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Jim Polizotto/Jennifer Fletcher


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Peter.R. Schlifke

IMTC FORUM MARKS BROAD MULTIMEDIA ACCEPTANCE

Experts see growing market, and wide acceptance - New products and services for businesses and private users

SAN RAMON, Calif., April 6, 2004 - The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) is holding its annual Forum at Sony Electronics in San Jose from May 18 to May 20. This year's Forum will provide an opportunity to take stock of the latest and future developments in the fast-evolving sector of telecommunications. More than 100 key experts and decision-makers in multimedia telecommunications are expected to attend the conference and discuss "The Next Frontier in Multimedia Communications."

According to Dr. Istvan Sebestyen, President of IMTC, "Market indicators suggest broad acceptance of multimedia technologies, based on the increasing availability of broadband connections. We currently witness a significant rise of sales of multimedia products and services both in the business and the private sector. Most important, however, is the impact that multimedia communications is having in the academic world. More and more universities are making use of these powerful tools in their day-to-day scientific work."

The three-day forum will look at the future of such technologies as multimedia by SIP and H.323, and making multimedia mobile. It will provide an opportunity to grasp the fundamentals of how IMTC is impacting industry developments, providing a technology update and market positioning.

Featured speakers and topics will include:

  • Mike Chapman, Ubiquity - Multimedia by SIP and H.323
  • Christine Perey, PEREY Consulting - Where are Standards Going in the Communications Arena
  • Elliot Gold, Telespan - What Should Conferencing Providers Do in a Context of Zero Cents Per Minute for Audio?
  • Mr. Isao Igarashi, NTT DoCoMo - Making Multimedia Mobile

The IMTC Forum 2004 allows members from industry, academia and organizations interested in applying this emerging communications technology, and media representatives a unique overview of the status and future of the world of rich media communications.

Full details of the Forum agenda can be found at http://www.imtc.org. Those interested in participating in the Forum, including media representatives, are kindly requested to contact Jennifer Fletcher at .

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, 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 http://www.imtc.org.

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