Broadband World Forum 2013 round-up

photo (8)As Tuesday arrives and we move deeper into the week, it’s time to stake stock of last week’s Broadband World Forum 2013, which took place once again in the bustling city of Amsterdam.

It’s challenging to summarise a show that takes in such a broad range of subjects and technologies – it’s ‘broadband’ in every sense, with a focus on the nuts and bolts of delivering both fixed and wireless broadband, to blue-sky thinking on how network architecture, to discussions on the business cases for investments.

Naturally Twitter was abuzz at the show (using the hash tag #bbwf), and although we’re biased our favourite Tweet was this one from a research analyst at ParksAssociates, who wrote,

“Well, all wrapped up with #BBWF this year. What a great experience! Can’t wait to put my newfound knowledge to work in some great #research”

Of course we can trust the Light Reading crew to focus in on one of the more important aspects of the BBWF, namely the beer, with this photo gallery taking in the end of day refreshments provided by German chip vendor Lantiq, the Cisco and Huawei trucks, Ericsson CTO Ulf Ewaldsson showing off the companies Radio Dot base station, and bizarrely – a horse in a cup of coffee.

The buzz words were in force, as you would expect of a technology show, and if you weren’t familiar with G.Fast, vectoring, NFV, SDN at the beginning of the show, you would have been at the end. Either that or you were at the wrong show.

The keynotes were of a high quality with highlights for us being  Marcus Weldon of Alcatel Lucent’s presentation entitles ‘Ultrabroadband as the Ubiquitous on-ramp to the new virtualized network reality’, not least because it introduced us to the words, “ultrabroadband” and “on-ramp”.

Here you can view the presentation slides, and all the keynotes are now available to view on


Other notable moments were Google Fiber’s Kevin Lo explaining what a city had to do to make it easy for Google to lay out its fibre infrastructure, as explained in this CNET article and Matthew Hall, CTO of London City Airport showing us how data is used to analyse passenger crowds moving through the airport, to smartly pre-empt queuing issues before they occur.

We also have LightReading explaining Ericsson’s vision of network slicing and the progress being made on NFV,  Juniper has it’s own round-up on its keynote on SDN, and European Communications,

Of course, as well as the new buzz words, good old fashioned topics such as the cloud were also well catered for, as typified by this Tweet from one of Informa’s own research manager:

@Telefonica predicts 45% of #cloud services worldwide will be provided by telcos by 2020: Massive opportunity! #bbwf

The wide reach of the show was also hinted at by the coverage that came in all round the world with Australian ABC News covered the video contribution from European commissioner for the digital agenda in Europe, Neelie Kroes.

Be sure to check our round-up for each day of the event and keep an eye on the blog for the latest articles and thought pieces around the broadband industry and the various Broadband World Series events taking place in 2014.

Day One keynote round-up

Day Two keynote round-up

Day Three keynote round-up


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