An exceptional event returns. In 2015, BT. AT&T. Swisscom. Broadcom. Sckipio. Ikanos. Alcatel. Huawei. ASSIA. All sent a senior tech guy, often the CTO. It went beyond a great education. The future of G.fast was defined in a way you only expect in ITU standards.
Attendance was good but not too many for lively debate. I chaired and ensured very point of view was expressed. We focused on key questions including how to get to the gigabit speeds promised. Trevor Linney of BT made the case for long reach from cabinets rather than distribution points. The people who wrote the standard explained just what it meant.
A huge difference between the Upperside Events and too many is it's 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.