European Communications highlights some of the upcoming events focussing on broadband technology
The Broadband World Forum Europe,
The Broadband World Forum Europe comes to Madrid, Spain, 3 - 6 October, bringing together key executives working in carrier and supplier companies from around the world, to join today's thought-leaders from such organisations as TelefÃ³nica, France Telecom, Belgacom, BT, Telecom Italia, KT, NTT, T-Com, and Swiss Telecom.
In all, the Broadband World Forum Europe features 80+ exhibiting companies, 150+ high-level speakers, 40+ workshops and conference sessions, Plenary Panels, Keynote Address, Hot Seat Sessions and more.
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the business models, deployment strategies, and rollout practices that have proven successful in making mass-market broadband in Europe a reality. The event features the latest perspectives and real-world experiences from leading executives through four days of comprehensive educational programming, complemented by a cutting-edge technology exhibition and high-tech demo pavilion, offering attendees a firsthand look at the latest broadband technologies, equipment, applications, solutions, and services.
New at this year's World Forum, the co-located WiMAX Global ComForum tackles technology and business challenges in implementing WiMAX wireless broadband networks for both fixed and wireless access and mobile broadband.
The InfoVision Award program will also take place at Broadband World Forum Europe 2005. The InfoVision Awards recognizes technologies, applications, products, advances, and services. The awards also honour corporations and individuals for innovative contributions and developments that have proven important to society.
Hands-On Technology Pavilions include: WiMax Demo Pavillion, CableNet Demo Pavillion, VoIP Public Phone Booth, and a Video Demo Pavillion.
Broadband World Forum Europe conference chairman, Julio Linares Lopez, executive chairman of Telefonica Espana, will welcome attendees during the Monday morning Opening Ceremony Address, and Luis Ezcurra, general manager of marketing and mart development at Yelefonica Moviles Espana, will deliver the Wednesday keynote address The Challenge of UMTS.
John Janowiak, senior director of the IEC, notes: "Telefonica's commitment to broadband in the market, as proven in their mass deployment of ADSL, is truly impressive. Their expertise in voice and data systems will provide valuable experience to conference attendees."
Linares Lopez adds: "The topical platform coupled with the level of executive speakers and conferees brings a unique flare to the programme. The shared international knowledge will guarantee great success for this Forum."
Other key speakers at the event include: Edward Deng, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Marketing, Huawei Technologies; Alan Mottram, President, Fixed Solutions Division, Alcatel; Phil Corman, Director, Worldwide Partner Development, Microsoft TV Group; Paul Berriman; Head of Strategic Market Development, PCCW Limited; and Jean-Philippe Vanot, Executive Vice President, Networks, Carriers, and IT, France Telecom.
The 2nd Broadband Russia and CIS Summit 2005, 31 October - 1 November, Moscow
Supported by Leonid Reiman, Russia's Minister of Information Technology and Telecommunications, the event will take place from 31st October - 1st November 2005 at the Marriot Grand Hotel in Moscow, Russia.
This annual event has established itself as the largest forum for IT and Telecom industries in Russia and its neighbouring countries. Indeed, the previous Broadband Russia and CIS Summit attracted Government ministers and senior representatives from the public and private sectors, along with more than 200 international participants.
It is now established as a unique platform to pursue business opportunities in Russia and CIS countries in the ICT Broadband, Wireless, Satellite, Cellular, Content, Cable and Broadcasting, and 3G Technology markets.
Commenting on the event, Leonid Reiman notes: "The development of broadband communication networks is one of the top priority tasks of the communication and information industry in Russia. We believed that broadband multimedia communication networks will become the basis for next generation networks, accelerate information and Internet development, and create a civilised, investment-attractive market environment for operators, producers and suppliers of equipment.
"I am confident that this Conference will become an important step in the development of prospective communication networks in Russia and outline specific measures for their implementation."
Conference themes reflect the a wide spectrum of topic areas, and include:
* Regional and international overview of key ICT broadband investment opportunities in Russia and the CIS
* Overview of commercial and residential trends, demand and penetration rates for potential broadband access
* Introducing commercial and residential broadband wireless networks and technologies to Russia and the CIS
* Overview of financial, legal and fiscal framework for investment into Russia's broadband sector and the CIS.
Sponsors for the event include Motorola, Rostelecom, New Skies Satellites, and ViaSat. Supporting Organisations include: CWTA, WiMAX Forum, Georgian National Communications Commission, Global VSAT Forum, ESOA, Enforta, and J'son & Partner.
Broadband Europe, 12-14 December, Bordeaux
Broadband Europe aims to be the forum that unites academia and industry in discussion and display of the latest (and future) broadband components, products, systems, and services. The event was established in response to the overwhelming demand from the European broadband community for an annual gathering within which to present key developments.
Broadband has, over the past few years, enjoyed one of the most rapid growths and adoptions ever in the area of electronics or communications, even faster than mobile communications.
Introduction of broadband entails multi-disciplinary aspects (technology, socio-economic, regulatory, content delivery, security and standardisation). This multi-disciplinary character of broadband is recognised in the BREAD-project (Broadband for All in Europe: a multi-disciplinary approach), which is a Co-ordination Action, started 01/01/04 within the "Broadband for All" -- strategic objective of the FP6-framework of the European Commission.
The BREAD project has -- amongst its objectives -- to develop a holistic vision, encompassing technical, as well as economic and regulatory aspects. Another important aspect is to identify roadblocks on European, national and regional level, and share visions and best practices at both national and EU level.
In December 2004, the BREAD-project initiated Broadband Europe, bringing together on an international level all the broadband players, researchers, service providers, content providers, operators, manufacturers, policy makers, standardisation bodies, and professional organisations.
As well as an extensive exhibition, and additional visitor attractions such as the Application Village -- whose theme for 2005 is Broadband Gaming -- Broadband Europe offers an authoritative conference agenda, featuring exclusive scientific presentations, broadband project research results, semi-scientific commercial presentations (including agencies, municipalities on trials and roll-outs on broadband) and commercial presentations from companies on broadband products and services.
Speakers at the 2005 conference will include representatives from the European Commission, government agencies, standardisation bodies, professional organisations, industry (world-wide), R&D centres and academia.
To ensure the conference addresses the most current issues, with the highest standard of presentations, a committee of specialists has been formed and meets regularly to agree topics and adjudicate papers for inclusion in the programme.