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July 7, 2010

NAB Show Partners With BIA/Kelsey to Expand Telecom Focus in 2011

-- NAB Show to work with strategy advisor BIA/Kelsey to serve fast-growing telecom access network markets --

WASHINGTON, DC -- The NAB Show and BIA/Kelsey announced today that the groups will work together to feature the latest advancements in telecom access networks at the 2011 NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 9-14. Combined with NAB's existing coverage of video technologies, the expanded telecom elements will provide a single gathering place for everyone in content creation, delivery and distribution.

The NAB Show's expanded telecom focus will create a permanent home for the vibrant telecom access community serving each segment of the supply chain, from telecom technologists to content creators. As telco video revenue increases, service providers are ramping up their networks and are looking for greater interaction with the broadcast community and other content providers. Increased HDTV and 3D programming will further fuel the need for high-capacity networks. This initiative will bring the content community together with the companies building, planning, and investing billions of dollars in next-generation broadband networks.

"The NAB Show is the essential destination for professionals across the entire content lifecycle, a key component of which is the rapidly-growing broadband access network arena," said NAB Executive Vice President Chris Brown. "As broadcast networks, stations and other video content providers look to complementary distribution platforms, the NAB Show is the perfect place to gather all of these technologies and content professionals in one place."

The conference component of this new initiative will incorporate the latest developments in access network technologies, including Passive Optical Networks, point-to-point fiber-to-the-home technologies, Ethernet-over-copper, and video over VDSL2. This will provide appealing exhibit opportunities for semiconductor, optical component, test equipment, and networking manufacturers creating the access technologies deployed in modern telecom networks, in addition to the distributors who sell such products.

"It is critical to have a place where telecom and broadcasting companies can get introduced and meet informally to become educated on the latest technologies in order to make the most informed purchases," said Rick Ducey, chief strategy officer for BIA/Kelsey. "This is especially important for telecom providers who are investing billions of dollars for capital spending in access networks to carry broadband and video traffic and need worthwhile partners to bring this to market. We are very pleased to be strategy advisors to the NAB Show on this important effort."

"What differentiates the NAB Show's approach is the focus just on telecom access networks and not business networks, wireless or telecom in general. Our strategy is to really target this part of the telecom market, understand its needs and align the NAB Show with where this part of the industry is headed," said David Gross, BIA/Kelsey's senior telecom analyst. Gross has been covering the telecom access market since the late 1990s and has done extensive consulting on PON, DSL and Active Ethernet. For more than 15 years he has worked in telecom finance, marketing and network planning.

"With this focus, the NAB Show's efforts to provide greater programming depth to broadcasters and telecom technologists will find its mark," Gross said.

For exhibit and/or sponsorship information, contact: Kelly Alexis (, tel - 202-775-2526).

About the NAB Show
The NAB Show, held annually in Las Vegas, is the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. With nearly 90,000 attendees from 151 countries and more than 1,500 exhibitors, the NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, the NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. Complete details are available at

About BIA/Kelsey
BIA/Kelsey advises companies in the local media space through Consulting and Valuation Services, Research, Continuous Advisory Services, and Conferences. Since 1983, BIA/Kelsey has helped clients build enterprise value and increase operational efficiency by providing expert financial consulting and strategic advisory services, as well as a comprehensive array of media research and investment resources. BIA/Kelsey also offers services related to fair market valuations and acquisitions, due diligence, expert testimony, mergers, divestitures, business strategy and planning, and operations. Our goal is to enhance our client's ability to expand, compete, advise or invest in the media, technology and telecommunication industries. Contact MacKenzie Lovings, or visit

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at



NAB Show inquiries:
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MacKenzie Lovings

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