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February 1, 2007
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New Telecom Event Launches at NAB2007

--Telecom@NAB2007 to focus on Video Deployments by Next Generation Telecom Network Operators--

WASHINGTON, DC - The National Association of Broadcasters today announced Telecom@NAB2007 - a new conference series and exhibition for telecom professionals and network operators. Leveraging NAB's decades of expertise in the delivery of video and audio content to consumer audiences, the new event is co-produced by telecom industry consultants Lightbulb Communications, headed by former USTelecom executive John Abel. The new conference series takes place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 16-18, in conjunction with NAB2007 in Las Vegas.

Telecom@NAB2007 addresses the needs of telecom professionals, telecom business entrepreneurs and network operators who are deploying next generation video networks or who plan to do so in the future. Telecom professionals attending the conference series will tap into the world's largest marketplace of professional electronic media tools and technologies, and interact with content owners and creators representing the broadcasting and film communities.

"The annual NAB Show is the proven technology destination for video production and distribution," said NAB President and CEO David K. Rehr. "We are excited to announce this addition to NAB2007's offerings for telcos on the cutting edge of IPTV and broadband video."

Telecom@NAB2007 expands on NAB's existing conferences, including workshops on podcasting, video production, and digital cinema. Plus, Telecom@NAB2007 complements our highly regarded executive programs on IPTV and Mobile TV (co-produced by iHollywood Forum); comprehensive programs on broadcasting engineering and management; as well as super sessions on the newest and hottest digital media technology topics.

"Telecom@NAB2007 is about digital video technology, learning, networking with other telecom professionals, and developing joint business ventures leveraging the content of local broadcasters everywhere," said Lightbulb President and CEO John D. Abel. "It is also the place where telecom service providers can find out what their competitors in the video marketplace are doing."

There are five distinct elements to Telecom@NAB2007:

Telecom@NAB2007 - Telecom Technology Papers
This forum (Tuesday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 18) presents telecom technology papers authored by the thought leaders in the field. Sample topics include next generation broadband networks, video quality metrics and QOS, testing and monitoring, video coding, IPv6, FTTx and POTS/DSL combo and GPON/BPON.

Telecom@NAB2007 - Broadband Video Conference
This conference (Monday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 17) concentrates on acquisition and manipulation of content (encoding, ingestion, compressing, editing), the value of telecom service providers working with local broadcasters to acquire local content, case studies of successful telecom video deployments and presentations by content and application providers.

Telecom@NAB2007 - Telecom Video Production Crash Course
This workshop (Wednesday, April 18) is for a select group of telecom company professionals who want to learn the basics of video production and what it takes to acquire, ingest and distribute content. The workshop covers non-linear editing, video rendering, video compression, encoding, format selection, cameras and small format video operations. The concept is to learn how to manage digital video and digital content in small operations and propose suggested business models for broadband video distribution. This workshop is specially tailored to the needs of telecom network operators seeking an understanding of the complexities of video and the special requirements to handle video through broadband distribution.

Telecom@NAB2007 - Telecom Supplier Exhibits
This highly focused and intimate exhibit area explores the relevant technologies involved with deploying video. Since the exhibits are dedicated to IP/broadband video, this area is perfect for carriers to network with telecom suppliers.

Telecom@NAB2007 - Show Floor Tours
Registrants of Telecom@NAB2007 can participate in customized and guided tours of the main NAB exhibit floor. From video production to distribution to and in the consumer's home, each tour focuses on a different segment of the IP/broadband video ecosystem.

About NAB2007
NAB2007 will take place April 14 - 19, 2007 in Las Vegas (exhibits open April 16). It is the world's largest electronic media show covering the development, delivery and management of professional video and audio content across all mediums. Complete NAB2007 details are available at

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association that advocates on behalf of more than 8,300 free, local radio and television stations and also broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts. Information about NAB can be found at

About Lightbulb Communications
Lightbulb Communications plans, develops, and executes professional education events, including conferences, training workshops, and trade exhibitions primarily in the telecommunication and broadcasting (or media) industries. Lightbulb's four principals combine significant experience in conference and trade show production for the National Association of Broadcasters, the United States Telecom Association and the Personal Communications Industry Association. For more information about Lightbulb, see (or email


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