Of the 15 most important people bringing G.fast to production, all but 3 or 4 will be represented at the G.fast Summit, May 19-21 in Paris. Most of the people who pointed the way to hundreds of megabits on DSL will be there. From the committee that created the standard, Tom Starr of AT&T and Kevin Foster of BT open on Tuesday. Les Brown and Frank van den Putten follow.
The carriers furthest along follow: Trevor Linney of BT, Gerald Clerkx of Telekom Austria, Marcel Reitmann of Swisscom, Hubert Mariotte of FT/Orange and Hyung Jin Park of KT. Top chip engineers Debu Pal and Rami Verbin are on board.
As a member of the advisory board, I know how carefully Remi thought about who would be valuable and what the most important topics will be. Lots of questions back and forth, which I welcomed because it meant a very strong event for me. In three days last year at last year's G.fast Summit, I learned almost everything about to happen afterwards. I also learned that some claims were hot air.
A huge difference between the Upperside Events and too many others are that it is not "pay to play." Yes he does want sponsorships, but many of the speakers are from corporations that don't buy sponsorships. So he doesn't have to offer spaces to anyone who isn't respected by the experts.
I had that freedom choosing speakers when I did three Fast Net Futures conferences with Jeff Pulver and the VON organization. I invited the best and they covered topics still important a decade later. The 100 or so attendees in 2005 learned gigabits were coming years before many people believed it was possible. John Chapman, one keynote, went on to lead DOCSIS 3.1, now ready to go into production at gigabit speeds. John Cioffi, a second keynote, introduced vectoring at the event, a crucial part of G.fast.
Too many events only allow sponsors to speak, resulting in too many marketing pitches and boring canned messages. Speakers paying $70K for a 25 minute keynote - an actual price from a very big fall event - they believe they've bought the attention of the audience and often abuse it.
A shoutout to the committee who advised Remi this time:
Thomas Starr, BROADBAND FORUM, AT&T
Frank Van Der Putten, Rapporteur for the ITU-T SG15 Q4
Hubert Mariotte, xDSL Technology Expert, ORANGE
Dave Burstein, Editor, FAST NET NEWS
Rob van den Brink, TNO
Rami Verbin, SCKIPIO
Dong Wei, HUAWEI
Rudi Frenzel, LANTIQ
Uwe Schmidtke, ADTRAN
Michael Timmers, ALCATEL-LUCENT