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January 12, 2001

The Asia-Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies (APRICOT) 2001 is offering free fellowships worth RM1,900 per participant.

PIKOM Chairman Wendy Liew said: "The sponsorship covers the conference, tutorials as well as a chance to meet and interact with international Internet personalities.

"While the APRICOT 2001 fees may be affordable to corporate companies, we wish to extend the opportunity to deserving participants other than actual players in the Internet industry, to participate in this annual Internet event.

"We especially welcome non-profit organisations, academicians including students and lecturers to participate.Those who are from out of the Klang Valley can request for accommodation and we will do our best to provide twin-sharing lodging for deserving cases," she added.

Further details can be obtained from http://www.apricot2001.net/fellowship/about.html.

Registration is also now open to regular participants and more information can be obtained from the general website http://www.apricot2001.net or call PIKOM on 03-7955 2922.

More than 80 per cent of the conference and tutorial speakers have been confirmed and these include Mr Jun Murai from APNIC and Tan Sri Othman Yeop who will be the keynote speakers at the first plenary session.

"Participants are encouraged to register as early as possible to avoid a last-minute rush for applications. This is a fine opportuniy for Malaysian Internet players to attend APRICOT 2001 as it is virtually on home turf," said Ms Liew.

APRICOT 2001 is hosted by the Ministry of Energy, Communications and Multimedia as well as PIKOM.

APRICOT is a forum that facilitates knowledge-sharing among key Internet builders in the region, with peers and leaders from the Internet community worldwide.

The summit comprises two days of tutorials and two days of conference, including birds of feather meetings, AP* meetings and social activities. Some of the topics presented in the past include Policy and Internet Security, Encryption, Firewall, Spamming, Domain Name System, Internet Regulation and Policy, Internet Protocol 6, ATM, Switches and Routers, Satellite and Wireless Technologies for the Internet, Virtual Private Networks and Extranets, VOIP, ISDN, xDSL and Broadband Internet.

About PIKOM:
PIKOM, the Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry, Malaysia is the trade association representing the ICT industry in Malaysia. PIKOM's 355 member companies provides of the whole spectrum of ICT products and services and control approximately 400 companies which command about 80% of the total ICT trade in Malaysia.

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