PLDT Group hosts 10 years of Asian Carriers Conference

Published on Sep 05, 2014

MANILA, Philippines, September 5, 2014 – Leading multimedia and telecoms provider PLDT and its mobile subsidiaries Smart Communications and Sun Cellular will once again host the award-winning Asian Carriers Conference (ACC), which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa in Cebu from September 10-13.

Attended by almost 1,500 delegates from 45 countries representing nearly 500 companies, the 10th ACC is expected to surpass last year’s turnout.

“When ACC was first convened in 2005, we had 195 delegates representing 33 companies. The number of attendees has been increasing since then. In 2013, after nine years, our numbers rose up to almost 1,500. This year, as we celebrate the ACC’s 10th anniversary, we expect to top last year’s attendance,” said PLDT Executive Vice President and Head of Enterprise and International & Carrier Business Ernesto R. Alberto, who will open the conference and welcome the delegates to the event with its theme “Discover the Future of Telecom Carriers.”

Providing a venue for industry leaders to discuss and share the latest technologies and breakthroughs in telecommunications, ICT, and related industries, the ACC brings together delegates from the wholesale fixed and mobile telecom carriers, network and infrastructure providers, applications and service developers, handset and equipment manufacturers, and entertainment and content distributors around the world.

Leading the speakers in the 10th ACC Plenary Session is IBM’s Chief Scientist Jeff Jonas who will talk about “Big Data, New Physics, and Geospatial Super-Food.” Joining him are Maria Ressa, Rappler CEO & Executive Editor, on the topic “Big Data Analytics on Customer Engagement,” and Vic Bozzo, Telarix SVP for Worldwide Sales and Marketing, on “Retail, Wholesale and OTT Using OSS/BSS To Do Interconnect Sharing Agreements.”

The ACC has become the conference of choice for many attendees because of its impressive line-up of speakers in the plenary and the various workshops, as well as the valuable bilateral meetings where delegates gain new business partners, knowledge and insights on the latest trends in the industry,” Alberto explained.

PLDT International & Carrier Business Head and PLDT Global Corporation President & CEO Alejandro O. Caeg added that, “The ACC is a much-anticipated event for delegates from the carriers and related fields because it combines learning and networking opportunities with fun and exciting social activities, as well as excellent accommodations in Mactan, Cebu’s finest hotels.”

Among the other speakers are Cody Williams, TeleGeography Research Analyst; Andreas Hipp, Epsilon Global Communications CEO; Ivan Landen, Expereo Managing Director for Asia Pacific; Leo Varughese, RedKnee Product Manager; Casey Tan, Telstra Global Senior Product Manager for Mobile & Voice Services; Rob van den Dam, IBM Global Telecommunications Industry Leader; Kevin Vachon, Metro Ethernet Forum COO; and Junde Yu, AppAnnie Vice President for Asia Pacific.

The event partners of the 10th ACC are Orange of France; PCCW Global, IDT Asia, Hutchison Global Communications, Vasudev Global, World Hub, and Telstra of Hong Kong; Tata Communications of India and Canada; Bangla Trac and DBL Telecom of Bangladesh; BICS and Voxbone of Belgium; Huawei and Quickcom Global Communications of China; Telekom Malaysia and Fizan Telecom of Malaysia; Ciena, iVoice, REVE Systems, NGT Networks, and Expereo of Singapore; Deutsche Telekom and Ascom of Germany; Bharti Airtel and Videocon Telecom of India; Syniverse, Verizon, Telarix, and Genband of the United States; Epsilon Global Communications of the United Kingdom; MMD Smart of Israel; CSG International of Australia; Telenor Global Services of Norway; Dialogic of Ireland; and Redknee of Canada.