Pictured, left, Heather Burnett Gold, CEO, Fiber Broadband Association, speaks to the BBWF conference. Photo: Matthew Peach.
The organizers of Broadband World Forum say it returned to Europe “with a bang” last month. It reports that 4,258 attendees from 93 countries spent three days at the Messe Berlin, hearing presentations from the top tiers of global network operators.
Also, a “buzzing” show floor hosted more than 170 exhibitors at Broadband World Forum’s new location in the heart of Europe. Besides the main conference program adjacent to the range of panels, workshops and technology tours guided attendees through the hottest topics impacting the sector:
Speakers from industry leaders Nokia, Intel, BT, Deutsche Telecom, Telefonica and Google gave their strategic view on the direction of fixed-access services and technical solutions.
Government representatives from across the EU, as well as Don Stockdale, Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at the US Federal Communications Commission, gave their view on the regulatory landscape and the legislation needed to facilitate ubiquitous high-speed broadband for all.
Stockdale, chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, US FCC, told the conference, “We need to remove regulatory barriers to deployment and stay out of the way of technological innovation.”
Federico Guillén, President of Fixed Networks at Nokia, said, “The strategy of deploying fiber to the most economical point in the network is still valid, but the combination of fixed fiber, wireless and other access technologies is now even more crucial to the operator’s business case.”
Franz Seiser, Vice President, Core Network and Services at Deutsche Telekom, remarked, “In our industry legacy hinders us. We need to throw away a lot of legacy. It’s difficult to do but once you’ve done it you wish you had done it sooner.”
Antonio Elizondo, Head of Network Virtualisation Strategy & Technology at Telefonica, said, “Innovation is vital for telcos for survival. We need a more flexible network underpinned by virtualisation.”
Comments from attendees suggested they had found it useful: “I loved the event – it was very informative and with the right people all in the same place,” said Stefano Nogli, Lead Network Architect, at BT.
“The quality of the keynote talks is very good and a great mix of C-level guys,” added Leo Lundy, CTO, Imagine Telecom.
“I’m looking forward working with the BBWF team in the future,” said Bernd Hesse, Senior Director, Technology Development, at exhibitor Calix.
Recognising the achievements made by companies and individuals around the globe, the Broadband Awards 2017 took place at the Meistersaal, Berlin. 12 Awards were presented, including the inaugural People’s Choice Award, in which more than 1,300 votes were cast for the person who most embodied innovation in broadband.
Achievement in Fixed-Mobile Convergence : Huawei
Best Consumer Facing OTT Service (TV/Media/Bundles): Turkcell
Broadband Delivering Social Impact: nbn Austalia
Best Smart Home Network: Deutsche Telekom & Huawei
Achievement in Network Virtualization: Nokia
Customer Choice Award: Reykjavik Fibre Network
Best consumer 1Gbps service based on G.Fast or DOCSIS 3.1: TDC & Huawei
Best consumer 10Gbps service based on next-generation PON: Nokia & SKB South Korea
Best Fixed Access Solution: Adtran
Best Wireless Broadband Solution: EPAM & Liberty Global
Best Smart City Collaboration: Ooredoo
People’s Coice Award: Erling Gudmundsson, Reykjavik Fibre Network
Heather James, Portfolio Director of Broadband World Forum said, “We enjoyed an excellent first year in Berlin; the exhibition buzzed with energy, the conference tracks were full of debate and insight, and there was rarely an empty seat at the Deutsche Telekom Oktoberfest bar. With a record number of operators and countries in attendance it was exciting to see our community develop.”
Broadband World Forum took place on 24-26 October at Messe Berlin, Germany. Broadband World Forum is hosted by KNect365 and is globally recognised as the meeting place for senior executives from fixed, mobile and cable operators worldwide, enabling them to congregate and discuss the future of the broadband industry.