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CommunicAsia bounces back after year off

CommunicAsia bounces back after year off

CommunicAsia, the annual information and communications technology trade show in Asia, is once gain being held in Singapore concurrently with two other major exhibitions as well as a number of ICT conferences.

The event, running from June 15 to 18 at the Singapore Expo, will be the 15th CommunicAsia. Last year’s show was cancelled due to the SARS outbreak in the region, but this year it has bounced back with more than 1,100 exhibitors from 40 countries booked so far.

According to the organizer, Singapore Exhibitions Services (SES), the number of Chinese exhibitors reached record levels in March, and a sharp increase in visitors from the Chinese mainland is also expected. Chinese involvement reflects both the country’s own increasingly sophisticated domestic market and the desire by Chinese companies to expand their exports.

The India presence has also strengthened in line with the country’s resurging economy and rapidly expanding ICT sector. “CommunicAsia has been an effective platform for cultivating new business contacts and penetrating international markets,” said DK Shareen, executive director of India’s Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council, which is organizing the Indian pavilion. Shareen noted that Indian exhibitors in the past have had success establishing leads from countries all over the region, such as China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.

In addition to China and India, large contingencies of exhibitors are coming from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, UK and the US. Key international players will include Ericsson, France Telecom, Fujitsu, Inmarsat, Intelsat, LG Electronics, Samsung and Siemens.

CommunicAsia2004 will feature three sub-events covering mobile communications, satellite communications and networks. A specialist event showcasing the latest in mobile technologies, MobileCommAsia2004 will bring together hundreds of world-class players where they can tap business opportunities from potential customers in Asia.

SatComm2004 provides companies offering satellite applications, networks, equipment, operators and service providers a targeted platform for promoting and expanding their business in Asia. NetworkAsia2004 extends its focus with a wide selection of applications and services from companies such as Cape Range, Emerson Network, IXIA, Lucent and Polycom.

Held alongside CommunicAsia2004 will be BroadcastAsia2004 and EnterpriselT2004, a new trade show targeted at enterprises of all sizes, from SMEs to MNCs. EnterpriselT2004 has been introduced in response to expanding demand from enterprises for IT and communications solutions. The event is designed to serve the technology demands of key sectors, including banking and finance, logistics, manufacturing, communications and media, and government, and will showcase business solutions covering system integration, e-learning, data warehousing, storage systems, CRM and enterprise resource planning.

“EnterpriseIT2004 is a great platform for us to tap into regional business opportunities from enterprises that are looking for solutions to meet their increasing needs for network security,” said Paul Serrano, Netscreen Technologies’ senior director of marketing, Asia Pacific.

BroadcastAsia2004, a leading electronics media event in Asia, has been expanded to cover a broader range of topics, from media content production to management to delivery.

The three exhibitions, as well as CommuniAsia Summit and iX2004 conference, are being promoted as the Infocomm Media Business Exchange (imbX), which is expected to attract more than 2,100 international exhibiting companies and nearly 38,000 visitors. The week-long imbX will feature eight conferences and some 400 speakers.

“The coming together of these events under the imbX banner is certainly a timely one,” says Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore CEO Tan Ching-yee. “Recent global technology trends attest to the blurring of traditional boundaries and the creation of new opportunities in an increasingly integrated infocomm and media environment.”

Nicholas Carr, whose controversial paper, “IT Doesn’t Matter” in the Harvard Business Review last year, took the IT world by storm, will be a keynote speaker at iX2004. Conference topics include e-government, outsourcing, open source, wireless technologies and information security.

The CommunicAsia2004 Summit features seven conference sessions over three days. A China-specific program, entitled “Understanding China and Her Impact on the Telecom & Technology Sectors,” will be held on June 17.

CommunicAsia, the annual information and communications technology trade show in Asia, is once gain being held in Singapore concurrently with two other major exhibitions as well as a number of ICT conferences.

The event, running from June 15 to 18 at the Singapore Expo, will be the 15th CommunicAsia. Last year’s show was cancelled due to the SARS outbreak in the region, but this year it has bounced back with more than 1,100 exhibitors from 40 countries booked so far.

According to the organizer, Singapore Exhibitions Services (SES), the number of Chinese exhibitors reached record levels in March, and a sharp increase in visitors from the Chinese mainland is also expected. Chinese involvement reflects both the country’s own increasingly sophisticated domestic market and the desire by Chinese companies to expand their exports.

The India presence has also strengthened in line with the country’s resurging economy and rapidly expanding ICT sector. “CommunicAsia has been an effective platform for cultivating new business contacts and penetrating international markets,” said DK Shareen, executive director of India’s Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council, which is organizing the Indian pavilion. Shareen noted that Indian exhibitors in the past have had success establishing leads from countries all over the region, such as China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.

In addition to China and India, large contingencies of exhibitors are coming from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, UK and the US. Key international players will include Ericsson, France Telecom, Fujitsu, Inmarsat, Intelsat, LG Electronics, Samsung and Siemens.

CommunicAsia2004 will feature three sub-events covering mobile communications, satellite communications and networks. A specialist event showcasing the latest in mobile technologies, MobileCommAsia2004 will bring together hundreds of world-class players where they can tap business opportunities from potential customers in Asia.

SatComm2004 provides companies offering satellite applications, networks, equipment, operators and service providers a targeted platform for promoting and expanding their business in Asia. NetworkAsia2004 extends its focus with a wide selection of applications and services from companies such as Cape Range, Emerson Network, IXIA, Lucent and Polycom.

Held alongside CommunicAsia2004 will be BroadcastAsia2004 and EnterpriselT2004, a new trade show targeted at enterprises of all sizes, from SMEs to MNCs. EnterpriselT2004 has been introduced in response to expanding demand from enterprises for IT and communications solutions. The event is designed to serve the technology demands of key sectors, including banking and finance, logistics, manufacturing, communications and media, and government, and will showcase business solutions covering system integration, e-learning, data warehousing, storage systems, CRM and enterprise resource planning.

“EnterpriseIT2004 is a great platform for us to tap into regional business opportunities from enterprises that are looking for solutions to meet their increasing needs for network security,” said Paul Serrano, Netscreen Technologies’ senior director of marketing, Asia Pacific.

BroadcastAsia2004, a leading electronics media event in Asia, has been expanded to cover a broader range of topics, from media content production to management to delivery.

The three exhibitions, as well as CommuniAsia Summit and iX2004 conference, are being promoted as the Infocomm Media Business Exchange (imbX), which is expected to attract more than 2,100 international exhibiting companies and nearly 38,000 visitors. The week-long imbX will feature eight conferences and some 400 speakers.

“The coming together of these events under the imbX banner is certainly a timely one,” says Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore CEO Tan Ching-yee. “Recent global technology trends attest to the blurring of traditional boundaries and the creation of new opportunities in an increasingly integrated infocomm and media environment.”

Nicholas Carr, whose controversial paper, “IT Doesn’t Matter” in the Harvard Business Review last year, took the IT world by storm, will be a keynote speaker at iX2004. Conference topics include e-government, outsourcing, open source, wireless technologies and information security.

The CommunicAsia2004 Summit features seven conference sessions over three days. A China-specific program, entitled “Understanding China and Her Impact on the Telecom & Technology Sectors,” will be held on June 17.

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