WiMAX Forum® Congress Americas 2009 Program Unveiled

WiMAX Forum Congress Americas 09

Industry Visionaries and Leading Companies Set to Converge on Fort Lauderdale to Address WiMAX Ecosystem Drivers, Commercial Deployments

Portland, OR – September 29, 2009 – Today the WiMAX Forum® announced details of the second annual  Congress Americas show to take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on December 2 – 3rd,  2009.

Together with official Congress Partner Clearwire, WiMAX Forum Congress Americas 09 will bring together the entire WiMAX™ ecosystem across North and South America, featuring an inspirational line-up of speakers from more than 30 WiMAX service providers, 13 analysts, 5 governments and 3 consumer electronics companies. Furthermore, local carrier Sling Broadband will host an exciting site visit to their Florida headquarters where visitors may experience WiMAX live.

“With more than 500 commercial deployments in 154 countries, the WiMAX market has developed into a mature and diverse ecosystem that is changing lives worldwide,” said Ron Resnick, president and chairman of the WiMAX Forum.  “And the WiMAX Forum is here to support the growth of this healthy ecosystem by offering the only WiMAX events series that attracts the industry’s top visionaries, along with the entire ecosystem.  WiMAX Forum Congress Americas will advance collaboration among our members to ensure that WiMAX remains the leading Internet technology delivering on the promise of affordable, multi-megabit wireless broadband.”

Among the sessions featured on the multi-track conference program are topics covering WiMAX business models and retail strategies, operational challenges, spectrum and regulation (including 3.65 GHz and 700 MHz), vertical market opportunities for WiMAX and the prospects for WiMAX in the CALA region. The event will also feature a Special Focus Day on the 1st December on the Broadband Stimulus Package, which will explore how carriers can take advantage of NTIA BTOP funding to develop sustainable business models for rural broadband in the USA, a highly educational “Wine MAX” Evening Workshop, where attendees can share WiMAX insights WiMAX over a glass of wine, our exclusive Analyst Breakfast Briefings as well as a brand new Press Conference Corner, to meet the press and pre-arrange interviews live on stage.

Speakers include:

  • Barry West, President, International, Clearwire (USA)
  • David Villano, Assistant Administrator, Telecoms Program, RUS/USDA (USA)
  • John Leibovitz, Deputy Chief Wireless, Telecoms Bureau, FCC (USA)
  • Mariano de Beer, COO & EVP, Telefonica Brazil (Brazil)
  • Rod Vandenbos, President, Craig Wireless (USA)
  • Gregory Rohde, President, Utopian Wireless (USA)
  • Rajiv Rainier, GM/Director Wireless Business Innovation and Development, Sony (USA)
  • Dave Williams, Senior Vice President, Wireless Technology, Comcast (USA)
  • Mark Pagon, CEO, Xanadoo (USA)
  • Jeffrey W. Hayzlett, Chief Marketing Officer, Eastman Kodak Company (USA)

For a full list of speakers, please visit

Concurrent with the conference will be a free to attend 2-day exhibition featuring companies such as Samsung, Airspan, Clearwire, WiTech, Ciena and many more who will be showcasing their latest revolutionary product offerings. For more information on the conference and exhibition, and to register to attend, please visit

Members of the Press are welcome to attend. To register for a complimentary press pass, please email Margaret Bagan, [email protected], or call +1-503-924-3067.

About the WiMAX Forum®

The WiMAX Forum® is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization formed to certify and promote the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products based upon the harmonized IEEE 802.16e/ETSI HiperMAN standard. A WiMAX Forum goal is to accelerate the introduction of these systems into the marketplace. WiMAX Forum Certified products are interoperable and support broadband fixed, nomadic, portable and mobile services. Along these lines, the WiMAX Forum works closely with service providers and regulators to ensure that WiMAX Forum Certified systems meet customer and government requirements.

“WiMAX Forum,” the WiMAX Forum logo and the WiMAX Forum Certified logo are registered trademarks of the WiMAX Forum. “WiMAX,” “Mobile WiMAX,” “Fixed WiMAX,” “WiMAX Certified,” and “WiMAX Forum Certified” are trademarks of the WiMAX Forum. Third-party trademarks contained in this document are the property of their respective owners.

About Informa Telecoms & Media

Informa Telecoms & Media is the leading provider of business intelligence and strategic marketing solutions to global telecoms and media markets. Driven by constant first-hand contact with the industry, our 90 analysts and researchers produce a range of intelligence services including news and analytical products, in depth market reports and datasets focused on technology, strategy and content. Informa Telecoms & Media also organizes 125 annual events, attended by more than 70,000 executives.

For more information, contact:
Margaret Bagan
Marketing Communications Manager
Phone: +1 503.924.3067
[email protected]

Steve Outridge
Marketing Executive
Informa Telecoms & Media for WiMAX Forum
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7017 5822
[email protected]

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