CommunicAsia 2010: The Broadband Conundrum

SINGAPORE -- CommunicAsia 2010 -- Wireless broadband and mobile applications look set to be the hot topics at this year's event in Singapore, with cloud services looming large during the event's conference program.

The big talking point is likely to be the future of wireless broadband, especially now that the WiMax community is under pressure from the TD-Long Term Evolution (LTE) gang. (See BWA Auction Is Bad News for WiMax's Future .)

Will WiMax be relegated to a niche technology, or can it cement its position as a serious option for broadband wireless players in Asia/Pacific in the coming years? We'll be looking to find out what service providers and vendors alike think during the course of this week.

Whatever the underlying wireless technology, apps development and delivery is a key issue, with "Mobile Value Added Services" and "Mobile Marketing & Advertising" being two of the conference strands here in Singapore. In addition, the exhibition show floor includes a mobile application development "cluster," where many of the relevant companies are grouped together, while many of the industry's latest smartphone models will be on display.

Fixed broadband developments will also be in the spotlight with participants in Singapore's National Broadband Network (NBN), such as operator StarHub and vendor Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , set to update on their progress, while Telekom Malaysia Berhad is due to outline progress made on its fiber access network rollout. (See Singapore Set for Broadband Ramp, Singapore Slings for AlcaLu, Huawei, and AsiaWatch: StarHub Lands NGN Role.)

Telekom Malaysia's CEO Dato' Zam Isa told Light Reading at last year's show that FTTH and IPTV were on course to be launched in the first quarter of 2010, and he was good to his word, with the operator's UniFi service launch in late March. (See Telekom Malaysia Shows Off IPTV and Telekom Malaysia CEO Talks FTTx, IPTV.)

Among the companies and organizations expected to announce new products and developments are Tejas Networks India Ltd. , RAD Data Communications Ltd. , and ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763), while National ICT Australia (NICTA) , Australia's IT and Communications Research Centre of Excellence, plans to make an announcement that, it says, will be of "international significance, with particular relevance to the US mobile telecommunications market."

The mind boggles!

Catch up with all the news from the event by checking out our dedicated CommunicAsia show site.

Other advance news from companies here at CommunicAsia includes:

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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