MOSCOW, October 12 (RIA Novosti) - From October 20 to 23, 2004, Moscow's Crocus City Exhibition Centre (Crocus Expo) will be the venue of the fourth international forum "Infocommunications of Russia, 21st century" (Infocom 2004) to display current and prospective infocom services both for experts and broad population.

Attracting an ever wider range of Russian and foreign telecommunications companies, communications operators and research centres, Infocom creates favourable conditions for the development of international cooperation, expert dialogue, market research, display of latest breakthroughs, approaches, means and prospects of the telecommunications service.

Infocom 2004 includes a number of seminars and round-tables on key issues concerning information technologies and communications. For instance, October 20 will be marked by the opening of the conference "Information technologies to benefit man, business and society". Besides, Crocus Expo will host on October 22 the second international conference on the laying of the TETRA-standard federal network. Under review will be practical aspects of the TETRARUS project on fostering TETRA in Russia and the first results of its pilot zones' functioning.

The exhibition is aimed above all at organizing dialogue on technical, economic and legislative aspects of the Russian branch of information technologies and communications. The programme has been designed to cater to the interests of a wide range of experts and participants, including federal and regional government officials, business people and scientists. The forum will also offer technological seminars ("Information technologies and services" in Crocus Expo on October 20 and "Telecommunications and services" in Crocus Expo on October 21) as well as discussions during corporate seminars and round table discussions raising issues of the application of information technologies and communications in diverse spheres of human endeavour. Infocom 2004 will be staged concurrently in five Russian cities: Moscow (Crocus Expo Exhibition Centre), St.Petersburg (A.S.Popov Museum), Nizhny Novgorod (Nizhny Novgorod Fair), Krasnodar (Krasnodar Expo Centre) and Yekaterinburg (Sports Games Palace). Video transmission from all the participating cities will be on. Exhibits will introduce visitors to advantages of new information technologies and communications in every-day life: electronic libraries, tax declarations through the Internet, filling out forms for utilities and other payments, TV tuition and other apects.

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