ECOC 2003 becomes a 'global' event

May 13, 2003
13 May 2003 Dartford, UK Lightwave Europe--Interest in this year's ECOC exhibition has already been so high, says organiser Highbury-Nexus, that that it is introducing international exhibitor pavilions for the first time.

13 May 2003 Dartford, UK--Interest in this year's ECOC exhibition has already been so high, says organiser Highbury-Nexus, that that it is introducing international exhibitor pavilions for the first time.

The European Conference on Optical Communications and associated exhibition (ECOC 2003) will take place in Rimini, Italy, between 21-25 September 2003. This year, it will run concurrently with IOOC, the international conference on integrated optics and optical fibre communication, which is held every two years and alternates between the United States, Asia and Europe.

"By Easter, almost six months before the exhibition opens, we already had 200 exhibitors booked and had sold over half of the exhibition space, which is very encouraging," said Marketing Manager Lucy Van Renselar.

"ECOC is a world event and this is being reflected by the strong interest from Europe and further afield".

Pavilions for French, Scottish and Canadian companies are already planned and others are expected, as well as a designated area for China, Korea and Taiwan.

"This is a very special year for ECOC because it is only once every six years that we have the chance to work on this very wide international basis, co-organised with our American and Asian-Australian colleagues. This brings the size of the Technical Programme Committee to 70 members," said ECOC 2003 co-chairman Bruno Costa.

"Having the exhibition linked to the conference gives delegates the opportunity to not only hear about the latest developments and techniques but to go and see for themselves what is being produced".

ECOC 2003 takes place at the Rimini Fiera in Rimini, Italy. The conference is held from September 21-25 and the exhibition from September 22-24. Included in this year's exhibition is Liquid Europe: attracting investment bankers and venture capitalists and the Investors Forum, for CEOs new to ECOC.

Further details from Lucy Van Renselar on +44 1322 660070 or from the ECOC website www.ecocexhibition.com

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