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Cox, Cablelabs to host broadband business exchange event

MUMBAI: Cablelabs in the US is teaming with Cox Communications and the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce to host the second annual US-Israel Broadband Business Exchange.

The event takes place in Atlanta from 13-14 February 2006. It is designed to encourage business relationships among emerging broadband technology companies from Israel and the Southeast US with major North American-based companies.

Cox Communications president and CEO Jim Robbins says, Atlanta is both the headquarters of Cox Communications and a major center for telecommunications, with noted leadership in cable-delivered broadband. Cox is proud to again host the US-Israel Broadband Business Exchange as yet another effort to work with our industry partners in Cablelabs in fostering the development of new technologies that will bring advanced services to cable customers.

In Atlanta, through the Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technologies and Georgia Tech's Broadband Institute, the cable industry also has access to state support and academic research resources for major corporations and emerging companies.

The U.S.-Israel Broadband Business Exchange is unique in that participation is based on a pre-event matching procedure. The exchange also will include keynote presentations, receptions and special workshops on issues related to Doing Business with Israelis.

In addition, Cablelabs will provide a workshop on how it operates and will discuss how supplying companies may participate in CableLabs' initiatives.

The event will provide attendees with exposure to a wide range of unique, cutting-edge broadband technologies. Pre-arranged one-on-one meetings will foster joint-venture research and development, investment and marketing alliances. Attendees also will enjoy networking opportunities with top executives in the areas of technology, operations and investment.

Cablelabs president and CEO Dr. Richard R. Green says, The 2005 broadband exchange was very successful by any metric, and we hope to see continued growth and participation as this event becomes established as a key driver of innovation on the East Coast.

Israeli companies expected to attend include emerging technology companies in the areas of digital and IP video, multimedia technologies, operating and provisioning systems, content management, voice-over-IP, wireless voice, data and video, Internet security applications and interactive television applications. U.S. companies expected to attend include cable operators, equipment/infrastructure vendors, systems integrators, content providers, and venture capital firms.

Israel is one of the world's most dynamic sources for high-tech companies with original and cutting-edge technologies, particularly in the field of communications. The country has produced more than 4,000 start-ups in the past few years, and has a robust venture capital industry to support entrepreneurs. Outside of the US and Canada, Virtually every major US technology company has development operations in Israel or investments in Israeli companies, including IBM, Motorola, Cisco, Microsoft and HP. A joint U.S.-Israel foundation, BIRD, supports joint venture R&D projects between American and Israeli companies.

Cox is a multi-service broadband communications company with approximately 6.7 million total customers, including approximately 6.3 million basic cable subscribers. It claims to be America's third-largest cable television provide.

Founded in 1988 by members of the cable television industry, Cable Television Laboratories is a non-profit research and development consortium that is dedicated to pursuing new cable telecommunications technologies and to helping its cable operator members integrate those advancements into their business objectives. Cable operators from around the world are members.

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