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IMTC/Wainhouse Research Forum to highlight role of Multimedia Telecommunications

Key role in war coverage underscores potential of technology - Upsurge of conferencing expected - Geneva meeting in May looks at the future

San Ramon, California, April 23, 2003 - The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) and the US-based market research group Wainhouse Research are joining forces to organize the IMTC/Wainhouse Research European Forum in the International Conference Center in Geneva from May 6 to May 8, 2003. Like last year's very successful meeting, this European Forum provides an opportunity to take stock of latest and future developments in this fast-evolving sector of telecommunications. The meeting will be attended by some 100 key experts and decision makers in multimedia telecommunications who will discuss "Rich Media Communications: Realities of Deployment".

According to Dr. Istvan Sebestyen, President of IMTC, multimedia telecommunications "is moving into the center of considerations when discussing future developments in the telecom market." This view is seconded by Andrew Davis, Chairman of Wainhouse Research, who suggests that "right now, after we all have witnessed the power of this advancing technology in the coverage of the war in Iraq, it seems obvious that public and commercial interest will turn to wider applications of multimedia telecommunications." With air travel being dramatically reduced by many companies, but also by individuals, experts also anticipate a new surge in the use of conferencing, as could be seen in the wake of 9-11.

The three-day meeting will look at the future of such technologies as Voice over IP and integrated conferencing environments. It will provide an opportunity to grasp the fundamentals of IP Conferencing, providing a technology update, and will review networks and services as well as actual applications and deployments.

Featured keynote speakers and topics will include:

  • Fabrice Moscheni, Fastcom Technology - From Data to Information
  • Joe Burton, Cisco Systems - Rich Media Communications: From Vision to Reality
  • Francois Legros, Genesys Conferencing - Building the Business: Challenges, Opportunities & Outcomes

A variety of sessions will set a stage for the latest information on present and future directions in the industry. Wrap-up sessions at the end of each day will put the information into perspective and act as a vehicle for further discussion and action. A reception on Wednesday evening will be a lively social and networking event.

The IMTC/Wainhouse Research European Forum 2003 allows members from industry, academia, groups 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. The Forum is sponsored by Aethra Telecommunications, Compunetix, Genesys Conferencing and TANDBERG.

Full details of the - IMTC/Wainhouse Research European Forum 2003 agenda can be found at Persons interested in participating in the meeting - including media representatives, are kindly requested to get in touch with 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 60 interoperability-testing events to test T.120, H .320, H.323, H.324, SIP, and Voice over IP products and services with each other. The IMTC Board of Directors includes representatives from Cisco Systems, France Telecom, Nokia, Polycom, RADVISION, Ridgeway Systems, Siemens AG, Sony, TANDBERG, Telverse, and WorldCom. The San Ramon, California-based consortium comprises close to 75 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

About Wainhouse Research
Wainhouse Research is a leading independent market research firm focusing on critical issues in the multimedia communications, videoconferencing, teleconferencing and streaming media field. The company conducts multi-client as well as customs research 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.