Informa's Sydney Conference Gets Govt Support

Informa Telecoms & Media and BuddeComm (Paul Budde Communication) have announced that the he inaugural Oceania Com conference in Sydney, Australia (7-8 July 2008) has received the backing of the telecoms ministries of both the host country and New Zealand.

This event has received the support of both the Hon. Stephen Conroy, the Australian Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Hon. David Cunliffe, the New Zealand Minister of Communications and IT. Depending on their availability at the time the Ministers will be opening the event.

Produced by Informa Telecoms & Media, as part of the Com World Series (, Oceania Com will serve as an annual opportunity for the South Pacific area’s operators and service providers to come together, draw valuable transferable lessons from one another’s strategies and experiences, and to discuss what can be done collectively to accelerate the growth of the telecoms industry as a whole in the region. The event will also prove valuable for vendors of telecoms infrastructure, software and solutions keen to do business with the Oceania region’s telcos. Travel around the region’s many small, geographically isolated markets can be challenging for vendors wishing to develop their business. By providing the region’s operators with a compelling, free-to-attend discussion forum, Informa Telecoms & Media will also deliver a useful one-stop-shop for members of the vendor community keen to have meetings with tens of the region’s telecoms business under one roof.

Informa Telecoms & Media’s Joe Willcox, heading up the development of Oceania Com, says: “I confidently expect the support of Messrs Conroy and Cunliffe to raise the profile of this important new telecoms industry event, greatly improving our ability to secure CEO-level participation from telecoms businesses from Australia, New Zealand and the many Pacific Island nations and territories. We are delighted to offer the Australian and New Zealand Governments a platform to communicate their policies around developing the industry, both in their respective markets and across the region as a whole. We are indebted to our strategic knowledge partner, Paul Budde, via whom we have reached out to the two Ministers. I am confident Paul’s team will leverage the Ministers’ presence to assemble a really powerful group of top-level speakers and delegates from around the region.

“We wanted to ensure that right from the start, we would be establishing this new event as the must-attend gathering of Oceania region telcos. We needed to find a strategic research partner in the region – someone close to the region’s telecoms businesses and well-respected in the Southern Hemisphere telecoms scene. I feel sure that Paul Budde and his team are uniquely positioned to support us in this new project. Paul really understands the region and his insights are informing the design of a really compelling conference agenda. We are also drawing on Paul’s relationships with the region’s telcos to ensure we secure a really world-class speaker line up’ Speaking about the partnership with BuddeComm, Willcox said.

Speaking about this new partnership, Paul Budde says: “I am very excited to be Informa’s partner for the first ever Oceania event within the Com World series. It has already attracted a lot of interest from the region from both government and industry people. The event is a unique opportunity to bring the South Pacific telecoms and digital media community together in Sydney.”Giving early notice of the conference agenda items, Budde says:

“Key developments attracting interest in this region are the structural separation of Telecom New Zealand, the $4.7 billion investment from the Australian government in a National Broadband Network, the worlds largest 3G HSPDA roll out from Telstra, one of worlds largest WiMAX deployments from OPEL. We expect these issues to form the core of the conference agenda and to feature several operator case studies from the South pacific Islands. I am also keen to get several panels going during the event, with lots of interaction.”

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