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Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015

HONG KONG -- Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 -- Hundreds of industry executives converged at the Asia-World Expo center here in Hong Kong early Tuesday for the 6th annual Global Mobile Broadband Forum organized by Huawei.

To find out who graced the podium, discover what they talked about, and find out what else was going on at the event, check out the slide show. Click on the picture below to launch the show.

Welcome to the Forum
In its sixth year, the Mobile Broadband Forum attracts hundreds of industry executives, including many CXO level executives.
In its sixth year, the Mobile Broadband Forum attracts hundreds of industry executives, including many CXO level executives.

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msilbey 11/5/2015 | 3:34:32 PM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 Just goes to show how important Google is to the future of physical infrastructure, something most people never think about.
TeleWRTRLiz 11/5/2015 | 3:11:46 PM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 I am defintly adrift in the suburbs @mitch. Thanks for the reminder.
Mitch Wagner 11/5/2015 | 3:01:36 PM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 TeleWRTRLiz - In our neighborhood, we're lucky to have indoor plumbing, let alone gigabit internet. 

Seriously, the suburbs sometimes feel like the forgotten stepchildren of broadband. Cities get it first, and there's much money being poured into rural connectivity, but the suburbs are a bit adrift. 
cnwedit 11/5/2015 | 2:57:04 PM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 I think too often people see wireless and broadband as competiting technologies in the local loop when quite the opposite is true, as Arena makes clear.
R Clark 11/4/2015 | 1:43:16 AM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 @Mitch Wagner; Time was the one making the 'enemy of my enemy' pitch.

@SarahReedy: In one and half days, one woman speaker. On the conference website not one woman listed.  Even by China standards it's a pretty heavy skew.

 
TeleWRTRLiz 11/3/2015 | 10:37:35 AM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 That's no simple robot moderator?! That's TARS!
TeleWRTRLiz 11/3/2015 | 10:35:21 AM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 to Mitch's poing below about operators needs and "smart living," I was out walking this morning and noticed that the big old "phone" cabinet at the edge my neighborhood north of chicago is gone and in its place are two huge wheels of cable waiting to be installed. Considering it took three years to get cable TV in my remote area, it seems things are moving much faster with network upgrades. Also perhaps this means, my issues with my blinking out broadband and the "F" cards that AT&T blamed for them may be gone. Fingers crossed. 
Mitch Wagner 11/3/2015 | 10:13:15 AM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 [email protected] - I don't think of Time Inc. as an operator -- what are they doing in that realm?
Mitch Wagner 11/3/2015 | 10:13:07 AM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 Addressing Dr. Han's point: South Korea is of to a good start on leading the world in 5G markets. 
Mitch Wagner 11/3/2015 | 10:12:58 AM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 With attendees coming from around the world, maybe TRIPLE espressos would've been on order?
Mitch Wagner 11/3/2015 | 10:12:49 AM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 To Alex Sinclair's points: voice-over-WiFi can help extend mobile bandwidth resources, while VoLTE roaming is essential for serving a population of users that needs to use mobile across multiple geographies.
Mitch Wagner 11/3/2015 | 10:12:38 AM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 Mobile broadband is helping to raise developing nations out of poverty.
Mitch Wagner 11/3/2015 | 10:12:30 AM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 Operators will need digital, gigabit mobile broadband networks to meet the needs of streaming video, Internet of Things, and emerging applications such as virtual reality.
Mitch Wagner 11/3/2015 | 10:10:35 AM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 That robot moderator looks threatening. Better do what he says.
Mitch Wagner 11/3/2015 | 10:10:19 AM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 Makes sense for Google to provide QoS insights for mobile ops. Google needs to extend into mobile, and their business model has always been the more people use the Internet, the more revenue Google gets. 
[email protected] 11/3/2015 | 9:32:55 AM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 Google is offering to provide unique quality of service insights regarding video QoS to telcos so tghey can optimize their networks and applications to deliver a better quality service. SO far they have done that with fixed line operators but now looking at mobile ops too. 
Sarah Thomas 11/3/2015 | 9:07:27 AM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 That's a lot of men in suits on the stage. Hopefully there are at least women in the audience!
Sarah Thomas 11/3/2015 | 9:07:06 AM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 Wow, the orchestra does look impressive! Not sure about that robot though...
Sarah Thomas 11/3/2015 | 9:02:23 AM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 What kind of partnerships was Google, the wireless operators' ultimate frenemy, discussing? Related to the network or services?
[email protected] 11/3/2015 | 8:00:54 AM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 I guess we will see many partnerships forged as and when the situation becomes desperate, though the clever ones will be doing it now. I wonder if (still) the biggest barrier to forging partnerships is the money side... who gets what cut of any resulting action.
R Clark 11/3/2015 | 6:52:06 AM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 There was more than the usual talk about partnerships. Some of it appeared to be on the basis of 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend', some suggested some genuien common ground and some just seemed desperate.

 
R Clark 11/3/2015 | 6:44:38 AM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 [email protected] didn't give enough credit to the UX of the conference opener. The hall bathed in dappled pink light, the usual auditorium seats replaced by white cinema charis each decorated with a model London red bus. Fellini as imagined by a film school student. We soon found out the red bus signified a VIP chair. Then the brass band struck up a Strauss march and we were off.
[email protected] 11/3/2015 | 4:36:05 AM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 It seems everyone wants to work with everyone else -- so why isn't it happening more? Could it be that money gets in the way (or lack of insight into how to financially benefit from a partnership?
[email protected] 11/3/2015 | 3:39:28 AM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 A lot of talk about cross-vertical partnerships today, with companies such as Time Inc. and Google offering themsleves up as partners to the fixed and mobile operators. Anyone who sails into the 5G seas along looks likley to sink, according to these and other speakers.
[email protected] 11/2/2015 | 11:57:47 PM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 Also a lot of attention during the morning of Day 1 on looking forward to 5G and the developments leading up to the very high-speed world that should come by 2020 - or even earlier!
[email protected] 11/2/2015 | 11:56:32 PM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 Importantly, I think, Enrique Blanco, Group CTO at Telefonica, noted that he is very focused on making sure that his network's backbone and packet-optical transport infrastructure is ready for the traffic it will need to carry in the future years -- without a robust backhaul and core network, high-speed broadband access will suffer from bottlenecks back in the network. 
[email protected] 11/2/2015 | 11:53:57 PM
Re: Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015 There was a musical start to the day at the MBB Forum, with an orchestra playing in the audience. The key note shared by the speakers, though, was about the importance of delivering a suitable mobile broadband experience to customers.
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