As the most anticipated telecommunications event in the Asian region, the Asian Carriers Conference (ACC), organized by PLDT and Smart Communications, has taken a significant role in redefining and evolving the landscape of the industry, especially for the carrier and wholesale business. For the last 15 years, more than 1,000 industry leaders and delegates from over 200 companies worldwide have made ACC a celebration of the industry’s future through networking, collaborating, and learning with the rest of the global telecommunications and technology communities.
To be held at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa in Cebu from Sept. 3 to 6, this year’s ACC bears the theme “Stronger Partnerships for Shared Success,” emphasizing the industry’s need to establish greater collaboration and synergy in the face of increasing technological disruption, declining margins, and fast-changing customer preferences.
Since its inception in 2004, ACC has grown to be the much-anticipated conference for both regional and international delegates. The annual event presents a unique combination of networking opportunities, business building venues, and knowledge sharing platforms that are enlivened by various social activities.
This year’s ACC Advisory Council members consist of global industry leaders who help steer the conference’s strategic initiatives and development plans. The council includes Marc Halbfinger, CEO of PCCW Global; Andrew Kwok, CEO of HGC; and Ali Amiri, Chief Carrier and Wholesale Officer, Etisalat.
Helping spread awareness about ACC and its advocacies are distinguished professionals with long-standing engagements with the Conference. This year’s ACC Ambassadors are Norioki Sekiguchi, Director of Softbank; Quiel Delgado, CEO of Radius; Patrick Sullivan, Global Account Manager of Verizon; Guillermo Martinez Maside, Vice President for Sales of Telefonica; and Jayson Ho, Regional Sales Director of Orange.
The conference’s lineup of activities includes a keynote featuring speakers Ishan Chatterjee, APAC Partnership Head of Google, and Nicklas Bergman, notable serial entrepreneur, futurist and tech philosopher.
A number of workshops covering regional business opportunities, technological trends, and customer experience will also be held alongside fireside chat sessions and various social activities.
ACC regularly attracts the participation of some of the world’s leading international telecommunications providers. For this year, some of its major sponsors include software and services provider AMDOCS, China Mobile, China Unicom, FiberHome, PCCW Global, Verizon Wireless, NTT Communications, and Nokia Corp.