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2005 IMTC Forum to Focus on Role of Multimedia Communications in Next Generation Networks

  Global Experts to Converge in Germany on May 10-12, 2005


San Ramon , CA – November 16, 2004- The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) today announced that the 2005 IMTC Forum will take place in Eibsee , Germany , from May 10-12 . At the annual event t echnology executives from the world's leading communications companies, spanning Europe , Asia and the Americas , meet to explore the latest developments, trends, and upcoming technologies for rich media communications. This will mark the 11 th year for the IMTC Forum. The theme of this year’s event is "The Future of Next Generation Networks: Convergence of VoIP, Videoconferencing and Mobile ".

"Next Generations Networks, or NGN for short, is the next big thing in communications - with multimedia communication as its key application. In the Next Generations Network we see the emergence of multimedia applications and services that seamlessly span fixed and mobile networks- bringing together voice, video, and data communication and services in one seamless experience,” said Dr. Istvan Sebestyen, President of IMTC and Chief Engineer, Director Multimedia and Applications Standards, Siemens AG, Germany . “The IMTC Forum in Germany will be an unique opportunity to network with other vendors, learn of emerging trends and technologies, and develop opportunities for your company to take advantage of new prospects offered by NGN in the multimedia and mobile markets."

Logistics and Registration
The Eibsee Hotel is the host hotel for both Forum sessions and interoperability demonstrations.   The three-day IMTC Forum will start on the morning of Tuesday, May 10, and adjourn midday on May 12.   Discussions will focus on mobile technologies, Next Generation Networks (NGN), i nnovative multimedia applications and services, security and emerging standards.   Individuals interested in participating are requested to contact Jennifer Fletcher at .   Online registration for the 2005 IMTC Forum will be available November 15 at

Sponsorship Opportunities and Call for Papers
Companies interested in sponsorships and presentation opportunities are requested to inquire with Jennifer Fletcher at .   The IMTC is currently accepting presentation proposals through January 21, 2005 .   The Forum is intended to be a highly interactive event, with ample opportunity for Q&A.   Presentation slots are typically 30 minutes, with 20 minutes allocated for presentation and 10 minutes for Q&A. Contributions as a presenter not only reach those in attendance at the Forum, but also are made available following the event to organizations around the world.

About the IMTC

The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) is an industry-leading non- profit organization whose mission is t o promote and facilitate the development and use of interoperable, real-time, multimedia telecommunication products and services 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, 3G-324M, 3G-PSS , SIP, Nat/Firewall Traversal, 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 Mobile, France Telecom, 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 .