Industry leaders to discuss opening telecom markets and fiberoptic undersea development at KMI's Latin America Conference

Latin America's fiberoptics markets are experiencing revolutionary change due to the opening of Venezuelan and Argentine telecom markets, anticipated full deregulation in Brazil, and undersea network developments. Senior executives from the companies shaping the region's fiberoptic infrastructure will address these and other industry issues at KMI Corporation's 4th Annual Conference on Fiberoptics Markets in Latin America, March 8-9, at the Fontainebleau Hilton Resort, Miami, FL, USA.

Latin America's fiberoptics markets are experiencing revolutionary change due to the opening of Venezuelan and Argentine telecom markets, anticipated full deregulation in Brazil, and undersea network developments. Senior executives from the companies shaping the region's fiberoptic infrastructure will address these and other industry issues at KMI Corporation's 4th Annual Conference on Fiberoptics Markets in Latin America, March 8-9, at the Fontainebleau Hilton Resort, Miami, FL, USA.

The two-day program will feature more than 25 industry leaders, including Eletronet's President Elson Lopes who will speak on developing a fiber based carriers' carrier network on Brazil's national power grid. David Schipper, director of planning and interconnection for Brazil's Intelig, will discuss the difficulties of implementation and start up having to break a monopoly exercised by the state-owned telecom companies. Senior V. P. of Engineering and Network Operations for Convergence Communications, Tom Burgos, will outline a fiber strategy for Venezuela's newly liberalized telecom market. Dr. Hector Masoero, president, will discuss Techtel's long distance strategy in Argentina, and New World Network V. P. Vincent C. Wilson will present the ARCOS-1 submarine fiber cable system.

Last October, Silica Networks, a joint venture of Williams and National Grid, announced plans for a fiberoptic network in Argentina, the first step in developing a regional system integrating with Williams' international network. Williams' V.P., Jacob Steelman, will discuss development of the international multi-utility telecom in Latin America while National Grid�s Latin American Director, Brian Henderson will speak on leveraging utility rights-of-way.

Intended for senior management, marketing executives, analysts, venture capitalists, business development and engineering directors from the telecommunications industry, the conference will host manufacturers, suppliers, carriers, investors, and utilities, all with interest in fiberoptics.

Conference sponsors include: Ciena Corporation, Alcatel Fiber Optic Product Line, Corning Incorporated, Fiberwave, Fibercore, Lucent, Global Marine Systems, Global Crossing, Krone, NSW Corning Cable Systems, Pirelli, and Sycamore Networks.

About KMI Corporation:

Founded in 1975, KMI Corporation is a provider of fiberoptic market research with up-to-date market studies, newsletters, long-haul fiberoptic route maps, regional and international conferences on fiberoptics markets, and consulting services. KMI is on the Internet at www.kmicorp.com.

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