Telecom conference begins Tuesday with expos, forums

Government and corporate players in Costa Rica’s telecommunications will kick off the fourth annual Expo-Telecom 2012, an annual exposition of communication technology geared towards helping industry members interact.

The three-day event, which begins Tuesday, will feature lectures, roundtable discussions, forums and meetings for those who either work or have business interests in the telecommunications industry. These discussions will focus the current and future business conditions in the industry.

For casual customers looking to purchase devices or communication services, 60 businesses will have stands where people can purchase and learn more about smart phones, televisions, apps, Internet services, as well as other products and services.

“Each year we strive to bring together the majority of industry players, to bring top international experts, to convene a public really interested in new technologies and to create the conditions that enable new business deals to our participants,” organizers said on the event’s Facebook page.

The expo will feature 20 speakers from the government as well as local and international businesses in telecommunications, who lead forums, discussions and roundtables. President Laura Chinchilla will give an address at the opening ceremony Tuesday.

The expo’s keynote speaker will be Gern Leonhard, a German entrepreneur in the music and digital communication industries and who has written five books on the future of these sectors. He will lead a conference called “The Future of Technology, Means of Communications for Businesses in a Digital Society-Opportunities in the next 3 to 5 years” at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

“We will be analyzing the global telecommunications situation, tendencies and practical examples with the best national and international lecturers,” said the Web site for the event.

Other speakers and discussion leaders will include international professors, managers from companies like Microsoft, Ericsson and Cisco as well as Costa Rican government officials including the minister of science and technology, Alejandro Cruz, vice-minister of telecommunications, Rowland Espinosa, and two members of the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones council, the three-person board that regulates the telecommunications industry.

The expo will officially begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, but the opening address by President Chinchilla will take place at 6:30. The expo will be open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. the following two days with a closing ceremony on Thursday at 6. It is being held at the Centro de Eventos Pedregal in Belén.

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