Cebu City: With the objective of meeting the growing challenges and oppurtunities in the telecom industry, more than 300 delegates from over 110 telecommunications carriers and entities from Asia, Europe and the Pacific Rim converged in Cebu Tuesday for the four-day 3rd Asian Carriers Conference (ACC).
The Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) group head for International and Carrier Business Victorico P Vargas said the event’s objective is to create a venue for discussion of trends, such as the Next Generation Network and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and the challenges and opportunities in the fast-paced telecommunications industry. These are in addition to basic bilateral commercial and technical discussions between the various telecom entities.
The (PLDT) company and its subsidiary Smart Communications Inc. are organizing the conference which is being held at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Island Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City until 18 May.
“This year, we have expanded our guest list to include not only fixed and mobile carriers, but also roaming partners, VoIP and value-added service providers, submarine cable operators, vendors and supplies,” Vargas said in a press release. “We’re proud to say that it is growing to become the largest telecommunications conference in the region,” he added.
“Asian carriers as well as those from other continents and regions now have an alternative venue in Asia to discuss business and industry concerns,” said Vargas.
Aside from PLDT and Smart, major sponsors, speakers and exhibitors of the ACC include major telecom players such as France Telecom, Belgacom of Belgium, VSNL/Teleglobe of India and Canada, IDT of the UK, US Sprint.