10 things you (most definitely) don’t want to miss at this year’s Broadband World Forum

Next week, 18-20th October, sees the Broadband World Forum descend upon London’s ExCel Convention Centre. This is a hugely exciting time for the industry as a whole which makes this all the more important.

So in order to help you find your way and ensure you don’t miss anything unmissable, we’ve put together a list of ten of the most interesting things to see.

1. Live Demos in Connected World Live

New for 2016 is Connected World Live, our brand new networking hub, which is conveniently located at the centre of the exhibition. This will feature live demonstrations from companies such as Teldat, ZTE, Greenlee, Arris, Prescience, Nominum, Comsof, DECT Forum, Nokia, and EXFO. Between them they will be showing off a range of products showcasing energy management, payments and voice control, FiberPlanIT simulator, smart home devices, and the world’s first G.fast handheld test set.

Where: Connected World Live, in the centre of the BBWF exhibition

When: 18 and 19th during networking breaks.


2. Women in TMT Networking Session

As an event, Broadband World Forum, attracts over 5,000 visitors from all over the world during its three days, and yet last year only 14% of our attendees were female. To put that in perspective, for every six men attending BBWF, only one woman was present. How can we address the gender imbalance? This year Accenture will be headlining an open Women in TMT meet-up at Broadband World Forum.

This will give our audience an opportunity to discuss what we can do to support and promote female leaders from each area of the industry. The afternoon session will include presentations from Light Reading’s Women in Comms’ members and BBWF speakers, as well as informal networking and debating opportunities. Register your interest here.

Where: South Gallery Rooms

When: 18th October, 11:00-16:00

3. See the latest products during our Exhibition Tours

A popular feature from last year were the tours we arranged around the expo. The Next Generation Access Tour allows you to see the latest in next generation access technologies, including a tour of host operator BT’s booth, and the Broadband Forum’s pavilion which will host an interop demonstration of G.fast.

Then we have the Broadband World Forum Showcase where you will get to see demos from the leading vendors in network technologies, virtualisation and connected services.

Where: Meet at the info point in the Hub

When: 18 and 19th October

11:30 Next Generation Access Tour | 14:30 Broadband World Forum Showcase

4. BT and Openreach CEO Keynotes

We have keynotes from Gavin Patterson, CEO, BT Group, and Clive Selley, CEO, Openreach. What will they have to say? If Gavin’s recent open letter is any indicator, it’s likely to be about the future of Digital BritainTM and maintaining its leadership. I’m sure we’ll all take very keen notice.

Where: Main stage

When: Clive Selley: 18th 11:30  | Gavin Patterson: 19th 11:20


5. Visit the Broadband Forum Interop Pavilion 

Another first for BBWF will be the industry’s first G.fast cross chipset interoperability demo among solutions from multiple demarcation point unit (DPU) and customer premise equipment (CPE) vendors, based on three different chipsets. Features UNH-IOL (University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory), Metanoia Communications, Technicolor, Telebyte, Digital Lightwave (a Division of VeEx), Huawei and Calix.

Where: Stand D30

When: 18, 19, 20th October

6. Watch BBWF Live, powered by Light Reading

Another new feature for this year is BBWF Live. Working in partnership with Light Reading, we will be broadcast LIVE to visitors across the show, as well as online for those who can’t make it to the event. Make sure you don’t miss anything happening at the exhibition with live updates, interviews and product demos.

Where: See live interviews at the Light Reading stage – C92

When: 18, 19, 20th October

7. BBWF After-Show Party

Brand new for 2016! This year, the HomePlug Alliance, invites all attendees to join us for an evening of food, drink and partying to celebrate the opening of the show. Enjoy time to follow up with the connections you make throughout the conference, mingle with those you hadn’t yet met or simply take the opportunity to enjoy the evening with your colleagues. The After-Show Party is open to all BBWF delegates and visitors.

Where: The Fox @ ExCel

When: 18th October, from 5:30pm

8.NG-PON2 Forum official launch

NG-PON2 is gaining consensus as the industry preferred future-proof PON access technology that best addresses the emerging bandwidth-intensive applications and the demands of residential and business subscribers. As Verizon announced its plans to begin deployments later this year, join us and leading operators to discuss their reasons for choosing NG-PON2 as their next step in FTTx PON deployment. Please register your interest here.

Where: Service Monetisation Track Room, ExCel

When: 19th October, 09:00 – 10:00am

9. 2020 Future Network Theatre

This is a unique opportunity running on all three days where you can listen to a selection of speakers and get involved with panel debates discussing topics such as Britain’s connected future, future-proofing networks, keeping the costs of fiber FTTx under control, G.fast, as well as market opportunities in developing nations, and re-architecting central offices as data centres (CORD).

Where: 2020 Future Network Theatre

When: 18, 19, 20th October, check agenda for timings

10. Broadband Awards

The Broadband Awards are regarded as the most prestigious recognition of excellence in the broadband market place. This year the awards will be hosted at the iconic Leadenhall Building where guests will enjoy a luxurious three-course meal, champagne and a chance to celebrate the year gone by in broadband technology and product advancements. Judging from last year’s awards this year will be a great night of celebrations! Do you think you’re up for an award? You can check out the shortlist of nominees here.

Where: Leadenhall Building (click here for location)

When: 19:00 on 19th October


There you have it, we think this is a robust list of things you should see and do. Broadband World Forum runs from 18-20th October 2016, at London’s ExCel Convention Centre. Check out the agenda in full here, limited free passes are still available by clicking here.


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