World Forum Americas give network operators a trusted source for the information they need to make critical decisions about the future of their infrastructures.'

Of the IEC´s three dozen educational sessions, recurrent themes throughout the event included the deployment of IPTV and the competitive opportunities WiMAX would present in the region.

Of particular note for the Latin American audience included discussions on the Digital Divide, One Laptop per Child and the extension of broadband to meet the critical needs of the Latin American culture.

A Broadband World Forum Americas 2007 speaker analyzes the potential of the Latin American broadband market with attendees from around the globe

Speaker Luiz C. M. Rego, Brazil regional director of the WiMAX Forum also stated, "With the great content and great speakers, Brazil has not seen for some time such a content -rich conference focusing on so many broadband communications and next -generation issues."

The Broadband World Forum Americas completes the IEC´s series of Broadband World Forums for 2007, which include the renowned Broadband World Forum Europe and Broadband World Forum Asia. All of the IEC's Broadband World Forums bring together thousands of service, content and application providers with equipment suppliers.


For additional information, visit www.iec.org/events/2007/bbwf_americas/ or contact Lisa Reyes at +1 -312 -559 -3325 or lreyes@iec.org.

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A nonprofit organization, the IEC is dedicated to catalyzing technology and business progress worldwide in a range of high -technology industries and their university communities. Since 1944, the IEC has provided high -quality educational opportunities for industry professionals, academics, and students.



In conjunction with industry -leading companies, the IEC has developed an extensive, free, on -line educational program. The IEC conducts industry -university programs that have a substantial impact on curricula. It also conducts research and develops publications, conferences, and technological exhibits that address major opportunities and challenges of the information age.



More than 70 leading universities are IEC affiliates, and the IEC handles the affairs of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association and Eta Kappa Nu, the honor society for electrical and computer engineers. Visit www.iec.org.


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