Stakes, Chips, Beans & SPIT

2:25 PM -- With the Broadband World Forum 2011 show (aka BBWF) a little more than a week away, I've been looking at my schedule and figuring out what to focus on during the three-day event in Paris (Sept. 27-29).

And while it looks from the headline of this blog that I'm struggling to see past my stomach (which, some mornings, I am), my agenda this year is not all about what's available on plates and in glasses, even though the show-floor drinks were among last year's highlights. (See BBWF 2010: Show Floor Drinkathon.)

So what's looking tasty at this year's show?

Stakes: There have been some interesting investments of late that require a bit more digging, mostly notably today's cash injection in optical components startup Skorpios Technologies Inc. by Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) and Nokia Networks , which could have implications for the latter's next-generation PON strategy. In addition, there's the healthy recent round of funding for deep packet inspection (DPI) and network intelligence specialist Qosmos . We'll be looking to find out what's under the bonnet with those, and other, deals. (See Ericsson, NSN Invest in Optical Startup and DPI Specialist Raises $27M.)

Chips: There looks to be a lot of R&D activity amongst the fixed broadband sector's chip developers, such as Qualcomm Atheros , Cavium Inc. (Nasdaq: CAVM), Mindspeed Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: MSPD), Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (Nasdaq: MRVL), Lantiq Semiconductor , Celeno Communications and others. We'll be chatting with these folks.

Beans: OK, so at some point you have to think about a drink and a pick-me-up, all in one handy little cup. Great coffee is an absolute must on the show floor. We don't think our favorite barista Daisy Rollo will be there, so we'll be looking to Transmode Systems AB and others to conjure up some mean espresso again this year. No pressure, folks¦

SPIT: Just as important as the hardware is all the Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) that sits alongside and on top of it. Topics such as policy control, traffic management, video optimization, applications development, subscriber data management and analytics will all be on the Euroblog radar.

And don't forget, sports fans, that there's Champions League action on the Tuesday and Wednesday evenings -- bring it on!

Catch up with all the news leading up to and during the event by checking out our dedicated BBWF show site.

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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