By Press Release

Collaborating for Change is the selected theme for the 31st annual conference of the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) to be held 18-21 January 2009 in Honolulu.

PTC'09 will focus on the vital role of collaboration in bringing new communications services to market. It will simultaneously celebrate the impact that collaborative efforts have on the industry, while highlighting the importance of collaboration as the cornerstone of Web 2.0 and the user-driven applications that are driving demand in the global marketplace.

The pace of innovation and market change are continually accelerating and new opportunities have opened up for those who understand the changes.

Collaboration is not only critical to reach target markets, but an essential strategy to meet new demands in the expanded global marketplace.

For everything from essential communication services to the very latest in social networking applications or innovative media services delivery across a broad array of both wired and wireless networks, cooperation is as essential for meeting complex needs as competition is a driver to meet market demands.

No event embraces the spirit of collaboration more completely than PTC. For 31 years, telecommunications companies, equipment and software developers, content and media services providers, vendors, investors, academics and researchers, policy makers and civil society representatives have met each January in Hawaii to forge alliances, negotiate agreements, and to learn from one another's experiences.

Established in 1978, the Pacific Telecommunications Council is an international, non-profit, non-government membership organization based in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Its mission is to promote the development, understanding, and beneficial use of telecommunications and information technology throughout the Pacific region. PTC creates opportunities for networking and the sharing of ideas and information through its annual conference, regional seminars, and various activities and task groups.