High Tech Hawai'i
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
8:00 - 9:00pm
Cable Channel 55

PTC 2005 - The Rebirth of the Pacific Telecommunications Council
Mark Hukill, Associate Professor, University of Hawai'i
Stephen Tom, Executive Director, Pacific Telecommunications Council
Garret Yoshimi, Telecom Manager, University of Hawai'i

David Lassner, Chief Information Officer, University of Hawaii

The Pacific Telecommunications Conference (PTC) is the Pacific hemisphere's longest running annual telecommunications conference. After four years of declining attendance during the Telecom bust, PTC began 2005 with a bang. Registered conference attendance was back up to over 900 attendees from more than 40 countries. Another 2000 non-registered members of the international telecom industry came to Honolulu to take advantage of the confluence of senior level telecom executives to hold business meetings in a very high energy environment. PTC has clearly established Honolulu in January as *the place* for international telecommunications in the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to increased attendance, PTC sponsorship was up, exhibition space was up, and most importantly, interest, enthusiasm and excitement in telecommunications, PTC and Hawaii were up.

To catalyze further growth, the PTC Board of Governors has appointed a new Executive Director, the well-respected international telecom executive, Stephen Tom. This month's High Tech Hawaii will introduce Stephen Tom to Hawaii on his second day of work at PTC. It will also feature former PTC Board member and PTC 2005 Conference Co-chair Dr. Mark Hukill of UH, who has been instrumental in the restructuring and rebirth of PTC over the past year.

PTC 2005 was also the site for the first public showing of Hawaii's fastest connection to the outside world, a new 10Gbps network link to support education and research. The PTC 2005 advanced broadband demonstrations included High Definition Television (HDTV) over the Internet, virtual reality, wireless remote race cars, a remotely operated piano and more.

High Tech Hawaii is a live monthly call-in show produced by the University of Hawaii to shed light on high technology activities within the state. It airs live on the fourth Tuesday of each month during the academic year from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. High Tech Hawaii can be seen on PEG Access cable channel 55 throughout the state. It is live on cable on all islands except Maui where it is tape-delayed. A live webcast is available anywhere on the Internet at: http://www.hawaii.edu/hth. During the live airing of the program, questions may be called in to 956-5670 from Oahu or 800-342-7949 (neighbor islands) or sent by email to hth@hawaii.edu.

Now in its 9th year of production, previous High Tech Hawaii shows have highlighted topics such as: Cool Technology Gifts, Computer and Network Security, the UH Academy for Creative Media, Spam, the Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii, Identity Theft, Kakaako as a High Tech Hub for Hawaii, High Tech Approaches to Teaching Languages, Kids & Networking, IT in the Travel Industry, the Hawaii-China connection, IT education and training, Data Centers in Hawaii, Wireless, Telecom Regulation, Electronic Commerce, Telemedicine, Distance Learning, Assistive Technologies for the Disabled and the Pacific Telecommunications Council.

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