WARSAW -- FTTH Conference 2015 -- Every year the FTTH Council Europe chooses a different location for its annual fiber broadband conference and exhibition that attracts almost 3,000 registrations, and this year it's the capital of Poland, Warsaw.
Poland in February? Yes, it's a bit chilly, but the welcome is very warm and there's a little bit more of a buzz around the show floor this year as market trends suggest growing investment in next-gen fixed broadband across the European region.
According to statistics gathered by Heavy Reading analyst-at-large Graham Finnie, there were 30.7 million FTTH/B lines in use at the end of 2014 in the European region (a total of 44 countries from Iceland in the west to Russia and Kazakhstan in the east that in aggregate have 324 million households). According to his market projections, that number will more than double to 61.6 million by the end of 2019.
And with investments expected in G.fast and VDSL vectoring rollouts as well as Docsis 3.x by the region's cable operators, there's a real sense that the fixed broadband sector is on a roll again. (See Time for Gigabit Europe?)
And who knows which big names might turn up in the near future! (See Does Google Fiber Have Renewed Euro Ambitions?)
So here are my pics from the first morning of the show. Click on the picture below to launch the slideshow.
— Ray Le Maistre, , Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading