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 It’s time to stake stock of last week’s Broadband World Forum 2013, which took place once again in the bustling city of Amsterdam.

It’s challenging to summarise a show that takes in such a broad range of subjects and technologies – it’s ‘broadband’ in every sense, with a focus on the nuts and bolts of delivering both fixed and wireless broadband, to blue-sky thinking on how network architecture, to discussions on the business cases for investments.

Naturally Twitter was abuzz at the show (using the hash tag #bbwf), and although we’re biased our favourite Tweet was this one from a research analyst at ParksAssociates, who wrote,

“Well, all wrapped up with #BBWF this year. What a great experience! Can’t wait to put my newfound knowledge to work in some great #research”

Of course we can trust the Light Reading crew to focus in on one of the more important aspects of the BBWF, namely the beer, with this photo gallery taking in the end of day refreshments provided by German chip vendor Lantiq, the Cisco and Huawei trucks, Ericsson CTO Ulf Ewaldsson showing off the companies Radio Dot base station, and bizarrely – a horse in a cup of coffee.

The buzz words were in force, as you would expect of a technology show, and if you weren’t familiar with G.Fast, vectoring, NFV, SDN at the beginning of the show, you would have been at the end. Either that or you were at the wrong show.

The keynotes were of a high quality with highlights for us being  Marcus Weldon of Alcatel Lucent’s presentation entitles ‘Ultrabroadband as the Ubiquitous on-ramp to the new virtualized network reality’, not least because it introduced us to the words, “ultrabroadband” and “on-ramp”.

About BBWF:

Broadband World Forum 2013 is the world’s largest Broadband event attracting 8,000 decision-makers from across the globe bringing together over 350+ visionary speakers. The 3 day comprehensive conference programme includes keynote sessions, a choice of 5 tracks each day, various special focus seminars, the exclusive Executive Summit & the prestigious Infovision Awards.

Bringing broadband to life alongside the conference will be an exhibition featuring 200+ leading industry solution and technology providers. The show floor will be buzzing with content hubs, a private meeting room village, dedicated networking zones and much much more!

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