Broadband World Forum Showcases Cross Section of Dutch Leadership

  Broadband World Forum Showcases Cross Section of Dutch Leadership

Broadband World Forum 2013

Business Wire

LONDON -- September 10, 2013

Broadband World Forum this year showcases a more exciting and diverse range of
Dutch industry leadership than ever before. With an emphasis on digital
innovation through connectivity which is particularly pertinent to the host
city of Amsterdam, the world’s largest broadband event looks set to have its
strongest year yet.

Championed by the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and I amsterdam,
there is huge excitement to welcome Vice Mayor of Amsterdam, Carolien Gehrels,
who will officially open the exhibition on Day One (22 October). This year the
City of Amsterdam is the pilot city for the World Smart Capital - developing
and advocating the application of ICT and smart systems in cities around the
world. The Mayor and the City’s extensive support for the Broadband World
Forum demonstrates insightful recognition of the importance of broadband and
communications infrastructure to drive further cross-sector ICT and smart city

Vice Mayor of Amsterdam, Carolien Gehrels, said: “Amsterdam strongly believes
in the importance of broadband and broadband services as determinants of the
future of the City. Since broadband applications in domains like healthcare,
education and culture imply enormous economic opportunities, as well as
advantages for society, Amsterdam invests heavily in broadband development. As
cities and city regionslook to drive digital development forward, it is
events such as this that provide a critical platform for the market’s forward
thinkers to convene and examine where the future of the industry lies and how
best to get there.”

Similar sentiments were echoed last year by Neelie Kroes, Vice President of
the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, who returns to the
event this year for a second time, with a thought leadership keynote on Day

Celebrating its second year in the city of Amsterdam, the show boasts a
diverse and influential line-up of Dutch industry leaders taking part in the
world’s largest broadband conference and exhibition. The Dutch capital will
host the event following a hugely successful first year in 2012, and
highlights a number of key regional Government and industry figureheads
supporting the programme.

Once again leading broadband operator and the event Host Service Provider
Partner, KPN, will deliver the opening Keynote welcome with Erik Hoving, Group
CTO, taking the stage. His talk will pave the way for a plethora of leading
Dutch companies and executives, including Peter Molengraaf, CEO of Netherlands
energy giant, Alliander, who this year joins a brand new event highlight and
Keynote Feature on Smart Cities. Job Witteman, CEO of the world’s largest
internet exchange - Amsterdam Internet Exchange - joins the judging panel for
the Broadband InfoVision Awards, taking place 23 October.

The Broadband World Forum takes place on 22 - 24 October 2013 at the RAI
Exhibition and Convention Centre. This year’s event centres on “Powering
Digital Innovation Through Connectivity and Collaboration”, highlighting the
revolutionary effect of broadband with smart cities, e-learning and
consumer-centric strategies.

Commenting on acceleration in the global broadband market, Rob Gallagher, Head
of Broadband & TV Research at Informa Telecoms & Media, said: “Total
subscriptions will nearly triple over the next five years to pass 7.5 billion
in 2018. Growing demand to access the Internet on the move means mobile
services will account for the bulk of the growth, with 4G LTE services serving
1.4 billion out of a total 6.6 billion mobile Internet users by the end of the
forecast period.”

“Superfast fixed-broadband services will prove no slouch either, with FTTH/B
and VDSL services accounting for one in three fixed-broadband subscriptions by
the end of 2018.”

Delegates at Broadband World Forum will benefit from an expansive programme
delivered by over 300 speakers from disruptors and challengers, innovators and
incumbents from the mobile, wireless and fixed environments. The three day
event features five tracks exploring Virtualisation and the Cloud, The
Customer Experience, Access Evolution, Mobile Broadband and Maximising Network

To view the full event programme and register for Broadband World Forum,
please visit or call +44 (0) 20 7017 5506.
Alternatively, keep up to date with the event on Twitter @BBWorldForum or
using #BBWF.

About Broadband World Forum
Broadband World Forum is the world’s largest broadband event attracting
thousands ofdecision-makers from across the globe. Now celebrating its 13^th
year, the event is the only place to meet the entire broadband industry in one
place at one time. The programme will be delivered by over 300 visionary
speakers and panellists with more than 150 sponsors and exhibitors showcasing
ground-breaking broadband technologies, applications, solutions and services.

About Informa Telecoms & Media
Informa Telecoms and Media ( organises 125 global annual
events, attended by more than 70,000 executives worldwide. With a focus on
quality content, Informa Telecoms and Media deliver a key audience of
decision-makers from the mobile, fixed, alternative, wholesale, MVNO,
broadband and satellite operator communities. Informa Telecoms and Media is
also the leading provider of business intelligence and strategic services to
the global telecoms and media markets. Driven by constant first-hand contact
with the industry, its 90 analysts and researchers produce a range of
intelligence services including news and analytical products, in depth market
reports and datasets focussed on technology, strategy and content.

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