Autumn 2019 - Optical Connections Magazine



T his year’s ANGA COM, held at the Koelnmesse, Cologne from 4th – 6th June, was bigger than ever was clear from the crowded aisles and the myriad of booths. By the end of the show, organisers counted more than 20,000 participants and over 500 exhibitors – a record for this popular trade show. There were two aspects of the conference and expo that were particularly worthy of note however. These were an increase in the number of C-level visitors and more representation in a number of industry sectors. Dr. Peter Charissé, Managing Director of ANGA COM commented, “We have had a particularly large number of newcomers in the fields of fibre optics, IP video, AppTV and OTT.” He added, “Many of the small and medium-sized booths have been enlarged compared to the previous year. Our strength, the close link between broadband and media, is apparently hitting the industry trend better than ever. We are particularly pleased that global vendors and mid-sized companies are equally represented.” The conference programme was also extended for the 2019 event with more than 2,500 participants and, say the organisers, was better attended than ever. Among the highlights were four summit discussions with speakers from the broadband and the media industry. In addition to the Broadband and Media Summits, the 2019 conference programme also featured a new Fibre Summit, the International Content Summit and the International CTO Summit, in which Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone were key participants.

Crowded aisles at ANGACOM 2019

for Film and Television.” The German Broadband Summit went with the title “Fibre Roll-Out on the Test Bench.” There were also excellent opportunities for networking in the open-air plaza where there were food vans available, with many people choosing to take lunch in the bright sunshine. Then there was the usual social gathering of ANGA COM Night which 1,800 delegates and exhibitors at a classic venue on the banks of the River Rhine, overlooking the famous Dom Cathedral. ANGA COM is organised by ANGA Services GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of the ANGA Association of German Cable Operators e.V. The association represents the interests of more than 200 companies of the German broadband industry, who supply more than 40 million consumers with telecommunications services in Germany. ANGA COM 2020 will take place from 12th to 14th May, 2020 at its home venue in Cologne, Germany. Registration will be available from March 2020.

Also new were the International Keynotes in which speakers gave short presentations on innovative topics from the fields of Digital Transformation, Internet of Things and Content. There was also a new special area for small and young companies. The facility was aimed at companies that did not need the infrastructure and size of a regular exhibition stand, but still wanted a fixed meeting and presentation point. A total of 13 technology panels in English addressed topics such as DOCSIS 3.1, 10 Gigabit, 5G, FTTH, WiFi, Cyber Security & Safety, Cloud Services, Network Virtualisation and HFC Infrastructures. Indeed, the fibre optics industry was represented by leading names such as Corning, Emtelle, Wave2Wave and Commscope, to name but a few. With gigabit access and fibre roll-out/FTTx high on the agenda of key topics, the conference programme was also extended to 36 event panels, of which 18 were in German and 18 in English. In addition, this year was the German Media Summit which discuss the topic “Streaming as a Game Changer


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