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IMTC and Wainhouse Research Join Forces to Sponsor spring Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, May 14-16

San Ramon, CA - January 10, 2002 - The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) and Wainhouse Research today announced plans to jointly sponsor the first IMTC/Wainhouse Research Spring Forum, focusing on the compelling communication advantages of voice, video and data collaboration. The Spring Forum will be held at the International Conference Center of Geneva, Switzerland, on May 14-16, 2002 and the program will include an IP conferencing tutorial, conference sessions, panel discussions, and keynote addresses.

The IMTC (www.imtc.org) and Wainhouse Research (www.wainhouse.com) are inviting representatives from organizations, institutions and corporations that are using or plan to use videoconferencing and collaboration systems to the Spring Forum. Programs will cover a range of topics including technology trends in videoconferencing, issues and solutions to implementation, and best practices and updates about international protocols and standards. Tutorials and updates include audio and videoconferencing market and technology overviews, H.323 and SIP standards issues, and updates from the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). Additional panel sessions will include "Making Desktop Videoconferencing Pay Off," "Integrating Streaming Media into the Rich Conferencing Environment" and "When Does Web Conferencing Make the Most Sense?," among many others.

According to Dr. Istvan Sebestyen, Chief Engineer and Head of Department, Multimedia and Applications Standards, Siemens AG, and IMTC President, "The conferencing industry has experienced a dramatic and sustained surge of demand following the tragic, terrorist attacks on 9/11. Renewed interest in our industry offers us a new opportunity to bring together equipment vendors, carriers and end-users. IMTC joined forces with Wainhouse Research to create a forum of organizations that are eager to solve technology, interoperability and quality of service issues that impede the industry's growth and success."

Andrew W. Davis, Senior Analyst and Managing Partner of Wainhouse Research, said, "We are very enthusiastic about working with the IMTC to bring our joint visual communications expertise to organziations in Europe. Last summer, we webcast part of the Wainhouse Summit to Europe. This spring, organizations can attend the combined Spring Forum and participate in person."

IMTC member organizations may send two representatives to the Spring Forum without incurring a fee. Non-members incur a fee of US $995.00 per person. This fee can be applied to IMTC membership if an organization joins the IMTC within 30 days of attending the Spring Forum . All travel related expenses (air, hotel, car) are the responsibility of the attending company or individual.

Registration information will be posted on the IMTC Web site at www.imtc.org. For further information, please contact Jennifer Fletcher (see above).

About the IMTC
The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) is an industry-leading, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, encourage, and facilitate the development and implementation of interoperable multimedia conferencing solutions based on open international standards. The IMTC hosts multimedia interoperability testing events and demonstrations throughout the world. Over the past three years, the IMTC has hosted more than 60 interoperability events to test T.120, H.320, H.323, H.324, SIP and Voice over IP products and services for compatibility with each other. The IMTC Board of Directors includes representatives from Avaya, Cisco Systems, Forgent, France Telecom, Intel, IBM, KPN Telecom, Siemens AG, TANDBERG, Nokia, Polycom, Ridgeway, Sony, Telverse, and WorldCom. The San Ramon, California-based consortium comprises more than 100 member organizations from around the globe. Membership is open to any interested party, including vendors of audio, document, and video conferencing hardware and software; communications companies; teleconferencing service providers; end users; academic institutions; government agencies; and non-profit organizations. The consortium's Web site address is http://www.imtc.org.

About Wainhouse Research
Wainhouse Research is an independent market research firm that focuses on critical issues in the multimedia communications, videoconferencing, teleconferencing, and streaming media fields. The company conducts multi-client as well as custom research studies for industry vendors, consults with end users on key implementation issues, publishes a news bulletin, white papers, and market statistics, and delivers public and private seminars as well as speaker presentations at industry group meetings.

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