January 25, 2006 09:01 ET

Microsoft TV and VeriSign Executives Lead Speaker Lineup at IEC Communications Forums Presented at GLOBALCOMM 2006

ARLINGTON, Va.--(CCNMatthews - Jan 25, 2006) -

The International Engineering Consortium (IEC) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), owner and organizer of GLOBALCOMM™, today announced Tim Fritzley, vice president Microsoft TV, Microsoft, and Stratton Sclavos, president & CEO, VeriSign will share their visions on the opening day of the IEC Communications Forums presented at GLOBALCOMM. Coinciding with the launch of the inaugural GLOBALCOMM, the Forums will feature a new format designed to better serve the educational needs of service providers, enterprise user customers and equipment vendors.

GLOBALCOMM, the next-generation communications marketplace and summit, will be held June 4-8, 2006, at Chicago's McCormick Place. For TIA, GLOBALCOMM replaces SUPERCOMM® as TIA's annual industry event.

The IEC Communications Forums feature a three-day line-up of keynote speakers, panels and executive workshops centered around the hottest topics in communications, focusing on the networks and services within technologies like IMS/convergence, IPTV, Ethernet and home networks.

The IEC Communications Forums represents one component of the world-class speaker program planned for GLOBALCOMM 2006. The event will provide attendees with a comprehensive view of the global information and communications technology (ICT) marketplace. The conference program will include a series of GLOBALCOMM Summits, produced by TIA, focusing on the Americas, Europe-Middle East-Africa, and Asia-Pacific, as well as an Innovations Summit -- the latter featuring presentations by new and emerging technology companies. In addition, TIA, organizer of the Supplier Diversity summits held at SUPERCOMM, will produce a new TIA Supplier Diversity Summit at GLOBALCOMM.

GLOBALCOMM™ 2006 will also feature 450 exhibitors, free keynote addresses and panels, paid conferences by Light Reading/CMP Media and other organizations, and co-location with OSP EXPO, the Outside Plant Exposition and Conference. More than 85 percent of the 200,000 net-square-foot exhibition has been sold, showcasing global ICT solutions.

About IEC

A nonprofit organization, the IEC is dedicated to catalyzing technology and business progress worldwide in a range of high-technology industries and their university communities. Since 1944, the IEC has provided high-quality educational opportunities for industry professionals, academics, and students.

In conjunction with industry-leading companies, the IEC has developed an extensive, free on-line educational program. The IEC conducts industry-university programs that have substantial impact on curricula. It also conducts research and develops publications, conferences, and technological exhibits that address major opportunities and challenges of the information age. More than 70 leading high-technology universities are IEC affiliates, and the IEC handles the affairs of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association and Eta Kappa Nu, the honor society for electrical and computer engineers. The IEC also manages the activities of the Enterprise Communications Consortium. Please visit For additional information on the IEC Communications Forums visit

About TIA

TIA is the leading trade association for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry. As owner and producer of GLOBALCOMM™, TIA serves ICT suppliers serving global service provider and enterprise customers through its leadership in standards development, domestic and international policy advocacy, and facilitating member business opportunities. TIA represents the communications sector of the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA). Visit us at


GLOBALCOMM™ is a trademark of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). The Next-Generation Communications Marketplace and Summit will take place June 4-8, 2006, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Visit

SUPERCOMM® is a registered trademark of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the United States Telecom Association (USTA). The final SUPERCOMM® was held in June 2005.

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