Numbers don't add up for telecomms talkfest

Enterprise Telecommunications 2004, a two-day conference scheduled to take place in Auckland this week, has been cancelled due to a lack of registrations.

Enterprise Telecommunications 2004, a two-day conference scheduled to take place in Auckland this week, has been cancelled due to a lack of registrations.

The conference, due to have taken place on Wednesday and Thursday, was to have featured speakers including Telecom technology chief Murray Milner and TelstraClear solutions head Patrick Carson.

Kristine Ruzich, managing director of conference organiser BrightStar, says there wasn't enough interest for it to run.

"When you have that many speakers per day, there are a lot of costs involved and it just wasn't commercially viable."

Representatives of Vodafone, Rocom Wireless, Tech Pacific and other players in the telecomms market were also to have spoken at the $2500-a-head conference. Topics on the agenda included VoIP, convergent billing, wireless LANs and legal aspects of telecomms service procurement.

Chris Zwaagdyk, the business development manager at TeleConsultants, who was a scheduled speaker at the conference, says the cancellation may be a sign of how much activity there is in the sector.

"The key was probably not that there was no interest, but that people are extremely busy getting things done."

The conference was, however, possibly "a bit high level" for some potential attendees, he says. "People are looking at what's happening now and implementing solutions, not at high-level stuff."

While much of the conference was "quite practical", some scheduled speakers were "looking quite a way ahead", though other parts of the conference were "quite practical".

TeleConsultants was scheduled to speak on aligning ICT spending with business strategy.

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