Amazon Alexa Voice Services keynote evangelizes industry collaboration highlights productive Q4 Broadband Forum meeting
Improving subscriber experience, expanding broadband reach, enabling 5G, and automating the end-to-end network emerge as hot topics among attendees
Glasgow, Scotland, December 20, 2018: Amazon Alexa Voice Services UK General Manager Theunis Scheepers keynoted Broadband Forum’s fourth quarter meeting last week in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, where he told the packed audience that device compatibility is essential in order to maximize the selection of available devices, which in turn drives mass adoption of the connected home market.
Scheepers’ keynote kicked off a busy week that saw another keynote from Huw Saunders, Director of Network Infrastructure at the UK’s broadband regulatory and competition authority Ofcom, a Birds of a Feather (BoF) session focused on “Powering in an Ultra-Fast World”, and major progress made within projects across all work areas and Open Broadband initiatives, including in areas like 5G, the User Services Platform (USP) and CloudCO.
The line-up of keynote presentations, special sessions, and meetings was just part of the activity at Broadband Forum’s quarterly meeting, as the Forum announced another industry first in the connected home market – the completion of its brand-new Wi-Fi In-Premises Performance test plan. Designed to establish carrier grade performance requirements for Wi-Fi APs, the new plan provides operators with the tools needed to select the best possible products for their networks.
The Broadband Forum Q4 meeting was also host to the first official meeting of Broadband Forum’s new O&M Automation and Intelligence project, which aims to define specifications for service providers looking to leverage Artificial Intelligence and Big Data techniques within their operations and management processes.
It’s a very exciting time in the broadband industry, as we’re faced with an unprecedented and exciting period of technological upheaval. In all of this, the scope and breadth of our work is continuously expanding. I’m proud to say that the Broadband Forum is playing a key role in ensuring the whole network, from the cloud to the connected home, is enhancing the subscriber experiences of both the 1 billion broadband homes already connected, and hasten the connection of the next billion.