ECONOMY

Forum on telecoms

The Second Southeastern Europe Telecoms Forum 2001, to be held in Athens from October 22 to 23, will focus on the topic Visions for the New Telecoms Era: Telecoms in Search of New Profitable Directions. Organized by Strategic International, the conference seeks to address a number of pressing issues facing the telecommunications industry, among them the dissatisfaction with the deregulation of the fixed-line sector and the inability of newcomers to handle innovation and third-generation mobile technology. Among the topics slated for discussion are telecommunications as a new source of wealth for nations, telecom users’ search for efficiency and competitiveness, the new economic realities facing the industry, new trends in the sector and broadband communications. The forum will be chaired by Dimitris Ypsilantis, head of the telecommunications and information services sector at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The general manager of the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority, Nicos M. Timotheou, will speak on the telecommunications bridge between the East and the West, using Cyprus as an example. Jan Roukens from the European Commission will chair a session on telecom users in Southeast Europe and on the quest for efficiency and competitiveness. OTEGlobe Chief Executive Officer Anastasios Angeloglou will discuss successful telecom strategies for Southeastern European multinationals. Turkey and the wave of deregulation sweeping over the country will be the subject of a speech by Erkan Akdemir from the Turkish Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.