New Wimax show precedes Wireless Lan Event, London April

by Guy Kewney | posted on 25 January 2005

This year, the Wireless LAN Event will be a sort of postscript to another wireless conference: the WiMAX and Wireless Broadband Access Conference, both in the Olympia exhibition areas, in April.

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The organisers have decided to make April  19th the WiMAX day, and then "Europe's biggest public WiFi conference" will follow hard on its heels - same venue, on 20-21 April.

the new WiMAX and Wireless Broadband Access Conference is described as a "separately-bookable one-day conference" - and it features "pre-WiMAX deployment case studies, regulatory and market analysis and technology comparisons."

Operator case studies include Telabria, Libera, COLT Telecom, MCom, T-Mobile, Aloha Partners, TowerStream and iCommerce.

Special offer: "If you book all three days before 28 February 2005, you will save £395 on the conference fees. Just scroll down past the public WiFi conference programme, to see the WiMAX programme."

For the main event, keynote and special guest speakers include:

  • Chris Clark, CEO of BT Wireless Broadband,
  • Dan Lowden, VP Marketing of Wayport,

  • Dave Hagan, President of Boingo Wireless, the USA WISP moving into non-data Wi-Fi applications
  • Professor James Woudhuysen, innovation expert and technology forecaster
  • Alan South, Head of IDEO Europe, expert on design and usability
  • Other speakers include "over 50 top-level executives from major players including T-Mobile, O2, The Cloud, KPN Mobile, Broadreach Networks, Starwood, Concourse Communications, Vonage, StarHub and Intel.

    Conference themes will be usability and profitability. Organiser Piers Bearne said: "We've lined up case studies of the first integrated WiFi/3G/GPRS rollouts from across Europe. Guest speaker Alan South will share some hard-hitting thoughts from outside the WiFi industry on the user interface and user experience. And to help you crack the challenge of total coverage for your customers, we've brought in expertise on new venues (hotels, railways, airports) and global roaming."

    Profitability? "VoIP and video over wireless applications are fantastic opportunities. So are secure enterprise-grade services. So is WiMAX. We have it all covered," says Bearne.

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