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Niall Hunt

All-star speaker line-up confirmed for Broadband World Forum in Berlin

Broadband World Forum has confirmed the list of all-star speakers for this year’s event and it features seven of the biggest names in the industry. The speakers will be hosting a series of keynotes and debates that will cover the essential topics currently being faced by the industry. 

The renowned speakers represent a wide cross-section of specialist areas, ranging from telecommunications and equipment providers to regulators and research. They join a packed agenda that comprises more than 300 expert speakers who will be sharing their unique insider knowledge on the industry and debating the topics that will shape the industry for years to come. 

Visitors to the world’s premier event for fixed, mobile and cable operators will have the chance to hear these seven speakers talk and debate the important topics of the day. The seven not-to-be-missed speakers at this year’s Broadband World Forum are:  

Ajit Pai, Chairman at Federal Communications Commission, who is an advocate of less regulation in the broadband industry and is currently spearheading the Trump administration’s regulatory rollback of net neutrality protections. This is the first time that Pai will deliver a keynote at the Broadband World Forum. 


Federico Guillén, President of Fixed Networks at Nokia, will deliver a keynote address called The Power of ‘And’. 

Howard Watson, CEO and CIO at BT Technology, Service & Operations at BT Group, will give a presentation on how building the best converged network in the UK is driven by customer need. 

Sharlene Thiagarajah, CEO at TM Research & Development, will be taking part in a panel discussion that will look at the challenges facing the telco Internet of Things platform. The debate will cover system design, reliability, security and privacy. 


Ronan Kelly, CTO, EMEA and APAC Regions at Adtran, will talk about restoring balance to the universe with next generation broadband platforms. And, along with Jean-François Fallacher, CEO at Orange Polska, he will take part in a debate that asks the global operators whether they will be ready for 2020.

Michael Soileau, Vice President, Planning and Strategy at Comcast, will address the challenges and opportunities in the global broadband marketplace, specifically how they relate to understanding competition, improving the experience of customers and employees alike, and flexing a business to think creatively. 

KNect365 Portfolio Manager Heather James said: “We are delighted to confirm that we have some of the biggest names in the industry on hand to speak at this year’s event. In particular, we expect that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who is giving his first Broadband World Forum keynote, will be a major highlight for visitors. It will give them the opportunity to hear first-hand from the regulator discuss some of the areas that could have a major impact on the industry for years to come. Overall, it caps a truly exceptional line-up for the broadband industry, making this year’s Broadband World Forum definitely not one to be missed.” 

Broadband World Forum is the global event for the broadband industry and it returns for its seventeenth year on 24-26 October 2017 in Berlin – right in the heart of Europe. Broadband World Forum will feature a packed agenda with more than 300 expert speakers who are ready to share their expertise on a multitude of topics vital to the broadband industry.  

About Broadband World Forum

Broadband World Forum takes place on 24-26 October at Messe Berlin, Germany. Broadband World Forum, which is hosted by KNect365, 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. For more information on Broadband World Forum, click here. You can also follow Broadband World Forum on Twitter or find us on LinkedIn. 

About KNect365

KNect365 is the world’s leading facilitator of knowledge sharing and business connections. KNect365 connects communities around its portfolio of leading brands, through year-round provision of high-quality digital and face-to-face content, networking and professional development and learning opportunities. 

About ZTE (2017 Partner Sponsor)

ZTE Corporation is a global leader in telecommunications and information technology. The company is committed to providing integrated end-to-end innovations to deliver excellence and value to consumers, carriers, businesses and public sector customers around the world to enable increased connectivity and productivity. Founded in 1985, ZTE is listed on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges. In 2016, ZTE achieved an annual revenue to over RMB 101.2 billion, bolstered by growth in the company’s Carrier Networks and Consumer Businesses. 

With the industry’s most comprehensive product range and end-to-end solutions, ZTE offers cutting-edge wireless, access & bearer, value-added services, terminals and managed services to telecommunications carriers, in addition to ICT solutions for enterprises and government agencies. ZTE’s advanced capabilities enable leading telecommunications operators and Fortune 500 enterprises in more than 160 countries to achieve their business objectives and increase competitiveness. 

Looking forward, ZTE is committed to driving innovations in telecommunications and ICT globally as the business and technology needs of the industry continue to evolve. For more information on ZTE, visit www.zte.com.cn/global.