Experts talking to their peers generate more signal, less noise. Speakers at TNO don't have to buy a sponsorship so they don't feel entitled to give a marketing pitch. The conference invites the best engineers in the industry; most speakers knock themselves out to prove they belong.
The broadband story of 2016 is G.fast bringing telco speeds higher - 200 to 800 megabits. BT promises 10M lines; John MacDonald will present their test data June 28. Swisscom and Telecom Austria will follow with more data. They will confirm that G.fast works almost as promised for most customers. Problems remain to be solved, like powerline interference, which affect 5-20% of lines. I'll be particularly interested in BT's experiments at 250 meters and above, new ground for the industry.
Robin Mersh, Kevin Foster, and Tom Starr of the Broadband Forum will have plenty to say. They are opening up the Forum to a wider community and have an ambitious program going forward.