The CommunicAsia 2009 Summit attracted an impressive 700 delegates and saw an exciting lineup of up-to-date topics in the infocomm industry. The attendance by heavyweight speakers provided delegates with powerful insights to addressing their most current issues faced in today’s global marketplace.
At the CEO Perspectives which kicked off the summit, telecommunications bigwigs shared about the need to invest in their networks, go all-IP and embrace their competition in matters like infrastructure sharing. Dato’ Zam Isa, group CEO of Telekom Malaysia asserts that the business model for telcos is not about voice anymore. “You have to change your mindset and move up the value chain and become an enabler of any-to-any services, he said.
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The crowds at the CommunicAsia 2009 were treated to a range of new launches. This includes the latest mobile devices from the industry’s market leaders. At the show, LG unveiled its Crystal GD900, the world’s first transparent phone, while Samsung introduced its next era of smartphones in a worldwide launch. The highly anticipated, new Samsung jet supports the latest smartphone features which include multi-task manager and microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, bringing user-friendly menu navigations in a sleek and compact design. Garmin and ASUS also leveraged on CommunicAsia’s high profile to launch its first ever collaboration. The Garmin-ASUS nuvifones G60, a smartphone with location based capabilities.
With green revolution taking centre stage this year, CommunicAsia saw over 40 companies showcasing their green solutions. India vendor VNL took this opportunity to launch the world’s first 100% solar-powered GSM base station while companies such as ZTE and Samsung intruded handsets made from recycled materials.
CommunicAsia provided the perfect platform for the Broadband Forum to promote the strength and progress of the broadband subscriber growth worldwide. It also gave us the opportunity to meet and educate an influential level of executives throughout Asia” said Robin Mersh, chief operating officer of the global consortium. The Broadband Forum announced the latest broadband statistics, which showed Asia leading the way with broadband connections, jumping by a third compared to 4% growth globally.
Results for NAVTEQ’s second annual Global LBS Challenge for the Asia-Pacific region was announced at CommunicAsia 2009. Japan-based Navitime took the grand prize for its application of the same name, bagging over $557,500 in cash, tools and data licenses and handsets from NAVTEQ. Thomas Tierney, developer alliance manager for NAVTEQ said this year saw a wider variety of categories and some new technologies like the ability to pan and tilt maps with the handset and geo-tagged handset broadcasting.
It was business as usual at BroadcastAsia 2009 and CommunicAsia 2009, the largest media and infocomm trade event, as 54,354 attendees congregated for the event. Hailing from about a hundred countries and regions across Asia-Pacific, Europe, the United States and the Middle East, 49% of the attendees came from outside the city-state of Singapore.
The exhibitions featured 1,923 exhibiting companies from 60 countries and regions, spanning 58,000 square meters. It shows a total of 34 group pavilions, with countries like Belgium, Brunei Darussalam and Vietnam participating for the first time.
On the other hand, the exhibitors were pleased with the event. It was an opportunity for them to network and discuss business deals with high quality visitors as the key reason.
BroadcastAsia2009 and CommunicAsia2009 was clearly proven to be the most important platform in the Asia pacific region for the industry to launch products, make announcements and network. They were encouraged more by positive feedbacks from the exhibitors as Mr. Stephen Tan, chief executive of show organizer, Singapore Exhibition Services, said 80 % of them already indicated that they will be participating in the next shows in 2010.