ATUG celebrates 25th anniversary at annual conference

The Australian Telecommunications User Group (ATUG) will kick off its 25th anniversary celebrations at its annual conference which will be held in Sydney from March 7 and 8, 2006.

IT Minister Helen Coonan will deliver the keynote at the conference which is in its 22nd year and will be held at the Australian Technology Park.

Robert Whitman, manager of global broadband market development for Corning Incorporated, will deliver a keynote address on FTTH (Fibre to the Home) rollout, policies, issues and international developments.

This year's theme: 'Collaborate, Communicate, Innovate' - will debate the current and future state of the telecommunications industry and raise issues of regulation and policy. Topics will be discussed from both local and international perspectives as the conference boasts a program of both Australian and overseas speakers.

ATUG managing director Rosemary Sinclair said the conference is a platform to raise debate and issues that impact the telecommunications landscape. "It is a crucial event for everyone involved in the industry from policy makers to end users," Sinclair said, adding that ATUG will not shy away from any contentious issues.

"At ATUG we believe that strong competition between telecommunications service providers is the best way to deliver improved price, quality and innovation.

"Over the last 25 years we have seen a lot of changes in the industry and we have always fought hard for fair and open competition. At this year's conference we will continue to push service providers to deliver the best possible value for their customers."

The two-day event will include interactive, end user workshops. Other speakers include opposition communications spokesperson Stephen Conroy, Australian Communications Industry Forum CEO Anne Hurley, AAPT CEO Jon Stretch and Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chair Graeme Samuel.

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