Some folks really have a rough time of it. Take those who are compelled to go to the (Pacific Telecommunications Council) PTC'09 in Hawaii.
For those interested here's the info: PTC'09 takes place from January 18-21, 2009 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa in Honolulu, Hawaii.
With many changes in telecommunications PTC'09 has taken the theme of change to address the numerous new developments across the entire telecommunications domain, and the manner by which change is occurring through greater collaboration. Traditional fixed-line telephones are disappearing, replaced by a rapid expansion of mobile devices and IP-based services.
Hundreds of millions more people around the world today have affordable access and receive services that would have been inconceivable only a few years ago.
Services have become far too complex to be developed and offered by a single integrated service provider and telecommunication services and applications would not be possible without collaboration between carriers, software developers, researchers and equipment makers, both in their home countries and across borders.
This conference has been a tradition for 31 consecutive years. Telecommunications companies, equipment and software developers, content and media services providers, vendors, investors, academics and researchers, policy makers and civil society representatives have met each January in Hawaii to forge alliances, negotiate agreements, and to learn from one another's experiences. If you are interested in registering or learning more please access this website.