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Top Drivers of Convergence Recognized as IEC Announces Finalists
[March 14, 2007]

Top Drivers of Convergence Recognized as IEC Announces Finalists

Top Drivers of Convergence (News - Alert) Recognized as IEC Announces Finalists of the Convergence World Awards

Winners to Be Announced at Gala Event at the C5 World Forum This Month in Milan

CHICAGO – March 14, 2007 – In association with Convergence World magazine, the International Engineering Consortium (IEC) today announced the finalists of the Convergence World Awards. As the C5 World Forum approaches in Milan this 26–29 March at the Fiera Milano Congressi, industry interest in the awards was reflected in the high level of entries, which included many from the convergence sector’s leading companies.

“The IEC is delighted to be associated with the Convergence World Awards,” said IEC President John Janowiak. “The C5 World Forum is the premier event showcasing the convergence of fixed and mobile communications, broadcasting and entertainment, and the awards will recognize the companies driving this convergence forward.”

The Convergence World Awards are presented by Convergence World magazine in association with the IEC. The awards are endorsed by leading industry bodies, including the Moriana Group (News - Alert), the Fixed Mobile Convergence Alliance, MobileIGNITE and the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held in Milan on the evening of Tuesday, 27 March as part of the IEC’s C5 World Forum.

The independent judging panel for the Convergence World Awards comprised Tom Costello, vice president of conference development at the IEC; Rodrigo Donazzolo, program director at the Fixed Mobile Convergence Alliance; Frank Hanzlik, chief executive at The Wi-Fi Alliance; Mac Taylor, managing director of The Moriana Group; John Williamson, editor at Convergence World; and Ian Channing, senior editor at GSM Publications.

Convergence World Awards Finalists

Best FMC Product or Service
BT Movio, Huawei, Kineto, Outsmart, TeliaSonera

Best Converged Voice/Data Product or Service
Alcatel (News - Alert), Aruba, BT One Voice, KEYMILE, Nokia

Best IPTV Innovation or Service
Centillium, Glowria, Huawei (News - Alert), Microsoft, Seachange

Best VoIP Product or Service
Broadsoft, Comverse, Corebridge, Italtel

Best Converged Billing Product
Amdocs, Comverse, Highdeal, Martin Dawes

Best Ethernet Product or Service
Adva, Juniper, Orange, RAD, Tellabs

Best IMS Innovation or Service
Operax, Spirent, Tekelec, Tilgin, Xeround

Outstanding Contribution to the Convergence Industry by an Individual or Organization
BT Retail, Convergin, ECI, Simmin, Thomson

An additional award will be made at the awards dinner: the C5 Award, presented by the IEC, which will recognize a significant contributor to the success of C5 networks and technologies.

Stuart Willett, publisher of Convergence World magazine and organizer of the Convergence World Awards, said, “I am extremely pleased that the industry is being so supportive of these new awards, which I believe will go from strength to strength in the future. The vision of a world of growing convergence that encouraged us to launch Convergence World magazine is now being realized.”

Convergence World magazine has been the premier publication in this sector since 2005 and is widely recognized as the voice of the industry. The Convergence World Awards are designed to recognize those organizations and individuals that have made a significant contribution to the evolution of fixed-mobile convergence.

Focused on networks and technologies, including convergence and lessons learned from next-generation deployments, the C5 World Forum will present 200 information and communication technology (ICT) leaders to speak in more than 50 educational sessions at the Fiera Milano Congressi this 26–29 March with Telecom Italia (News - Alert) as the official host sponsor.

For more information on the Convergence World Awards, contact Lydia Oakes at + 44 (0)1799 543909 or lydia@convergenceworld.net.

For more information on the C5 World Forum, visit www.iec.org/events/2007/c5 or contact Lisa Reyes at lreyes@iec.org or at +1-312-559-3325.


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