We've already detailed the top trends set to be debated in the French capital this week, and highlighted some of the potential logistical issues that visitors might face. (See BBWF 2010: Top 10 Topics and BBWF: What a Riot!)
Here, then, are some tips and hints about speeches, presentations, and announcements that might make the news during the next few days.
Keynotes of choice
Of the 14 planned keynote addresses, the few that stand out for Light Reading are those from former Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) big hitter Mike Quigley, CEO of Australia's NBN Co. (who is part of a keynote panel discussion at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday), and Matt Bross, CTO at Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. (9:05 a.m. Tuesday). (See NBN Awards FTTH Construction Deals, AlcaLu Lands GPON Role in Australia's NBN, Quigley Lands Major FTTP Role, and Matt Bross Joins Huawei as CTO.)
Both men are passionate, attention-grabbing speakers with potentially, good stories to tell -- Quigley is trying to build a shared national broadband network in Australia, while Bross is embroiled in the quest to get Huawei accepted as a suitable technology supplier for the major networks in the US. We're also keen to find out what Bross has been up to since he joined the Chinese vendor last year. (See Huawei, AT&T, and the NSA and Where's Matty?)
Olivier Baujard, CTO at Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) (10:35 a.m. Tuesday), could also be worth catching, as the former AlcaLu man may have some interesting insights into the potential role of Long Term Evolution (LTE) in an integrated fixed/mobile broadband strategy. (Of course, he might not... but here's hoping!)
There are also many regular conference sessions that could prove interesting (check the official Website for details), including one presentation called "Implementing an NBN: Experience from the Field," which will be given by David Storrie, the CEO of Singapore's Nucleus Connect Pte Ltd. (See BBWF 2010: Top Storrie .)
There will be the usual welter of news announcements from the vendor community, with companies such as Adtran Inc. (Nasdaq: ADTN) and ECI Telecom Ltd. set to unveil new broadband access products.
As for the service providers, we'll be looking to catch up with as many of those as we can, and recording some video interviews with operator executives (and industry analysts) during the show too, so keep an eye out for Light Reading TV footage from Paris.
— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading