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The FTTH Council held its annual North American Conference at the opulent Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in shiny Las Vegas on September 12th to 16th, 2010. Itís not often that oneís hotel room has 3 HD flat screens, steps leading down to the lounge/office area, and a view of a pirate ship attack complete with advanced pyrotechnics directly across the street!

This year's conference theme was FTTH: All Fiber, All the Way!, and it was easy to see that this event is a focal point in telecom infrastructure rejuvenation. "Clearly the fiber to the home industry is ready to lead the recovery by 'fibering up' North America with the next-generation broadband networks that will drive economic prosperity in the years ahead," said Joe Savage, President of the FTTH Council, the organizer of the event. Over 2000 were in attendance, a 20% increase over last year, and you could sense that this was the place to be for anyone involved in next-generation communications networks.

In addition to the North American contingent, there were a significant number of international attendees at the conference, with visitors at the GE booth from Argentina, Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Sweden, and the UK. The GE team was very busy for most of the exhibit hours talking with guests and demonstrating the latest Smallworld Physical Network Inventory™ FTTH design automation application to a captivated audience. The feedback from those who saw our demo was that it would save time and effort, improve material and cost estimates, ensure that engineering standards are met, and enable faster deployment in the field. Many visitors claimed that the Smallworld™ FTTH product was the only one like it in the market place. The GE sales team is following up on a number of excellent customer contacts from the conference. GE Energy is a corporate FTTH Council member in North America, Europe, and Asia.