The summit's broad theme was to discuss the increasing national ICT competitiveness through universal broadband access and was attended by the who's who of the nation's telecom industry.
Mr. Ray Anthony Roxas-Chua III, Secretary, Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), Office of the President of the Philippines, inaugurated the summit as the guest of honor. In his keynote address, he spoke on the strategic information and communications technology (ICT) roadmap and national broadband plan for the country. He also highlighted the emerging opportunities from convergence of telecoms, IT and digital media. Following the opening keynote, Mr. Gamaliel A. Cordoba, Commissioner, National Telecommunications Commission, Republic of the Philippines spoke on the key regulatory initiatives to drive sustainable growth in telecoms market in the Philippines.
Elaborating on the growth opportunities, Mr. Nitin Bhat, Senior Vice President, ICT, Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific, said, "The Philippines telecom industry is at an inflection point in both the growth areas - mobility and broadband. While broadband would continue to grow, especially the wireless part, the traditional mobile growth rates would be coming down. There would be a future opportunity for convergent services to gain traction in the Philippines."
There were two C-level executive's dialogue sessions where senior representatives from SMART Communications, Globe Telecom, GSM Association, Bayan Telecom, Axiata, Philippines Electronics and Telecommunications Federation (PETEF) and Qualcomm discussed on key issues pertaining to the broadband vision.
Concurrent track sessions followed through the day on seven broad topics, that included, managing customer experience in pre-paid and post paid markets, migrating to broadband, convergence and multi-play business models and services, WiMAX strategies, national broadband network update, mobile entertainment and on data services and premium mobile content.
Thought leaders at these concurrent sessions included an array of senior Frost & Sullivan analysts along with senior representatives from Amdocs, Qualcomm, Globe Telecom, PCCW, Clarity, Intel Corporation, Mobile Entertainment Forum and Elitecore.
The summit was not only interactive with variety of panel discussions and networking breakouts, it also covered relevant topics that addressed the opportunities in the Philippines telecoms market. Attended by over 150 delegates, the summit had a fair representation from the government officials, operators, investors, internet service providers, infrastructure equipment providers, system integrators, content providers, aggregators and digital media companies.
Clarity and Qualcomm are gold sponsors; Intec is the executive briefing sponsor while Amdocs, Elite Core and Intel are partner sponsors for the summit.
Wall Street Journal Asia is the official newspaper for the summit and PR Newswire is the official newswire.
GSA, GSMA Mobile Broadband, Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF), Philippine Electronics and Telecommunications Federation (PETEF), UMTS Forum and Wireless Industry Partnership (WIP) are the supporting associations for the summit.
Media partners include Business World, Computer World Philippines, Management Systems Asia, PC World Philippines, Strategic Path Asia, Telecom Asia and Wireless Asia.
For further information on the summit, visit frost.com/phtelecom
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