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IMTC Forum 2004 to focus on future role of multimedia communications

Forum Agenda to Cover Mobile Multimedia and IP Videoconferencing

SAN RAMON, Calif., February 04, 2003 - The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) today announced that the IMTC Forum will take place in San Jose, Calif. from May 18-20.

One of the most exciting developments in today's communications technology will be in the center of discussions at this year's IMTC Forum: putting multimedia applications to work on mobile communications equipment. Approximately 100 experts from the world's leading communications companies are expected to join the Forum to discuss the comparative advantages of the different technologies available.

When announcing the Forum today, Dr. Istvan Sebestyen, President of IMTC, pointed out that, "Mobile multimedia is currently the hottest thing in communications and we must be prepared to offer new, innovative solutions to the market. IMTC is the platform where engineers and marketing experts get together to evaluate latest developments, future trends and the potential of upcoming technologies." The technical sessions of the IMTC Forum will also touch on wire-line multimedia using SIP and H.323 protocol stacks, covering standardization aspects as well as product developments. This part of the Forum will also provide an IP videoconferencing update and a discussion of the role and value of SIP and H.323, and interoperability between the two.

The Forum will also cover new developments in standardization in a session on "Where are Standards going in the Communications Arena". This session will address the question whether the world of multimedia communications is moving away from formal standards. As Dr. Sebestyen explains, "the session will analyze the potential dangers of formal standardization bodies such as ITU or ISO which no longer work properly. The results can be very long, complicated and costly licensing procedures," he said, adding:" The industry needs a remedy for these issues, and our Forum will discuss which alternatives could provide a solution."

The IMTC Forum will be hosted at Sony Electronics in San Jose, Calif. The Forum will start on the morning of Tuesday, May 18 and wind up at lunchtime on May 20. The participation for non-IMTC-members is US$995. Individuals interested in participating are kindly requested to get in touch with Jennifer Fletcher at . The deadline to register is Friday, May 7, 2004.

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 interoperability testing events and demonstrations throughout the world. Over the past three years the IMTC has hosted more than 20 interoperability-testing events to test H.323, H.324, SIP, T.120, H .320, and Voice over IP products and services with each other. The IMTC Board of Directors includes representatives from Cisco Systems, Dilithium Networks, Emblaze Systems, France Telecom, Level 3 Communications, MediaDigm Technology, Nextreaming Corp., Nokia, Nortel Networks, Polycom, RADVISION, Siemens AG, Sony, and TANDBERG. The San Ramon, California-based consortium comprises approximately 70 member organizations from around the globe. Membership is open to any interested party, including vendors of audio, document, and video conferencing hardware and software; academic institutions; government agencies; and non-profit organizations. "The IMTC is making Rich Media happen Anywhere, Anytime." Further information on IMTC can be found at