The first wave of feverish expansion into the emerging telecoms markets is already complete.  The emerging markets represent a fantastic growth opportunity with huge customer base (nearly 2/3rds of the world’s telecom lines), and for the international telecoms players with the foresight to enter these markets in time to pick up the bargains, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa are already becoming their main revenue drivers.  

But are growth rates in emerging markets already slowing as supply begins to catch up with demand?  What exciting new opportunities exist for growth strategies in 2009?  Will the increasing competition for acquisitions and new licenses prohibit all but the biggest players from succeeding in new markets?  As the growth of internet and non-voice services in many countries averages well over 200% annually, what can the emerging markets teach the established telecoms players about innovation?

Meanwhile, at home, European operators must choose between competitiveness and investment or monopolisation and stagnation.  To ensure the former, the EU Commission is poised to assume greater control from the national regulators and may force operators to separate their network from their service businesses.  How will Europe’s telecoms giants cope with competition they face from the Asian hardware innovation abroad, regulatory challenges at home, and the competition from mobile’s latest multimedia services?

The FT World Telecoms Conference is the essential guide to the big picture, how to succeed at home and away.   It is a must-attend event for those business leaders who need to understand the challenges and opportunities they will face in the global telecommunications markets throughout 2009.

Speakers include

Matthew Key, CEO, Telefónica Europe plc
Ken Ducatel, Member of Cabinet Reding, Commissioner for Information Society and Media, European Commission
Olaf Swantee, ESVP Personal Communication Services, EMEA, Orange-France Telecom
Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO, Telenor
Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete, Managing Director, Telefónica, Latin America
Joachim Horn, CTO, T-Mobile International
Doug Richard, Founder, Cambridge Angels, and Chairman & CEO, Trutap
Zeinal Bava, CEO, Portugal Telecom
Chris Gabriel, Chief Executive, Celtel International
Bashar Arafeh, COO East Africa Region, Zain
Michael Joseph, CEO, Safaricom
Boris Nemsic, CEO, Telekom Austria Group and mobil austria
Josh Silverman, President, Skype