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Key Winter/Spring Events

In a crowded schedule there are a few events in Q1 that Telco 2.0 are involved with to varying degrees and which we’d recommend to our readers. They address one or more of our 7 key focus areas for 2008: Market Valuations, Disruptive Threats, Adjacent Markets, Two-Sided Business Models, Core Products and End-User Needs, and Regulation:

1.) The 3rd annual Telecom Finance and Emerging Markets Summit (Renaissance Chancery Court Hotel, London, January 23-25) is an interesting conference and awards event that brings together operator organisations with senior TMT financiers, private equity and venture capital firms, legal counsel, and other professional intermediaries in the sector. This year it will repeat its popular M&A panel to debate the impact of the credit crunch and identify which geographies and technologies will see most growth. Find out more or register here.

2.) The inaugural eComm 2008 (Computer History Museum, March 12-14, Mountain View, California) is run by the most fervent group of communications enthusiasts you are ever likely to meet. It mixes up visionaries, emergent technologies, real-world startups, cutting-edge academic projects, incumbent telecom players, garage based hacks and policy debates to create “the ultimate three-day conversation”. 60+ diverse speakers from companies such as BT, FlickR, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, OpenMoko, Orange, Twitter, Skype, and Yahoo! …and Telco 2.0 (presenting the results of our major market study on new business models). More info/register here (Use the discount code ‘telco20’ to receive 15% off).

3.) CMO Forum, GSMA Mobile World Congress (Monday 11th Feb, Barcelona). A invitation-only event for 150 mobile Chief Marketing Officers. The focus is “Mobile as a True Marketing Channel - Realising the Opportunity” - essentially exploring in-depth the ideas outlined here: ie. how to scale the use of mobile as a medium for content and advertising and much more…We’ve designed the programme and will be facilitating it using our ‘Mindshare’ approach. (To apply for an invitation contact us here)

4.) The Government Mobile Forum, GSMA Mobile World Congress (Tuesday 11th Feb, Barcelona). This is a gathering of Ministers and Heads of Regulatory Authorities from more than 50 countries. It’s focusing on ‘Regulation in the New Communications Age’, looking in particular at the policy impact of mobile broadband. Again, we’ve integrated our ‘Mindshare’ approach to help clarify thinking. (To apply for an invitation contact us here).

Then we have preparations for our own Telco 2.0 ‘Executive Brainstorm’ in April in London (“Is there $250bn in ‘Two-Sided Telecoms Business Models’?) and the Global Mobile Money Summit with the World Bank and GSMA, part of ITU’s Telecom Africa jamboree in Cairo in May, and possibly a first Telco 2.0 event in the USA in June…Busy times.

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