HONOLULU, Hawai‘i (Pacific Islands Report, Jan. 21) - About 1,400 people from the Asia-Pacific region and North America have gathered in Honolulu this week for a conference addressing the opportunities and challenges in the region’s telecommunication industry.

The 25th annual conference organized by the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC), is being held January 19-23 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki.

It is titled "Global Broadband/Global Challenges."

A sold-out exhibit hall of more than 100 booths -- showing the latest in multimedia equipment and facilities -- attests to the popularity of this annual pan-Pacific telecommunications event.

Among the discussion and workshop topics are "Where do we go from here? The Growth, Rebuilding and Restructuring of Asia’s Telecommunications Markets, Promise and Challenge of Broadband, Regional Significance of Broadband, Convergence and Intellectual Property Rights," and many other related topics.

At the conference opening, delegates were urged to continue pursuing for the development of telecommunication services throughout Asia and the Pacific.

PTC '03 continues through January 23.

January 21, 2003

For more information about PTC 2003, go to Internet address

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