Telecommunications providers today must navigate an ever-shifting sea of customer demands, economic conditions and regulatory policies. Survival is impossible without a thorough understanding of the major changes that are happening across the industry.

Changing realities will be the main theme at the Pacific Telecommunications Council’s (PTC) 39th annual PTC conference, PTC‘17, taking place Jan. 15 – 18 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii. As the premier telecommunications event for the Asia-Pacific region, this conference will be an excellent opportunity for global executives and business leaders to network and strategize for 2017, and to catch up on the latest trends and opportunities that are available.

PTC’17 will arrive at a critical time for the telecommunications industry, as the next year will bring rapid advancements in connectivity and disruptive technology across all major vertical markets. Telecommunications providers can use this conference to build strategies for adaptation alongside some of the brightest minds in broadband, wireless, VoIP and more.

Noteworthy sessions at PTC‘17 will include:

Industry Briefings 1, taking place Sunday January 15, 2017 at 11 am in Nautilus 1. Presenters will include Nan Chen, President, MEF; Chip Yorkgitis, Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP; Jay Christensen, Senior Director, Global Business Development, Hostway; and Volodymyr Chornodolsky, Account Executive, Mapcom Systems.

Roundtable: Key Business and Legal Issues Associated With Delivering Content to the Edge, taking place Sunday at 3:30 pm in South Pacific 1. This roundtable will feature Nigel Bayliff, CEO, Aqua Comms; Don MacNeil, CTO, EdgeConneX®; Andrew Schaap, Senior VP, Sales, Digital Realty; and Frank Rey, Director, Global Network Acquisition Group, Microsoft.

Executive Insight Roundtable 2: The Forecast is Cloudy and Foggy, taking place Monday at 2:00 pm in Coral 2. Panelists will include Ivo Ivanov, Executive Board Member, DE-CIX; Margaret Dawson, Global Product Marketing, Red Hat; Jim Fagan, Director, Cloud Practice, Telstra;
Jonathan King, Head, Portfolio & Strategy Solutions, PA Cloud Systems, Ericsson; Ryan A. Servatius, VP, Business Operations and Strategy, Salesforce; and Mark Thiele, Chief Strategy Officer, Apcera.

Topical Session 5: Cloud/Networking, taking place Monday at 3:30 pm in South Pacific 3. Panelists will include Sagi Brody, CTO, Webair; Gina Nomellini, CMO, GTT Communications, Inc.; Phill Lawson-Shanks, Chief Architect & VP, Innovation, EdgeConneX; and Denver Maddux, CEO and Executive Director, Megaport.

Executive Insight Roundtable 5: Convergence of Undersea and Terrestrial Networks – Where the Land and Sea Unite! This will take place on Tuesday at 2:00 in Coral 1, and will feature Jol Paling,  Head, Network Engineering, Aqua Comms; Al DiGabriele, SVP, Product Management and Marketing, Hibernia Networks; Scott Jackson, VP Subsea Business Group, Infinera, Brian Lavallée, Director, Portfolio Solutions, Ciena; and J. Todd Raymond, CEO, AlohaNAP.

Topical Session 6: Emerging Technologies: Battle of the ‘Broad’ Bands, taking place Tuesday at 2:00 in South Pacific 1. Panelists will include Abhijit Chitambar, Principal Product and Technology Manager, Infinera; Nitin Serro, CEO, Serro; and Anuradha Udunuwara, Senior Engineer, Sri Lanka Telecom.

Some of the companies that will be on hand at PTC’17 include: 1025 Connect, Aqua Comms, BridgeVoice, Chayora, EdgeConneX, Global Capacity, GTT Communications, Infomart Data Centers, INOC, MEF, NANOG on the Road, PacketFabric, Spread Networks, SUNeVision, TXW Solutions, Webair, Unitas Global and ZenFi.

Spread Networks will be hosting a special happy hour at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Tropics Bar & Grill at 3 pm on Monday, January 16. All attendees are welcome to stop in for a drink and to network with other professionals. You can RVSP by clicking here.

To request a meeting with any of the above-mentioned companies at PTC’17, email

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